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Birdsong Barn

Broad Oak & Brede - Rural Sussex

A unique experience on a private nature reserve - 350 acres of varied landscape just waiting to be discovered.
  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Private parking
£900 - £1430 per week *


Birdsong Barn is a truly unique property in a magical situation by a wildflower meadow on the edge of a stream.  It is situated in the Hamlet of Three Oaks, three miles to the North East of Hastings, and is set in 350 acres of varied landscape from woodlands to wetlands to wildflower meadows and the whole farm is available for walking, bird watching or just simply reconnecting with nature. The owner offers a full tour which will introduce you to the wonders of this natural environment.
The barn dates back to the 18th century and has been restored by local craftsmen to create a beautiful, spacious luxury holiday home, comfortably sleeping four with a double sofa bed.  Nestling deep in the countryside and surrounded by woodland it is surprisingly only 3 miles from the coast and close to the historic towns of Rye, Battle and Hastings with its colourful and vibrant old town.
You will fall in the love with this stylish property and staying here allows you private access to all the farm and the private Nature Reserve, which has been put into a conservation charity by the owner.  A personal guided, informative tour can be arranged with the owner giving you the opportunity to get close to the endangered Shetland Cattle, the beautiful Konik Ponies and also sheep and Bagot goats.
It is a year round paradise for bird watchers and photographers with huge numbers of wintering wildfowl with over 120 species of bird recorded, more than 30 species of butterfly and 22 species of dragonfly. Finally, relax with a nightcap on the terrace and enjoy a star filled sky and the sound of the babbling stream.
Shop:  1.5 miles   Pub: 1 mile    Coast: 5 miles 

Ground Floor:
The entrance is at the rear of the property, opening into an Open Plan Sitting Room/Dining Room and Kitchen Area
Entrance Hall has a stunning vaulted ceiling with oak beams and a bespoke oak staircase.  The central area is spacious and full of light with floor to ceiling windows  The oak flooring extends throughout the ground floor with many original, colourful Persian rugs (complimentary slippers are provided) with plenty of hanging space for coats and racks for shoes and boots
Sitting Room has a wood burning stove, two sofas (one a double sofa bed) and a matching armchair, occasional tables with TV and DVD and a home cinema system
Snug Area has a leather sofa with stunning views over the meadow
Dining Area has a country style dining table with four chairs and a bench, a dresser and doors to the terrace at the front of the property
Kitchen is modern and well equipped and is fully fitted with granite work tops, a ceramic tiled floor, a Rayburn cooker, Gorenje fridge/freezer, slim line dishwasher, washer/dryer and a microwave
Wet Room is fully tiled with a large shower head plus a separate hand-held shower, a heated floor, washbasin and w.c.  This room is suitable for guests with mobility requirements and a handrail is fitted by the w.c and a chair for use in the shower is available

Easy stairs with handrail and Persian rugs feature throughout the first floor...

First Floor:
All doorways upstairs are low beamed, including the en-suite
Bedroom 1 has oak flooring and a vaulted ceiling.  The curtain fabric brings the natural world inside and there is a king-size bed with matching bedside tables and Christian Wade lamps, an oak wardrobe, an antique oak coffer and a hand made driftwood mirror .  This leads into the fully tiled En-Suite Shower Room with driftwood effect tiles and under floor heating. There is a large corner shower, heated towel rail, washbasin with an illuminated mirror and w.c
Bedroom 2 also has oak flooring and a vaulted ceiling and again the natural world is cleverly reflected in the curtain fabric.  The king-size zip and link bed has been hand-built in oak and there are matching bedside tables with bespoke lamps, a chest of drawers, a hand-made drift-wood mirror, an antique oak coffer and pegs with hangers for clothes
Bathroom has under floor heating, porcelain tiles and a vaulted ceiling. It has a splendid roll-top bath with shower over plus a hand held shower, heated towel rail, washbasin with illuminated mirror and w.c

Garden:  There is a terraced area to the rear and front with outside seating and 350 acres of private nature reserve just waiting to be explored.  Maps of the farm with walks are provided at the property
Parking: There is ample private parking for 4 cars behind and to the side of the property
Heating: Central heating, and a wood burning stove (first basket of logs provided)
Notes: Please advise homeowner before your arrival if twin beds are required in bedroom 2. Price includes a full tour that lasts 4- 5 hours.

Additional Information:
Every day and every week new things happen...from Nightingales to stunning wildflower meadows, from hundreds of wildfowl to glow-worms, from the beautiful dawn chorus to fungi foraging.  Birdsong Barn's face book page will be regularly updated to illustrate all the differing aspects of Nature's Year.


  • Friday changeover
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi available
  • Private parking
  • VisitEngland Gold Award
  • 4 Stars
  • Bed linen included
  • Bath towels included
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Equipped with a highchair
  • Equipped with a dishwasher
  • Equipped with a tumble dryer
  • Equipped with a washing machine
  • Nearest shop: 2 miles away
  • Nearest pub: 1 miles away
  • 5 miles from the coast


Date Range 7 night price *
21 Jul 17 - 25 Aug 17 £1,400
25 Aug 17 - 15 Sep 17 £1,310
15 Sep 17 - 29 Sep 17 £1,120
29 Sep 17 - 20 Oct 17 £1,005
20 Oct 17 - 27 Oct 17 £1,120
27 Oct 17 - 22 Dec 17 £900
22 Dec 17 - 6 Jan 18 £1,400
22 Dec 17 - 6 Jan 18 £1,400
6 Jan 18 - 23 Mar 18 £920
23 Mar 18 - 13 Apr 18 £1,140
13 Apr 18 - 25 May 18 £1,025
25 May 18 - 29 Jun 18 £1,140
29 Jun 18 - 20 Jul 18 £1,335
20 Jul 18 - 24 Aug 18 £1,430
24 Aug 18 - 14 Sep 18 £1,335
14 Sep 18 - 28 Sep 18 £1,140
28 Sep 18 - 19 Oct 18 £1,025
19 Oct 18 - 26 Oct 18 £1,140
26 Oct 18 - 21 Dec 18 £920
21 Dec 18 - 6 Jan 19 £1,430

* Please note: The prices displayed are guide prices and do not include optional items such as pet charges.


Owner's personal attention was exceptional . Having rented 25/30 times with Rural Retreats over the decades , the owner gives something extra via his wildlife knowledge and his " estate tour " .Mr Stephen Sheard - 7th August 2017
Our host was very welcoming and provided an excellent range of food and drink in the welcome pack. He showed us round his nature reserve, identifying the flora and fauna. He checked everything was OK for us later in the week too. There are lots of National Trust and other historical sites to visit within a short drive, and lots of pubs with good food. For nature lovers the site itself is perfect, and there is another public nature reserve nearby at Rye Harbour.Mrs J Scanlon - 29th June 2017
We can only say what a pleasure it was to stay at a holiday house which was much more than it said on the tin.The house was amazing and the owners went much further than they needed,to make our stay a lovely one. We would have no hesitation but to book with your company or the same house at some time in the future. ThankyouMrs Lisa Collen - 27th March 2017
An amazing Barn, beautiful setting, we will definitely return. Phil is a great host! Wonderful experience. Enjoy!!!Mark Brewer & Victoria Erwins - 1st October 2016
Birdsong Barn was perfect for the type of quiet, peaceful family holiday that we wanted. The barn itself was beautiful and was set in a fantastic location. Highly recommended!Mr Karl Curtis - 30th August 2016
Phil & Maria thanks so much for a wonderful holiday. The cottage is wonderful, is in a beautiful location and gave us exactly the peaceful type of break that we needed. Fantastic experience all round - we will return!!The Curtis family - 20th August 2016
I really enjoyed my holiday, particularly the barn owl, Konik ponies & Nobby & Big Ears!Mr B Caldon - 10th August 2016
Wonderful location. A credit to your dedication!Mr Wasling - 10th August 2016
Thank you so much Philip & Maria. Birdsong Barn is a wonder, so beautiful, peaceful and welcoming. I have learnt so much from your tour of the reserve. We will be sure to return.Ms Wasling - 10th August 2016
Lovely 8 nights in the peace & oasis of this beautiful coiuntryside. A brilliant tour from Philip topped off with osprey sighting.Mr Caldon - 10th August 2016
Thanks for the "maximal" restfulness! Wonderful three (!) bathrooms - unique position - lots of beautiful moths - tame and wild horses - tasteful furniture and decor - lovely hosts Maria and Philip!The Dohme Family - 17th July 2016


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