Springles Cottage, Barcombe
Springles Cottage sits in the most idyllic rural location – surrounded by beautiful gardens and rolling countryside. But there is nothing traditionally ‘cottagey’ about this perfect country escape. When the owners embarked on the renovation of what was once a farm store, they were determined to make it both sustainable and beautiful, and they have more than succeeded on both counts. Springles manages to be both timeless and modern, with an interior that is cosy, comfortable, and flooded with light.
The downstairs is open plan, but cleverly divided into kitchen, breakfast room, lounge and a dining area – at the heart of which is a wonderful spiral staircase painted in fern green. Central to the lounge area is a modern woodburner that keeps the space cosy at all times of the year.
Original features mix with modern fixtures, and the scheme is tied together with the use of natural materials and a soft neutral palette. Up on the mezzanine, a master bedroom makes the most of stunning views of the surrounding countryside, thanks to a huge gable window.
Outside a small private terrace leads to vast shared gardens, complete with deckchairs, hammock, treehouse, firepit and resident owls. And don’t miss ‘Sunset Spot’ (named by the owner’s children) – the perfect place to watch the sun go down over the fields, glass in hand.
Living Space: An open plan space comprised of kitchen, breakfast room, dining area and lounge. A log burner at the centre of the space keeps it cosy. There is a large TV with Sky channels, a Sonos sound system, and a cupboard full of games and activities. Flooded with natural light thanks to huge windows onto the garden. Spiral staircase leading up to the Master bedroom.
Double Bedroom: Double bed, wardrobe, shelves and hanging space.
Shower room and Utility combined: with washing machine and tumble dryer.
First Floor / Mezzanine
Master Bedroom: with uninterrupted views across the garden and over to the Downs. The large gable window is fitted with an electric blackout blind, which can be controlled from the bedside.
Ensuite shower room.
Small private terrace with table and chairs, firepit. Garden (shared with owners) that includes BBQ, deckchairs and hammock for relaxing, table and chairs at ‘Sunset Spot’ and everything that children could want including rope swings, treehouse, sunken trampoline and football goals. There is also a vegetable & herb garden – guests are welcome to help themselves.
Pantry Items: provided
Welcome hamper: includes basics for your stay, breakfast for the next day, and a few extra treats!
Children: The property is not suitable for toddlers due to the spiral staircase. Babes in arms and children 4 and above are welcome.
Dogs: Are not permitted at this property.
Barcombe is a pretty Sussex village, just 5 miles north of more famous Lewes – and brilliantly placed for Brighton, Glyndbourne, the stunning beaches of the South Coast and the South Downs Way. There is a wealth of things to do just a short drive away or plenty of walks and cycling routes available from the door.
Trains from London Victoria take around an hour to Lewes or Cooksbridge. Taxis are available at Lewes station, or hosts are happy to pick up if prearranged.
The garden at Springles Cottage looks out over fields and rolling countryside, towards the South Downs.
Things to do
Hop on your bike or drive to Barcombe Mills (10 minutes by car), where you can hire a rowing boat from the Anchor Inn and spend an idyllic afternoon exploring the River Ouse. There are abundant walks from the cottage (maps are provided), or head to the South Downs Way for longer hikes or cycles, and to take in the stunning views.
Lewes is a famous destination and rightly so. It takes just over an hour to walk there from Springles, through fields and along the river. Explore its history with a visit to Lewes Castle, the Priory ruins, or the Anne of Cleves House Museum. Monk’s House was once the country retreat of Virginia Woolf, and is open to visitors. Lewes High Street is flanked by period houses, and boasts views of the South Downs from ed to end – wander along it and stop in one of the cafés to soak up the atmosphere or pop into one of the independent shops. Ardingly, with its famous antique fair, is also just 20 minutes away.
The beach is an easy drive for a day out. Visit the famous cliffs of Beachy Head, buzzing Brighton, or quieter Cuckmere Haven. There are numerous National Trust properties that offer something for all the family, with gardens and parkland to explore; Wakehurst Place and Sheffield Park are family favourites.
Opera buffs will be brilliantly placed for a visit to Glyndebourne, which is one of the highlights of the summer season.
Food & Drink
The kitchen at Springles Cottage is well equipped for anyone who likes to cook – and you need never visit a supermarket thanks to the Holmansbridge Farm Shop, just outside Barcombe. Alternatively Denniker Farm Shop or Village Stores are in nearby Fletchling. The owner is also able to organise home cooked meals or even cater for a special dinner party, by prior arrangement. Help yourself to the vegetables and herb garden for the freshest produce during your stay.
This area is also stuffed with wonderful Sussex country pubs. The village pub is called the Royal Oak, is good for a swift pint at the end of a walk. They have an artisan pizza van there most Mondays, as well as pop-up restaurants throughout the summer. The Griffin Inn at Fletching has a modern British menu, and stunning views from its garden – great for summer evening rosé. The Bull at Ditchling is a fun blend of traditional and modern, and offers ‘grazing food’ as well as traditional Sunday roasts. The Jolly Sportsman in East Chiltington can be reached on foot in about an hour across fields and little streams; the food never disappoints and they cater well for children, too.
Lewes is a bit of a foodie mecca, thanks to the Farmers Market, the Flint Owl bakery (often named as one of the UK’s best bakeries), independent cafes such as Needlemaker’s Café, or Fork if you’re looking for something slightly smarter.
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A really wonderful weekend – not long enough!
Such a gorgeous setting, amazing bird song and wildlife generally. The house is beautiful and looks like something from a magazine! Garden – Incredible. Some brilliant places nearby – lovely walks, pubs, towns and villages. The kids loved it. Lovely to have so much for them in the house to do and all their needs catered for. Really hope to come back – thanks so much!
From the moment we arrived we fell in love with Springles Cottage. Such a beautiful space. Alliah and Kris have put so much thought into making this the perfect retreat. Thank you for our vegan hamper! We spent some memorable days in Lewes, Brighton and Seaford. Walking to Lewes through the cornfields was a treat. We recommend Depot cinema, The Needlmakers and Blackwell’s Mcbeans – wood-fired pizza in a glasshouse with some delicious wine.
We’d like to return as our little boy will adore the garden. Farewell to you welcoming home and family.
Thank you for giving us such a relaxing break! Just what we needed as a family with a lockdown baby from London. The cottage is stunning and we are going to miss the light and sky from the kitchen table view so much. Thanks for being such welcoming and attentive hosts. I’m sure we will be back!
We had a wonderful few days in this lovely cottage. The breakfast hamper was much appreciated. So much thought has obviously gone into making Springles so comfortable and relaxing. We’ve had rain, thunder and sunshine – a typical English Summer – but still enjoyed ourselves enormously. Things we loved: Lewes Castle and it’s wonderful views, dinner at The Jolly Sportsman, walking at Barcombe Mills and meeting old friends.