Wake up and smell the vines
The Flint Barns, which are as unique as they are historic offer a very special holiday setting. With just 10 en-suite bedrooms, this is a stylish, boutique vineyard bed and breakfast. Home to the Flint Barns Dining Room, a beautiful courtyard plus a cosy lounge area complete with warmly glowing fireplaces, this is the perfect spot to snuggle up to and enjoy the taste of Sussex through its wine, get stuck into a book or go old school with a board game.
Lovingly restored, the 19th century barns are contemporary yet homely, each bedroom offering views of the vines or South Downs countryside. With single, double and family rooms, you can expect comfy bedding, indulgent bath products, local artworks and a sound sleep after a day exploring the vines and wines.
Out and about
Venturing out of the Barns, there’s tours and tastings, walks amongst the vines and out to the villages or beaches nearby.
The Cellar Door at Rathfinny is open year-round, its enthusiastic team providing insights into how the grapes are grown and the wine is produced on the Estate. The shop is open daily for drop-in tastings as well as seasonal events, and the Christmas Shopping event on 20th and 21st of November is one for the diary this year!
If you want to venture out, there are number of excellent dining spots in the area, including The Wingrove and The Star in Alfiston. This medieval village on the banks of the Cuckmere River is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the country. Here, time stands still with its lopsided timbered houses and pubs, 14th century church and one-way lanes. Meandering around Alfriston makes for a great afternoon, taking in its architecture, the shops, the pubs and gardens, culminating in afternoon tea at one of the tea houses in the village.
For ramblers, there are plenty of country walks from hill to dale and on to beach, the dramatic Seven Sisters cliffs are nearby and if you are feeling particularly active, the 100-mile-long footpath of the South Downs Way is just around the corner.