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Birdsong Barn

Broad Oak & Brede - Rural Sussex

Experience a walk on the wild side with 350 acres of differing landscape to explore and enjoy.
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathroom
  • WiFi available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Private parking
  • Bed linen provided
£935 - £1480 per week *

Special Offers: Save £75 on all summer holidays taken before 14th September 2019! Use code SUMMERSUN75 when booking


Birdsong Barn offers a unique property experience surrounded by a wildflower meadow on the edge of a stream.  It is set in 350 acres of varied landscape from woodlands to wetlands to wildflower meadows and the whole farm is available for walking and bird watching or just simply relaxing. The owner offers a full tour which will introduce you to the wonders of this natural environment. The 18th century barn has been restored by local craftsmen creating a beautiful and  luxury holiday home, comfortably sleeping four with room for an additional two using the double sofa bed.  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 the perfect spot for bird watchers and photographers with huge numbers of wintering wildfowl with over 120 species of birds recorded, more than 30 species of butterfly and 22 species of dragonfly.

Shop:  1.5 miles   Pub: 1 mile    Coast: 5 miles 

Ground Floor:
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 oak flooring extends throughout the ground floor with many original Persian rugs (complimentary slippers are provided)
Sitting Room has a wood burning stove, two sofas (one a double sofa bed), armchair, occasional tables with TV and DVD and a home cinema system
Snug Area has a sofa with stunning views
Dining Area has a country style dining table with four chairs and a bench, a dresser and doors to the terrace
Kitchen is 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...

First Floor:
All doorways upstairs are low beamed, including the en-suite
Bedroom 1 has oak flooring and a vaulted ceiling.  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. En-Suite Shower Room with driftwood effect tiles and under floor heating. Large corner shower, heated towel rail, washbasin with an illuminated mirror and w.c
Bedroom 2 has a king-size zip and link bed which 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, roll-top bath with shower over plus a hand held shower, heated towel rail, washbasin with illuminated mirror and w.c

Garden:  Terraced area to the rear and front with outside seating - 350 acres of private nature reserve.  Maps of the farm with walks are provided at the property
Parking: Private parking for 4 cars behind and to the side of the property
Heating: Central heating, a wood burning stove (first basket of logs provided)
Notes: Please advise when booking if twin beds or a double are required in bedroom 2. Price includes a full guided tour that lasts 4-5 hours. There is a strong internet connection provided by fibre optic wifi via Satellite at the barn for google searching or emailing.  Unfortunately, if used for excessive streaming, there will be a charge.

Additional Information:
Birdsong Barn's face book page will be regularly updated to illustrate all the differing aspects of Nature's Year - keep an eye on it.


  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathroom
  • WiFi available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Private parking
  • Bed linen provided
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Travel cot
  • Highchair
  • Bath towels included
  • En suite bathroom
  • Equipped with a dishwasher
  • Equipped with a washing machine
  • Equipped with a tumble dryer
  • Nearest shop: 2 miles away
  • Nearest pub: 1 miles away
  • 5 miles from the coast



A lovely quiet barn and owner very helpful. Especially enjoyed his tour of his land and being able to walk in his wild-flower meadow.Mrs Jan Jones - 26th June 2019
A wonderful cottage, in the middle of a quiet and relaxing natural reserve. The owner also gave us a tour of the estate, which was a wonderful experience and both we and our children learned a lot about nature and conservation. Inside the cottage everything is both cosy and high quality, with everything in place to start relaxing immediately. Really a place that we will visit again, next time for a longer period (this time we only had a weekend). Mr Tim Laureys - 13th May 2019
A fantastic stay!What a wonderful property. So so beautiful, amazing facilities and wonderful wildlife. The owner took us on a short tour and we saw wild horses. The surrounding area is also great to explore. Thanks for a brilliant stay!Mrs C - 21st April 2019
Birdsong barn is so aptly named as that is what you constantly hear that & nature it’s a beautiful setting with no traffic noise whatsoever! Philip is so friendly helpful & knowledgeable & kindly showed us around the stunning nature reserve Philip even bought a fire pit for our visit as I called & asked if they had one so thank you very much we made good use of it I have a rule never to go back to a property but in this case I think we shall return as we would love to see the meadows in full bloom thank you Philip you have a very special place Mrs Carole Hood - 20th April 2019
Lovely property,would love to visit againAmanda Bolton - 31st October 2018
Birdsong Barn is very special!!Mr Roelant Klaassen - 20th August 2018
Birdsong Barn is a really and truly heaven on earth! An excellent host; who showed us his nature at Great Maxfield full of enthusiasm. We loved it.Mrs Elisabeth Minke - 7th August 2018
It was a great time in Birdsong Barn. Thank you very much. The drive with you through your area was beautiful. Philip you are a great host!Sven, Alex, Gisela & Hans - 1st June 2018
Unsurpassable hospitality, a wonderful gesture for Jean's birthday, so very thoughtful. Your stewardship of this wonderful property can only be admired. We enjoyed all that the land offered & Birdsong Barn brilliant.Jean & Len - 24th May 2018
A well thought through property with an excellent standard of faculties and equipment. A lovely location for those who want to be off the beaten track. Highly recommended if you want a quiet location with the ability to walk straight out of the property for several miles. Good for bird watching. Mr Andrew Litchfield - 13th May 2018
A fantastic week during the merry month of May.Andrew, Robyn & Conrad - 11th May 2018
Birdsong Barn certainly lives up to its name! Thank you all. We have enjoyed a never to be forgotten experience - nature, peace and welcoming hospitality, not to forget your perfect home from home - so tastefully thought out. Thank you - we'll be back!Caroline, Cally & Ma Klein - 4th May 2018
Thanks for a lovely stay and your help and kindness with the storm!Taco, Leonie, Douwe & Stijn - 22nd October 2017
We've loved our time here - wish it could have been longer! A great welcome. The wild mushrooms were glorious! Thank you to Phil for the tour around the reserve - it was a privilege to see it with him. I caught the rare moth, such a thrill to see a Clifden, and it's great that I can contribute some moth records to this gorgeous site. We'll be back!Nets & Will - 17th September 2017
Birdsong Barn was a perfect retreat for our family, and a good base to explore the surrounding area (including Hastings and Rye). The host was very accommodating of all our needs, and gave us a tour of the nature reserve in which the barn is set. We were really impressed with the standard of the property, and found all furniture, equipment, fixtures and fittings to be of very high quality. It was a luxurious and comfortable space, and we really enjoyed our time there.Mrs Polly Brown - 13th September 2017
We have had a wonderful relaxing stay at Birdsong Barn. Thank you for the welcome pack, the tour and the amazing champagne! We enjoyed being so close to nature. Thanks for pointing out the rare moth. And we spotted a yellow wagtail outside the barn. A very special place. We'd love to come back. Polly, Nick & Clara - 10th September 2017
Thank you so much, I loved seeing all the animals!Beatrice - 25th August 2017
It is a beautiful house in a truly fantastic location. Mostly received by the owner and even brought some groceries home (cheese, butter, bread, wine, fruit, etc.) really super! A downside, it is stated that there is wifi in the house, however, this is No, more importantly there is no cell phone reception and there is no landline phone. Maybe Belvilla can customize this. - 24th August 2017
Amazing place immersed in nature. Phil was very welcoming and a great host. Will miss this place and have created some wonderful family memories.Adnan & Nazia - 18th August 2017
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
A truly stunning home-from-home. We enjoyed the idyllic peaceful setting, listening to the green woodpeckers, watching the birds of prey. Thank you for the friendly welcome & the brilliant informative guided walk. So much to see & learn.Sheard Family - 28th July 2017
Thank you Philip, for a memorable stay in your delightful Birdsong Barn and Nature Reserve. We loved the peace and quiet of this beautiful location and all the extra welcoming touches!Angie, Jonathan & Bina - 21st July 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. ThankyouMr Mervyn 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
Wonderful location. A credit to your dedication!Mr 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
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
I really enjoyed my holiday, particularly the barn owl, Konik ponies & Nobby & Big Ears!Mr B 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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