Wander the woodlands, stroll along the stream, meander through the meadows… Then stop, look and listen to the wildlife all around you. You’re back at the heart of nature in your own country retreat.
When you arrive at your country retreat, it’s to discover that the English countryside has never looked so wonderful. Nor has so much nature ever been at your fingertips. 350 glorious acres of woodlands, meadows, hedgerows and a stream, all on your doorstep in the heart of Kent and ready for you to tour at your leisure. Take in the views of this pastoral paradise from every window and delight in the birdsong soundtrack that will play gently throughout your stay.
Stunningly restored, this 18th century barn was always going to be special. Set in complete peace and quiet in meadows and on the banks of a stream, country charm doesn’t get any better. Soaring oak beams rise up to your vaulted ceilings while oak floors come complemented with a touch of the Orient in plush Persian rugs. Bask in the warm natural light, flooding in at every corner and then admire the Milky Way in its full natural glory when the night draws in.
The open plan living on the ground floor offers one comfortable touch after another. You’ll nestle deeply into the sofas and plump cushions, relax into the sanug (with front-row meadow views) and dine finely at the rustic table. Snuggle up in front of the wood-burning stove when it’s chilly and enjoy creating a dish or two in the country kitchen complete with all mod cons and a Rayburn for that authentic rural touch.
When it’s time to retire, make your way up the custom-built oak staircase to two bedrooms, both fit for kings and styled in rustic elegance. The stunning views of nature accompany you here too – keep your bedroom window open just an inch at night to catch the trill of the nightingales.
Bedrooms and bathrooms
Birdsong barn sleeps 4 in 2 spacious bedrooms, both with king size beds and generous en suites. Further sleeping accommodation is provided in a comfy sofa bed and there’s a downstairs wet room.
At a glance
- Sleeps 4
- 2 Bedrooms
- 3 Bathrooms
- No pets allowed
- Open fire/woodburner
- Private parking
- 1 mile from pub
- WiFi available
- Bed linen provided
- Bath towels provided
- 5 miles from coast
- Equipped with a dishwasher
- Equipped with a freezer
- Equipped with a high chair
- No smoking
- 2 miles from shop
- Equipped with a travel cot
- Equipped with a tumble dryer
- Equipped with a washing machine
Just a note of appreciation for the fantastic stay and tour with valuable knowledge we gained. We valued this holiday to be the best for many years. So thanks again. Den and Lin - 4th October 2019
A lovely, relaxing week in a beautiful location. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm with us Philip.A & R - 31st August 2019
A perfect say in a perfect location. Birdsong Barn is a spectacular place! The safari was really enjoyable. Philip was a brilliant host. Len and Sandra - 16th August 2019
An absolutely wonderful stay in a beautiful barn on a stunning and peaceful reserve. Philip's nature safai is a MUST - just soak up his knowledge and experience. Lots of peaceful walks. One of the best bits is just the huge variety of birds on the feeders - may be 20 species. A perfect holiday!The Flaxmans - 6th August 2019
Beautifully calm and peaceful. Phil and Maria were lovely. Phil's safari was a fantastic experience - we loved it! We can barely tear ourselves away - thank you so much for a wonderful holiday.The Thorne Family - 26th July 2019
What a perfect holiday! Birdsong Barn is such a wonderful place to stay, both the house and the surrounding nature are amazing. Thank you for the hospitality. We hope to return!E & G and Bas - 19th July 2019
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. 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
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
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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