The Grain Store – beautiful converted barn in the heart of the South Downs

Luxury accommodation for a short stay away with uninterrupted countryside views

The Grain Store is a hidden gem of a property located off a dirt track between Brighton and Lewes in the heart of the South Downs. The large, converted barn started off its life as an actual grain store and the owners have lovingly converted it into a stunning space that is comfortable, beautiful, and designed with eco-friendly credentials. 

From the moment you enter the gates you are blown away by the sheer beauty of The Grain Store.

The building itself is an architectural triumph and wouldn’t look out of place on the Grand Designs. Everything has been created with both luxury and comfort in mind, whilst retaining some of the charm of its original purpose, a store for grain. The garden would be perfect for summer feasting. In the winter the large hot tub is the actual dream, and the fact that it overlooks the rolling Sussex hills is a real Brucey bonus. This element was a huge hit with my family, as I am not sure there is anything better than enjoying a hot tub whilst it is freezing outside, and the snow is falling all around you. 

Once you enter the property, you quickly realise every element has been really thought through, from the entrance room with boot storage, a bench to take muddy shoes off, a sink to wash away the outside and even a wine fridge to hold the much-needed chilled Sussex sparkling wine.

The downstairs is a stunning open-plan space with oodles of light.

Downstairs encompasses a large farmhouse style kitchen complete with Aga, a large dining table and huge comfortable L shaped sofa that could easily seat a whole football team.  The kitchen is super well equipped with multiple pans, dishes, glasses and more. Basics including oil, salt, pepper, soap and dishwasher tablets are included, as is an awesome coffee machine that blends the beans to order and a lovely selection of classic and herbal teas from Brighton company Bird and Blend. The cherry on top is that you are left a beautiful bottle of local sparkling wine and a lovely Grain Store branded tote bag (which was immediately snapped up by my teenage daughter). 

The downstairs space is super spacious and would suit different parties of people from a group of friends to a multi-generational family or even a couple of families. Moving through the barn to the downstairs bedrooms, one with a spacious ensuite and the other with the dreamy South Downs view. Both are great sizes and contain beds guaranteed to give you the best night’s sleep. The bathrooms come complete with local toiletries that smell delicious and the master has a divine power shower big enough for two. Upstairs has a twin bedroom, again with lovely comfortable beds and plenty enough space for two and a sweet mezzanine area with a desk and seating area. Upstairs also features a balcony terrace ideal to watch the sunset with a glass of fizz in hand. 

The Grain Store is the ideal place for break from all the noise of normal working life, as it really is a stunningly beautiful tranquil haven.

There are plenty of beautiful walks right on your doorstep and the gorgeous town of Lewes is only a five-minute drive away. We booked our break with website Coolstays.com who have several awesome, unique, unusual and super luxury properties for hire across the UK and worldwide. They have over 3,000 hand-picked, extraordinary places to stay each offering something truly quirky, noteworthy, or stylish. Accommodation includes glamping options such as gypsy caravans, shepherd’s huts, tipis, yurts, tents and cabins; luxury tree houses and cave houses; cool conversions such as planes, trains, boats, buses, churches, windmills, lighthouses and deluxe beach huts; as well as the coolest quintessential cottages, villas, B&Bs and boutique hotels. For more information see https://www.coolstays.com or https://thegrainstorelewes.com 

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