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Figgy Court | Luxury self-catering barn with hot tub | West Sussex

Figgy Court

Billingshurst, West Sussex, UK

A 700-year old grain barn reinterpreted - this charming self-catering couples’ retreat affords a slice of country living on modern terms. Figgy Court occupies a utopian setting on the River Arun near Billingshurst, equidistant between the High Weald and South Downs AONB. Honey-hued oak beams and hand-crafted furnishings are a celebration of yesteryear, with little luxuries like the mezzanine bed dressed in goose down bedding and riverside hot tub adding lashings of rural romance.

Introduction

Approached via a winding path and etched upon a sylvan backdrop, this old grain store once served the mill next door but has undergone a sensitive restoration to offer luxury self-catering escapes for two. Rustic and warm by nature, Figgy Court has character bursting right through its double-height ceilings. Windows frame picture-perfect views over water meadows to one side and the old mill to the other (which can accommodate the extended family). Cradled by 600-square miles of rolling chalk downs, the surrounding National Park promises as much adventure as it does beauty - as Virginia Woolf once described it: "too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness”.

Inside

Ancient artistry shines through every time-worn feature of this luxury West Sussex barn. Original oak beams frame the open plan living space, like treacle tart latticed over ice-cream coloured walls and pillowed limestone floors keep up the weathered country character. A Smart TV hides in a cleverly designed cupboard and a contemporary kitchen hints at the recent renovation. Accessed via a twisting hand-built staircase, the mezzanine bedroom is suspended over the living area and flaunts a king-size bed dressed in 600-thread count linen. After slow mornings entwined in the sheets with pile of Sunday papers, the luxury walk-in shower is sure to invigorate the weariest of souls.

Outside

With an owner passionate about gardening, the grounds are an Arcadia of classical country house style, from the babylon willows to perfectly pruned topiary. A French dining set sits atop a herringbone stone floor in the potted courtyard and makes an attractive spot for pastries and coffee in the sun. Listen out for the Kingfisher's whistle, calling for your attention from the river, and admire huge families of house martins swoop through the skies to return home as the evenings close in. Don't miss Cranleigh farmers' market, when local producers come together to proudly display their handiwork. Pick up Sussex-made bubbles and enjoy drawn-out games of Scrabble on the riverbed, legs dangling in the water and fizz chilling in the ice bucket beside.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £995 per week, £895 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere is one double mezzanine bedroom on the first floor with a king-size bed, plus a ground floor shower room with walk-in rainfall shower, WC and underfloor heating.
  • FeaturesA hot tub will be available from November 2020
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Monday or FridayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyDue to the nature of the building, Figgy Court is an adults-only retreat.
  • PracticalitiesThe open plan contemporary kitchen is fitted with integrated appliances including an electric cooker with induction hob, microwave, Nespresso machine, toaster, kettle and fridge-freezer. Whilst there is no washing machine, the owner can arrange laundry for those who would like it. Due to the age of the building, please be aware there are areas of the property with lower ceilings. There is private off-road parking for two cars. There may be members of staff on-site to tend to the gardens but they will not disturb your stay. Due to the rural location, there is very limited mobile signal.
  • Homestay includesLuxury hamper of fresh local produce, bottle of Sussex wine, Jaques croquet set, board games, luxury toiletries, fishing rods, linen and towels...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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Billingshurst

Once a winter foraging site, Billingshurst is brimming with history. Flint tools found in the area are believed to date back to Saxon times and the village comes with an intriguing list of traditions. Today though, this charming West Sussex settlement enjoys a more tranquil scene.

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Billingshurst

Getting there

  • On the Map Figgy Court is located near sits near the charming village of Billingshurst, within close reach of the South Downs National Park
  • By Car Central London is under two hours drive from Figgy Court, and about an hour from south coastal towns including Worthing and Brighton
  • By Train The journey time to nearby Billingshurst from London Victoria is just over an hour, with trains running approximately every 30 minutes, followed by a ten-minute taxi to the barn
  • By Air Gatwick Airport is approximately 30 minutes by car, while Heathrow Airport is around an hour away, both with taxis and car hire easily available

From the owner

“The honey-coloured oak frame is a delight to behold, and makes Figgy Court a warm and inviting couples´ retreat all year round. ”

From the owner

Converted ten years ago from a farm building into what you see today, the history of the barn is closely linked to the 13th century mill which sits beside it, of which you have spectacular views. The barn has been part of our family home for 25 years, stayed in by friends and family alike.

Surrounded by the amazing rolling West Sussex countryside, it's hard to believe you are only an hour and a half from London.

The views over the water meadows and gardens are a sight to behold, our family have farmed here for three generations, and we hope our guests will love the tranquillity and beauty of the area as much as we do.

Wildlife surrounds you in this secluded location, ready to explore or just to relax in. 

The Adorian Family

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South Downs National Park 

Located between the cathedral city of Winchester and the cliffs of Beachy Head, the South Downs is Britain´s newest national park and comprises more than 600 square miles of rolling chalk downs and glorious countryside.

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