Do not adjust your screens, we haven’t moved to the country! (although, wouldn’t that be nice!?) We’ve not long returned from a beautiful weekend away in Sussex, where we were gifted* the most beautiful stay at the very picturesque Fair Oak Farm.
This beautiful 12 acre country estate is set in a protected area of outstanding natural beauty in the postcard perfect Sussex countryside. It offers a range of historic, unique and stylish exclusive group accommodation for up to 36 people. Ideal for short breaks or holidays with family and/or groups of friends.
The accommodation ranges from the stunning Grade II Listed Sussex farmhouse (c1600), a range of converted Grade II Listed farm buildings and barns, eco-lodge tree houses and shepherd’s huts. Your country estate prides itself on creating an experience that enables you to have your very own estate for the weekend, with everything you need for the perfect stay on tap.
The various accommodations all boast comfy bedrooms, private kitchens, dining and living spaces. Everything has been kitted out to cater for your every need, the renovations and extra buildings have been completed very sympathetically to ensure the character of the original splendour has been kept. There’s also plenty of outdoor seating, all with views over the large grounds and courtyards.
Guests can choose to dine together in the spacious lounge barn, this central space can be used for eating, conferences, dinner parties and events. There’s also a cinema barn, full to the brim with DVDs, and a games barn. All these areas are great for spending time together whilst still enjoying the privacy of your own accommodation if you wish.
The friendly resident Peacocks roam the grounds freely, adding a certain magic to the eclectic experience on offer here at Fair Oak. With 12 acres on offer, there’s plenty of wildlife to witness, or you can take a stroll through the surrounding woodland and open countryside.
There’s also an array of fun activities on offer for the littles (and teens too!) With a children’s play area, trampoline, zip wire, a thatched playhouse and pet Alpacas our children were busy all day. The games barn has table tennis and a selection of games for guests to use as well.
The Estate is well known for hosting fitness and wellness retreats, with the popular Mummy Tribe being a regular here. The lounge barn is an ideal space for indoor yoga and dance workshops. The hay barn is often used as a dedicated Pilates Studio.
There’s a Treatment Studio which can be used for relaxing or sports massages, and the cinema barn can been used as a creche for child minders or for reformative yoga and the open bay oak framed games barn and grounds are ideal spot for morning fitness sessions.
Ian Ledger, the owner and founder of Your Country Estate is all for raising awareness and is continually trying to improve sustainable tourism practices that preserve and safeguard local cultural and natural heritage. He looks to promote and encourage active community engagement and the adoption of environmentally friendly, ethical practices to help protect, restore and enhance local habitats, wildlife and culture, whilst providing ecological and economical benefits to the local community.
The weekend we visited was sponsored by three small businesses. We sampled award winning fine sparkling English wines from Fox and Fox, a local vineyard. The Pished Fish were also there serving up some of their superior quality Scottish salmon, slow cured in a range of premium booze and botanicals, which are all Smoked in small batches nearby in rural Sussex. We were also treated to breakfast treats from Rude Health, who pride themselves on using all natural flavours and ingredients that our sourced from fields, orchard and vines.
If you can drag yourself away from the estate, there’s lots on offer nearby. The medieval village of Mayfield, voted most desirable village in the UK, has everything you might you might need in the way of supplies, eateries and pubs. The spa town of Tunbridge Wells with its historic Pantiles isn’t far and the coastal towns of Hastings and Brighton are close by too.
All in all the whole weekend was a fabulous experience, we all came away rested and happy. Our little weekend country retreat has left me lusting after a rustic farmhouse in the Sussex countryside, with exposed beams and an Aga of course… I wonder if the hubs would let me have some pet Peacocks and Alpacas too!?
Thanks for having us Your Country Estate, we hope to be back soon!
For more information please visit fairoakfarm.co.uk. Prices start from £2,965 (low season, mid-week mini option) which gives EXCLUSIVE use of your country estate including accommodation in the farmhouse, converted barns, eco-lodge tree houses and shepherd huts, for up to 30-36 guests to self-cater.
*As stated earlier our stay at Fair Oak was gifted, all views and opinions my own. Written by me, Amy Davies Davies Pereira, with the majority of photography by myself and Alex Pereira. Some pics taken from Your Country Estate and **Pinterest.