About two weeks ago, I attended my friend, Laura's wedding in East Sussex and had the pleasure at staying at the Flint Barns. Laura had already found it as an option for guests when planning her wedding and shown me how beautiful the place was. I immediately felt like I had to stay there or nowhere else! Luckily, the other guests thought the same and a few of us ended up staying there.
The Flint Barns is located within the Rathfinny Estates in Alfriston. It was originally a farm house for the Rathfinny Farm, was lovingly restored and opened very recently. The Barns are nestled right up in the far corner of the estate. It definitely struck me as the perfect place to go to relax and have a break from the hussle and bussle of life.
The rooms vary from double rooms to 8 bed dorm rooms which are all en suite. 8 bed dorm rooms you say? Yes, and just as immaculate as the double bed rooms. All the rooms have a lovely homely feel to them. I stayed in an 8 bed dorm room and was worried about it having a hostel feel to it but none of that is present. The room was beautifully decorated with a wide window which looked out onto the vineyard. The bed was so comfy and the surroundings so quiet, I slept like a log through out the night. Waking up in the morning and looking out whilst having a cup of tea was also perfect. The only thing that I found hard to get used to was that although wi-fi was freely available in the communal areas, there was none in the rooms. My phone and I are practically joint at the hip so it was a hard adjustment. But if that actually made to take in my surroundings, put my phone down for long periods of time and enjoy the trip, then I'm all for it.
Following a tasty english breakfast made with local ingredients and my all time favourite, black pudding from the Downlands Butchers in East Dean, I explored the grounds. As I was there for the wedding, I spent most of the day away from the estate. Although there is no tv in the lounge area, there are a variety of games, magazines and books. Right before the wedding the groom, usher and I ended up playing a hilarious game of Logo where I came last. If I do return I would like to go on the estate tour of the grounds and vineyard which is on offer. This is a wine tasting session ending with dinner in their tasting room.
From my stay, I could tell that plenty of work and attention to detail has gone into the restoration of the Flint Barns. It would definitely somewhere I would readily return. Prices start from £35 per person a night for the dorm rooms and £110 per night for a double room. Their scrummy breakfast is included.
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