• The Gate & South Downs Way
  • The Barn at dusk
  • Breakfast with a view
  • Upper Barn viewed from across the valley
  • View from Upper Barn, early morning


Off Grid Eco Holiday Lodge

A unique, self-contained and private lodging in a newly-converted barn that can sleep up to four people in comfort.  Nestled in the beautiful South Downs National Park with stunning views over the Arun valley in West Sussex.  It is positioned directly on the famous South Downs Way walking and biking trail.  Upper Barn offers one double bedroom, and two single sofa beds in the main living area. There is a modern, well-equipped kitchen, and a bathroom with walk-in shower.

As well as the Barn, the 1/3rd of an acre walled site will be exclusively yours during your stay, with a shepherd’s hut to sit in and a fire pit to relax by in the evenings. There is also a cycle wash down and secure storage area.

Originally built as a “fold” or small yard for livestock, it is now a private off-grid eco lodging. Preserving much of the original structure to give the site a rustic feel, this is the place for those who want to get away from it all while minimising the impact of their stay on nature and the surrounding countryside.  Pets are welcome at Upper Barn, and there are superb walking opportunities in every direction.

The off-grid status has been achieved using Solar PV panels with battery storage, Solar Thermal panels for hot water, a Biomass Pellet boiler for winter heat and an on site sewerage system. Discover more about our Off Grid elements by clicking here.

As well as the South Downs Way on the doorstep, The Monarch’s Way passes close by, as well as numerous picturesque footpaths that criss-cross the stunning West Sussex countryside.  It's also a perfect retreat for bird watchers with many interesting birds such as kestrels, buzzards and red kites above Upper Barn, and it is close to the RSPB’s Amberley Wildbrooks and Pulborough Brooks reserves, as well as the 60-acre Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Arundel.

Upper Barn sits atop a disused chalk quarry that is now home to the Amberley Working Museum the entrance of which is just a 10 minute walk away.  Other local attractions include Arundel Castle, the Goodwood Estate and Parham House & Gardens.  There are several pubs and a well-stocked village shop within easy walking distance, as is Amberley Station with regular links to London and the South Coast.