Upper Barn

UK England South East England West Sussex Arundel

  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Parking
  • Dog-friendly
  • Eco-friendly
  • Sensational Views
  • Short walk to pub
  • Walking
A unique and very comfortable West Sussex barn conversion that's perhaps the county's best eco-friendly – and car-free – rural retreat.

If you're looking for a eco-friendly self-catering holiday property in the South Downs national park, then read on – we think we may have found just the place. Situated in a uniquely beautiful position a few miles north of Arundel, west Sussex, with splendid views over the Arun Valley and bang on the long-distance South Downs Way, Upper Barn is a glorious rural bolthole for two that can also sleep up to four people in comfort. It's also one of the most eco-friendly properties you could find, a rustic lodging that has been sensitively converted from its original purpose as a 'sheepfold' and is now almost entirely self-sustainable, with solar panels for lighting and hot water, a Biomass boiler for heat and its own on-site sewerage system. Not only that – the nearby village of Amberley has its own train station, just a ten-minute walk away, making it one of very truly rural escapes that you can reach without a car.

With much of the original structure retained to give the overall setting a rustic feel, Upper Barn is almost literally rooted in the landscape if the South Downs, located right next to disused chalk quarry that nowadays hosts the Amberley Working Museum (the entrance is a 10-minute walk away). The barn has one spacious double bedroom, a main living area with two single sofa beds, a well-equipped kitchen and a family bathroom with a walk-in shower. It's very secluded, with a private walled garden to enjoy that includes a rustic shepherds hut that's used as a summer house and a firepit for cosy evenings and al fresco cook-outs; there's also a wash-down and storage area for bikes. 

There's a decent 4G signal but no wifi, making it a place for those who really want to get away from it all while minimising the impact of their stay on the environment, with no reason at all to get in a car. Pets are welcome, which is just as well – you could set off in more or less any direction and find a walk to suit you: The South Downs Way is on your doorstep, and the ultra-long Monarch’s Way – which runs from Shoreham right up to the Midlands – passes close by, as do numerous other shorter footpaths and cycle routes.  Birdwatchers will be happy, with kestrels, buzzards and red kites often hovering in the skies above, and you can explore the Arun river by boat from Amberley (where you can also hire bikes). Amberley itself is a lovely, historic Sussex village, and has a shop that can provide most of the supplies you might need, plus there are several pubs both in the village itself and around – all within walking distance.

As for further-afield attractions, you are close to the nearby RSPB reserves at Amberley Wildbrooks and Pulborough Brooks, the pleasant town of Arundel with its superb castle, and the Goodwood Estate and Tudor Parham House and Gardens. With so much accessible on foot, though, you may choose not to stray far – and we wouldn't blame you if you didn't!



Upper barn has one bedroom with a king size bed. The living area has two Futon sofa beds that can turn into 2 Single beds. There is a smart TV with free view and a Bluetooth radio cd system. WiFi.
The dining area has two, large sliding doors that can open up to bring the outside in.
The kitchen is a one off industrial design and fully equipped with a propane gas hob and oven (Whistling kettle), fridge with freezer compartment.
A modern stylish walk in shower room (no bath) but great view!
Outside we have a large shaded BBQ area with table and benches
A secure bicycle barn
An original 1890’s Shepherds hut to sit and relax in
And a great fire pit to while away the evenings by.

Suitable For

Upper Barn is actually situated “on“ the South Downs Way  and therefore Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Bird watchers are truly spoilt. We are pet friendly and a great base to take walks from.


All Within a 10 min walk are the famous Amberley Working Museum that sits below Upper Barn in the old Chalk quarry. A great day out for the whole family .
Boat hire on the river Arun
Amberley Castle
And Beautiful Amberley village itself.

Food & Drink

In Amberley there is a village shop which stocks fresh local produce, a tea room and two pubs , The Black Horse and the Sportsman, both great food and beer.
Houghton has two pubs also , The Bridge Inn and the George and Dragon, again great pubs.
A tea room on the river also.


Available all year.


 3 night minimum stay
3 nights £600
5 nights £900
7 nights 1200

The Owner Says

We have spent 2 years converting the old cattle fold which kept livestock safe into a cosy self contained Eco holiday stay, that visitors have described as a  "Secret hideaway" a "Retreat” and "Bolt Hole". We are "Off Grid “ with a solar panel array with battery storage for electricity, solar thermal panels for hot water and a Biomass boiler for heating. Low environmental impact has in converting and is in running very important to our ethos for the site.


Barn conversion that sleeps 2–4 people in one double bedroom and 2 single sofa beds in the sitting room.


Contact Website  07773 962 212  Upper Barn, High Titten, Amberley, West Sussex BN18 9LY

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Getting There

Amberley Train station is only a 10 min walk and is on the Southern line with Direct access to London Victoria

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews



We spent and excellent week at Upper Barn a totally relaxing place to stay - Very high specification with great interior design and a super secluded garden. Directly on the South Downs Way for great walking and close to the pretty village of Amberley. Owner is very helpful, would totally recommend to anyone.
Aug 24, 2021 by Dale Emmerson

Idyllic getaway

We had an amazing and very relaxing few days at Upper Barn. It's perfectly situated for heading off on long walks over the South Downs and exploring the area. We particularly loved the beautiful garden and evenings by the fire-pit toasting marshmallows while listening to the sheep bleating on the surrounding fields! The barn is well equipped, cosy and comfortable with real attention to detail that makes you feel welcome - like binoculars and local maps and welcome goodies like delicious local eggs! The perfect getaway.
Aug 12, 2021 by Caroline Osborne

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