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Cool Places: A Guide To Britain’s Best Places To Stay

Fair Oak Farm has been selected to feature in 'Cool Places', a new printed guide book (available from Amazon) published by Penguin Books and from the founders of The Rough Guides.

Have you ever rocked up somewhere only to find that "rural retreat" on a "private country estate" you booked is next to an industrial estate, busy road or railway line!!?? Or worse, all three! Well Cool Places have done the hard work for you with this guide...

"Life's too short to settle for an average B&B."

From glam country retreats to romantic treats, the Cool Places guide celebrates an array of amazing places – everything from glamping in vintage horseboxes to remote Welsh gastro-pubs and beautiful boutique hotels by the sea.

Cool Places features an array of stays for everyone including boutique, city, seaside, country cottages, glamping, lodges and cabins and many more! What do they mean by ‘cool’!? Good question! For them ‘cool’ simply means the kind of homespun, home-run hotel, B&B, pub or restaurant that they would go to again or that they would recommend to friends.

The book celebrates everywhere from the tiniest one-bedroom B&B to the grandest country-house mansion, a single shepherd’s hut to a self-catering castle, an unpretentious rustic pub to posh restaurant with rooms.

Fair Oak Farm have been handpicked to feature as one of the coolest stays in the South East of England and here’s what they had to say:

"Nestled on a private 12-acre Sussex estate, in a protected area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this award-winning complex sleeps up to 36 guests across a unique range of accommodation, including a traditional country-chic farmhouse, converted barns, eco-lodge treehouses and luxury shepherds’ huts.

Owners Ian and Penny encourage sustainable tourism practices and they cater for a manner of all occasions, be it a gathering of friends and family, a business group stay or a wellness retreat. Fancy putting your feet up and letting someone else do the cooking? An in-house cook can be provided and the main barn provides capacious communal space. Keen to play a game or watch a film? There’s a table tennis table, and if the big screen in the main barn isn’t enough, you can head over to the cinema barn.

There’s even a range of activities available exclusively for guests, ranging from wine-tasting with a local producer to photography classes, trout fishing and beauty treatments.

The complex’s vast array of accommodation is spread across a large plot of land. The Grade 2-listed farmhouse sleeps 10-12, the country-chic converted barns 10-14, while there are also a series of alternative options if you fancy something a bit different – eco-lodges in ancient trees, shepherds’ huts with wood-burners and a Hay Barn overlooking a paddock.

Each area has its own private parking and scenic views, and there’s a BBQ for summer cookouts on balmy evenings, plus a capacious communal dining area large enough to house all 36 guests. Finally there’s a play area for children, who might also want to see the alpacas and peacocks that roam the luscious gardens."

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The c1600 Grade II Listed Farmhouse at Fair Oak Farm

These gorgeous coffee table books are available for our guests to browse through during their stay... careful though we've spent quite a bit of time trying to short list our own #staycation and the list isn't very short!

Thanks Cool Places for choosing Fair Oak Farm to feature in such a great guide book. Britain sure does have some incredible places to stay!

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