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The Sussex Christmas Barn can be found at Gipps Farm, which is at the heart of the 2,500 acre Sutton Hall Farm estate between the villages of Barcombe, Newick, Isfield and Chailey.  The barn has views extending to the South Downs National Park, to the Ashdown Forest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and across the Ouse Valley.

Sussex Christmas Barn

The barn has fulfilled many roles over the centuries. For about 250 years it gave shelter to cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens and it safely stored hay, straw and grains. During World War II it was home to Canadian soldiers, initially as they stood ready to defend London against an invading German army, and later as they prepared to cross the Channel to defend our shores. Evidence of its importance in the second World War can still be seen today – outside the barn is a semi-circle of concrete bollards which were to be arranged across the road to stop an invading German army!

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The barn has sat empty and redundant for many years as it became superfluous to modern agricultural needs. We are very happy that the barn has been brought back to life and has a new role – to give you and your family an enchanting place in which to begin your Christmas celebrations.


  • Where are you located
    We are located on the Spithurst Road between the villages of Barcombe and Newick which is approximately 6 miles North of Lewes (the county town of East Sussex). You can use the intereactive map on our CONTACT page to personalise your directions based on your location.
  • Are refreshments available on site?
    Yes we have a daily cafe run by Isfield Farm Shop from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The cafe is located in a covered barn but wrap up warm.
  • Do you take Credit Cards?
    Yes we do, but we don't accept American Express.
  • Is there wheelchair access?
    A wheelchair can reach most parts of the shop. We also have a disabled WC.
  • Are dogs allowed?
    We do allow dogs on leads. Weekends can be very busy in the barn and not all breakages are reported so please be aware there could be small broken pieces on the floor. Broken glass and paws are not a good mix.


Every generation brings something new to the farm and in 2017 we started a Christmas tree enterprise. We planted 22,500 trees and plan to plant lots more trees over the next five years. Our aim is to produce the highest quality Christmas tree and to sell the very freshest of trees with the lowest of “tree miles”. 


As a small family business, we tend to our Christmas trees by hand throughout the year - planting the little trees, pruning and tending them to create the perfect shape.

We are members of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association, a trade association for those who grow specialist Christmas Trees in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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Caring for our environment​

We look after the environment carefully.  We have signed up to the Entry Level And Higher Level Environmental Stewardship Schemes.  We have acres of uncropped grass margins and headlands around the farm creating wildlife corridors for insects, birds, reptiles and mammals of all sorts.  We have fields left for wading birds and now have an annual visitation from a flock of Lapwings who nest and breed on the farm.  The farm is home to three types of deer along with foxes, badgers, bats, owls (barn, tawny and little) and many varieties of dragon flies, butterflies, frogs, toads, newts and grass-snakes - to name a few of our residents.


Our Christmas tree fields are very beneficial to all sorts of wildlife.  We use the minimum amount of nutrients and pesticides on our trees which allows more plants and wildflowers to grow around the trees which benefits bees, insects, birds, owls and small mammals.


One fascinating fact about Christmas trees is the huge amounts of CO2 that they absorb.  A Christmas tree is green all year round which means they absorb C02 all year round.  A hectare of Christmas trees will absorb 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year!

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