Sussex Christmas Barn
The Sussex Christmas Barn can be found at Gipps Farm, which is at the heart of a 2,500 acre 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.
The Estate is owned by the Sclater family. The Sclaters are principally farmers, farming 1750 acres of land with three dairy herds. Dairy farming is now the main enterprise with 800 milking cows divided into three herds in separate locations across the estate. We are one of the few dairy farmers in the locality. We are also foresters, in addition to Christmas trees we look after and manage 700 acres of semi-ancient natural woodland, having planted 200,000 oak trees since the 1970’s.
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
Our Beautiful Barn Conversion
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
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