Smooth, smart South Downs fun

Here Comes the Sun offers a large dose of smart. Designer interiors? Smart. The master suite with private balcony? Smooth. Barbies around the heated pool in the spotlit garden? Super-slick. So round-up ten friends, family, hens or stags, and up to two dogs and get down to the South Downs fun factory.

Smooth, smart and serious about fun

Welcome to a West Sussex retreat that does a large dose of smart. The designer open-plan interiors? Smart. The master suite with private balcony? Smooth. The landscaped garden that lights up at night? Slick. The fabulous heated pool? Super-smart. So round up ten friends, family, hens or stags, and two dogs and get down to the South Downs.

In Steyning, just 20 minutes from bustling, breezy Brighton, Here Comes the Sun is slick and smart. Did we say that? It’s also full of frolics. From the 10-metres-by-five outdoor pool heated year-round to 30 degrees to the sunken trampoline and footie goals in the garden, Here Comes the Sun is serious about fun.

If you ever leave the pool, towel down and head in through the (smart) bi-fold doors. It’s popcorn at the ready, as you pick from just about every streaming package going – full Sky, BT, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV, delivered over superfast BT Infinity. Cook in the super-slick kitchen with American fridge-freezer, or be cooked for. Just ask.

Kids can plunder the toys, books and DVDs, everyone will love the Sonos sound system, and your dogs will sniff and chase all day in the fully-enclosed garden. Cook out on the patio on the poolside barbie. Drift off with a book under the apple tree. Sleep on deep mattresses with hotel-grade linen. That’s rather smart.

Pool, gardens and grounds

Gardens and grounds here are like another room. The kind of room that comes with its own private, 10-metres-by-five outdoor pool heated year-round to 30 degrees. Dive in, splash away an afternoon, win at water polo, towel off and test the other toys out.

Kids will bounce away hours on the sunken trampoline and the footie nets sit at the mercy of any young Harry Kanes. For something more genteel, get the hoops out, find a YouTube video and figure out how to play croquet. Take a book out beneath the apple tree. Fire up the barbie on the patio with meat from Steyning Butchers.

Want some wow? The whole space lights up beautifully at night.

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Living spaces

Everything here is super-slick, super-smart, super-smooth. And, in a serene and stylish ground floor, the open-plan living is super-sociable. The living space becomes the dining space becomes the kitchen. So the conversation never ends. Maybe you’ll talk about how luxurious and comfortable life is here.

Park on the private driveway and take the floodlit path to the door and you’re into a tiled lobby with seating for weary walkers. From here, the grand landscaping of the ground floor becomes apparent, and it’s just a short swish of the bi-fold doors to open up the place to easy-access indoor-outdoor living.

The lounge comes with TV area and big, bespoke sofas ready for chillaxing after a day on the Downs or a night on the tiles. Make it a movie night, with full Sky TV package, BT, Now TV, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. Stream it superfast with BT Infinity. Raid the toys and books. Sing along with the Sonos. Smile. Your holiday’s barely begun.

Cooking and dining

No need to shout as you simmer and sizzle. With a fully open-plan living, dining and cooking area, this house is as sociable as it gets. It’s also teched-up to the eyeballs, with a pair of intelligent ovens/microwave/steamer, large American-style double-fridge, filtered water and induction hob. Grind your own coffee for a super-fresh brew.

You might be the greatest chef in the world, but even Heston Blumenthal puts his feet up from time to time. So book our private-dining chef for a special celebration or a fully catered break. Then spread out around the contemporary dining table for ten, open up the bi-folds, pass the wine and butter the rolls.

If the sun’s cracking the flags, as it often does in sunny Sussex, head out to the patio to light the coals on the poolside barbecue. Squint only slightly and you could be in Oz. There’s a full-on outdoor lounge here at belt-loosening time. Stock up from the Sussex Produce Company, Steyning Butchers and Quigley’s.

Subcontract the cooking at Big Fish for fish-and-chip suppers, The Village Spice for Indian takeaways and The White Horse Smokehouse for seafood, meat and veggie sharing boards. The Black Rabbit offers steak frites or lamb medallions, there’s fine dining at Wiston House, and even finer dining at Michelin-starred South Lodge.

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Bedrooms

Sleeping here on pocket-sprung mattresses with deluxe toppers in hotel-quality Egyptian cotton won’t be an issue. Getting out of bed might be another story, although the master-suite balcony might tempt for croissants and orange juice.

That balconied master bedroom comes with a superking complete with en-suite featuring a two-person bath and rainfall shower, while bedroom two is a ground-floor double.

Bedroom three, also on the ground floor, is a kingsize with en-suite shower room and bedroom four is also a kingsize. The playroom offers two single sofa beds.

Children welcome

No bouncing off the walls here. The main focus of the fun will undoubtedly be the garden. Which kid doesn’t love a pool? Especially one they can mess about in all day long, all year round. The ten-by-five-metre outdoor pool here comes heated to 30 degrees and it’s water-polo ready. Are you?

Stay out for the summer to bounce the day away on the sunken, netted trampoline. Smash a ball into the back of the footie nets. Bring your four-legged friend. And figure out how to play croquet (gear provided). For bookworms, there’s a shady spot beneath the apple tree. Eat out with the coal barbie and hang around in the outdoor living area.

When exhaustion kicks in, head indoors to bag the best spot on the big, squishy sofas. If it’s a movie or match night, pick from a full Sky package, BT, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV and Netflix. And it all comes at you fast on BT Infinity. For quieter moments, toys and books abound and you can sing along with the Sonos.

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What people say

What people say

Really enjoyed our stay at this fabulous house! Has all amenities and equipment to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable, everything looks and feels new and fresh and house was nice and clean. Was really lucky with the weather and got full usage of the heated pool which is just fab! Nicola was very friendly and helpful - all in all we had the best of times! - Kjersti
Garden and pool just made a wonderful holiday for the kids. We spent 4 hours a day in pool time. Great space for kids indoors too and Nicola just took care of us from restaurant recommendations to tips on places to go. - Matthew

Workouts, wild swims and wild animals

Stay on site for yoga, workouts and workshops. Wild-swim in the Brighton sea. Play golf at Hill Barn with views to the Isle of Wight. Or push the pampering boat out at South Lodge’s 44,000-foot spa. Kids can meet 5000 aquatic animals at Sea Life Brighton, visit Drusilla’s, the best small zoo in the country, or steam along the historic Bluebell Line.

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