An original oak framed building, perhaps 200 years old, the Wayside Byre has been sensitively converted over the past two years. Fabric, fittings and furnishings are a blend of old and new, the style having been influenced by the beauty of the original exposed oak beams which form the buildings inner shell.

Situated close to many Sussex and Kent cultural and garden hot spots, the Byre is ideally located for garden lovers, culture vultures and walkers.

Wayside Byre is available furnished for short term lets – PLEASE CONTACT US.  

Wayside Byre at Marchants

The gentle curves of the South Downs form the backdrop to Marchants Garden. Here, the neglected land has been transformed by Graham Gough and his wife Lucy Goffin into one of the most endearing and beautiful Nursery/Garden combinations in the country. Magazine articles abound as do television appearances testifying to its great reputation.

In 2019 Graham and Lucy added the ‘Wayside Byre’ to the various timber framed working buildings they have built. The Byre however is an exception being an original oak framed building, perhaps 200 years old and originally used for animal stock/ farm machinery.

This sensitively converted building is placed in an independent, quiet part of the garden which it overlooks. Open plan with a solid oak floor throughout the space comprises kitchen, living and dining area and separate bedroom with connected bathroom.

If you would like to enquire about short term rental of this delightful and unique furnished property – PLEASE CONTACT US.  


  • Accommodation: Max. 2 people (no children, no pets).
  • Private parking: For one car.
  • Telephone, TV and Internet connections.
  • Kitchen: Fully equipped to suit the keenest cook. Stainless steel work surface and sink, electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, washing machine, and fridge.
  • Living area: Settee and chairs, and work table with Internet connection. Wood burner plus two storage heaters to provide extra warmth if required.
  • Dining area: Well- lit dining table, dining chairs (x 4), dresser base for storage and glorious views over the Marchants garden.
  • Bedroom: Zip & Link bed (for use as a double or two single beds), simple clothes rack, clothes hangers and a storage heater to provide extra warmth if required.
  • Shower Room: Good-sized shower, wash basin, toilet, shelving and towel rail.

Location & Nearby Highlights

Situated in the village of Laughton, our location offers an opportunity to discover the eastern flanks of this splendid County.

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Interesting towns abound. Nearest is the historic and architecturally rich town of Lewes (6m) where there are good eateries. On the coast Eastbourne (11m) boasts sunshine and beaches. Westward lies the cliff chain of the ‘Seven Sisters’ terminating in the chalk mass of Beachy Head, an icon recognised the world over. The bustling City of Brighton & Hove ½ hour away, offers more cosmopolitan entertainment.

For garden lovers there is much to explore, the most renowned of these being Sissinghurst Castle, Great Dixter Garden, both visitable in a day and Charleston (4m), home also to a successful Literary Festival and newer Garden Festival.

Opera lovers will be enticed by renowned Glyndebourne Opera House (3m), its summer season (May-September) hosting 5 or more innovative productions. If you like to wash your Opera down with good Champagne, award winning ‘Breaky Bottom Vineyard’ (10m) is set in the Ouse Valley, and the younger venture of ‘Rathfinny Wine Estate’ (6m) with its excellent wine, visitor centre and good food should suit.

Add to the above superb walking, swimming, sailing, fishing, paragliding, serious art galleries, etc  you will discover East Sussex has much to offer.

There are excellent farmers markets in Lewes (Friday) and Hailsham (second Saturday in the month), and the Laughton village shop is a treasure, well supplied and very friendly service. Waitrose and Tescos are a short drive away in Lewes. Enjoy a basket of seasonal produce from Graham’s organic vegetable garden when available.