Barnsgate Manor tea room and restaurant could revert to being a house

The former wedding venue and events complex at Barnsgate Manor. Plans have been submitted to change the use of a tearoom and restaurant there into a house.

A tea room and restaurant, with flat above, at Barnsgate Manor, Herons Ghyll, could be turned into a four/five bedroom house.

Barn Cottage, or Barnsgate Manor Tea Room as it was known latterly, was subject to a lease on the whole site which has ended.

Planning documents before Wealden Council say at present it is urgently in need of re-use.

Also on the site are the Ashdown Suite, a substantial restaurant and function room with reception desk, barbecue terrace and lower ground floor bar/function room; and Old Barn a single-storey function room and bar.

There is also a Winery, a former winery and shop, and a Wedding Room.


Barn Cottage was a farmhouse overlooking an established vineyard before the use of its ground floor was changed in 1980 to allow wine tasting.

The first floor was retained as the home of the vineyard manager.

Then eight years later a restaurant use was added to the ground floor tasting area.

Plans for the building to revert to being a home with four/five bedrooms say there would only be minor internal changes to achieve the use. 

A statement with the planning application says: “The proposed change of use of the ground floor or Barn Cottage is required because the current lease of the wider site as a wedding and functions venue with restaurants and ancillary buildings is at an end, and there is no likelihood of the business being restored.”

Planning application WD/2021/003/F was submitted by Mrs G. Harmsworth and details can be found on the Wealden Council website.

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