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We're open again in April 2023!

Advance booking is essential as the barn relies on voluntary wardens.

Quick facts

  • Our building is a beautifully converted real barn.
  • It relies only on natural heating and can be cool - but always with a warm welcome.
  • You must bring a sleeping bag.
  • We have a maximum of 11 spaces in a dorm-style room, divided into 3 sections.
  • There are 8 bunk beds and 3 sleeping platform spaces.
  • We are closed daytime from 10 am to 5 pm (10:00 to 17:00).
  • People from 5 to 17 years are welcome with a responsible adult. You can claim a discount on booking.
  • We offer a 'green discount' when you arrive by foot, cycle or public transport.
  • If you can fill the barn (11 people) you can claim a discount on arrival.
  • We have Wi-Fi, but mobile reception is unreliable.
  • We have an excellent kitchen and there are two good local pubs for food.
  • By making a booking you agree to our terms and conditions (pdf, 210 kB).
  • Absolutely no motor vehicles beyond the road entrance, even for unloading luggage.
  • A warden will be present when the barn is open.

If no availability is shown for the dates you would like, please contact us. We may be able to help.

Email: book@puttenhambarn.uk   Phone: 01483 811001 (+44 1483 811001)

You should read our detailed information sheets (pdf, 240 kB) on the barn before you come to stay.

Booking with this website gives you the best price - guaranteed. The exact prices are shown when you book.

And please read the rest of the page below - it has useful information.

Opening Dates

Advance booking is essential - just a reminder.

Dates are arrival dates.

Details for 2023

From April to the end of October 2023 we plan to open for most nights, including every weekend. Let us know in advance when you would like to stay, as we operate a flexible wardening scheme and often can open to fit in with what you are planning. We also know that if you are walking or cycling how important it can be to be completely sure of accommodation on a particular night.

How it works

  • The cost per adult is £20 each per night. The cost is £15 each per night for young people from 5 - 17 years old. For a 'sole use' family group there is no lower age limit. You can claim a £10 discount per day per group on arrival if you can fill the barn with 11 people of any age.
  • In line with our operating principles, we give a 'green discount' of £3 per night per person if arriving by foot, bicycle, or public transport.
  • We offer a 'Sole use' option for booking. Please ask for the rates.
  • If you are a member of "Friends of Nature" we offer free sleeping bag hire. Please ask.
  • Cancellation notice: if you have to cancel please give us as much notice as possible. The deadline for telling us is 12 noon. We are able to refund you the following for your booking:
    • 3 full days or more notice - 90 %
    • less than 3 full days notice - 0 %
    • If you simply don't arrive and don't tell us - a 'no-show' - then we ask you to pay for the whole booking. If you bring fewer people than you booked space for, then we also ask for the full payment.
  • We are closed between 10 am and 5 pm (10:00 to 17:00) and ask people to arrive by 9 pm (21:00).
  • A warden will be present when the barn is open.

Optional extras:

  • We have a limited number of sleeping bags and towels for hire. A sleeping bag with freshly washed liner is £3 per person per stay. A towel is £1 per person per stay. Please email us to reserve these. Please bring your own if possible.
  • Membership of Project Oasis North Downs £6 (unwaged £4) - to support the Project and receive an occasional newsletter.


  • The barn can normally sleep up to 11 visitors, and we welcome individuals, families or groups.
  • The barn is unsuitable for groups likely to be very noisy, as we have nearby neighbours in a very rural setting. 'Sole use' bookings are accepted on the understanding that there is a warden on the premises whenever the barn is open. He or she is likely to need to share the kitchen with you. Our barn exists to benefit people wishing to enjoy the countryside for recreational activities and we reserve the right to cancel group bookings considered unsuitable.
  • If you are booking the barn for a group, please ensure all participants see our information sheets (pdf, 240 kB) ahead of their visit. Then everyone can have an idea of what to expect.
  • The barn provides a well equipped cooking and eating area, and bunk beds or a sleeping platform in the sleeping area. You will need sleeping bags - bring your own together with something for a pillow. A base layer or camping mat can also be useful, as well as a towel. Don't forget to bring your own food too. There are good local pubs which usually serve meals, but there is no local food store in Puttenham. There is a limited number of items for sale at the barn.
  • The nearest shop selling food is the Post Office at Shackleford, precisely two miles south (OS map grid reference SU 935 455). It is open on mornings only, seven days a week.
  • There is no car or motor-cycle parking at the barn, not even for unloading. This is a condition of our lease.

WiFi and other technology

We have Wi-Fi but mobile phone reception is unreliable because of the beautiful landscape. We don't even have a television.

The local pubs may also have Wi-Fi, but that's not guaranteed. Mobiles may work better after a short walk along the road. The user may feel better too.


We cannot accommodate pets, but make an exception for guide dogs and other assistance dogs.

Access for all

Our organisation tries to accommodate all those seeking a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, regardless of their ability. Along with many organisations, we have a formal access statement (pdf, 74k) to show how we comply with typical visitor needs and requirements. Please understand the challenge that our old building gives in meeting these ideals.

Travel Information

See our Getting here page.

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