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The Dovecote Garden - Monks Granary Barn

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West Dean, Seaford, Sussex
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Free archaeology and history tours available for guests staying at this ancient site, once owned by Alfred the Great.

In the delightful Friston Forest village of Westdean, these carefully converted Grade II listed barns with exposed beams date back to 1597 and are double award winning (award for excellent conversion of a 16th-century listed ox barn). Now a Christmas tree and apple juice farm it was once owned by Alfred the Great. Free archaeology and history tour available for guests. Recent excavations revealed that the site had Neolithic occupation circa 2700BC, and an Elizabethan terrace and Jacobean banqueting house, the centre of a wider holding mentioned in the Domesday Book, which stretched from the River Cuckmere to Jevington. There are also ruins of an Elizabethan manor house, restored 14th-century dovecote and ox farmyard of the 18th and 19th century. Quebec Barn (ref 26956) was used as local headquarters by Canadian forces in WW ll. Walking plus cycle trails nearby, Seven Sisters Country Park, 1 mile, and a secluded beach 1½ miles. Cycle through the woods to the lighthouse, or down the lanes and breath the fresh air whilst spotting birds such as buzzards and egrets. In the evening why not cycle to the cosy pub nearby before retiring to your barn in the woods. Enjoy wildlife in the South Downs National Park. Horse riding stables, 5 miles at the old smuggling village of Alfriston. Visit Brighton and the historical ’Lanes’, Eastbourne and stroll along the Victorian pier, Drusillas Zoo, Beachy Head and Glyndebourne (opera in the grounds during the summer) within 5 miles. Pevensey Castle, Battle and 1066 country within 10 miles. Shops 4 miles, pubs 11/2 miles. Properties (refs 19748, 19749 and 26956) can be booked together for larger parties.

Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen with slate floors. 1 kingsize bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Cot or Z-bed on request.

Cot on request. iPod dock. Terrace and furniture. Barbecue.

All properties: Underfloor gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Smart Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Shared use of freezer. Superfast Wi-Fi. Shared use of owners grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Access to Monks Granary Barn (ref 19748) is via the terrace of Old Manor House Pig Barn (ref 19749).

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  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Dishwasher
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/10/2017
    Fantastic accommodation in a idyllic setting right on your door step.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017
    This was our second holiday at Monks Granary Barn. We had enjoyed our first stay so much that we decided to book another holiday there. After our arrival we discovered that the flush wasn't working and we had to asked the owner twice to fix it . He told us we needed a special technique to use it?!? which in the end didn't work for him either and he finally called a plumber. The flush was repaired less than one day before we left. That means we had no flush for almost one week.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/07/2017
    This was one of the best holidays we have had.No shops, no cars racing though the lanes ,just tranquillity.Perfect.but if you wanted leave this haven there were plenty of places to visit,we climbed the hills at Beachy Head ,strolled through Friston Wood and Seven Sisters park.The promanades at Eastbourne, Seaford and Bexhill were well worth visit. Already looking to rebook.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/05/2017
    The perfect location to recharge your batteries. Our host was brilliant and very knowledgeable about the local history. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/03/2017
    We will definitely be returning, it was a lovely out of the way retreat which suited us perfectly, with charming owners and comfy accommodation!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 20/03/2017
    If you like walking and have a dog, this is a great cottage in a lovely location, with plenty of good walks on your doorstep. The property is very cosy and very clean and perfect for two people . On top of that a nice welcome from one of the owners , and a home cooked cake and a pint of milk had been provided, nice touch. If you want a nice relaxing break , away from it all , this is the place to come

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/02/2017
    We had such a lovely peaceful holiday, staying in excellent accomodation in a beautiful part of the country. And perfect weather too! We have already rebooked Monks Granary Barn.

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9.2 out of 10 – based on 13 reviews collected by Reevoo
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