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The Dovecote Garden - Quebec Barn

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West Dean, Seaford, Sussex
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Quebec Barn is full of history from Neolithic occupation to WWII, and there’s even a restored 14th century dovecote in the grounds!

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.

3 steps from road to entrance. 7 steps to living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and wooden floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included) and green technology. Sitting-out area.

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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  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Dishwasher
  • Romantic Collection
    Romantic Collection
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Satellite TV
    Satellite TV
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Coastal Property
    Coastal Property
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Car Parking - On Site
    Car Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 30/03/2017
    Fabulous accommodation . Cosy. Well equipped and the owners were delightful The shower over the bath needs attention. Its holder is very inefficient and one has to hold the shower holder. Well presented and extremely clean and well loved.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 10/03/2017
    Loved our stay here. The accommodation was perfect for two with our dog in tow. Even though I am heavily pregnant we managed plenty of walks with many from the front door. The sofas were really comfortable and were ideal for resting weary legs after a days exploring. The village itself is wonderful and peaceful with easy access to get to other locations. Would definitely stay here again.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 17/02/2017
    great place to stay. We were just two, just perfect but i suspect it may be a little cramped for 4 people. Great walks for our dog about.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 30/09/2016
    We had a lovely time visiting an area I've not seen for 50 years - Quebec Barn was an excellent location from which to explore. a good place for local food - apart from that produced by the property owner there's the Sussex Ox, well worth a visit, and lots of places in Brighton, Riddle & Finns being the standout place for me. It was warm, the sea was clear & blue, the cliffs were entrancing, & Brighton fascinating as ever. Even the weathr was good!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/07/2016
    Fantastic barn in a beautiful location- very idyllic and relaxing.

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