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The Dovecote Garden - Monks Granary Barn

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West Dean, Seaford
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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 (hire centre, 1/2 mile), 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 double 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. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Shared use of freezer. 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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  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • Bike StoreBike Store
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • WifiWifi
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection
  • Open PlanOpen Plan

Customer Comments

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 28/03/2016
    We enjoyed our stay but the bed was a little small for us as we are used to a larger space to sleep - the rest was fine.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/10/2015
    Beautiful location and cosy comfortable cottage

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 10/07/2015
    a wonderful cottage!

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 28/08/2015
    Nice cottage but more suitable for keen walkers as the lanes for the elderly are narrow and the nearest pub or shop is a good distance away. However Sky TV was a bonus and very private for each of the residents which was an advantage . Good bus services to Eastbourne or Brighton if you do not wish to take a car.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 21/08/2015
    The cottage was ideally situated for our needs,great walks on the doorstep and within easy reach of Eastbourne, Lewes and Brighton.We found the surroundings very peaceful and full of historical interest.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 10/08/2015
    For a townie like me it was bliss to escape the office job for a few days. This site ouses history and is a bit of old England! Barn perfectly equipped for 2 people and a dog. In fact Digit our pet could not beleive his luck when he had a field all to himself. No shops around so we took food with us. Once we parked the car we did not use again until we went home as we are walkers and are following the South Downs Way which is on the doorstep. Only thing to mention is you have to go through Pigs barn courtyard to get to Monks Granary. This was not a problem for us or the ammicable guests in Pigs barn as we kept different hours. Must mention the lemon drizzle cake left by the owners it was delicious -thank you

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 08/06/2015
    Lovely location for forest and coastal walking. Small, but fine for two people and well equipped and comfortable. Delicious lemon cake on arrival!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/06/2015
    Lovely cottage, peaceful site,excellent walks from doorstep.

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9.2 out of 10 – based on 12 reviews collected by Reevoo
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