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The Dovecote Garden - Old Manor House Pig Barn

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West Dean, Seaford
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Archaeology and history buffs will be in their element whilst staying at this Grade II listed barn steeped in history.

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. Superfast broadband 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

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 22/04/2016
    The only issue we had was with using or being unable to use the ovan as on arrival we had been warned by the owner that the smoke detector had a habit of going off when using the oven and there was little he could do about it. We did try using the oven with the fan on full but on the both occasions the alarm just went off and it was very very loud the last time it went off was for about five minutes. So we could not cook any of the food we had brought with use it was all wasted sorry to say. Did try ring the owner but could not get him on the phone. I think also that maybe the barn being small is ok for a long weekend only.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; I am sorry your Break was affected by the alarms sounding. I have ordered two new detectors to replace the others which were still in date, which will be in place in the next few days. We are in the Farmhouse 50m away as I said when you arrived, every evening so I am sorry you could not get help from us. Many of our Guests are regular customers who love Old Manor House Pig Barn but we do have a larger property, Quebec Barn for Guests who would like a little more space. I hope we can welcome you there.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 08/04/2016
    Fantastic location, beautiful property and lovely furnishings. Would definitely recommend & use again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 29/01/2016
    Thank you for making us so welcome. We arrived to a home made cake, milk sugar and tea. What a welcome! The area is great for walking and wild life. Take a camera!

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 25/09/2015

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/08/2015
    Beautiful accomodation in a beautiful location, that's it!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 17/08/2015
    Great place to stay , going to book for next year

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9.1 out of 10 – based on 18 reviews collected by Reevoo
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