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The Dovecote Garden - Quebec Barn

West Dean, Seaford Grade 0 Star rating View Map
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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 (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.

6 steps from road to entrance. All on one level: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and wooden floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

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. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. 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 StoreBike Store
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • Satellite TVSatellite TV
  • Woodburning StoveWoodburning Stove
  • WifiWifi
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 2015-07-10
    Lovely barn conversion in an idyllic spot, lots of countryside and coastal walks. Internally the barn is well laid out and comfortable.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 2015-10-09
    My sister and I booked Quebec Barn for the week to visit family in Eastbourne. It was a lovely retreat in the beautiful setting of West Dean in the Seven Sisters national park. It truly felt like a restful holiday even though I was recovering from abdominal surgery and our Gran was in hospital. The barn is perfectly kitted out and lovely and warm with underfloor heating! The blinds in the bedrooms were blackout keeping the rooms dark allowing well needed lie ins. The sofas were very comfortable contrary to other reviews. There was no phone signal (Vodafone) but the wifi worked very well, we were even able to watch Netflix without any issues. Julian was very helpful and friendly and even left us a wonderful homemade lemon drizzle cake, tea/coffee and fresh milk! The parking space has been levelled out and covered with gravel making parking very easy. We are hoping to return next year!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 2015-04-17
    The Quebec barn is beautiful located in westdean. Very nice location for walking, we rarely used our car. The barn is perhaps a bit small compared with other cottages we have staid in, but we didn't mind. For the 2 of us it was big enough. Owner is very friendly. We will definitely come back in the future.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 2015-03-06
    Very quiet, attractive location. Walks from the door to stunning scenery. Apartment cosy for winter rental.: compact and fine for two people, but would be tight for more.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 2015-01-30
    Everything was in good order with the exception of the boiler which was not working. It turned out that the fault was a valve affecting the pressure and this was replaced by the engineer the day before our departure. After a couple of cold days initially however we had managed to get the heating working fairly well and were comfortable thereafter. The location did not suit us as we would have preferred to be nearer to Eastbourne. The cottage was generally clean although there were areas which could have been cleaner. No coffee machine was available and we had to buy one for our own use.

    Response from: Administrator

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your feedback. We are really sorry that the boiler was malfunctioning on your stay. We did get hot water and heating straight back on when it was reported and between us it ran until the new part arrived and fixed it permanently. There is a Cafetiere in the property and we do have a coffee machine here on request. But with your comments in mind we have now put the machine in Quebec barn.

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8.3 out of 10 – based on 11 reviews collected by Reevoo

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