Quebec Barn


2.2 miles S of Alfriston | Sleeps 4 + cot*

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7 Nights from £572

Bedroom details

Bedroom 1


Bedroom 2

Trundle bed

This historic property is situated in the unspoilt village of West Dean in the Cuckmere Valley close to the village of Alfriston and the Seven Sisters Country Park. The village, which is in the middle of Friston Forest, was originally a Manorial Farm and nearby all the structures are converted flint barns and buildings which date to 1220.

Quebec Barn is a carefully converted Grade II Listed, award-winning barn named after the Canadians that were based here in the 1940s. Although the barn has many mod-cons such as under-floor heating, it still retains much of its history including graffiti and artefacts from when the soldiers were based here up until the Normandy landings in June 1944. The east wall is lime plaster and lath wall with chestnut laths from the 17th Century.

You enter the barn via one flight of steps into the hallway which leads to a fully fitted kitchen and an open plan living area with whitewashed beams and wooden flooring throughout. The living area is cosy with sofas, armchairs and a delightful wood-burning stove with access to logs in the log shed. The dining-table can seat up to six people, so large enough if you wish to entertain friends.

Coffee lovers can look forward to making good coffee with the Italian Lavazza machine and a supply of pods. More pods are available to buy from the farm shop. There is also a cafetiere to make your favourite blend and also an artisan roaster "Liquid Spirit". There is a range from Mexico to Indonesia in coffee beans or grounds for you to enjoy from the roastery.

Along the hallway is the main bedroom with a king-size double bed. There is a second bedroom, equipped with a single bed and a trundle single, and a family bathroom.

If you need to connect with the outside world the barn has superfast WiFi.

As you step outside there is a small table and chairs, a lovely spot for a morning coffee whilst you plan your day. The gardens that surround the barn belong to the owner and there is a useful paddock which guests can enjoy, play games with the children, have a barbecue or give the dogs a quick walk.

The 1957 Walled Garden produces apples for sugar-free organic juice and chutneys available from the farm shop. On arrival there will be a basket of apples and a liquidiser for you to make apple juice too. The farm juice is pasturised, pesticide free and with no added water.

From the farm shop you can purchase home-made produce including mulberry white wine vinegar, mulberry jams, chutneys and the most delicious apple and pear juice.

Guests can enquire about an archaeology tour and find out the history of the farm buildings including the West Dean Dovecote, which is the best-preserved part of the old farm buildings and dates from the Medieval era.

The gardens that surround the cottages are private. The paddock next to the drive toHeringaud Barn (5251) is available for a dog walk or a barbecue.

Explore Friston Forest including two national paths, The South Downs Way and Merchants Way, which are popular with walkers and cyclists. Nearby Lullington Heath is a rare chalk downland heath in the centre of the forest.

Visit the chocolate-box village of Alfriston, recently named as the best village in the UK and home to the famous St Andrews Church and Alfriston Clergy House which is the first property acquired by the National Trust. This picturesque village has several independent shops, tearooms, pubs and restaurants. Just outside the village is Rathfinney wine estate where you can pre-book a wine tasting tour.

Enjoy a stroll along the Cuckmere River back towards the coast and take in the views including the chalk carving of Litlington White Horse.

Take in an opera at Glyndebourne and enjoy a picnic in the grounds or dine in one of the on site restaurants.

The county town of Lewes has a castle and where you will find Anne of Cleves House. Lewes is perfect for a little retail therapy, antiques shopping including book shops.

Other places to visit include Drusilla's Zoo Park, Pevensey Castle and Charleston Farmhouse, home of the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell (sister of Virginia Woolf). Walk around The Long Man of Wilmington or perhaps visit the coastal towns of Seaford, Eastbourne or Brighton.

First Floor

Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. Smart TV, DVD player and wood-burner. Gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge with ice-box, washing machine and dishwasher

Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed (5')

Bedroom 2 with single bed (3') and truckle bed (3')

Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, WC and wash-basin

Please take care, there are sloping ceilings. Quebec Barn is on a narrow lane. *A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.


  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • High chair
  • Arrive/Depart Friday
  • Short breaks available
  • Wood-burner/Open fire
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Superfast WiFi
  • No smoking
  • Pub 1.5 miles
  • Garden furniture and barbecue
  • Full gas-fired CH (under-floor)

Part of Dovecote Garden

Sleeps 8 + 3 cots in 2 properties