Top award for conversion of ancient barn

Julian Martyr is pictured with the award

Julian Martyr is pictured with the award

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A BARN in the Cuckmere Valley has been given a prestigious award.

Quebec Barn was presented with an award from the Sussex Heritage Trust and praised for enhancing and preserving the character of a listed barn by Lord Egremont of Petworth House.

Quebec Barn, which dates from 1597, is now a holiday let barn for up to six people in the Cuckmere Valley in the South Downs National Park and next to the Church in the Area of Outstanding National Beauty of West Dean Village.

The barn originated as a 16th century oxen barn with a granary above, then it was a stable, use by the Canadian forces during WW2 and most recently it was used as a chicken barn.

It is part of the old settlement at West Dean which was originally a manorial farm noted in the Domesday Book 1086.

It is part of Dovecote Garden Farm owned by former Eastbourne hotelier Julian Martyr.

He said, “The award supports the decision to conserve this old barn. It was an At Risk Building but now can be enjoyed on holiday or as an ancient Sussex farm building when visiting the farm.”