Heading south towards the coast sits a very fine manor house at West Dean that dates back to Norman times.

In addition to the main house, the property comprises guest and lodge cottages, a dovecote listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and an historic long barn.

Aylesford was appointed to work with the owners on a phased programme. This involved a comprehensive restoration of the Grade II * listed Manor House, together with conversion and upgrading of a large cottage for guests, and restoration of the dovecote (a scheduled ancient monument) and refurbishment of a pair of lodge cottages for staff. The estate includes a Long Barn and Clockhouse that now benefit from a detailed conservation-led programme of repair and maintenance.

The project required careful planning; negotiations with English Heritage, local planning and conservation departments; archaeological and environmental studies, together with skilled management of logistics since the owners remained in residence during the programme of works