Oast House


A vernacular icon restored

With its distinctive conical roof, the oast house, an agricultural building originally used for drying hops, is the defining architectural feature of the Sussex and Kent countryside. This example, set on a quiet lane near the village of Isfield, north of Lewes, had lain empty and unloved for many years, and was semi-derelict. Pfeiffer Design worked closely with a local developer to transform it into a beautiful family home ready for sale.

The Oast House was a labour of love for us and the developers; there were numerous issues with the local authority’s conservation department that required careful negotiation and resolution. The spectacular results, however, made it all worthwhile.

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