Corina and Dominic Buckwell both grew up in Sussex and returned in 2002 to make their home here again. They bought old Upper Lodge in which burnt down four days after they moved in... so new Upper Lodge was designed to replace the original building and they finally moved in again (for good!) in 2004. The house subsequently won a Sussex Heritage Trust Award for their architects.
It is listed in the East Sussex edition of Pevsner's 'The Buildings of England as follows; "Rebuilt 2003-4 by Ian Smalley of Neil Holland Architects. An imaginative re-interpretation of the c17 hunting lodge, destroyed by fire, that stood on the site. Doll's-house proportions, hipped roof with bold cornice, corner pilasters composed of tile creasing, and tile hung elevations between."
In the 17th century it was a game keeper's house and hunting lodge for the Earls of Dorset when they came to their Broyle deer park. Subsequently in the 18th century, because of its isolated position, it was used as a pesthouse for smallpox sufferers. Since then it was used by tenant farmers of Lord de la Warr and then the Christies of Glyndebourne, before being sold to the Foord family who farmed here for a hundred years.
Because Corina and Dominic wanted to be able to share their love of Sussex, with its countryside and rich cultural heritage, they converted the Tack Barn from a disused stable into a perfect little holiday cottage in 2014 with help from another local architect Sally Williams who specialises in eco-buildings inspired by environment, place, and sustainability. The Tack Barn won Self-Catering Property of the Year in the inaugural i-Paper Staycation Awards 2019.