Sky is the limit for eco house in Lewes

The view over Lewes from the Skyhouse
The view over Lewes from the Skyhouse

“A model for the way forward, not just for Lewes but for the whole country,” was how Norman Baker described the town’s zero carbon home and guest accommodation.

The Lewes MP officially opened Skyhouse Sussex on Friday March 27 in Cuilfail with its owner Amy Burgess.

Norman Baker with Amy Burgess

Norman Baker with Amy Burgess

It is a two-storey eco property, powered by 32 solar panels and biomass energy, has an A+ energy rating and currently feeds back more electricity to the National Grid than it consumes.

Mr Baker said: “Skyhouse is not just worthy in environmental terms but is a lovely place to live.

“It demonstrates that it’s perfectly possible to help save the planet and live in a pleasant way.”

The ground floor of the house operates as Skyhouse Eco Chic Bed and Breakfast.

The MP called for more effort nationally to tighten up building regulations and for proper incentives to use renewable energy.

He praised Skyhouse as a beacon for the direction house building should take before cutting a green ribbon with Amy and declaring Skyhouse open.

Amy, 59, who moved to Lewes four years ago, said her inspiration for building an eco house and green business in Sussex came in part from meeting Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop.

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