Mad About The House
In September 2018 we made the leap of faith move out of London to our dream home and little slice of Sussex countryside. Our 16th century cottage is situated on the outskirts of a pretty West Sussex village. In a round about way the cottage found us, so we like to think it was meant to be! We were viewing a different property down the road and were shown this one last minute on the same day. It hadn't popped up in any of our property searches so it was a welcome surprise when the agent suggested it. We felt a sense of belonging the minute we walked into the cottage and we both just knew right then and there it was going to be our family home.
The cottage although dated in decor was in amazing condition, the last lovely owners had taken such loving care of it and the surrounding gardens. They had recently extended the cottage with an Oak Orangery which has given it so much more space and light and works well with the cottages original character and features. Moving from our tiny two up, two down terrace cottage in London with its square of concrete garden,makes me pinch myself daily that we get to call this beautiful cottage home. The garden is the most wonderful space and has saved our sanity in lockdown. I'd never realised I had remotely green fingers until we moved here and I had to roll my sleeves up. In the middle of our beautiful orchard, the previous owners had created a kitchen garden area which is where the children and I now spend a lot of our time growing our own fruit and vegetables. We've also added more beds and a poly tunnel in the two years with been here to accommodate all the flowers we grow. This started as a project to grow our wedding flowers which was huge success but unfortunately like so many others, the wedding didn't happen last year and is still on hold for 2022 (everything crossed)!! The flowers didn't go to waste though I made up bouquets and gave them friends around the village, the rest were dried and made into my wreaths, which is what will happen again at the end of this summer too. (I currently have a waiting list for my wreaths, please do get in touch if you'd like me to add you.)
I look forward to showing you my flower journey this year. I learnt a lot in 2020 so hopefully there will be buckets full of colour and my drying room will be full to bursting in a few months.
Our cottage is around 400 years old and was originally the Gate Keepers cottage to the neighbouring forest and its road running through out. This would have been were you paid your toll to enter the forest and use the road. Unfortunately that is the only bit history we know about the house so far. I'd love to find out more and if i do i'll keep you posted!
Along with the cottage came a small paddock in which lives the most beautiful ancient Oak Tree. We have been told the Oak is older than the cottage by about 100 years!! It's absolutely huge and really quite magical against the sunrise.
I am truly, truly mad about this house and its gardens.