It's a grade II* listed 16th-century Sussex Longhouse, split into two dwellings. You can see the South Downs from your pillow in the big bedroom. A quintessential English village: deep countryside but in easy reach of London, and Brighton just over the hill. It's idyllic.
It's a historic building, deceptively large but with the original 16th-century oak beam low ceilings in one part of the house. It was doubled in size in the 80s to include a full height glazed conservatory which floods the southern aspect with light. We have just finished extending the kitchen which now has full-width bifold doors opening out onto the patio with a fab view of the hills, and a cool built-in barbeque. It's quaint and quirky but very well appointed, comfortable and commodious at the same time.
All parts of the house and grounds – including 'The 'Eco', our garden games room, which also has a double sofa bed, a huge sofa, tv and XBox, shower, toilet, microwave and fridge – and our 2.5 acre field are available for guests to enjoy. The 'games room' has been doubled in size in the last year and can sleep up to 6 friendly teenagers (or indeed older people, as long as they don't mind sharing) in comfort, and about 10 if they adopt a camping attitude! If you genuinely intend to populate it with more staying guests we would need to come to an agreement for extra rental. We are away for a week in July and one in August and see this as a full blown holiday opportunity to live in a quintessential English village in an ancient but modern equipped large cottage. It could very well suit a bunch of people down for a wedding or some such.
We are away for the duration of the stay but are very happy to answer phone calls or emails.
Our good neighbours are in the front part of the building but the walls are so thick it is almost impossible to disturb them or be disturbed. Wifi, washer and dryer, dishwasher, piano and assorted TV screens are all available.
We expect guests to behave as we do, please. We have dogs, and the area is great for dogs, so a dog is OK but you must respect the furniture and house rules. No smoking in the house.
We are an active and lively family, Dad Aidan (young old guy), Mum Nicole (athletic 40-something), Ciaran (16) and Ethan (13). Plus our boxador Belle and bouncy boxcoll Reggie. We live in a lovely English village under the shadow of the South Downs near Brighton & are v grateful for our fab life. The village is quintessentially 'Olde English', complete with half timbered and thatched houses, but very easy to get into 'London by the Sea' - Brighton, with all its cultural opportunities - and indeed London itself is only an hour by train from the local station, a 15-minute drive away.