Explore this 14th-century Sussex hall house

Love real homes? Take a tour of this beautiful Tudor home in East Sussex

The owner, who runs a boutique B&B, bought this Grade II listed property in 2012 and lives here with his partner. The house has a reception room, hall, kitchen-diner, library, office, snug and four bedrooms, three of which are en suite.

‘The house is quintessentially English, says the owner. ‘We had been looking for a while for a period property, but they can be quite small and dark. This one stood out because of its generous proportions. It also offered the opportunity for me to work from home running the B&B. We re-organised the interior to create three en-suite guest bedrooms as well as two additional private rooms.’

The aim was an elegant, cosy and slightly whimsical home and the owner was prepared to search high and low for the antique furniture and luxe fabrics he wanted. ‘I enjoy mixing antiques from different periods and matching them with modern prints, which works particularly well set against the Tudor beams and the uneven wattle-and-daub walls in a home like this.’



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Now that its finished the couple love sharing their home with those that visit. ‘It was so gratifying to restore the house to its former glory that we wanted others to be part of it.’

2/10 Reception room

country hallway with spacious reception

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For the owners, this spacious entrance is the most important area. ‘It’s the first room people see when they come in and it sets the tone for the rest of the house.’ The wattle-and-daub walls are full of character but can be challenging when it comes to wall art. Here a selection of framed pictures are interspersed with a wreath and mirror, some centred between beams and some mounted on them.

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3/10 Hall

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The couple lived in the house while it was renovated from top to bottom. This included installing new electrics and plumbing. The house features a series of staircases and half landings, all of which create a home full of character and one that is particularly cosy in winter. Here, a small beamed corridor leads to the snug where a welcoming log fire glows.

4/10 Snug fireplace

country living room with mid century furniture

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An inglenook fireplace is the star attraction in the snug. With such an imposing feature, the owners have kept the rest of the space simple with modern, rather than antique, furniture providing a fresh contrast to its period setting. ‘My aim was to introduce an eclectic juxtaposition of old and new, including bright colours and modern fabrics against period furniture and ancient beams.’

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5/10 Snug drinks corner

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At one end of the snug, the owners have turned a corner into a little bar area. A mini sideboard stores a selection of favourite tipples, while the shelves above display a selection of glassware and decanters.

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6/10 Kitchen

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The owners have chosen bold burgundy cabinetry to contrast with the period features. Updating the kitchen was one of the main restoration works and this room is a wonderful surprise. ‘Its important that everything has great aesthetic value so that when you walk into a room there is a sense of unexpected delight,’ says the owner.

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7/10 Dining room

dining room with wooden flooring

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The owners didn’t start out with a grand plan for the interior décor of their home - rather it was an organic design process. The first step was to select the colours and fabrics for each room. In the elegant dining area, a smart Roman blind and a Georgian drop-leaf table make the best use of space.

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8/10 Guest bedroom

bedroom with double bed with pillows

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A collection of plates form a focal point above the bed. Headboard, valance and cushions are perfectly tailored in smart stripes. ‘We knocked out walls inside and built new ones,’ says the owner. ‘But there were no extensions or exterior changes apart from a new window and French windows in the ground-floor bedroom.’

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9/10 Second guest bedroom

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The couple worked with a builder experienced in period houses. ‘The building has shifted and warped with time,’ says the owner, ‘so everything was custom made. Not a single door, window or floorboard is a standard size.’ In the second guest room, the headboard fabric complements the colour of a pair of 19th-century French cabinets, used here (just seen) as bedside cabinets.

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10/10 Bathroom

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Tongue-and-groove panels have been painted in stripes to complement the elegant Georgian dresser serving as a washstand. ‘The interior design was not dictated by the age or history of the house,’ says the owner. ‘It was just a fantastic backdrop. I didn’t feel beholden to it, but it was a lovely canvas to work with.’

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