Step inside this 15th century West Sussex home

This west sussex former rectory, with traditional features at every turn, is brimming with character and charm perfect for family life. For more house tours, visit Housetohome

Property: A Grade II listed former rectory dating from 1439 with more recent extensions.
Space: Hall, kitchen, dining room, study, library/TV room, living room, children's play area/snug, 3 claokrooms, utility, pantry, office, 7 bedrooms (2 en-suite), playroom, attic room, 2 dressing rooms.

1/9 Exterior

exteriors with former rectory with trees

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

This former rectory, sits on a monastery and is set in 30 acres of land, with a bluebell wood, and the sea at the bottom of the garden.

2/9 Living room with exposed beams

hallway with exposed beams and white sofa

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

The vast expanse of wooden beams and panels in the living room is broken up with classic furniture like this white sofa,

These sofas are from George Smith. Similar chairs can be found at Sweetpea & WIllow.

3/9 Dining room

dining room with acrylic chairs and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

An old refectory table sits in this impressive dining room with mismatched dining chairs creating a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere.  A colourful chandelier sits above the table adding understated elegance.

For a similar table head to Maison, and go to Philippe Starck for clear acrylic chairs.

4/9 Living room

living room with coffee table and stone fireplace

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

In order to mix old and new, the owners chose to offset period windows with modern sofas.  An imposing stone fireplace is balanced out with a neutral carpet and coffee table, made from a butchers block.

Similar sofas can be sourced at Sofa Workshop, and try Cargo for rustic coffee tables.

5/9 Modern country kitchen

kitchen with floating shelves and tableware

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

An eclectic touch is added in the kitchen with a chunky wooden butcher block acting as a kitchen island.  Floating shelves act as practical storage and as a perfect place to show off decorative tableware and crockery.

For butchers blocks, try Kit Stone, and get these floating shelves from IKEA.

6/9 Guest bedroom

bedroom with chandelier and bedlinen

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

This French-inspired guest bedroom is kept simple, with accents of navy blue in the soft furnishings. The main focus lies above the headboard, with a simple photograph in an ornate frame facing an elaborate and ornate glass chandelier.

For a similar chandelier go to Mangan Antiques. Find bedlinen and soft furnishings like this at Feather & Black.

7/9 White bedroom

bedroom with chandelier and cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

black and white bedroom scheme compliments the beautiful wooden features, like the door panelling and the exposed beams. Simple white bedlinen keeps the room light and airy, while a decorative chandelier adds interest.

For similar bedlinen, go to Feather & BlackDesigners Guild stocks a wide range of gorgeous cushions.

8/9 Children’s bedroom

childrens bedroom with table lamp and wooden door

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

A classic nautical-inspired boy's bedroom is created using shades of blue and beach signs.  Photo canvases and wooden letters help to make the space more personal.

For wooden letters, go to, and get childrens bedlinen, and accessories from The White Company.

9/9 Bathroom

bathroom with bathtub and ladder storage

(Image credit: Future PLC/Polly Eltes)

A slipper bath is a focal point in this bathroom. It's complimented by neutral mosaic tiles, and metal lettering around the top of the room. Statement ladder storage keeps the look contemporary.

For ladder storage like this, go to Orchid. For a similar bath, head to BC Designs.

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.