Take a tour around a 17th-century cottage

This one-of-a-kind home is filled with quirky artistic touches. Take a look inside this cosy cottage house tour as featured in 25 Beautiful Homes. Inspiring ideas and inspiration from readers' homes

This 17th-century cottage in West Sussex has a modern extension, hall, sitting room, open-plan kitchen-diner, media room, boot room, 3 bedrooms (one en suite) and 2 bathrooms.

1/8 Exterior

house exterior with garden area

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Robert Sanderson)

2/8 Sitting room

sitting room with brick walls

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Robert Sanderson)

A seat beside the fire gives the living room a warm, cosy feel.

Find a similar chair at The English Sofa Company. The coffee table is from Axel Vervoordt.

3/8 Kitchen-diner

kitchen with white cabinet and marble worktop

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Robert Sanderson)

The kitchen has deliberately been kept simple to allow the eye to take in the beautiful view of the surrounding gardens and countryside beyond.

Shaw Stone sells granite worktops.

4/8 Media room

living room with sofa and floral cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Robert Sanderson)

Pretty vintage-style florals lift the dark colours in the media room.

The curtains are in fabric from Nicholas Haslam.

5/8 Hallway

hallway area with console table

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Robert Sanderson)

Religious carved and painted wood sculptures make a focal point on the console table in the hallway.

Lombok sells console tables like this.

6/8 Dining room

dining room with round dining table and white chairs

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Robert Sanderson)

A collection of pewter and silverware takes pride of place in the dining room.

The Hemingway table from John Lewis is similar to this one, and the chair covers are in fabric from Nicholas Haslam.

7/8 Bedroom

bedroom with sloping ceilings and off white lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Robert Sanderson)

Interesting proportions, created by low, sloping ceilings, make the bedroom extra cosy.

You can find a similar bed at Feather & Black.

8/8 Bathroom

bathroom with white bathtub and towels

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Robert Sanderson)

Thanks to the paintwork, the bathroom is wonderfully light and fresh.

The walls are in Not Totally White from Papers and Paints.

Looking for more modern decorating inspiration from 25 Beautiful Homes readers' houses? Check out our House Tours section for everything from a glamorous converted church to a modern renovation.

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.