See how a charming cottage in West Sussex was transformed from two homes into one

Be inspired by this thoughtfully renovated family home in the South Downs
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  • Coldharbour is a beautiful family home, occupying an idyllic position in rural West Sussex. The impressive family house originally stood as two separate cottages, believed to date back to the 1600s, yet despite such heritage, it’s remained unlisted. It’s therefore been possible to carry out extensive refurbishments in recent years – transforming the two smaller cottages into one spectacular house.

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    The results of clever renovations are this superbly comfortable, elegant and beautiful family home…


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    When two become one! From the exterior it’s hard to even see that this home was formerly two different cottages.

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    What a way to make an entrance! A statuesque arbour-style porch clearly signals the front door. Raised beds create interest in the patio area outside the front. Nestled in the lee of the South Downs and within the National Park itself, this home offers magnificent views in all directions… and it’s not too shabby inside, either.


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    There’s kitchen envy on offer in large measures in this stunning space. The open-plan kitchen/dining/family room is the heart of this home. An impressive central island provides the ideal focal point, made even more pronounced thanks to a striking shade of blue.

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    A generous seating area provides the perfect spot for relaxation. This thoughtfully designed open-plan living space benefits from direct access out to the patio and gardens. The wonderfully spacious area is flooded with light from all four sides.

    Breakfast area

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    A further dining area provides the ideal space for social gatherings and evening mealtimes.

    Living room

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    No country retreat is complete without a working fireplace. This inglenook fireplace creates a warming and welcoming focal point in the main living room. Clever built-in shelving makes the most of recess spaces either side of the hearth – making the best use of space.

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    This fantastic living space is made ultra-light and airy thanks to clever skylight windows overhead and floor-to-ceiling window panes on the far side – offering views overlooking the beautiful gardens on one side and rolling fields on the other.

    Harking back to the times before wall-mounted TVs took centre stage, this space is all about the books and artwork. This element creates the ideal spot to retreat with a good read and a cuppa. And it’s made all the more inviting by the log-burning stove.


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    Smart fitted wardrobes transform the master bedroom, giving the room a great sense of space. We love how the original fireplace has been removed but the space is now being used as a savvy storage alcove.


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    This second floor small, but perfectly formed, bathroom offers everything you can need. From the in-built shelving to the floating wall-mounted sink, this smart bathroom makes the most of a small space.


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    In the grounds of the property lives the greenhouse of dreams. Just think how many tomatoes you could grow in there!

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    In addition to the main house, Coldharbour boasts a fully-renovated barn within the grounds. The beautifully presented, self-contained, one-bedroom guest barn is housed over two floors and is ideal for multi-generational living. The ground floor has a generous sitting room with a vaulted ceiling and log burner along with a modern fitted kitchen. The second floor comprises a double bedroom with en-suite.

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    This impressive home is currently on the market with agents Savills, with an asking price of £1,950,000. We can’t afford the house, but we will take away plenty of inspiration.

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