and Niall Burnside had always loved one particular village in East Sussex. ‘We were drawn to it and we looked at several houses that were all renovation projects, but they all went to sealed bids and we never managed to buy one,’ says Amanda.
Then in 2015, she spotted an idyllic cottage for sale online. ‘It had been on the market for a while, possibly because it had listed status,’ she says. ‘We booked a viewing, even though our own home wasn’t on the market. It was the only house we’ve walked into and been sold on immediately. We fell in love with its character, history charm and location and said to each other, “We’ve got to have this”.’
The cottage is a village landmark and reputedly the oldest building there. ‘It was owned by a couple in their 90s who had lived in it for 30 years. We knew we really wanted it, even though it needed a great deal of work. We love renovating – it’s a hobby for us. We’ve done up five houses in total now and all our previous houses have been typically old properties.’
Amanda and Niall put their house on the market straight away and, fortunately, sold it quickly. ‘We then had a specialist survey done which ran to 57 pages, but we still went ahead with the sale!’ Because the
Kitchen Wood flooring and worktops add a warm note. Allendale cabinets in Dove Grey; splashback painted in Blackened, Farrow &Ball, both Howdens.