A manda

Country Homes & Interiors - - EAST SUSSEX COTTAGE -

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.

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