Beautiful thatched cottage in Lancing

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The epitome of a picture perfect chocolate box cottage, The Old Cottage, in Mill Road, North Lancing, is thought to date from the early 1400s.

Presented in beautiful order throughout this home has some interesting history, having been in the same family for the past 29 years.

The gardens have been lovingly tended to and the interiors and exterior are in fine order.

The last three re-thatch have been completed by three generations of the Jarvis family, with the most recent being completed in 2010.

Lilliput Lane produced a collector’s model of the cottage called ‘Gossip Gate’ which was sold worldwide.

A local history book indicates that Elizabeth I stayed at the cottage whilst her horses were re-shod at the local forge, and in 1947 a priest’s hole was discovered in the roof space.

Internally the detached property is replete of all its original features including timbers thought to have come from galleons, probably washed up on local beaches.

The original layout remains with the ground floor comprising of a substantial dual aspect reception room with beamed ceilings and a wonderful open fireplace.

To the front is a quirky playroom or perfect study and a delightful second reception room; both of which look over the stunning cottage gardens to the front aspect.

The rear dining room has a focal fireplace and views over the rear garden.

The kitchen comprises of a range of wall and base units of a country style reflecting the house’s period.

A small utility room leads from the dining area and there is the benefit of a downstairs bathroom.

To the first floor are three good sized double bedrooms each individual in their layout with different aspects.

There is a well appointed shower room and a large storage cupboard to the master bedroom offers potential to create an en suite.

A large and obvious feature of the property are the gardens which envelope the property to three sides.

The approach to the front door is impressive with manicured lawns and perfectly selected planting.

The rear garden is substantial yet manageable, predominantly laid to lawn with a large patio area to the rear of the house, all bordered by established planting.

A large shed and greenhouse are to the side of the property, providing storage, and there is the benefit of large single garage accessed from the paved drive.

For more information, or to arrange a viewing, contact Winkworth Worthing, 45 Warwick Street, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 3DQ.

Telephone 01903 216219 or email: