A duck egg blue bathroom with patterned wallpaper, traditional taps on his and hers sinks and a tiled showerA duck egg blue bathroom with patterned wallpaper, traditional taps on his and hers sinks and a tiled shower

Sussex House

Breathing new life in to a country home

This turn-of-the-century Arts and Crafts farmhouse was in need of a complete refurbishment, having previously been under the ownership of the same family for several generations.

Using natural materials, inspired by the surrounding landscape, we transformed the property into a home fit for modern family living, whilst remaining sensitive to its rich history.

Project scope

Restoration of existing house, new annex extension, landscape remodelling



Completed December 2022

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A view of a traditional hallway with stone floors, blue walls and views into the adjoining rooms with a red carpeted staircase to the right detailed with dark blue painted banisterA corner of a bedroom with blue floral wallpaper and a dark wood desk in the corner with gold mirror above and view to the bathroom
A birds-eye view site plan illustration of Sussex House landscaping and buildings
A farmhouse style dining room with duck egg blue walls, traditional wooden dining table and chairs with patterned blue cushionsA bright and airy farmhouse kitchen with duck egg blue walls and matching square tiles, white cabinets and centre island with grey marble worktops
A view into the garden through French doors from a farmhouse style kitchen diner
A corner of a farmhouse living room with blue walls and chair with red accents to the side of a traditional wooden chest of drawers

Located within the South Downs National Park, and within a Site of Special Scientific Interest, our aim was to ensure the property itself matched up to the beauty of its surroundings.


The three-part project – restoration of the existing house, an annex extension and remodelling of the surrounding landscape – helped bring the outside in and restore the sense of connection with nature.

A traditional style farmhouse living room with blue walls and complimentary darker blue and red accents on the sofas and centre footstool
An external view of the Sussex House restoration with outdoor swimming pool and grass lawns
A bathroom with lemon patterned wallpaper and yellow sink cabinets with traditional taps and light blue patterned floor tiles

Locally-sourced materials, including Wealden Sussex sandstone, handmade roof tiles and oak lintels, are used throughout, while spaces were reconfigured and windows added to make the most of the stunning views.


A double-height foyer in the main house floods the property with natural light, and the tumbled limestone floor provides a beautiful, yet practical, finish, fitting for the countryside setting.

A green boot room with striped ceiling and stone flooring

The new annex wing provides guest accommodation, a utility room, boot room and a children’s craft area. It features a pitched roof clad in reclaimed clay tiles to match the main house.

A new partially enclosed courtyard, formed by the new additions, creates a grand approach to the new entrance, complimented by the remodelled gardens which now feature a kitchen garden, tennis court and swimming pool.


Many of the rooms include bespoke joinery built on-site, while wallpapers in the bedrooms and bathroom draw direct influence from the surrounding countryside.

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