Mr Clarke thinks :
The fantastic local pubs and stunning dog walks
Situated right at the heart of one of the most sought after villages in this gorgeous part of the country, this is a unique home that has been lovingly updated and could be moved into exactly as it is.
Originally owned by the famous arts and crafts printer, Hilary Pepler, this well-loved cottage is believed to have once been part of his historic printing press. It is full of history and character and dates back to the early 1900s. The first thing you notice when you walk through the front door is just how light and airy it is, especially for a cottage. This is thanks to a combination of lots of natural light, stripped original floorboards and good height ceilings.
A central feature of the lounge is its beautiful, almost Dickensian, curved shop window. You'll also love the feature beams. With the lounge leading directly to the kitchen, downstairs has an open plan feel so you can entertain and cook at the same time.
The kitchen has been tastefully updated recently to remain sympathetic to the cottage. Through the kitchen is a good sized yard featuring a stunning flint wall, substantial pergola, wooden seating and attractive built-in planters.
Mrs Clarke loves :
Right at the centre of a beautiful village, close to Brighton and within an hour of London
At the top of the stairs is a large built in cupboard and access to a good size loft, providing ever essential storage space. The bedrooms are both bright and attractive with sash windows and original bare wooden doors. There are cupboards spanning the full length of the smaller bedroom and these could easily be removed to make the room larger. The bathroom has also been redone recently, with a floating sink unit, white suite, rainfall shower and grey tiled floor.
The current owners have had insulation put in the loft and the walls to ensure the cottage is bright and cool in the Summer and warm and cosy in the Winter. The property would be ideal for people looking for a first home in a great location, a brilliantly-located bolthole or to stylishly downsize.
This homely cottage creates a sanctuary within one of the loveliest village in Sussex. You can be exploring the surrounding South Downs in the morning and be admiring the lights on Brighton Pier by night! Asides from the location; it’s a very special warm place, and makes you feel right at home the minute you step through the door.
- Style : Stylish home in a sought after village
- Highlights : Village life close to the city
- Three words : Bright. Beamed. Unique.
Our favourite part
The sweetest cottage in the sweetest village.
Once you live in Ditchling, you will never want to leave
Here you will find everything you would expect and want in a village: a post office, pharmacy, doctor's surgery, tea rooms, deli, village hall, church, green, cricket club, hairdressers, village shop, florist, cafés...
But there is so much more to Ditchling. There's the two historic pubs (including officially the best freehouse in the UK which is a stones-throw from the cottage), four English Sparkling Wine vineyards (don't miss the tours and tastings), and even a nationally-renowned museum offering brilliant, creative workshops and talks.
The outstanding amenities are only the very start. What really marks out this village is the community. A welcome party is held every year for new residents, giving them the chance to meet each other and people from the many local groups – including the film club, book club, local cycling group, am dram society, morris dancers and horticultural society. And all over a glass of local wine, of course!
Did we mention that the village is pretty as a picture? Last year, Ditchling was in the Telegraph’s list of England's most beautiful villages, and Country Life’s top 10 market towns in England.
Also in 2018, it was highlighted as a “commuter home hotspot” in Homes & Property. Hassocks train station (formerly called Hassocks and Ditchling station) is just a 25 minute trundle down one road, or a 5 minute drive. From there, it's under an hour to London Victoria, Farringdon, City Thameslink and St Pancras. You can pop over to Brighton in 11 minutes on the train or it’s a short drive.
Ditchling has a fascinating arts and crafts history and is full of artists even today. During May, many open up their homes as part of the Brighton Festival Artists Open Houses programme. The cottage itself is believed to be on the site where there used to be a famous printing press – you can see it on permanent display in the museum.
There are an endless number of leisurely walks from Ditchling: climb up the Beacon in half an hour for views across Sussex and Brighton, or stroll to one of the excellent local pubs. There’s also a super recreation ground and village green within moments walk.
The village is famous amongst cyclist for the feared Ditchling Beacon – the last painful hurdle on the annual London to Brighton bike ride. The route goes right past the cottage’s front window on a beautiful June morning. Get up early, make a cup of coffee and cheer on cyclists, celebrities and charity fundraisers.
Also worth mentioning is the village fair – one of the oldest Summer fairs in the country and what a fair it is. With food trucks, pop up bars, a dog show and even a wizard, this is a two-years-in-the-making, 24-hour party.
As far as schools go, St Margaret’s CE Primary and Nursery is rated good by Ofsted (outstanding for behaviour). Downlands Community School is in Hassocks, Brighton College is another popular choice, and independent schools include Hurstpierpoint College and Burgess Hill School for Girls.
This is village life at its absolute best
- Closest village/town: Hassocks, Brighton, Lewes
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: The Larder deli, newsagents, florist/gift shop and pharmacy are on your doorstep
- Supermarket: Budgens in Hassocks sells local produce and brands and get your fresh fruit and veg each week from the Sussex Peasant
- Pubs: The Bull and The White Horse
- Walks: Walk up the Beacon, across the Downs or to the Jack & Jill, Jolly Sportsman or Half Moon pubs
- Living Spaces -- 5.10m x 3.25m (16'9" x 10’8")
- Kitchen -- 3.80m x 2.00m (12’6’’ x 6’7’’) Hotpoint oven and hob, dishwasher and Leisure washing machine
- Bedroom 1 -- 3.07m x 2.63m (10’1’’ x 8’8’’)
- Bedroom 2 -- 3.07m x 1.44m (10’1’’ x 4’9’’)
- Outdoor Spaces -- Flint walled court yard
- Character -- Historic, non-listed property in a conservation area
- Council Tax Band -- D
- Local Authority -- Lewes District Council & East Sussex County Council
- Tenure -- Freehold