It's great to speak to our property owners and get their story of how they fell in love with their properties. We recently caught up with the owner of Hall House
who, despite living in the USA, loves to spend time in beautiful West Sussex. She told us in her own words how she fell in love with Hall House and why you should consider it for your next self-catering holiday in Sussex.
“My husband and I always wanted to own a thatched ‘Miss Marple’ style cottage since we now live in America where this type of house is non-existent. We had just 3 days to look for a cottage on a fleeting visit to England, and saw a handful of thatched cottages, which were damp and mouldy. Fortunately for us, we found Hall House and fell in love with how well it was maintained given the age of the property. It is also charming and quirky, with a wealth of character.
We wanted to know as much as we could about the house and learnt that around 15 years before we first saw it, the then resident let the cottage go to ruin, so he could build new homes. The local community protested, so the County bought the cottage. Using donations and grants, Sussex Heritage hired a Master Builder to rebuild the cottage using the material from the old cottage to recreate it. So, although the cottage is approximately 450 years old, it had been recently renovated to a high standard and even received the Sussex Heritage Design Award.
Originally, Hall House consisted of two cottages (supervisor and worker). The cottages were joined together during the restoration, hence the 3 staircases, each leading to the individual bedrooms. We have since installed a new kitchen complete with granite worktops and integrated appliances, and have replaced the leaded glass windows to the standards required of a Grade 2 listed cottage.
And the surroundings of the cottage are as impressive as the interior, the stunning view from the back garden is the south slope of the South Downs. The cottage is situated in Clapham Village, one of the oldest villages in the UK and listed in the Doomsday book; it is also featured in the book titled "Bricks and Mortar". Nearby is Arundel Castle with its majestic gardens, and the quaint town of Chichester with its impressive cathedral, restaurants and shops. The seafront town of Worthing is 10 minutes away, and Brighton with the Pavilion, Pier and shops is only 20 minutes away.
Our family loves the visits to Hall House and the surrounding areas, where hiking is a must and can be done straight from the front door. The Junction at Clapham cafe is just across from the cottage and provides guests with immediate grocery supplies, endless cups of coffee, free internet and local gossip; and the local park is a great place for children to burn off any extra energy!