A stunning and character filled family house, elegantly presented and boasting glorious south facing landscaped gardens and glimpses of the Downs


Church Cottage is nestled in the Hamlet of Westmeston, in the lee of the South Downs. The neighbouring village of Ditchling, steeped in history and with its embedded ties to the arts, provides a traditional array of local shops and amenities. Hassocks mainline railway station is situated approximately 3 miles away and provides regular services to London, Brighton and Gatwick (Victoria in approximately 55 minutes). Further to this Gatwick airport can be reached by car in approximately 30 minutes. The area is brimming with well-respected state and private schools including Ditchling C of E, Great Walstead, Downlands, Burgess Hill School for Girls, Hurst College and Brighton College. The city of Brighton and Hove is approximately 10.5 miles away and provides world class shopping, restaurants and provisions of the arts with a diverse twist. The surrounding countryside and rolling South Downs provide the finest backdrop for walking and horse riding.

Church Cottage is a beautiful country house with origins believed to date back to the 1800’s. The property has been much improved over the years and retains all the hallmarks and charm of its era with modern and elegant style and some exposed beams. The large kitchen/breakfast/family room is a particular feature with its handmade bespoke kitchen and the addition of bi-fold doors leading out onto the south facing terrace, creating the perfect outside/in entertaining space. All the principle reception rooms lead off the central dining hall including a sitting room with cast iron wood burner and study with a cast iron open fireplace. The first floor has 5 double bedrooms and a family bathroom. The master bedroom has a large en-suite bathroom with a central free standing cast iron roll top bath. The private landscaped gardens are glorious and extend predominantly on the southern side of the house to include a paved terrace and a selection of fruit trees.


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Property Reference: 7833358




  • Bespoke painted wall and base units including glass fronted display cabinets
  • Corian worksurfaces with a breakfast bar
  • Twin ‘Butler Style’ sink
  • Fitted oil fired ‘Aga’
  • Inset ‘Neff’ 4 ring induction hob
  • Fitted ‘Neff’ electric oven under
  • Fitted ‘Neff’ dishwasher
  • Fitted ‘Neff’ microwave
  • Space for fridge freezer
  • Engineered oak flooring


Family Bathroom

  • Panelled bath with traditional style taps and hand shower attachment
  • Pedestal wash hand basin
  • Low level w.c. suite
  • Half tiled walls
  • Stripped floor boards


  • Free standing cast iron roll top bath with decorative clawed feet
  • Floor mounted taps and hand shower attachment
  • Large fully tiled shower with glazed door, wall mounted shower and hand shower attachment
  • Marble vanity bar with inset wash hand basin and cupboard under
  • Low level w.c. suite
  • Cast iron fireplace with marble mantle and slate hearth
  • Engineered oak flooring
  • Some exposed beams


  • Large dining hall with a brick block floor
  • Ground floor cloakroom/utility
  • ‘Stovax’ log burner in the sitting room
  • ‘Jotul’ multifuel burner in the Kitchen/breakfast/family room
  • Bi-fold doors from the Kitchen/breakfast/family room open onto the rear south facing terrace
  • Master bedroom suite with large en-suite bathroom
  • Handmade bespoke kitchen
  • 5 double bedrooms
  • Exposed beams
  • A wealth of fireplaces
  • South facing landscaped rear garden
  • External ‘Grant’ oil fired boiler


The property is approached over a tarmacadam and shingle driveway with parking for several cars. The front garden is accessed via a timber gate and is mainly lawn to lawn interspersed with specimen trees, bordered by a brick and flint wall. Side access to the rear garden is via timber gates on both sides of the house. A paved terrace adjoins the rear of the property with a brick retaining wall and inset external lighting. Steps lead up to an expanse of lawn interspersed with a selection of fruit trees including pear, apple and plum all being bordered by established hedging and mature shrub and plant beds.