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The Old Cottage, North Lancing – Thought to be dated back to the 1400’s this thatched Tudor cottage oozez character and charm.

As soon as the vendors laid eyes on The Old Cottage their minds were set. They fell in love with this quintessential period property back then and have continued to love it every day since.

First viewing it back in 1985 they knew the property was going to be a big project – but they ignored their heads (and their surveyor) and followed their hearts to make this property what it is today.

As their home comes onto the market, we interviewed them to find out more about the history of this gorgeous property and gain an insight into their lives there over the last 40 years.

It’s not hard to see why one would be drawn to this ‘chocolate box’ property. The owners recount the moment they fell in love with the property:

“As I walked up the garden path the sun was shining on the historic black and white building, I just knew that I would be buying this property.”

“However this was not without some hesitancy from my surveyor, with them responding to the potential purchase with “well” with a deep breath.” – Not the reaction you would hope for, and once they delved deeper more work was uncovered.


“The property needed new electrics, re-plumbing, there’s no heating to speak of, and no gas to the property. New windows were also required, not to mention redecorating inside and out and the old brick chimney needs lining… the list was endless, but after reading his extensive report we bought the property.” They bit the bullet and it was theirs!


“Since then, we have completed all of these big jobs and have kept the decoration looking of the period. As the property is listed, we wanted to keep the appearance traditional.”

Now all the work is taken care of the owners can enjoy a more relaxed pace of life…

“We now spend most of our time tending to the garden, which as you can see are delightfully manicured and really give off a country meadow impression.”


The winter months are when this home really comes into its own…

“Our favourite feature of the whole house is the working Inglenook fireplace which requires a truck-load of logs each winter. When the flames are roaring this is the cosiest area of the house and the feeling is akin to living in an old country pub… what could be better.”

“Its thought that this property was in fact at one time a pub called The Ship, which is perhaps why it can take on this role so easily.”


History which adds priceless value…

“There is a wealth of history associated to The Old Cottage ranging from Saxon and Medieval pottery being found on the grounds to Royals visiting. Local historians report that the property welcomed Queen Elizabeth 1st while her horses were reshoed at the local forge”

There are rumours that this is the oldest house in Lancing, but we could not confirm, however the property comes with its own large history file which the new owners will be able to delve into to find out more.”


This beautiful home really is fit for a ‘queen’ and anybody should be able to appreciate how truly unique and special it is. We are so lucky in this country that we are able to live in a piece of our history, and personally it never fails to amaze me that properties built hundreds of years ago are still here standing strong today.

If you would like more information about this property speak to our Lancing sales team on 01903 522 000.

Content accurate at time of publishing.

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  • Avatar CLARE DE LOS SANTOS ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    I find Michael Jones to be very friendly and helpful estate agency I have dealt with. Would absolutely recommend them.To Elise for giving me a second chance to view this beautiful flat and because of that now I have found my home.Big thanks … More to Lisa who has always responded to all our queries promptly and generally just been a delight to communicate with. She's professional and always happy to help.
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  • Avatar David Thompson ★★★★★ a month ago
    Would highly recommend Michael Jones and Bacon in Lancing and in particular Gary Evans, who, after a prolonged and occasionally very challenging purchase remained calm, helpful and always optimistic about finding a solution to suit the … More vendor and myself. We got there in the end Gary and in no small part, that was down to you, thank you.