Victorian property between Henfield and Fulking transformed into dream home

PUBLISHED: 09:49 23 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:57 24 February 2016


“We’ve been here for two and a half happy years,” says Siobhan Regan of her home, Ashleigh. 
“Our hearts and souls have gone into the redesign here, and I can’t quite believe we’re thinking of moving!”

The reasoning behind the move is a new arrival in the family, and with the new baby, she and partner Matthew are considering a move into the village.

They originally found the house online, and although it didn’t initially pique their interest, “it kept popping up again and again, so we decided it must be fate and came to see it – it was so in our face that at the time we thought we might as well just run with it!”

Before Siobhan and Matthew owned Ashleigh it was rented out, and as a result she says it wasn’t really a home. “That’s the thing we really wanted was a homely feel – as well as the structural changes, we’ve tried to make it as inclusive and homely as possible.”

The pair have effectively added a new wing to the house, and the interior design, which is something of a passion for Siobhan, has been centred around wood, “just because I think it makes it feel warm, and I love that rustic feel.”

In the kitchen this extends out to the decking in the garden, which Siobhan describes as “ranch-like, a bit like something from The Waltons!”

The garden was a major draw when they first looked around. “We can’t take any credit, but whoever designed it did a brilliant job, as it’s just lovely out there.”

She goes on to say that while she never saw herself as much of a birdwatcher before she moved here, she now loves the array of avian life that appears in the garden. “There’s everything from pheasants to owls, not to mention the deer and various other visitors – it’s just lovely.”

The place is really geared up for keeping horses too, with planning approved for stables in the paddock at the foot of the garden.

“The location was the other plus,” she goes on to say, “as we’re so close to Brighton and village life, but not that far from the roads and the airport. We have all the benefits of country living with all the convenience of being in a town.”

The place is designed for open-plan living, which is exactly as Siobhan intended. “We have made this our dream home.” 


£1,500,000 - £1,550,000, Chatt Estates, Ditchling; 01273 844500; 

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