Hard to forget
Charlotte Pearson talks to a Ditchling home owner who is finding it hard to move on.
A house is somewhere to find shelter, but a home is more – it’s a place you don’t want to leave.
And it is this feeling that comes across when owner Georgina Lobo talks about Holly House, the property she has lived in with her family for the past four years.
“It upsets me really when I think about leaving,” she explains. “I love this house and Ditchling so I am sad to go but we are moving back to Kent to be closer to my family.”
The six bedroom period village house in Lewes Road is close to Burgess Hill and Hassocks railway station with Brighton only 15 minutes by train.
“It feels more than just a commuter village. It has a great atmosphere and has a great art scene with a bohemian feel. It is a great community to live in,” she reveals. “Also we have everything on our doorstep, a couple of pubs, shops and a post office.”
But as much as they love the village they have called home for the last few years it was not their first choice when they were looking to move to the coast.
“We originally were looking to move to Brighton but couldn’t find anywhere with the right feel or the house we wanted. So we had a look round Ditchling and just fell in love with the property as soon as we saw it. It was love at first sight,” she recalls.
The property was ready to move straight into, which meant they only had to change the way it looked to fit with their tastes.
“We added a wood burner to the drawing room so it gets really warm and cosy in the winter,” Georgina says. “And we also tanked the basement – put in central heating – so that it can be used as a family room.”
On the ground floor there is the dining room, kitchen, and drawing room, which leads to the play room that has patio doors out on to the garden.
Each room is flooded with light and has high ceilings, which creates an open space to entertain in.
The kitchen has a range of floor and wall units, an Aga, fitted fridge, breakfast bar with marble surface and bi-fold doors to the garden and snug area.
With all this space downstairs it is surprising to find that one of the smallest rooms is actually Georgina’s favourite.
“I love the laundry room,” she smiles. “I never had one before and had to use space in the kitchen or bathroom so it is has been lovely to have a space dedicated to it.
“Don’t get me wrong, I love the kitchen and sitting room, but the laundry is great.”
Spread out on the first and second floor are six bedrooms, two of which have en suites. There is also a family bathroom on the first floor and another on the second.
With sash and stained glass windows looking out on to the South Downs, the exterior is just as stunning as the interior.
The walled garden has a Loggia with skylights where you can enjoy a glass of wine and relax or can provide the ideal place for al fresco entertaining.
“We have had barbecues outside, it is a great space,” she reveals. “We don’t have time to do gardening so it is pretty low maintenance.”
Holly House is more than just bricks and mortar to Georgina and it is with a heavy heart that she is letting it become another family’s dream home.
Holly House is on the market for a guide price of £1,195,000 with Batcheller Monkhouse – Haywards Heath, 67 – 69
The Broadway, Haywards Heath, RH16 3AS, 01444 810318
June 9, 2014 Interiors and Property