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Becky Gunning

Becky and Jamie Gunning longed to move to the countryside and a house with a big garden for their sons Monty and Alfie to play in.


Season:
Autumn


Location:
Sussex, UK


Credits:
GAP Photos/Bruce Hemming/Interior Designer Jonty Drewe/Oakover Contracting Oakovercontracting.co.uk


Feature No:   3237 

Qty of Images:    37 

 



 
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Synopsis
Because Jamie’s workplace is in London their new home had to be within commuting distance. With this in mind the couple began looking at village houses in Kent and Sussex but as Becky recalls, ‘We couldn’t find anywhere we really liked and with our London house sold, we had to rent. In the end we decided to bite the bullet and buy a cottage in Lamberhurst knowing that we would have to build an extension.’ The boys loved their new school and the family quickly made new friends. However, after a six-month mammoth build project which doubled the size of the cottage they soon found they needed more space and that the traffic was even noisier than it had been at their London home, so once again, after only eleven months they began house-hunting. They wanted to stay in the vicinity, and when Courthopes on the old Whiligh estate near Wadhurst, East Sussex came on the market Becky and Jamie went to view it. Set in acres of parkland, it was home to the Courthope family since the early 1500s. It was extended in 1840 with later Victorian additions and is now Grade II* Listed

 

 

 
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