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Sue and Jonathan Eley

Love an inspiring renovation story? Take some tips from Jonathan and Sue Eley and create a tranquil coastal look.



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Sue and Jonathan Eley hadn't planned on buying a holiday home but when they spotted this unusual house in a Property section of a Sunday paper they were curious enough to go and have a look.  The Watch House on the River Rother at Rye Harbour overlooks a saltmarsh and nature reserve and is steeped in history. It was built around 1835 by The Admiralty as a customs house to collect tax from the shipping entering the port of Rye and as a lookout for coastguards to apprehend smugglers. At one time in its history it was a jail, and later housed the cutter for the lifeboat station. They fell in love with the property and felt themselves really lucky to be able to buy it.  Working closely with the Planning Officer (it's Grade II Listed) and local craftsmen, the couple have renovated and redecorated from top to bottom.



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