A renovated Georgian cottage full of original features

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An old house shouldn’t offer up all its secrets on first viewing. Instead, like a long-lasting friendship, it’s better its owners get to know it gradually, learning a little more as they tend to the property’s every need. The current custodians of this Georgian home certainly did that, and after their painstaking six-year renovation they now know their house inside and out. The results of all their hard work mean that this grade-II listed village home really is one of the world’s best homes.

The four-bedroom home was built in around 1715 in a historic village in the UK’s South Downs National Park. Its owners Matt and Holly Clements started their renovations with the exterior of the cottage, removing a pebbledashed cement render and restoring the Georgian sash windows, before turning their attention to restoring the cottage interiors.

Kitchen – unfitted with vintage accessories

(Image credit: Brent Darby)

Kitchen ideas worth stealing from this glamorous space include adding interest with unfitted elements – a look that perfectly suits an older property like this but that works just as well in a more contemporary setting.