The cottage looked good internally, but quite a lot of building work was needed. Once this was completed a trusted handyman moved in for a few weeks and made additional improvements.
The garden had been completely neglected. The back garden had been covered with decking and ivy and brambles were thriving up the side border, beside the path.
Fortunately I am a keen gardener so quickly set about redesigning the garden. A paved area with benches was created behind the cottage, so guests could sit out and listen to the nearby millstream, surrounded by flowering plants!
I still enjoy working on the garden whenever I visit the cottage. I often eat out in the High Street cafes and restaurants when I stay. Whenever possible I spend an evening at the Steyning Jazz Club and call in at the Farmer’s Market (both on the first weekend of the month).