Guide Price 450,000 Freehold
Old Workhouse Cottages, Mouse Lane, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3LY
2 bedroom Attached



Steyning is a small town full of historical interest and the centre contains many fine period buildings. It is a Conservation Area bounded by the South Downs National Park with a wide choice of leisure activities available. Local shops cater for day-to-day needs and larger stores are at Shoreham-by-Sea (also main line railway station), Worthing and Brighton. The cottage is at the foot of the High Street, and Mouse Lane gives direct access to miles of the most beautiful country.

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Part of a Grade II listed building, No.1 is the quintessential country cottage: a charming home with exposed internal timbering and delightful gardens, which include a glamping-style outside dining room and views to the ridge of the South Downs. Despite the ancient origins, sympathetic modernisation provides a comfortable home with gas-fired central heating and thoughtfully-designed bathroom and kitchen fittings, and the sitting room with wood burner completes the picture for winter evenings.

Brief history: The house is mentioned in the Buildings of England by Nairn and Pevsner and is one of Steyning's 'Wealden' houses of 15th Century origin which was built with a central open hall flanked by jettied bays. Modified over the years, the house retains its essential character and charm. It was used as an alms house for the poor from 1729 but in 1835, following a re-organisation and fears that families would be separated, a full-scale riot took place on September 11th which was only ended by military force. Ten men and two women were subsequently convicted, but the house was not used as a workhouse afterwards. Many changes were made to the mediaeval building for its use as a workhouse and its later conversion to three houses.

Ground Floor


Oak front door with glazed panel to:

Sitting Room

14'2" x 13'9" (4.32m x 4.20m) Exposed oak timber framing with stout central ceiling beam, brick fireplace with fitted wood-burning stove on stone hearth. Three wall light points, under-stairs storage cupboard, radiator. Steps up to:

Study Area

7'8" x 7'7" (2.34m x 2.31m) with part skeiling ceiling, double radiator.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room

12'5" x 8'7" (3.79m x 2.63m) Quarry tile flooring, exposed ceiling timbering and wall framing and ample space for a breakfast table. Timber work surfaces with butler sink and mixer tap over, space for small range cooker, fitted cupboards and drawers and space and plumbing for dishwasher. Matching wall fittings, with shelving and plate racks. Shuttered window.

Rear Hall

Quarry tile flooring, cupboard housing gas-fired boiler providing hot water and central heating, radiator. Stable door with glazed panels opening to the rear garden. Stairs to:

First Floor


Fitted bookshelves, radiator.

Bedroom 1

13' x 9'7" (3.94m x 2.92m) Exposed timber framing, triple wardrobe unit with storage lockers over. Double radiator.

Bedroom 2

10'6" x 9'9" (3.20m x 2.98m) Charming pine wardrobe with hanging space and shelving, exposed timber framing. Double radiator. Shelving formed from stair bulkhead.


Delightful country cottage bathroom with part-panelled walls with bespoke shelving and fitted mirror. Suite of panelled bath with mixer taps and spray attachment, pedestal wash basin and large glazed shower cubicle, radiator/towel rail. Part-vaulted ceiling with conservation roof-light, fitted cupboard.

Separate WC

Exposed boards, suite of w.c. and wash basin, fitted shelves, radiator.


Covered Store Room

8'5" x 7'8" (2.57m x 2.57m) with pedestrian access to Mouse Lane and door to the garden, radiator. Exposed flint wall and space for freezer.


The garden is an unusually large garden for a town cottage. Stepped brick terrace adjoining the rear of the house with brick utility room, and stone and flint steps leading to well-tended lawned area contained by flint wall and established hedging. Decked barbecue area. Outside dining room with covered veranda and power connected overlooking the garden. Outside WC.

Right of Way

The neighbouring cottage, No.2, has a right of way to the side access and their brick store which is located in the garden of No.1.

Services: All main services are connected.
Council Tax Valuation Band: 'D'

1. Any description or information given should not be relied upon as a statement or representation of fact or that the property or its services are in good condition.
2. Measurements, distances and aspects where quoted are approximate.
3. Any reference to alterations to, or use of any part of the property is not a statement that any necessary planning, building regulations or other consent has been obtained.
4. The Vendor does not make or give, and neither Hamilton Graham nor any person in their employment has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatsoever in relation to this property.
5. All statements contained in these particulars as to this property are made without responsibility on the part of Hamilton Graham.
6. The property is Grade II listed as being of architectural or historic interest.
Intending purchasers must satisfy themselves on these matters.

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