The Welcome Stranger is a charming cottage, and former pub, known locally as The Kicking Donkey. It was one of the smallest inns in Sussex and the licence was held by a member of the same family from 1908 until it closed in 2000. The property was last sold exactly 60 years ago, when Haydn Rees purchased it (7th July 1958) from the Herstmonceux Place Estate Sale which followed the death of Sir Paul Latham and saw the sale of a large number of properties in the Church Road area. With vestiges of its history apparent at every turn, as the house is unmodernised, it now needs a new and sympathetic hand to restore it to its full potential. Sitting on the south east side of Chapel Row, close to Herstmonceux Free Church, the house backs on to open land and so offers an attractive rural outlook to the rear, whilst being opposite a terrace of similarly attractive houses. Arranged over just 2 floors and with substantial outbuildings, the house provides around 1,300 square feet and with careful rearrangement could provide 3 or 4 bedrooms, in addition to generous living space on the ground floor. The rear garden enjoys a lovely outlook over the neighbouring Farmland and there is parking to the side of the property. (Shown below are the existing layout and a proposed layout that might be implemented - subject to the relevant permissions)
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