It’s a slightly odd feeling to be writing about a house that belongs to someone who is normally occupied with photographing other people’s. David Merewether is the Wealden Times’ photographer at large and the sort of man who quietly charms and reassures nervous homeowners when the WT team arrives with armfuls of flowers and bags of camera equipment to do a feature on their residence.

A long bookshelf has been positioned across part of the room by the stairs to create a kind of screen and division of space

A long bookshelf has been positioned across part of the room by the stairs to create a kind of screen and division of space

Stone steps lead down from the dining room into the kitchen, which was once a scullery. It has been updated with a huge stainless steel range, but has kept its old country charm, with a polished stone floor and scrubbed pine table

Stone steps lead down from the dining room into the kitchen, which was once a scullery. It has been updated with a huge stainless steel range, but has kept its old country charm, with a polished stone floor and scrubbed pine table

The rear hallway features chalky red walls and a floor carefully painted to resemble black and white tiles. In one corner, a dainty staircase leads the visitor out into a galleried library

The rear hallway features chalky red walls and a floor carefully painted to resemble black and white tiles. In one corner, a dainty staircase leads the visitor out into a galleried library

The drawing room is home to two plump sofas upholstered with plain and William Morris patterned linen with velvet and silk cushions scattered over them adding a sense of luxury

The drawing room is home to two plump sofas upholstered with plain and William Morris patterned linen with velvet and silk cushions scattered over them adding a sense of luxury

An etching of ballerinas by local artist Anne-Catherine Phillips is positioned at the top of the stairs up to the landing

An etching of ballerinas by local artist Anne-Catherine Phillips is positioned at the top of the stairs up to the landing

The master bedroom is situated at the back of the house. Its walls are painted a soft chalky white and Fortnum’s green linen curtains are printed with a cheery pink and white almond blossom design

The master bedroom is situated at the back of the house. Its walls are painted a soft chalky white and Fortnum’s green linen curtains are printed with a cheery pink and white almond blossom design

The floorboards here on the landing are almost two feet wide and career off at a comically steep angle towards the oriel window in the guest bedroom

The floorboards here on the landing are almost two feet wide and career off at a comically steep angle towards the oriel window in the guest bedroom

On the wall above the gothic style iron bed in the guest bedroom there are two paintings of an ostrich and giraffe by artist Tor Hilyard

On the wall above the gothic style iron bed in the guest bedroom there are two paintings of an ostrich and giraffe by artist Tor Hilyard

In the guestroom at the front of the house, part of the wallcovering has been scraped away to reveal a panel of pargeting and painting that must date from the 1480s when this house is believed to have been built

In the guestroom at the front of the house, part of the wallcovering has been scraped away to reveal a panel of pargeting and painting that must date from the 1480s when this house is believed to have been built

The top floor of the house now accommodates Mary and David’s grandson when he comes to visit

The top floor of the house now accommodates Mary and David’s grandson when he comes to visit

The family bathroom, painted a rich cobalt blue, features artwork collected by David’s father

The family bathroom, painted a rich cobalt blue, features artwork collected by David’s father

The beautifully secluded courtyard garden is a welcoming retreat

The beautifully secluded courtyard garden is a welcoming retreat

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

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