Welcome to Warren House, the home in which I have spent over 30 years with my family and raised my four wonderful children.
As a family home, we couldn’t have asked for any better - the size, the location, the gardens, it’s all perfect - but now the children have all left, my wife and I have decided that it’s time to let another family enjoy everything that we did with ours.
The tennis court has had a lot of use over the years as both my wife and I were very keen players, but as an ex-country player and a former PE lecturer Sally generally had the edge over me! My eldest lad used to be down there practising for hours on end, but it obviously paid off as he was the Sussex champion for two years.
The house was previously owned by Adam Faith and John Paul Jones (the bassist from Led Zeppelin) but, judging from the state of the garden when we first moved in, good musicians don’t necessarily make good gardeners. To the delight of my young boys, it was a complete jungle - perfect for playing army games and cowboys and Indians – and took me several years to tame it. The gardens have been part of the National Garden Scheme for the last 20 years.
We think that the house is about 300 years old and have had quite a few people writing to us over the years telling us about their memories of the house or with interesting historic documents that they have stumbled across, including an indictment document from 1830, around the time of the agricultural revolution, noting the ‘recent disturbances amongst the peasantry’.
The more contemporary history includes famous owners including Adam Faith and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin, and the house and gardens actually featured in Led Zeppelin’s 1976 concert film for ‘The Song Remains the Same’, with Jones riding a horse through the house – something we have certainly never done!
We actually only discovered this fireplace in what was the old kitchen when we were fitting the damp proofing a few years ago: the whole room was completely plastered at the time, and it was only when the builders’ drill bits kept on breaking against the solid stone of the fire surround underneath the plaster that we began to suspect that something was there.