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painted porch - country antiques

wartling and all

For a while now, we’ve been going to a few select places in England and France to shop for Painted Porch. But for our most recent trip, we decided to mix things up and explore some new towns and new dealers. Once again, we found plenty of armoires, chests, cupboards and tables, but our goal this summer was to bring back more unique pieces —- lots of one-of-a-kinds and furniture with original paint. Our new itinerary did not disappoint.

Carol checking the itinerary
Let the antiquing begin! Carol checks
our itinerary just outside Wartling.

Wartling Place in England
Some are to the manor born. Others
stay at Wartling Place.

We began our trip in England and flew into Gatwick. There, we rented a car and drove about an hour south of London to a charming village with a most uncharming name, Wartling. Our hotel, Wartling Place, was a magnificent Georgian country house that’s been converted into a superb bed and breakfast. As if staying in the heart of Sussex weren’t great enough, having an innkeeper with a passion for English and French country antiques made Wartling Place even more perfect. Her recommendations for dealers in the area were flawless.