Pilstyes aerial view


Pilstyes is a Grade II listed village house believed to have been built around 1575. It is arranged as a main house with an attached cottage, although from the front of the house it appears to be one house.

The name The Pilstyes means Pond in a field. The house next door is called Roaches after the fish in the pond and the house on the corner of the street is called Spongs which means corner of a field.  These names were given to the houses hundreds of years ago probably to houses standing here before the present ones and any trace of its fish, pond and field have long gone.

The Lindfield Historic Society Project Group has recently collated the deeds we have (which date back to 1575) and the deeds for many houses in the village, translating them into modern English and sifting through much information.

Roy and Carol Pontifex moved here in 1998 and have painstakingly taken off layers of paint, removed hardboard and wallpaper from lovely mellow beams and revealed all its 16th century splendour. Pilstyes has painted brick walls on a tall sandstone plinth, partly tile hung with a roof of mellow Sussex clay tiles and Horsham stone slab slates. It combines many period features such as exposed wall and ceiling oak timbers and leaded light windows to the front elevation. In the winter there is always a fire in the sitting room hearth and in the summer the garden is a delight as you will see from the photos.

Roy and Carol are pleased to welcome you to their home and enjoy the pleasure of having people stay be it for one night or for longer. They are always happy to receive guests and nothing is too much trouble, either booking restaurant reservations, reviving weary travellers on arrival with a cup of tea and biscuits or a glass of wine.

“It is the quintessential English cottage that everyone dreams about”.