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Second star to the right and straight on until Rustington

03 September 2020

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Did you know our Rustington community shares its home with the very summer house in which the author J.M Barrie created Peter Pan, one of the world’s most beloved fairy tales?  

After spending long summers vacationing in Rustington at the summer house belonging to Arthur and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and their five boys, Barrie became incredibly attached to the area. The boys, named George, Peter, Michael, Nichol and Jack, all came under his care following the death of their parents. They were to become Barrie’s main inspiration for his wonderous fairy tale and he would often recount the story to them about a magical land where little children never grew up or died.  

The summer house where they would spend most of their time was called Cudlow House in Sea Lane, a short drive from our Rustington community. Barrie first visited the house in Rustington in 1899 and, in 1906, took a series of pictures of little Michael Llewelyn Davies dressed up as Peter Pan in the grounds. This image was the basis for the bronze statue of the Disney character which now stands in London’s Kensington Gardens.  

Rustington holds a treasure trove of stories – both historical and magical – so why not start your next chapter with us in your very own corner of Neverland?  


If you are interested in living in an area rich in history and magic, come and discover what life could be like for you in Rustington. If you’re not quite ready to buy, we also have rental options available. Contact our team on 01903 337 235 or by emailing [email protected].