Estate agents had a lucky escape when their beautiful Grade Two listed offices were badly damaged in a crash involving a car and a John Lewis lorry.
The accident was at 8.45am on Saturday morning – shortly before staff at Country Properties, in Horsmonden, Kent, were due to start work.
Roz Broad had been due to start work in the building ten minutes after the crash. She said the cottage has been used by the company for the past 25 years.
Staff have been relocated to another office.
She said: “Fortunately it was a little before staff were due to get to work. It is really lucky as I was down for that as well.
“The cottage has been very much loved. We work down there on all the time and in the winter light up the little fire. It will get repaired but it will take a while.
“It is really sad but the main thing is nobody was hurt.