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A truly spectacular Georgian Country house near the foot of the South Downs. Dated from 1805, this fabulous Grade II listed property has been modernised to the highest of standards and lies in a stunning position, surrounded by its own beautiful grounds. Although nestled in a magnificent rural location on the edge of the South Down National Park, the house is also only a short drive away from the beautiful, vibrant and historic town of Lewes (trains into London Victoria and London Bridge in just over an hour). Well set back from the A26 and approached down a beech lined avenue this quintessential Georgian home offers fine examples of the era with mathematical tiles, elegant proportions and sash windows. Internally there are many fine period fireplaces and two turned staircases and Doric and Ionic pilasters. The rooms are spacious and light and all extremely well proportioned as you would expect with such a property. The current owners have sympathetically updated and improved the property to create a luxurious, modern family home with bespoke fixtures and fittings such as the superb Plain English kitchen. There is a plethora of living and entertaining space spanning to 6282 sq ft which allows every member of the family to have their own private space. Stone steps rise to an entrance porch with Doric columns; an attractive front door opens to the grand entrance hall which runs the length of the property, an arched window at the far end frames the meadow lying behind which is a lovely feature. Two bright formal reception rooms, the drawing room and the sitting room, lie either side of the hall, both with square bays and window seats overlooking the front entrance. The sitting room opens to the library/study, a delightful room with a vaulted ceiling and windows to three aspects providing an abundance of natural light. Sussex is a truly wonderful county with easy access to London, Brighton the south coast and a plethora of beautiful towns and villages. The countryside is second to none and the area offers everything you could need from a thriving cultural scene such as the world class opera at Glyndebourne, racing whether car or horse at Plumpton and Goodwood and schools, both state and private, of the very highest standards. The proximity of Gatwick Airport is also invaluable. Gardens and Grounds There are two principal areas of formal garden: a lawn with wild flower meadow extends away from the house to the south west, to one side of which is a handsome oak, the fence-enclosed tennis court and timber tennis pavilion. The beautiful flint walled garden lies to the north west of the house; the wall is Grade II listed. A York stone terrace adjoins the house, from which steps descend to an area of lawn with a prolific apple tree, edged by well-stocked shrub and flower borders which produce an array of colour in the spring and summer months and conceal a hidden walkway. A wrought iron gate opens from the walled garden to a sweeping level lawn. There is a productive hedge-enclosed kitchen garden with a number of fruit trees. The remainder of the land is predominantly laid to pastureland with a band of woodland in the southern most corner, the majority enclosed by post and rail fencing and with three points of gated secondary access to the Old Uckfield Road. Lying close to the western boundary is an idyllic tree-lined pond with jetty, from which there are fantastic views to the South Downs. A further unique feature of the gardens and grounds, is the ha-ha, providing an uninterrupted view of the countryside. An excellent barn provides a workshop/tractor store with store room over, two stables, two loose boxes a tack room and yard. Conversion into an annex might be possible subject to the necessary planning permissions. In all, about 26.6 acres. Agent's Note A footpath runs along the far boundary of the eastern field, then crosses the top field, as can be seen on a site plan.
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