This Grade I Listed, eight bedroom property was built in the style of Sir Christopher Wren around 1686 by Theobald Shelley as a gentlemen farmer’s residence.
In the 1960s Lord and Lady Bretton remodelled the house with its original appearance. They appointed the architect Raymond Erith, who was one of the few classicists to be working at the time and is best known for restoring and enlarging 10 Downing Street.
This well proportioned, classic British house, was once described by Raymond Erith as a “little pavilion on a knoll, built for the view” and extends to 7,262 square ft (1,311 sqm) all arranged over four floors. On the ground floor there is an impressive reception hall, morning room which features panelled walls and central fireplace.
A door leads through to the drawing room which consists of two combined rooms with a feature arch and marble fireplace, double doors lead into the dining room which features an original designed doorway, created by Erith, and a central fireplace.
The kitchen is a wonderful arrangement of bespoke built units with large central preparation area and a central four oven AGA set within the original inglenook fireplace. There is an integral eye level oven with bottle fridge beneath, there is also a dishwasher and fridge. There is a walk in larder and a large pantry with secondary staircase to each floor.
The lower ground floor features a study/library, gym room, cloakroom with utility and storeroom. Central boiler room.
The main central staircase rises through the centre of the house with galleried balcony and domed glazed ceiling at the centre. On the first floor there are five bedrooms, the master bedroom features a large en-suite bathroom and interconnecting door to the guest bedroom. There are two additional bathrooms on this floor, each having access from bedrooms and the hallway. The second floor has three bedrooms, two bathrooms a cloakroom and eaves storage.
Outside: Shelleys Folly shares the estate with a pool house and stable house, both having a shared gated entrance with gravel driveway leading up to the entrance steps. It is proposed that the garden of Shelleys Folly will be divided by way of fencing and shrubs to the neighbouring two properties.
There is approximately one acre of garden and grounds within the sale, with former herb garden and largely lawned garden with tree and shrub borders.
Shelleys Folly is situated four miles distant from the market town of Lewes, which offers a range of amenities including schooling for all ages, many individual specialist shops, along with major supermarkets including Waitrose and Tesco, mainline railway station with regular services to Gatwick and London Victoria (65 mins). Cooksbridge, approximately 0.5 miles, also offers a mainline service to London Victoria.
The nearby villages of Barcombe, Newick and Chailey provide local post offices, newsagents and public houses.
The larger towns of Brighton (12 miles) and Haywards Heath (8 miles) with their mainline links to Gatwick and London Victoria (45 mins) both provide excellent leisure and shopping facilities.
Local schools include three village primary schools and Chailey Secondary School. The famous Glyndebourne Opera House is situated on the outskirts of Ringmer Village.