The Lewes office of Oakley Residential are extremely proud to offer a unique opportunity to the market in the form of an 18th Century Listed Georgian townhouse, which was last used as a solicitors office but has just been given planning permission for conversion to create a magnificent 6 bedroom family town house.
Partner, Helen Oakley, said: “Built circa 1716 this is a rare opportunity to restore a beautiful High Street building back into a private residence. Since 1830 the property has been principally used as offices by the Blaker Family, but it became redundant earlier this year when Blaker Son and Young solicitors relocated.
“Planning permission has now been granted to create a 6 bedroom house with the potential of extending and improving the property, subject to further Listed Building Consent.
“The vendors have appointed award winning Architects Morgan Carn to prepare plans illustrating how the building could be converted into a unique family home, whilst retaining the abundance of original features including fireplaces, cornices, ceiling roses, large skirting boards, sash and stain glass windows and a stunning wood paneled reading room, which has frontage to the High Street.”
Oakley’s manager, Bryn Thomas, commented: “Rarely do you find such a unique and impressive building as un-touched as this, to convert back into a family home.
This house will come alive again, back to its former glory once it’s converted. One of the big selling points is that it has a large rear garden, which is very unique for a High Street property in Lewes.”
Having been a former commercial property, there is obvious potential for someone to use the property for mixed uses and Helen Oakley added: “Already we have interest from people looking at running home businesses from the property that will benefit from the prime High Street location. “
On the ground floor there are two rooms at the front of the building that could lend themselves to office/retail space, subject to consent. Even with dual use the property will still provide a large family home’.
Bryn Thomas added: “Implementing the Morgan Carn plans for the property could make the premises stunning, they have shown a large kitchen/dining room extension which would lead onto a private patio area and would certainly enhance the ground floor living space, bringing the outside into the property.”
Leading up from the ground floor, via the impressive, wide and original staircase to the first floor, you will find 3 large double bedrooms, one having the benefit of creating an en suite, and a large family bathroom.
There is also the possibility of creating a large roof terrace. All these rooms are lovely and light due to the impressive almost full height sash windows. The second floor could have another 3 good size bedrooms and potentially 2 bathrooms, making this an ideal floor for children and guests.
An added bonus is the large cellar, with one very large open plan room which would make a fantastic home cinema/bar, and a smaller room leading off it, perfect as a wine cellar!
Helen Oakley commented “To find a property like this in its original condition in the centre of Lewes is totally unique. It’s a once in a life time opportunity for someone. It deserves to be restored back to its former glory, to bring it back to life and to hear the fun and laughter of a family within its walls!”
To truly appreciate the abundance of character and history that this property has to offer please call Josephine Brown on 01273 487444 or e mail Josephineb@oakleyresidential.com to arrange a viewing.
Price on application