Smallholding has plenty of character

Lewes property SUS-150519-114137001
Lewes property SUS-150519-114137001

The property is for sale at a guide price of £1,595,000 and would present a unique opportunity for three generations of one family to live together independently. Equally, as some of its barns have been referred to in the local Neighbourhood Plan as being a site considered for residential units from 2016, this would be an interesting prospect for speculators.

The main farmhouse is believed to date back to the late 18th Century, when it stood on land allocated to the then Lord of the Manor, the Duke of Dorset. It later passed to the Earls De la Warr.

Today the flint and tile fronted building is a surprisingly spacious gas centrally heated and double glazed four bedroom/three bathroom home, with a generously-sized kitchen/breakfast room, utility and boot rooms, three reception rooms, a super almost 24ft by nearly 13ft deep wraparound garden room and lovely, expansive cottage gardens.

Originally a windmill formed part of a croft to the rear of the house. When this burnt down in 1905 it was replaced with a steam-powered mill which operated until 1921. That structure is now a detached cottage with three bedrooms, one of which is downstairs and set opposite a bathroom. Off the entrance hall, too, is a kitchen and a lounge opening to a sun room.

If required, the ground floor bedroom could become a living room and there is also a second WC.

While the cottage requires improvements , the layout means it would be ideal for the older relatives, a small family, guests or for use as a holiday let. There are lawned gardens to the side and rear.

The remaining dwelling is a two storey annexe flat attached to the farmhouse. Perfect for young adults or teenagers, this has two bedrooms and an 18ft lounge on the first floor, together with a ground floor kitchen and bathroom. Again, there is scope for rental potential.

The house, cottage and flat stand in about two acres. The remaining land is sectioned into fields, one to the south and being upwards of 14 acres, the other on the eastern side extending to a fraction under five acres.

There is garaging for five vehicles and the outbuildings suggested for development run to a further 4,000 ft.

To appreciate the scale of the accommodation and the potential of this sizeable smallholding, viewing is considered essential and appointments can be made through Fine & Country on 01825 767575.