THE opportunity has arisen to become the proud owner of one of the most exclusive addresses in East Sussex ... but at the eye-watering price of £9.5m.
Historic Isfield Place, now on the market, is acclaimed as a magnificent Grade II listed country house and stands in 311 acres of land.
The mansion, eight miles north of Lewes on the outskirts of the pretty village from which it takes its name, dates back to the early 16th century.
Its roots lie far deeper in history than that, with the motte and bailey castle which once commanded the River Ouse near St Margaret’s Church.
It is understood to have been owned by the De La Warr family and then passed to the Shurleys, who designed a new mansion nearby to accommodate their glittering guest list, which included officials of the Royal Household.
The Shurley Chapel can be found at the church and legend has it that an underground passage once linked it with Isfield Place. The richly sculpted marble coffin lid of Gundrada, wife of Lewes Priory founder William de Warenne, was discovered under the chapel floor in 1775 and returned to the county town.
So how many bangs do you get for your bucks? Isfield Place, along with suitably spacious ground floor rooms, has eight bedrooms and five bath/shower rooms.
It certainly is spectacular. The main portion of the three-storey property is early 17th century with a wing added in the 19th century. The drawing room, study and dining room all boast wood-panelled walls, and there are not many homes that can show off the Gun and Rod Room.
On a smaller scale come the Gate Lodge, Butler’s Cottage and a flat created from a transformed chapel. There is also a magnificent Sussex barn which has been converted for entertaining.
Sport can be found in the billiards room, the established shoot and the sea and brown trout fishing.
The delightful formal gardens feature a tennis court and a swimming pool.
Savills are the agents handling one of the most prestigious sales for years in the county and can be contacted on 0207 409 3780 or locally at the Haywards Heath branch on 01444 446064. Or go to Savills’ local website.