18th century Georgian home

Combe House
Combe House

Combe House is an attached handsome double fronted Georgian house and is understood to date from circa 1792, with later additions.

Externally, the house presents attractive rendered white washed and part brick and flint elevations under a mainly pitched tile roof.

Internally, the house provides well-presented, elegant,light and well-arranged accommodation over three floors.

A particular feature of the property is the well-proportioned double aspect drawing room, which has an attractive fireplace with an intricately carved wooden surround, currently fitted with a gas coal-effect fire.

From the drawing room double doors lead into the library, which has a wooden floor, built-in cupboards and also features a concealed sink, set within a veneer lined 1950s cocktail cabinet.

Other features of note include a flag stone floor within the entrance hall, a triple aspect sitting room, which also includes a log burner with a brick surround and a casement door that leads to the beautiful walled garden.

Further features of note include a generous principal bedroom with an attractive open fire place, bathroom and dressing room, which includes built in cupboards and an external door that leads to the roof terrace, from which steps lead down to the rear garden.

The property is approached via a pedestrian wrought iron gate, which gives access to a York stone terrace to the front of the house.

An attractive portico with a flat hood pilaster frames the six fielded panelled front door.

To the right of the front door is an oval opening, cut in the thickness of the wall with an attractive ornamental modern wrought iron grille.

The pretty south facing flint walled garden lies to the rear of the house and immediately adjacent to the house is a paved terrace which leads directly onto the lawn.

A feature within the walled garden is a mature trailing pear tree against one of the flint walls.

To one side of the garden steps rise to the roof terrace.

The house was owned from 1983 to 1990 by Richard Lewis CBE, who was an International Opera and Concert Singer (Tenor).

He was also a teacher and Conductor.

Combe House is situated within a conservation area in the centre of the picturesque village of Willingdon, which is flanked by scenic downland countryside.

This charming village includes the popular Wheatsheaf Inn public house, Thai Village restaurant, hair dresser and a beauty works shop.

Eastbourne town centre is about three miles distant, and provides a mainline train station with services to London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford International, together with an excellent range of shopping, recreational and entertainment facilities.

The Victorian seafront promenade with theatre complex and International Lawn Tennis Centre at Devonshire Park are also close by.

Eastbourne offers three 18-hole golf courses and one of the largest marinas in Europe.

The historic county town of Lewes is about 14 miles to the north west.

There are channel ferries from Newhaven and international flights from Gatwick Airport.

n For details contact Strutt and Parker, 201 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2NR

Tel: 01273 475411