Lovely 15th century country house

Lewes property SUS-150929-114416001
Lewes property SUS-150929-114416001

This lovely and very well proportioned detached home – which has a guide price of £1.35 million – is set behind a gated entrance and nestles in around 4.8 acres of garden, grazing land and woodland.

Taking in wonderful panoramic rear views from its location in the hamlet of Piltdown, the property is just three miles north-west of Uckfield and close to the picturesque villages of Fletching and Newick. The larger centres of Haywards Heath, Lewes, East Grinstead, Tunbridge Wells and Brighton are all within a comfortable driving distance.

Dating from the 15th Century, the detached building has been lovingly refurbished and improved over the years. The timber framed structure has been refaced with brick and tile elevations, all under a tiled roof.

Interior fixtures and fittings are contemporary. Of the five bedrooms, two are suites and there is a stunning almost 30ft by well over 18ft kitchen/dining room with Rangemaster cooker, extensive granite-topped cabinets and striking crescent-shaped island units. A beautiful orangery extending to nearly 22ft by over 13ft has also been added, together with areas of underfloor heating.

All this has been introduced in total harmony with period features such as the wealth of exposed beams, several fireplaces and latched doors.

An impressive 18ft by 9ft entrance hall opens into two main reception rooms , both around 18ft in length. One is a wide living room with inglenook fireplace, the other a double aspect sitting room with stone fireplace. The larger room opens into a rear hall on one side and a triple aspect snug on the other. This, in turn, leads into the dining room, which comes with another inglenook and a log burning stove. The vaulted orangery is approached from this room, opens to the garden and enjoys views towards Fletching. A study with fitted furniture, a utility room, cloakroom and a boot room/boiler room with steps down to a cellar are also on the ground floor.

A wide staircase from the entrance hall rises to a first floor landing and the five good sized bedrooms. The master suite brings together an 18ft double aspect bedroom with a fitted dressing room and a fully tiled shower room. Bedroom two has an old brick fireplace and a dressing room, bedroom three is beamed, while the fourth benefits from wardrobes. The fifth bedroom is a guest suite with fitted dressing room and a bathroom with bath and shower cubicle. The family bathroom has a corner bath and, again, a separate shower.

On the top floor, which is approached by ladder, is a further landing to a more than 34ft by well over 13ft store room with a 22ft by 16ft attic room beyond. These may, subject to consents, provide scope for further living space. Planning permission has already been granted for a new three-bay garage with store and home office above.

As well as an existing double garage, the property offers a good deal of parking. The garden and woodland areas run to around two acres and include extensive lawns, a well with pump workings, a paved terrace, a raised pond with fountain, a brick store, log store and wooden sheds. Additionally, there is a lovely sunken garden and a rotating summerhouse. A fence enclosed paddock of about 2.8 acres provides useful grazing land and about 1.3 acres to the west of this is available to rent by separate negotiation.

Viewing of this superb and tastefully updated period home is highly recommended and appointments can be made through Fine & Country on 01825 767575.