Pardons is one of Ditchiling's most prominent properties, built circa the 17th Century and listed Grade II - of 'special architectural or historic importance'. The house is of timber framed construction and is externally characterised by brick, part Sussex tile hung elevations under a tiled roof, with an elegant Queen Anne facade facing the lane. The property offers spacious accomodation with the flexibility of having six bedrooms and reception rooms that compliment a growing family or buyers that wish to have a wealth of entertaining space in the heart of this very popular Sussex village.
The property has been very well cared for by the current owners and presents well throughout, combining modern fixtures and fittings with a number of charming period features; including a wealth of timbers, wooden framed sash windows and original fireplaces. A solid wood front door with overhung porch canopy opens to the entrance hall, from which the principal staircase rises to the first floor and there is under stair access to the cellar. The cellar is large enough to in corporate a substanial wine store and further space for extra fridges and freezers.
The double aspect drawing room features an impressive inglenook fireplace with oak bressumer and stone hearth, flanked to one side by a display niche. To one end of the drawing room is a further seating area, with French doors opening to the terrace, a second ornate fireplace and a shelved library area.
The dining room has half panelled walls, an exposed wooden floor and a slate fireplace with cast iron insert, quarry tiled hearth and moulded surround. The inner hall with exposed brick floor and range of fitted linen cupboards. The inner hall is a useful utility and boot room, also with brick floor and fitted with a range of units with granite worktops, an inset Butler sink and space for laundry appliances and a door that opens to the side of the house.
The kitchen/breakfast room has been fitted with a range of bespoke oak units and display cupboards by Thomas Ash of Partridge Green, complemented by granite worktops, an inset double Butler sink and exposed brick floor. Four-oven gas fired Aga and additional integrated appliances including a fridge/freezer and dishwasher. A stable door opens to the rear terrace and the secondary staircase rises to the first floor family room/ sixth bedroom.
The master bedroom is fitted with built in wardrobes lying to both sides of the bed, there is a spacious en suite bathroom with underfloor heating and a freestanding roll top bath. The two further bedrooms on this floor are served by a shower room. To the second floor are two further bedrooms of which one has an en suite bathroom.
The property is well situated in the picturesque downland village of Ditchling, falling within the South Downs National Park. The house is a short distance from the village shops and in close proximity to the surrounding countryside. The village has a variety of local shops, including arts and craft workshops, a museum, post office, The Larder a fantastic delicatessen providing local produce and coffee shop . In addition there are two pubs, The Bull and The White Horse, a village church and a primary school. A wider range of shops is available at Hassocks, about 2 miles to the east, which also has a mainline train station to London Bridge/Victoria (approximately 55 minutes). The city of Brighton and the south coast are about 9 miles distant. The M23/ A23 provides good access to Gatwick and the national motorway network. There are a number of excellent schools in the area, including St. Margaret’s Primary School in Ditchling, Downlands Community Secondary School in Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint College, Burgess Hill School for Girls, Brighton College, Great Walstead, Lewes Grammar and Cumnor.
To the front (east) of the property are white painted wooden railings, enclosing an area of front garden and with a gate opening to a brick path leading to the front door. The brick paved driveway and parking area is separately accessed to the north of the property, offering ample parking for around six cars and giving access to the detached office and the detached gym:
Formerly a stable, the office is a single storey building recently the subject of conversion and refurbishment, including re-wiring, lagging and re-plastering. The office has power connected, with telephone and television points.
An impressive room, formerly the garaging and also fully converted, with a wood effect floor, power and television points. A hatch and ladder gives access to a boarded loft space. Adjoining the games room is a log store.
The gardens at Pardons are delightful and it is hard to find such a fine example of a walled garden which houses a stunning Sussex Belvedere, which works as a delightful Summer house providing superb views of the South Downs. The walled garden provides a variety of fruit trees, plumb and apple and the stunning herbaceous border was planted and designed by award winning Chelsea flower show designer, Robert Myers. A large courtyard is accessed directly from the kitchen providing a wonderful area for alfresco entertaning which is sheltered and quite the sun trap. There is a well also located in the courtyard.