Barcombe. Guide Price £485,000 - £500,000.
Set amidst lush lawns and burgeoning borders, with vistas of gardens and fields, this impressive residence in Barcombe Place originally commissioned by John Holroyd in 1802, has been extended and adapted during the Victorian period. Sandstone window surrounds (a rare use of this material as a feature) conveys its status as a prestigious building.
Drive along the tree-lined road where a prominent tree belt screens Barcombe Place and turn into the driveway. As you near you can be forgiven for imagining you are approaching Downtown Abbey. The estate is compiled of four houses and two penthouses affording a real sense of community.
Park up outside or in one of the two garages and make your way to this beautiful four bedroom mansion penthouse.
Kick off your muddy boots at the bottom, climb the stairs and step inside...
In the hall to your right you will find the Coat room a spacious walk-in vestibule with hanging rails and shelves offering plentiful space for any fashion socialite.
To your left take the stairs up to the next level, where bedroom two/study awaits. Perfect for any guest yet ideal for an office or artist studio. For the more agile of us there is access to the flat roof terrace where on sunny days you can sunbathe enjoying panoramic views.
Make your way down to the hall and through another set of steps to the landing. On your right, decorated in soft pink tones, is the super-king-sized master bedroom (which can also either be adapted into a twin or an extra living space).
Do take a moment to linger by the sash windows and enjoy the delightful views of the private gardens and communal grounds. It is so peaceful.
Sumptuously sized, this room is your refuge. There is space for a large wardrobe, dressing table, chest of drawers and chair for when you just want to read your latest novel before tucking up in bed.
To your left, through an inner hall and backing onto the grounds, picturesque fields with ever-changing views await each morning from bedrooms three and four.
Continuing on our voyage of discovery, we peep around the next door to discover the lounge. Here to the front you will be able to admire a stunning view of the front lawn and appreciate the numerous species of wonderful trees. Imagine children playing under the magnificent Tulip tree which when in full bloom is truly breathtaking.
Cosy up on the comfortable lounge sofas and at night, admire the stars through the clear see through dome; it really is magical.
From the lounge, step into the comprehensively finished kitchen/diner. Fitted with a range of appliances, including induction hob, electric oven, fridge, freezer and washing machine. Above and below the worktops lies an array of storage cupboards, with under counter lighting.
Neatly situated by the window is your dining area, where better to enjoy a romantic candlelit meal.
One final stop is the spacious bathroom decorated in soft green and white hues. Peaceful and tranquil, with inset spotlighting overhead, soothe those post-walk muscles in a fragrant bubble bath while admiring the views of the grounds and outside pool.
Now make your way back to the entrance hall along the lengthy landing and down the two flights of stairs. Lets visit the grounds.
Outside, take your time fully exploring the six acres of lush shared grounds, meander the pathways and pause to enjoy the varied vistas on offer. Find serene seating areas beneath the boughs, with brilliant views of an attractive and undulating rural landscape.
Here you will find a number of species of trees: ash, yew, lime, holly, robinia, horse chestnut, poplar, sycamore, cherry laurel as well as several fruit trees.
There is also a delightful outside pool and pool house where you can spend sunny afternoons sunbathing overlooking the smooth green lawn as the sausages sizzle on the barbecue, enjoying the company of family and friends.
Parking is available for several cars outside, together with two garages at the end of the drive.
"The imposing Barcombe Place lies to the north east of a conservation area. It is set within large landscaped grounds screened from wider views by a number of protected trees, and bound on the roadside by flint walls with a brick stringcourse and a curved brick coping. The building is approached by a sweeping drive.
Originally commissioned by John Holroyd in 1802, the building was subsequently extended and adapted during the Victorian period. In the 1940's it was purchased by Dr Barnardo's and converted into five homes into 1971. Visually, Barcombe Place appears as three distinct sections, tied together through the use of materials. The eastern part, which appears to be the earliest part of the building, has a parapet roof, with an attractive decorative gabled front, and is constructed in red brick with stone window surrounds and detailing. The central section is also constructed in red brick, but of a slightly different hue. It too has stone window surrounds and replicates the parapet roof and bay windows of eastern section. The western section is also constructed of red brick but is very different in character, having a mansard roof with dormers and a prominent clock tower. Generally this section has a less 'formal' character than the rest of the building."
Barcombe is a village with origins dating back to Roman times.
A local village shop (owned by the village) plus Aldi, Tesco and Waitrose, all no more than 3.5 miles away to the north of Lewes, provide a plethora of shopping options.
The historic town centre of Lewes, situated on the edge of the South Downs National Park, has a range of unique shops and restaurants and a mainline rail station offering direct links to London and the Sussex coast. With frequent trains to London via Gatwick Airport (1 hour from Lewes or nearby Cooksbridge), Brighton and Eastbourne, it's an ideal location for those looking to commute.
The A27 is within easy reach, providing access to the A23/M23 and a frequent bus service operates between Brighton, Lewes and Tunbridge Wells.
Close too are famous attractions such as Sheffield Park and The Bluebell Railway and the busy commuter town of Haywards Heath is just 12 miles away.
State and private schools:
Chailey School 3.7 miles, Priory School 3.85 miles, Barcombe Church of England Primary School 0.26 miles, Hamsey Community Primary School 2.52 miles, South Malling CofE Primary and Nursery School 2.94 miles Newick Church of England Primary School 3.23 miles, Pells Church of England Primary School 3.42 miles, Ringmer Primary and Nursery School
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