Paddock View provides a unique opportunity to purchase a stunning family home with extensive accommodation of 5617 sq ft which is walking distance to the centre of the very popular village of Ditchling. Over the years the current owners have sympathetically modernised the property to keep up with today’s modern family requirements also adding significant additions to the south and north sides in 2006, and a stunning rear extension in 2017. A great deal of thought was given to the extension to provide light and airy areas for all members of the family to relax and enjoy.
The capacious, light rooms throughout the property provide an ideal space for both family life and entertaining. The generous central reception hall is accessed via handsome oak double doors, with a brick inglenook fireplace with inset woodburner creating a most attractive focal point for the room. Furthermore, the reception hall provides an excellent flow between the main living rooms, with wide double/folding doors between many of the rooms. At the heart of the home through folding doors opening from the hall, is the kitchen. The room is fitted with a range of grey-painted wooden units and a central island, complemented by part granite/part woodblock worktops, a Rangemaster oven and a number of integrated appliances. There is plenty of space for a large dining table, and doors open to a family/dining room, offering much versatile living space.
An elegant vaulted drawing room overlooks the gardens and has French doors opening out to a terrace, perfect for al fresco dining and entertaining. A sizeable games room is the perfect space for an active family, and offers much flexibility to be utilised in a way that most suits the owners. A solid wood turned staircase rises to the first floor, where there is a cosy snug area with bookshelving. In addition, lying off the hall is a comfortable sitting room, utility room and a cloakroom with separate WC.
The staircase from the hall rises to a stunning galleried landing, where there is a seating area flooded with light by way of an expanse of windows framing the view to the garden. There are five well-proportioned bedrooms, including a superb master suite. The master suite comprises a bedroom with private balcony overlooking the garden, a fitted dressing room and beautifully appointed bathroom with roll-top bath. Bedroom Two also benefits from an en-suite bathroom and the remaining bedrooms are served by a family bathroom. Throughout the property, bathrooms have been recently refitted with luxury suites, wet-room style tiled showers, underfloor heating and zone-controlled integral music systems, offering a contemporary touch.
The property is well situated in the picturesque downland village of Ditchling, falling within the South Downs National Park. The house is located on the northern side of the village, 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 and Brighton College.
Sat in a favourable elevated position, Paddock View is approached from North End by a sloping driveway which rises up to a large parking area ahead of the house. This provides access to both the integral and detached double garage and the single garage is accessed directly from North End. The property is set back from the road and is well screened by mature trees and rhododendrons, creating a ‘secret’ garden to the front of the house. The mature and well-established rear garden is a particular feature of the property, being private and well enclosed by flower and shrub beds. A stone terrace spans the rear western elevation of the home, offering a number of sunny spots for relaxing and dining al fresco. Beyond the terrace, the garden is largely laid to lawn, with a gravel pathway leading to the fence-enclosed all weather tennis court.
Family Room/Dining Room