Enjoying an idyllic semi-rural location within the charming village of Chiddingly, this expansive detached property was the former vicarage and offers well-proportioned rooms and spacious gardens. The property extends to 4847 sq ft over three floors, with a versatile mix of formal entertaining spaces, family accommodation and ancillary rooms to complement day to day life. The Georgian-style property dates back to circa 1851 and many period features have been beautifully preserved, including high ceilings, tall sash windows with interior shutters, original fireplaces and solid hardwood floors. Internally, the property is very well presented and has been updated in recent years, including a new family bathroom in 2013 and en suite in 2019 and a newly fitted handmade kitchen in 2018 by Middleton Bespoke Kitchens, which is complemented by York stone floors and an electric AGA.
Access is via a grand and welcoming entrance hall, which leads to the formal accommodation comprising a dining room, drawing room and sitting room. The ground floor family accommodation includes a handsome kitchen/breakfast room with pantry, a cloakroom, study, family room, utility room and ground floor bathroom. With five reception rooms in total the property has excellent versatility.
On the first floor there are six double bedrooms, including a master bedroom with modern en suite bathroom. The bedrooms are arranged together around a central landing, with three further bedrooms sharing a family bathroom. There is a separate guest area which has its own staircase and bathroom.
There is excellent storage space available on the lower ground floor where there is a cellar and a boiler room.
The Old Vicarage lies in a wonderful position, adjacent to the Chiddingly Church and Cricket Ground. The historic village of Chiddingly, with its pretty period houses and cottages is mentioned in the Domesday Book, and provides a primary school, village hall and popular public house. The surrounding countryside provides many miles of spectacular walking and riding country.
The old market town of Heathfield is some 8 ½ miles away, and provides an excellent range of shops and amenities for everyday needs, including two supermarkets. The historic county town of Lewes is some 10 miles, whilst the coastal business and entertainment centre of Eastbourne is about 12 miles. Uckfield mainline train station is about 7 ½ miles, providing service to London bridge, alternatively there is a mainline train service to London Victoria and London bridge from Lewes.
The Old Vicarage is approached via a gravel driveway, which leads up to the front of the house, with a small central lawn incorporating a rose bed. To one side of the drive there is a period brick and tile former stable, proving useful storage.
To the southern side of the house there is a wide paved sitting area, from which a rose and something clad walkway leads to lawned gardens which are bound by a wide variety of mature trees, with a well-stocked herbaceous border to one end. From the garden there is a wonderful aspect of the church spire.
The remainder of the gardens lie principally to the north east of the house, and are again laid to lawn with numerous well stocked and colourful herbaceous beds, with various sitting areas and a central rose, wisteria and ivy clad pergola.
The pergola prices and ideal sheltered alfresco dining area. Lying a short distance from the pergola there is a timber summerhouse, beyond which a wooden pedestrian gate gives access through an old brick wall to the village street.
The driveway continues to a brick double garage with a slates tile roof. Beyond the garage the back drive gives access to the Church Lane. To the rear of the house there is a further brick and paved sitting area, with a wooden pedestrian gate giving direct access to the church.
The garden as The Old Vicarage provide a wonderful setting for the important period village house, and afford some wonderful views over the surrounding countrywide to the south downs.
In all about 0.9 acre.
four bath/shower rooms