Down House is a substantial country property that requires a full refurbishment which provides a
unique and exciting opportunity for the discerning buyer to create their dream family home in one of themost sought after locations in the area, not only providing a tranquil setting with stunning views but a plethora of options for private and state schooling along with easy train links into London.
The property was built in 1910 with wonderful features that were common to this period such as leaded light windows in stone mullion, rendered elevations with brick detailing and elegant chimney stacks. Many of the rooms have large open fireplaces with stone surrounds and wood panelling is a consistent feature downstairs in particular to the drawing room, snooker room and reception hall along with its impressive oak staircase.
The property spans to a very impressive 5480 sq ft and each room enjoys generous proportions both in height and width not to mention the stunning views of the South Downs. The current owners gained planning permission to extend the property on the ground and first floor and these details along with architects drawings of the finished proposed refurbishment can be provided by Hamptons.
Down House is located in a stunning situation in a quiet and sought after country lane at the foot of
the South Downs approximately 1 mile south of the village of Ditchling. Ditchling is located within the South Downs National Park and offers a wide variety of shops and amenities on its listed high street which include two public houses, post office and delicatessen amongst others. The historic town of Lewes is approximately 8 miles distant and offers an eclectic mix of independent shops and the city of Brighton also approximately 8 miles distant offers a wide range of high street stores together with restaurants, bars and a full provision of the arts. The nearest mainline station is at Hassocks, about 2.5 miles distant with a regular service to London Bridge/Victoria in approximately 55 minutes. Haywards Heath, also has a mainline station, and is about 6 miles, Gatwick Airport is approximately 26 miles and easily reached. The countryside around Ditchling is well known for its outstanding natural beauty and the Sussex Downs are close at hand offering the opportunity of walking, riding and cycling. The area as a whole has many sporting clubs and societies with Ditchling itself hosting two cricket clubs and golf can be found locally at Pyecombe Golf Club on the South Downs as well as Mid Sussex Golf Club on the outskirts of Ditchling. The area is well served by a variety of state and private schools including in particular Brighton College and Roedean, both in Brighton as well as Hurstpierpoint College locally.
Down House enjoys a truly magnificent setting at the foot of the South Downs and is approached from Underhill Lane by a private drive flanked by cherry blossom trees, leading to a gravelled parking area to the front of the main entrance and triple garage. From the front an iron gate leads to a courtyard garden with an ornamental pond and steps to the main garden being laid mainly to lawn with a large number of pine trees and rose beds. To the front of the property is a tennis court and to the rear there are terraces leading to a recently refurbished and heated swimming pool. In all the gardens measure approximately 1.6 acres.
Agents Note: The property requires a full refurbishment. The externals photographs are from when the property was purchased by the current owners, internals will be taken on ease of Covid 19 restrictions