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Park Gate is a striking and well proportioned classic Georgian country house, listed Grade II of special architectural or historic importance. The history behind the property is that it is believed to date back from 1805 and formerly stood at the gate of a medieval deer park. The property now enjoys a semi rural but easily accessible location being just outside of the South Downs National Park but with the benefit of enjoying the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Tucked away from the road, the property is approached via electric gates with a beech lined driveway leading to a turning circle in front of the house. This classic Georgian home offers fine examples of the era with mathematical tiles, elegant proportions and sash windows. Internally there are many fine period fireplaces and two turned staircases and Doric and Ionic pilasters. The rooms are spacious and light and all extremely well proportioned as you would expect with such a property. The current owners have sympathetically updated and improved the property to create a luxurious, modern family home with bespoke fixtures and fittings such as the superb Plain English kitchen. There is a plethora of living and entertaining spaace spanning to 6282 sq ft which allows every member of the family to have their own private space. Stone steps rise to an entrance porch with Doric columns; an attrctive front door opens to the grand entrance hall which runs the length of the property, an arched window at the far end frames the meadow lying behind which is a lovely feature. Two bright formal reception rooms, the drawing room and the sitting room, lie either side of the hall, both with square bays and window seats overlooking the front entrance. The sitting room opens to the library/study, a delightful room with a vaulted ceiling and windows to three aspects providing an abundance of natural light.
Sussex offers excellent leisure and sporting facilities, with many opportunities for golf, walking (in particular along the South Downs Way) and equestrian pursuits locally, including regular meets at Plumpton Racecourse. There is a thriving cultural scene in Sussex, with world-class opera at Glyndebourne and the annual Brighton Festival presenting a huge programme of theatre, dance, classical music and literary events.
Although set within a glorious semi-rural location the area has good road and rail communications. The A27 accessed at Lewes links to the A/M23 and on to the national motorway network. Gatwick Airport 28 miles; Central London 64 miles. There is a mainline railway station in Lewes which offers services to London Victoria from just over 1 hour.
There are many exceptional schools in the area including Barcombe Primary School (OfSTED rated Outstanding' June 2015), Cumnor House School, Great Walstead, Ardingly, Eastbourne, Hurstpierpoint, Lancing and Brighton Colleges, Lewes Old Grammar School, Burgess Hill School for Girls and Roedean.
There are two principal areas of formal garden: a lawn with wild flower meadow extends away from the house to the south west, to one side of which is a handsome oak, the fence-enclosed tennis court and timber tennis pavilion. The beautiful flint walled garden lies to the north west of the house; the wall is Grade II listed. A York stone terrace adjoins the house, from which steps descend to an area of lawn with a prolific apple tree, edged by well-stocked shrub and flower borders which produce an array of colour in the spring and summer months and conceal a hidden walkway.
A wrought iron gate opens from the walled garden to a sweeping level lawn. There is a productive hedge-enclosed kitchen garden with a number of fruit trees. The remainder of the land is predominantly laid to pastureland with a band of woodland in the southern most corner, the majority enclosed by post and rail fencing and with three points of gated secondary access to the Old Uckfield Road. Lying close to the western boundary is an idyllic tree-lined pond with jetty, from which there are fantastic views to the South Downs.
A further unique feature of the gardens and grounds, is the ha-ha, providing an uninterrupted view of the countryside.
In all, about 26.6 acres.
A footpath runs along the far boundary of the eastern field, then crosses the top field, as can be seen on a site plan.
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