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5 bedroom detached house for sale
Church Road, Newick, Lewes, East Sussex
Tenure: FreeholdMain house: Entrance lobby | Drawing room | Dining room | Sitting room | Library
Kitchen/breakfast room | Utility/cloakroom | Principal suite comprising bedroom and bathroom | 4 further bedrooms | 2 further bathrooms | Shower room
Detached cottage: Sitting room/dining room | Study | Kitchen | 2 double bedrooms | Bathroom
3-bay Sussex barn | Small weatherboard and tile barn | Greenhouse | Swimming pool
Pool house with large vaulted party room, kitchen, utility room and shower room
Tennis court | 2 loose boxes | Beautiful gardens and grounds | Sunken walled sitting area
Pond. About 3.25 acres
Fonthill Farm is understood to date from the early 16th century, with later additions. Externally the main house presents attractive red brick and grey headers on the lower elevations, with timber in-filled and tile hung upper elevations. The property has been sympathetically and extensively restored by the current owners and provides well- arranged, stylish, interesting and beautifully presented accommodation arranged over three floors. The restoration has included amongst other things the installation of a new heating
system, the fitting of a bespoke kitchen, and all of the bathrooms have been fitted with luxurious white suites. The reception rooms are ideally arranged for formal and informal
entertaining and include a wonderful triple aspect drawing room with an oak floor. From the drawing room part glazed casement doors lead out onto the wide York stone terrace,
from which steps lead down to a sunken walled sitting area with an attractive water feature. In addition, there is a particularly well-proportioned dining room with a massive
inglenook fireplace, and a cosy sitting room, again with an inglenook fireplace with a wood burning stove. Situated between the drawing room and dining room is a library with
extensive floor to ceiling oak book shelving. Beyond the dining room is a well equipped kitchen/breakfast room which incorporates a two oven Aga, and is fitted with an attractive range of bespoke cream fronted units with granite work surfaces. To one corner of the kitchen/breakfast room is a small larder.
The well-arranged ground floor accommodation is complemented over the first and second floors by a spacious principal suite, four further bedrooms, two further bathrooms and a shower room. Other features include good ceiling heights for a property of its age, wide polished floor boards, leaded windows, oak latch doors and some oak, brick and terracotta tile floors, together with a wealth of exposed honey coloured timbers.
The Cottage is a charming detached period property which lies just to the south east of the main house. Externally, the cottage presents attractive brick, white washed, timbered
and tile hung elevations under a pitched clay tile roof.
Internally, the cottage provides well-appointed and interesting accommodation arranged over two floors. Features of note include a cosy sitting room/dining room with an attractive fireplace with an exposed brick surround and a wood burning stove. Beyond the sitting room/dining room is a study with an old brick floor. The cottage provides ideal secondary accommodation for staff, dependent relatives, an au-pair or teenagers.
Fonthill Farm lies in a peaceful rural position, about 0.5 mile from the centre of Newick, with some wonderful unspoilt views over adjoining countryside. Newick is a most attractive and picturesque Sussex village, with a green, local shops, three public houses, a restaurant and the 11th Century St. Mary's Parish Church.
The historic county town of Lewes is about 7 miles to the south, with the coastal, business and entertainment centre of Brighton being some 14 miles away. For the commuter, there is a mainline train service from Haywards Heath (about 7 miles) to London Victoria and London Bridge (about 47 minutes).
Gatwick airport lies approximately 29 miles to the north west. The A272 passes through the village of Newick and is one of the primary east/west routes serving this part of Sussex. It provides access to the A23 at Bolney, to the M23/M25 and thereafter to the national motorway network.
There is an excellent selection of established preparatory and public schools in the area. These include Cumnor House, Great Walstead, Ashdown House and Brambletye, together with Brighton College, Burgess Hill School for Girls, Ardingly College, Hurstpierpoint College, Worth School, Benenden School, and St Leonards Mayfield School.
Fonthill Farm is approached from Church Road via a wide entrance drive, which leads down to an extensive area of parking, adjacent to which is a substantial three-bay Sussex barn with light and power. From the parking area a wooden gate leads through an old brick wall, with a brick paved path leading across the garden to the house. The gardens have been beautifully landscaped over the years with various brick and stone paths, clipped hedges, climbing roses, three picturesque ponds, numerous well stocked borders and a number of fine specimen trees.
Immediately to the south west of the main house and adjacent to the drawing room is a York stone terrace, from which steps lead down to a sunken walled sitting area with a water feature. Lying some distance to the north east of the house, and approached by a well-lit path, is the heated swimming pool with an electrically operated cover. The swimming pool is set into a wide stone paved surround, beyond which there is extensive outdoor lighting. Adjacent to the swimming pool is a substantial weatherboard and tile pool house, which provides a splendid party room with a vaulted ceiling, terracotta tile floor and glazed casement doors to either end with fan light windows above.
Incorporated within the party room is a kitchen area. To one side of the party room is a utility room and a shower/cloakroom. Beyond the swimming pool, and lying in a sheltered corner of the grounds is the all-weather tennis court overlooking which is a wide decked terrace. Beyond the swimming pool area, a short flight of steps leads up to an area of garden with various fruit trees, four raised beds and a greenhouse. The remainder of the grounds are laid principally to lawn with various mown paths and some magnificent mature oaks. Beyond the threebay Sussex barn, is a small weatherboard and tile barn which makes an ideal games room.
Situated a short distance from this building are two loose boxes. The gardens and grounds at Fonthill Farm provide a very special setting for this beautifully restored period house, and from the gardens and grounds there are some splendid unspoilt views over the surrounding countryside. About 3.25 acres.