5 bedroom detached house for sale

Malling Street, Lewes

Offers in Region of £1,350,000

Property Description

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Tenure: Freehold

Undercliffe House is `one-off` property and the location unprecedented. This extraordinary property can only be approached on foot and is thus completely private with its own surrounding woodland and within a plot of 2.5 acres, with wildlife thriving around the house and having breath-taking views. It is a house much admired from the town, as a striking gothic masterpiece but one has no idea how to get to it and this is surely its beauty. The steps lead from the town end of Malling Street near Tesco and so, is incredibly convenient for the three superstores and is about ten minutes walk to the historic core of Lewes with its abundance of period buildings, individual shops, public houses, cafes and restaurants along with the main line Railway Station (London Victoria 1 hour & London Bridge). The property is located bordering onto the National Trust grazing at Malling Coombe which connects to superb walks to the South Downs and Golf Course.

A much admired but ‘secret` house, with Gothic tower and feaures, this is a unique Grade II listed, 1865 constructed house built by James Berry, a local architect, in this neo Gothic style. The original tower soars between two-storey bays, giving Undercliffe House a French pavilion style roof, with the property constructed of yellow brick with red bands. The original entrance area has an octagonal porch with slate pyramidal cap set within, complimenting the tower which has a Sompting cap, porthole window and four-aspect leading to the pinnacle tower with Gothic style spires. Undercliffe`s extraordinary architecture is set in woodland and grounds of 2.5 acres with sloping downland and yet having two large level lawn areas to front and rear and a unique vista and position. The main house has two large main reception rooms with a 27ft drawing room and 18`6 sitting room, the house having themes throughout of dentil architraves, high rounded skirtings, feature cornices and rose to the drawing room with sun flower additions. The main house has three double bedrooms, although one was originally two rooms and so potential ensuite facilities, all building to the classic Gothic tower with four way views to the top stage. There is modern wing as a potential annex with two main rooms, shower room and potential ground floor kitchen/utility. There are two gas central heating systems and secondary glazing.


Triple aspect with gothic tower and tall wood panelled ceiling. Part glazed entrance doors. Clay tile floor. Double glazed double doors and half-moon glazed light to:-

High ceiling 11`2 (3.41m). Stairs to first floor with original painted wood balustrades, hand rail and newel post. Original cornice mouldings. Door to cellar and window to west garden.

27`7 x 14`4 (8.44m x 4.39m). High ceiling 11` (3.35m). Ornate full height bay window with arched sash windows looking to the east aspect garden and woodland. Double aspect to rear garden and woodland with gothic arch. Original ceiling rose with attractive sun flower additions to dentil cornice. Picture rail. Dentil architrave. High skirting with rounded top.

18`6 into feature bay x 12`10 (5.67m x 3.96m). Magnificent bay window with 3 sets of sash windows having arched upper sections. Feature bay window overlooks garden to the south-west with views to the Downs and ‘winter` views to Lewes town centre. High ceiling 11`2 (3.41m) with magnificent original stucco mouldings with sunflower additions throughout room with picture rail and dentil architraves. Feature tall skirting boards with curvature. Brick fireplace with mantle. Floor grill for gas warm-air heating. Drayton thermostat.

19`7 x 14`4 (6.01m x 4.39m). Double aspect room with arched sash window looking to rear garden, being totally private and woodland. Arch sash window and glazed entrance door to front garden, private with downland views to Lewes town. 2-bowl stainless steel sink unit with mixer taps and double drainer. Wooden cupboards and drawers under, worktops to each side and open shelves under. Fitted AEG dishwasher. 2 Sets of 2-ring Scholtes gas hobs and electric warming ring. Neff double oven with shelves over to both sides. Cast iron woodburner with Peggy Angus tiling to brick inset. Space for fridge/freezer. Central area for farmhouse table. Cloaks hanging space. Electric meter and fuse box. Extractor fan. Moulding to door arch, leading to sitting room.

Brick and flint walls to 3-roomed cellar and with stairs and storage under. Wine cellar area 14`4 x 7`5 (4.39m x 2.29m).

15`6 x 12` (4.75m x 3.66m). Sash window with 2 arches to front garden. Brin gas fired boiler for part of central heating system.

16`9 x 9`2 (5.15m x 2.80m). Space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer. Doorway to internal hallway.


MAIN LANDING (from Entrance Hall)
Porthole window with ‘fish eye` view over trees to the South Downs beyond and historical Lewes. Open floorboards. 2 Double wood storage cupboards. Original painted wood balustrade, hand rail and newel post. Stairs to tower.

24`9 x 14`2 (7.58m x 4.33m). Opened from originally 2 rooms. Feature bay window with arched sash windows, observing attractive woodland to far-reaching views in winter. Recessed cupboard and further cupboard. Open floorboards. Attractive ceilings with cornice mouldings and dentil architraves. Central arch.

14`8 x 14`2 (4.5m x 4.33m) with fine views to Lewes town centre, through sash window.

11`1 x 10`7 (3.38m x 3.26m). Arched wooden secondary glazed sash window to rear garden. Fitted wardrobe with sliding doors to wardrobes and shelved cupboards with wooden drawers under and cupboards over. Exposed floorboards. High ceiling with sloping skeilings, attractive cornice and dentil architrave.

15`5 x 12`10 (4.72m x 3.96m). Picturesque south-west facing bay window with arched sash window and gothic curvature to sloping ceiling with cornice mouldings. Picture rail. Views over woodland to South Downs and historical Lewes. Dentil architrave. Fitted bookshelves.

High ceiling. Fitted double & single storage cupboards. Arch to lobby with recessed window to rear garden.

14`5 x 11`5 (4.42m x 3.51m). Attractive arched sash window overlooking the east facing front garden and beyond, to woodland and South Downs. Picture rail. Fitted bookshelves.

10`5 x 7`8 (3.20m x 2.38m). Arched sash window. Cast iron panelled bath with mixer taps and shower attachment. Tiled bath recess. Wash basin. Low level w.c. Airing cupboard with gas water heater.

Double aspect Landing with 2 porthole windows to each aspect, having south-westerly view to Lewes town centre including the Castle and South Downs beyond. Porthole window. Stairs to third floor. The four aspect tower is 13`6 high with wooden timbers and gothic arch. Panoramic views over Lewes, including the Castle, over Malling Coombe National Trust land, and over slate roofs of Undercliffe House to garden and woodland.
Newer part of house entered from Kitchen:-

18`1 x 7` (5.52m x 2.13m) including additional staircase. Arched gothic window. Space for fridge. Double radiator. Fitted shelves.

7` x 6`6 (2.13m x 2.01m). Window to rear garden. Independent shower with shower tray, curtain and rail. Wash basin with mixer taps. Low level wc with wooden seat. Worcester gas fired boiler for part of heating system, with Boss electronic programmer. Clay tiled floor. Wall light.

Wooden stairs including high Velux style window lights. Cupboards. Exposed yellow brickwork with red bands to full height.

13`5 x 12`1 (4.12m x 3.69m). Ceiling height 13`4 (4.08m) with dentils in gothic style to arched double window with superb south-westerly views to Lewes town and South Downs beyond. Velux window to south. Bed platform. Double radiator. Storage cupboard. Pine door.

16` x 13`6 (4.88m x 4.15m). Rounded bay with arched double French doors with double glazed units, looking to rear east facing garden and arched casement window to each side, all with private woodland and garden views. Pine skirtings. Fitted bookcase. Double radiator. Picture rail. Fitted wardrobe cupboard. Dentil architrave.


Steps from town end of Malling Street lead to double timber gates to an attractive walkway through woodland and tantalisingly opening up to view Undercliffe House. This pathway is wide enough to allow a small 4-wheel builder`s wagon. Lawned and woodland front section with beehives and wooded bank leading ultimately National Trust land. 2-Way paths to kitchen and main entrance porch. Grass pathway leads to east facing rear level lawned garden 50` x 92` (15.24m x 28.04m). Wood store/outbuilding 28` x 9`4 (8.53m x 2.87m). 2 Paths leading to private woodland overlooking Wheatsheaf Gardens and Malling Coombe with a stile onto the nature reserve.

Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.

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14 July 2017

Nearest stations

  • Lewes (0.6 mi)
  • Cooksbridge (2.3 mi)
  • Glynde (2.5 mi)
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Charles Wycherley Independent Estate Agents, Lewes

66 High Street, Lewes, BN7 1XG

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Nearest stations

  • Lewes (0.6 mi)
  • Cooksbridge (2.3 mi)
  • Glynde (2.5 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Charles Wycherley Independent Estate Agents, Lewes

66 High Street, Lewes, BN7 1XG

01273 839385 Local call rate

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