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8 bedroom detached house for sale

High Street, Lewes, East Sussex

Under Offer £2,450,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Outstanding views to the South Downs
  • Entrance vestibule
  • Reception hall/atrium
  • 3 reception rooms
  • Kitchen/breakfast room
  • Galleried landing with doors to balcony
  • Principal bedroom
  • Guest bedroom
  • 6/7 further bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms/shower rooms

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

This handsome detached Victorian house was built in 1899 for the businessman and philanthropist, John Henry Every 3rd - grandson of J. H. Every who was the founder of the Phoenix Iron Works. He is understood to have purchased the land on which The Croft is built at an auction held at The White Hart Hotel in 1891. The house was designed by the well-known Brighton architect, Samuel Denman, who it is understood was also responsible for the façade of Lewes Town Hall.

The Croft has been extensively renovated and restored with great care and attention to detail by the current owners. The property offers beautifully presented accommodation arranged over three floors, with many of the principal rooms taking full advantage of the stunning southerly views across Lewes to Mount Caburn, Firle Beacon and beyond.

From the entrance porch an arched door gives access to the entrance vestibule, from which a part glazed stained glass door leads through to the magnificent double height reception hall/ atrium which has an oak, walnut and cherry floor. To one side is an impressive turned staircase with oak hand rails leading to the galleried landing. The reception rooms are elegantly proportioned with high ceilings and numerous period features throughout. Features of note include original working fireplaces with ornate surrounds, superb decorative plasterwork, brass door furniture, high skirtings and Moorish arches.

The dining room has a large bay window with spectacular views to the south east, an ornate carved fire surround and over mantle with stained glass windows to either side depicting a phoenix. The drawing room has a feature
Every cast iron grate and an attractive corner bay window. The well-appointed kitchen has an extensive range of units with polished granite work tops and incorporates four Neff ovens, a microwave and steamer, two plate
warmers and a Siemens induction hob. Adjacent to the kitchen is the breakfast room with an office area beyond. In addition, there is a study also with a bay window and a beautiful conservatory with original plant stands, fish
pond and Art Deco trellis work.

The reception rooms are ideally arranged for formal and informal entertaining and are complemented over the first and second floors by eight/nine bedrooms and four bathrooms/ shower rooms. The inner hall and secondary
staircase give access to the cellar, indoor swimming complex and first and second floors providing further flexibility. The galleried first floor landing is a particular feature and has double doors leading out onto a wide balcony with two window seats, from which there are glorious views.

The indoor swimming pool has a central glazed atrium, water jets, three seating areas and an adjacent wet room. There is a travertine tiled surround and an integrated Sonos sound system. There is direct access from the swimming pool into the conservatory.

The Croft is approached from Church Lane, a no-through road, via an electrically operated wrought iron entrance gate. The property is set back from the High Street and lies in a sought after elevated central position close to St Anne's Church. Lewes mainline railway station is about 0.5 mile, with its regular service to London (London Victoria/London Bridge in about 64 minutes).

Lewes is a thriving county town situated within the South Downs National Park. The town has a good range of individual shops, including antique shops, flea markets and book sellers. There are a number of popular cafes and restaurants, as well as regular food and farmers' markets, and several supermarkets. The colourful city of Brighton and Hove is about 8 miles to the south west and provides a comprehensive range of cultural and shopping facilities.

The South Downs National Park provides wonderful opportunities for walking and recreation, whilst Ashdown Forest lies to the north and the coastline at the Seven Sisters Country Park lies to the south east.

The internationally renowned Glyndebourne Opera House is about 3 miles to the east. Lewes has some excellent state schools and there are many well respected and established private schools in the area. Schools include Lewes Priory School, Lewes Old Grammar School, Brighton College, Roedean, Cumnor House, Great Walstead, Hurstpierpoint College, Ardingly College and Lancing College. Many of these schools provide mini buses from Lewes.

The A27 lies a short distance to the south of Lewes, and provides fast access to the A23/ M23, Gatwick Airport and the national motorway network.

From the wrought iron entrance gate the drive leads down to the front of the house to a parking and turning area. To one side is the original brick and tile garage with an inspection pit, light and power. It is understood that the garage was one of the first 'motor homes' in Sussex. Situated to one side of the house there is a sheltered
courtyard with two raised kitchen beds.

Approached from the reception hall/atrium is a long covered loggia with a wide terrace beyond. The remainder of the garden is laid principally to lawn, intersected with various brick paths with a central water feature. The garden at The Croft provides a wonderful setting for this important period town house.

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Added on Rightmove:
29 April 2016

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