7 bedroom detached house for saleThe Street, Selmeston, East Sussex
- 7 Bedrooms and 5 Reception rooms
- Detached 2 bedroom cottage
- Paddock and woodland - About 3.5 acres
- In need of updating
- Views to the South Downs
- Quiet secluded position
- EPC: G
Understood to date from the 1920's, Little Bells is a handsome and substantial house providing well-proportioned accommodation over two floors with good natural light, now in need of updating. Features of note include a beautiful mahogany staircase which rises from the centre of the spacious reception hall to a galleried landing. There is mahogany wood flooring in the reception hall and throughout the main reception rooms. The drawing room has a dual aspect, with a south facing bay window and glazed doors to a garden room which in turn has doors to the garden. The sitting room also has a south facing bay window and a brick fireplace inset with a wood burning stove. Other features include many period fireplaces, panelled doors and some wonderful views to the South Downs from the upper storey.
The Gate Cottage
In addition to the main house is a single storey cottage with a living/dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. The sheltered garden, lying mainly to the south of the house, is laid to lawn and has a good degree of seclusion as it is partly surrounded by clipped hedging. The cottage is situated to one side of the driveway just inside the main gate to the house. From the cottage there are some lovely views to the adjacent picturesque church.
Little Bells lies in a delightful rural position, set back from a minor country lane, and adjacent to Selmeston's picturesque church, the Parish Church of St Mary. Selmeston also offers a village hall, a garage/general store and public house. For the commuter, Berwick Station is about 1.8 miles, providing a service to London (London Bridge/Victoria in about 95 minutes).
The larger village of Ripe is some 2.5 miles, and has a Post Office/delicatessen, nursery school and a church. The historic county town of Lewes lies about 8 miles to the west, providing a mainline train service to London (London Bridge/Victoria about 64 minutes). The cultural, business and entertainment centres of Eastbourne and Brighton & Hove are approximately 9 miles and 13.5 miles respectively, whilst the A23/M23 is within easy reach, providing fast access to Gatwick Airport and the national motorway network.
There is an excellent selection of both state and public schools in the area, including Bedes, Eastbourne College, Brighton College, Lancing College and Hurstpierpoint College.
The nearby South Downs National Park, together with the coastline at the Seven Sisters Country Park, provides many miles of spectacular countryside for walking and recreation. Glyndebourne, the internationally renowned opera house, is about 5.5 miles.
Little Bells is approached from the lane through brick piers with ball finials, from which the driveway winds through the wooded grounds to a turning circle and parking area adjacent to the front of the house. The garden is situated to the west side of the house and consists of grassed terraces, one of which is about the size of a tennis court and has been used in the past for tennis and croquet. To the east side of the house, and approached through a gap in a clipped evergreen hedge, is an old kitchen garden with a greenhouse. Beyond the kitchen garden is a large area of bluebell woodland. The paddock is situated to the rear of the house and from which there are some stunning far reaching views over the surrounding unspoilt countryside. There is a separate access into the paddock from the lane through a wooden five bar gate. About 3.5 acres
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