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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Crossways, Firle, Lewes

Offers in Region of £875,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Rarely available village location
  • Picture postcard flint a brick property
  • Garage a workshop with ample extra parking
  • Exceptional gardens
  • Excellent views

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Situated in this highly sought after and scarcely available village of Firle, made famous by the Bloomsbury Group, Charleston Farmhouse is just a mile away. With so few privately owned properties in this exceptional community to find a characterful house is a rarity indeed. Mentioned in the Doomsday Book in 1086, Firle is noted for the stunning Firle Place, the superb Ram Inn being a hub with excellent food alongside the picturesque cricket ground, and the Post Office and well-stocked village shop. The village boasts its Parish Church and Primary School and is, of course, highly convenient for Glyndebourne Opera House, Glynde Railway Station and the coast with beaches at Seaford and Bishopstone. Lewes is just 4 miles with its popular historic centre with period buildings, individual shops, 3 superstores and the mainline Railway Station (London Victoria approximately 70 mins and London Bridge). The A27 leads easily to Eastbourne, Sussex and Brighton Universities, Brighton & Hove city and the A23 to London and Gatwick.

56 Crossways is a ‘must view` property. A Grade II Listed detached brick and flint beauty, it has been the home of an artist and a furniture designer/maker for the last 43 years. The owners were forward thinking in their open-plan layout of large living/dining room and kitchen and yet having a magnificent ‘cosy` sitting room and bespoke conservatory. The garden is exceptional, the house being central to this private plot with a long drive, mixed fruit orchard, vegetable and fruit garden and attractive flint walled courtyard with original wall. The property has a huge second floor master room, currently used as a studio with a west facing balcony over the garden and having fabulous panoramic views to the South Downs, Mount Caburn and Glynde Place. The garage and workshops have been a centre of magnificent craft and industry and adaptable for any conceived activity being 660 sq.ft. with additional adjoining equipment store. The property has a ground floor cloakroom, a bath/shower room with potential for further ensuite and oil fired and/or wood fired central heating.

Energy Efficiency Rating Band: Exempt



Glazed light to west. Storage cupboard. Pine latch door to:-

27`5 x 8`5 into 11`8 (8.4m x 2.6m into 3.6m) increasing to 16`4 (4.99m). Quadruple aspect room with cast iron ‘diamond` paned windows with secondary glazing to north, south and east and magnificent views to Firle Place towards Ripe and to the South Downs. Double glazed sliding doors to balcony. Spotlights. 2 Radiators. Fitted shelves. Walk-in storage cupboard of 13` (3.96m) depth with electric light, power point and flooring. Further walk-in cupboard 11`6 (3.54m) depth with fitted shelves, electric light and flooring. Western cupboard with curtain and fitted shelves.

17`7 x 8`9 (5.50m x 2.71m) with panoramic view over the garden to open fields to the south and west, including to Mount Caburn and Glynde Place.


Glazed door and stairs to second floor landing and stairs to ground floor.

15`6 x 12` (4.76m x 3.66m). Double aspect room with original cast iron ‘diamond` paned windows with secondary glazing, looking to open fields to the north and over the front garden to the east. Radiator. Wash basin with countertop. Fitted double wardrobe cupboard with cupboards over. Pine latch door.

15`9 x 9`1 into 10`4 (4.6m x 2.8m into 3.0m). Cast iron ‘diamond` paned window to the front garden. Wardrobe cupboard with hanging rail. Bed alcove with fitted shelves. Fitted cupboard with pine door. Pine latch door.

10`4 x 9`8 (3.2m x 3.0m). Cast iron ‘diamond` paned window with secondary glazing, looking over the rear garden. Double wardrobe cupboard with hanging rail and cupboards over. Fitted shelves. Pine latch door.

13`5 x 7` (4.12m x 2.13m). Cast iron ‘diamond` paned window with secondary glazing, looking to the rear garden. White suite of panelled bath, wash basin with counter top, light over and cupboard under. Low level w.c. Tiled shower cubicle with independent shower. Double radiator. Pine panelling and double cupboard with pre-lagged copper hot water tank, immersion heater and drawers and shelves.


Entrance door with cast iron diamond pained window with secondary glazing. Cloaks area with hanging rail and shelves. Pine panelling. Glazed door to:-

25`9 x 14`4 (7.9m x 4.4m). Triple aspect room with cast iron ‘diamond` paned window overlooking the front garden, picture window with secondary glazing looking to the side garden and double glazed double doors opening to the rear garden terrace. Superb brick inglenook fireplace and hearth with large cast iron woodburner. Open staircase to first floor.

Designer built kitchen area: 9`8 x 11`8 (3m x 3.2m). Oil fired Aga with 2 hot plates and 2 ovens. Slate worktops with cupboards under and fitted shelves. 1.5 Bowl sink unit with mixer tap and drawers and cupboard under. Space for dishwasher. Glazed door to:-

18`7 x 11` (5.70m x 3.35m) with African slate floor and glazed door to the garden. Further glazed area leading to:-

11`5 x 6` (3.50m x 1.83m). Low level w.c. Stainless steel sink unit. Space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer. Oil fired boiler. Fitted shelves.

16`6 x 12`3 (5.06m x 3.75m). Double aspect room to front and side. Cast iron fireplace with wooden mantle. 4 Wall light points. Fitted shelves. Double pine doors.


Approximately 100` depth x 85` (30.50m x 25.91m). Full length driveway leading to garage behind the house. Lawned front garden which is fully secluded by mature hedge and trees and has an apple orchard and ornamental trees. Long paved walkway with metal pergola leading to main front lawn with mature natural borders and standard lamp post.

Lawn to south side with trees leading to lovely rear garden.

West facing clay tiled seating area with feature working cast iron water pump, patio and magnificent southerly views to the South Downs. Lawn to gravel garden with flower and shrub borders including wild daisies etc., and central iron pergola. Most attractive central brick and flint walled paved courtyard with slab and brick seating area and pathway to attractive rear section with original brick rear boundary. Walled kitchen garden with fruit and vegetable area, chicken coop and seating area for morning sun. Rear garden equipment shed 15`6 x 9` (4.76m x 2.74m) with window to rear, electric light and power. Side area with concrete parking area for several cars and leading to garage with outside lights and water butt.

GARAGE 21`2 x 20` (6.46m x 6.10m) with inspection pit. Ample room for two cars. Over head storage, with possibility of conversion. Double doors and window to each side and rear. Door to workshop.

WORKSHOP 16`2 x 15`2 (4.94m x 4.63m) with power and light, 2 roof lights and full height glazing to south side. Woodburner.

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18 May 2016


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