6 bedroom detached house for saleLewes Road, Laughton
Believed to date from the mid 1600s, Stone Cross Farm is a very attractive traditional Sussex farmhouse, listed Grade II as a ‘building of architectural or historic importance’. Internally, the generous accommodation is arranged over three floors, extending to 4,700 square feet. There are six bedrooms, four/five reception rooms, extensive gardens and grounds with duck pond, vegetable area, two paddocks and a large field, with outstanding views of the South Downs. In all, about 9.8 acres. Many outbuildings, including an old granary, diary, stabling and a cow shed. Apply Lewes 01273 474101
Believed to date from the mid 1600s, Stone Cross Farm is a very attractive traditional Sussex farmhouse, listed Grade II as a building of architectural or historic importance. Internally, the generous accommodation is arranged over three floors, extending to 4,700 square feet and with good ceiling heights throughout the house (an indication, perhaps, that the property was once a particularly important house and may originally have been a hall house). The current owners have undertaken a programme of sympathetic renovation, the bathroom suites and classic farmhouse kitchen (installed 2011/12) are of particular note. There are many fine character features including exposed ceiling and wall timbers, original quarry tiled floors and a number of working fireplaces. The result is a substantial yet comfortable home, ideal for modern family living. The property is situated in established gardens and grounds on the outskirts of the pretty village of Laughton. To the east of the house is an old farmyard, around which are a number of traditional outbuildings with huge potential for conversion (subject to the necessary consents). The floor plans offer an excellent and comprehensive overview of the full extent and layout of the accommodation; however there are some points worthy of further mention. The front door opens directly into an impressive central dining hall featuring a large inglenook fireplace with woodburner, recently refurbished to unearth an original brick seat. There are two further formal reception rooms with woodburners: a drawing room with an adjoining study, and a sitting room with fitted bookshelving and doors opening to the west lawn. The spacious south facing kitchen and breakfast room, as well as the adjoining utility/boot room, has been fitted with a range of painted oak units with polished granite worktops, a twooven electric AIMS Aga and a range of integrated appliances (including an additional electric oven and hob). On the first floor there are five bedrooms served by two bathrooms, including the master bedroom with en suite dressing room and a delightful guest bedroom, accessed via the secondary staircase. The second floor comprises a further bedroom and a wonderful vaulted sitting/play room with mezzanine level and bathroom, and good potential to be converted into a wonderful bedroom suite.
Stone Cross Farm is approached over a gated gravel driveway, which offers ample parking for a number of vehicles. A further gate opens to the old farmyard and traditional farm buildings lying to the east of the house, which include:
The Old Granary
The Old Granary is an attractive, timber framed two-storey outbuilding in need of some repair, with power connected, comprising three open cart lodges /garaging with staircase rising to two store rooms, one formerly used as an office.
Adjoining The Old Granary, a single storey building, comprising a workshop with original fireplace and an animal stall. Behind The Dairy is a weatherboard clad potting shed and store room.
Recently renovated and including three loose boxes, a hay store and a tack room. To the rear of the stabling is an L-shaped single storey cow shed with lapsed planning permission for conversion to B1 office use.
Gardens and Grounds
The gardens and grounds are of particular note, extending around the property to three aspects. To the front (north) of Stone Cross Farm is an expanse of lawn, which continues around to a part-walled west lawn, with paved terrace and well-stocked flower and shrub borders. To the rear of the house is a delightful south-facing brick terrace overlooking the duck pond, to the south west of which is a productive kitchen garden, with a number of vegetable beds, fruit cage and an orchard. There are two paddocks and a large field, with outstanding views of the South Downs. In all, about 9.8 acres.
There is lapsed planning permission and listed building consent for the conversion of the stables and farm buildings to B1 use. Wealden District Council, refs WD/04/1130/FE and WD/04/1407/LB.
Stone Cross Farm is situated on the edge of the small village of Laughton, just north of the South Downs National Park. The village has a primary school, shop/post office and public house; the internationally renowned opera house Glyndebourne is just several miles away. There is racing at Plumpton and Goodwood; golf at Lewes and the East Sussex National; sailing at Brighton; and many bridle and footpaths close by.
Amenities: The property is almost equidistant between the historic county town of Lewes (7.5 miles) and Uckfield (8 miles), both of which have a range of shopping facilities, leisure centres and a variety of pubs and restaurants. The coastal City of Brighton and Hove is 16 miles to the south west and Eastbourne 14 miles to the south.
Rail services: Lewes station provides connections across the south east and to London Bridge/ London Victoria (journey time from 64 minutes).
Schools: : There are numerous good schools in the area, including Laughton Primary, Bedes Prep and Senior School, Eastbourne College and Brighton Prep and College.
Oil fired central heating. Mains electricity and water.
Wealden District Council, 01892 653311. Tax band H.
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