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7 bedroom detached house for sale

Picketts, Ditchling Road, Offham


Property Description

Key features

  • Adjoining self-contained 2 bedroomed cottage
  • Beautiful gardens and rural views
  • Just 2 miles from Lewes town
  • Magnificent original features including fireplaces and beams

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Situated in an idyllic position with fields to three sides and woodland over the Ditchling Road to the south, thus giving a rural location and yet being only two miles from Lewes and a little less to Cooksbridge Railway Station. Offham has a service station with small shop and a good public house with church and to the west in Plumpton and Ditchling with many facilities. Lewes is the county town of East Sussex and has many period buildings and historical attractions as well as individual shops, public houses, cafes and restaurants as well as three superstores and the Railway Station (London Victoria approx. 1 hour & London Bridge).

A most attractive detached house converted many years ago from 17th century farm cottages. The property consists a magnificent country dwelling with rural views in all directions and having a large wrap-around garden with circular driveway, double garage and small paddock. The house has a magnificent 31` (9.45m) sitting room with beams and triple aspect as well as two other generous reception rooms and a 29`2 (8.90m) kitchen/breakfast room. There is a large main bedroom with ensuite bathroom and further family bathroom, as well as four further bedrooms, one with an adjoining study, potential ensuite and currently used as an upstairs sitting room. There is an adjoining cottage of two bedrooms with a small kitchen garden.



Window to rear garden. Oak balustrade and handrail. Ceiling and wall beams with vertical wood pillar. Secondary landing with wood shelf top. Double radiator. Steps to:-

Exposed wall beam. Wall light. Radiator.

16`6 x 15`9 (5.06m x 4.85m). Triple aspect to south, east and west. Long-reaching view to east over fields, woodland to the south and rear garden to the west. Set of fitted wardrobe cupboards with double and 3 singles, with hanging rails, shelves and cupboards over. Telephone point. Dresser to 2 sides with drawers and cupboards under. Matching bedside unit. Telephone point. Walk-in fitted wardrobe cupboard with hanging rail and shelf. Huge ceiling beam and exposed windows beams. Double radiator. Spotlight. Telephone point.

7`6 x 5`4 (2.32m x 1.65m). Casement window. Wood panelled bath with mixer taps. Wash basin. Low level w.c. Shelf top with cupboards under. Chromium heated towel rail. Exposed ceiling beams. 2 Wall light point. Spotlights.

11`8 x 8`5 (3.60m x 2.59m). Casement window with far-reaching views over open fields. Exposed ceiling beams and wall beams. Wardrobe cupboard with hanging rail and shelf top. Double radiator. Latch door.

Leading to:-

14`6 x 7`7 (4.45m x 2.35m). Double aspect room with low bedside window over the garden and open fields, and casement window to the west to woodland. Exposed ceiling beam. Wall lights. Deep walk-in wardrobe cupboard with hanging rail and with shelves over and to sides. Double radiator.

Attractive secondary landing with vertical columns. Curved and feature wall beams. Superb arched beam. Airing cupboard with pre-lagged copper hot water tank with immersion heater and fitted shelves. Fitted shelved cupboard. Radiator. Hatch to roof space with fold-down ladder.

11`9 x 10`8 (3.62m x 3.29m). Casement window to south facing driveway. Double radiator. Exposed vertical and horizontal wall beams.

Casement window. Low level w.c. Exposed wall beams.

8`5 x 7`5 (2.59m x 2.28m). Casement window with superb view over garden and open fields. Panelled bath. Pedestal wash basin. Double radiator. Exposed wall beam. Wood exposed arch to:-

19`6 x 11`7 (5.97m x 3.57m). Double aspect to front driveway to south. Window to rear garden with secondary glazing. Exposed ceiling and wall beams (vertical and cross beams). Double radiator. Fitted wardrobe cupboard with hanging rail and shelf over. Telephone point. Brick fireplace with tiled hearth. Door to:-

8` x 7` (2.44m x 2.13m). Window to south to driveway. Connecting door to landing of adjoining cottage. Radiator. Latch door. Exposed wall and cross beams. Hatch to storage area.


Arched oak door and architrave to:-
23` x 10`10 (7.01m x 3.35m). Casement window to south facing driveway. Exposed wood ceiling beams and huge oak wall beam. 2 Wall light points. Alarm panel. Double radiator.

Full-height, 16` (4.88m), sloping ceiling with attractive wall and ceiling beams. Magnificent oak beam arch to low rising oak tread staircase with oak balustrade, hand rail and newel post. Cupboard understairs. Cloaks area. Second cupboard with alarm manifold.

Oak and glazed door. Cloaks hanging area and glazed door to west facing rear garden and door to:-

Window. Low level w.c. Wash hand basin with cupboards under. Exposed wall beam. Radiator.

31`3 x 18`7 (9.54m x 5.70m) into feature fireplace. Magnificent triple aspect room with view to the west over the rear garden, to south to woodland and to the east over driveway. Attractive beamed ceiling with 3 massive exposed ceiling support beams and vertical columns and arches. Feature brick fireplace of 8` (2.44m) width with cast iron fire and hood, polished brick hearth. Huge exposed wood bressumer. 9 Wall lights. Electric skirting radiators. Oak door to hall.

15`9 x 14`2 (4.85m x 4.32m). Tall casement window facing south to driveway. Brick fireplace and polished brick hearth with huge bressumer. Double radiator. Exposed beamed ceiling including large support beam. Oak doors to entrance hall and kitchen. N.B. Also adjoins cottage.

29`2 x 10`9 (8.90m x 3.32m). Casement windows with secondary glazing looking to the rear garden and fields beyond. Oak front fitted kitchen with 1.5 bowl sink unit with mixer taps and worktops to each side. The kitchen has potential for further opening up in utility and rear lobby or even to the dining room (subject to usual listed planning requirements). Worktops with drawers, cupboards and pan drawers under. Range of wall cupboards with galleried shelves to ends. AEG ceramic 4-ring electric hob with extractor hood and light over. Hotpoint microwave with top to side, drawers and cupboards under. Bosch dishwasher with worktop and with drawers and cupboards under. Range of wall cupboards with galleried shelves. Exposed ceiling beam. Tiled splashbacks. Belling double oven with cupboards over and under. Fitted fridge and freezer. Wall and glazed cupboards and gallery shelves. Worktop to south side with drawers and cupboards under. Larder with shelves and window. Patio doors to conservatory. To the east end connecting to the dining room, there is space for a freezer. Overhead and side storage cupboards. Telephone point. Glazed door to lobby.

11`7 x 3`10 (3.57m x 1.21m). 2 Windows to rear garden. Space and plumbing for washing machine. Overhead cupboard. Radiator. N.B. This adjoins the outside boiler cupboard and then adjoining cottage.

Double aspect window to garden. Base cupboard. Overhead cupboard. Glazed door to garden.

13`5 x 11`1 (4.11m x 3.38m). Attractive flint and brick built with exposed brick walls. Ceiling lights and upvc double doors to west facing garden. 2 Wall lights. T.V. point.



5`10 x 2`10 (1.82m x 0.91m) with door to:-

15` x 9` (4.57m x 2.74m). Circular stainless steel sink unit with mixer taps, worktop to side. 4-ring electric hob. Understairs cupboard. Double radiator. Plumbing for dishwasher. Stairs to first floor.

15`6 x 9`6 (4.75m x 2.93m). Double aspect room to east and south. Storage cupboard. Radiator. Brick open fireplace.


Connecting door to main house. Shelved cupboard. Exposed wall beams.

10` x 9` (3.05m x 2.74m). Double aspect room with casement windows to east and south.

9`2 x 9` (2.81m x 2.74m). ‘L`-shaped with wardrobe cupboard over stairs. Double aspect to east and rear.

6`9 x 5`5 (2.10m x 1.67m) N.B. low entrance. Window. White panelled bath. Pedestal wash basin. Low level w.c. Exposed wall beams. Dimplex wall heater. Tiled splashbacks.


Wooden 5-bar gate to circular driveway, pebbled to front garden with parking for many cars and then past the cottage to garage and paddock. Oval central lawn to driveway and side borders leading to herringbone brick entrance arch to cantilever beam front porch. Security light. Raised flint and brick wall to front border. Stone steps to south side access to main garden with pampas grass. Paved pathway to rear. ‘L`-shaped west and rear garden enveloping the house beautifully with brick rear patio from the conservatory with shrub borders. Large lawned area with views to open fields to both sides with shaped hedgerow and attractive rear flower and shrub beds. Several well-stocked apple trees. This ‘L`-shaped garden section is 150` x 150` (45.72m x 45.72m). To the rear, there is again lawn, with a hedge boundary with fields and views to the South Downs. Brick rear patio and pathway with drying area. Wooden stable (now storage). Modern oil tank. Vegetable bed. Outside light.

18` x 16`3 (5.49m x 4.97m) with wooden doors. Worktop and cupboards. Side window.

10`3 x 8`10 (3.14m x 2.74m).

BOILER ROOM (within main building)
Trianco oil fired boiler. Hot water tank. Electric fuse boxes and meters to both house and cottage.

5-Bar gate to small paddock with hedge to east, south and west (no current boundary to north).

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
06 October 2016


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