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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Rotten Row, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7

Sold STC £3,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Period elegance, contemporary style
  • 4 reception rooms
  • Superb kitchen/dining/family room
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
  • Breathtaking views to the South Downs
  • Landscaped garden
  • Garage
  • Off street parking
  • EPC Rating = C

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Grand Victorian villa with stylish contemporary interiors and breathtaking views to the South Downs. 4 reception rooms, superb open plan kitchen/dining/family room, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, garden, garaging and off-street parking. Mainline station within half a mile.


Rykehurst House is situated on the south side on Rotten Row, a beautiful street in the historic and picturesque market town of Lewes and one of the town's very best addresses. Its elevated position gives the benefit of breathtaking views across Southover, to the South Downs and the Ouse Valley.

Lewes is set within the beautiful countryside of the South Downs National Park. One of the oldest and most important towns in Sussex, Lewes offers excellent schools, good transport links and has many independent restaurants, shops and markets and is well served by a range of supermarkets and High Street chains.
There is a vibrant cultural and arts scene across Sussex, with world-class opera at Glyndebourne and the annual Brighton Festival presenting a huge programme of theatre, dance, classical music and literary events. Walking can be enjoyed across the South Downs; Ashdown Forest lies to the north and the south coast is readily accessible.

Brighton: 8 miles, Gatwick airport: 26 miles, London: 47 miles.


Rykehurst House is an impressive and handsome detached Victorian villa, originally dating from the 1880s. The property was acquired by the current owner in 2012 and has been the subject of an extensive yet sensitive refurbishment which enhances and extends the original design of the villa, creating a spacious home arranged over four floors. The house has been beautifully remodelled both structurally and decoratively, with extensions to the west and east complementing the original brick elevations and creating a stunning, contemporary family home which retains the integrity and symmetry of the grand Victorian style. One of the key features of Rykehurst House is the superb vista across Lewes to the South Downs and Ouse Valley.

The property is spacious and light; high ceilings, plaster coving and bay windows typical of the original architecture are cleverly combined with modern features such as under floor heating, recessed downlighting, double glazed sash windows, large panels of double glazed glass in the modern extensions and a retiled roof with high performance thermal construction to keep energy costs to a minimum. The finely decorated interior of the property takes inspiration from the setting of the surrounding chalk and flint landscape, using natural materials such as light oak wooden floors, stone surfaces and a palette of warm greys and soft tinted whites.

The central, solid wood front door opens to the beautiful reception hall, which has an expertly hand crafted bespoke oak and walnut staircase as the main feature. The drawing room has an elegant limestone fireplace and a superb bay window with stunning views across the south facing garden to the landscape beyond. To the west of the reception hall lies a naturally lit mezzanine study space overlooking the kitchen and separated by a simple glass balustrade; the eastern extension provides a spacious study, with sliding doors to the family room and open access to a light filled gym space. There is a cloakroom lying off the reception hall.

On the lower ground floor, full height glass panels flank and create the door which opens to the stunning open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room, a space which has been thoughtfully and cleverly designed to create distinct areas that blend seamlessly, perfectly suited for both family life and for entertaining. A tiled inner hallway gives access to well-appointed storage and utility rooms, the cloakroom and to the western courtyard.

The kitchen is where the original footprint of the villa merges with the double height space and mezzanine of the western extension and is light, airy and superbly appointed with polished stone surfaces and an excellent range of bespoke under counter and wall hung units, high end appliances including Gaggenau cooking appliances, a wine fridge, two Miele integrated dishwashers, and an integrated fridge/freezer and larder unit. The south wall is fully glazed with large panels of glass showcasing the striking South Downs views; there is a glazed sliding door to the terrace.

The dining area has ample space for table and chairs; beyond is a snug, with a Hwam wood burner set in a central chimney and a large bay window with door to the terrace. To the eastern end, and slightly screened by the chimney, is the sitting room, a cosy space for relaxing.

Situated at the head of the stairs from the reception hall is a light half landing. Beyond lies a bedroom with an en suite shower room and a balcony with glass balustrade to ensure the spectacular views are unimpeded.

The master bedroom suite is situated in the original Victorian villa and comprises a spacious bedroom, with a beautifully appointed en suite bathroom and dressing room; the bedroom has views to the south. There is a further bedroom with en suite bathroom to the first floor; on the second floor are two bedrooms, one with dressing area, which are served by a bathroom. The bathrooms have been individually designed with stylish, modern fittings, designer basins and baths, and wet-room style tiled showers.

The full extent and layout of the accommodation can be seen on the accompanying floorplans.

Rykehurst House sits in a plot of just over a quarter of an acre, and is approached from Rotten Row by an in-and-out resin bound gravel driveway which provides excellent off street parking for family and for guests and is bordered by a high brick walls and planted with lavender; to the eastern end is a detached brick and timber garage with power and water supplied, and a storage space below.

To the east and west of the house, steps with ground level lighting lead down to gates giving access to the rear garden. To the west is a brick courtyard, with direct access to the lower ground floor.

The south facing rear garden has been comprehensively landscaped, and is spanned by a lovely sandstone terrace, which is arranged at varying levels and bordered by custom made iron railings allowing an uninterrupted view to the surrounding countryside. To the west of the terrace is a barbecue area; the east side has space for table and chairs under an ironwork pergola providing an elegant space for entertaining al fresco. Central steps lead down to the lawn, which has some raised beds, and is bordered by hedges to the south and west, and brick and flint wall to the east. There is further storage below the house.

Square Footage: 5,146 sq ft
Acreage: 0.27 Acres


From the A27 west of Lewes, take the A277 and proceed straight ahead through two set of traffic lights passing St Anne's church on the right and Shelley's Hotel on the left; immediately ahead of the next set of traffic lights, turn right into Antioch Street, and then right into Rotten Row.
From the east, follow the A2029 to the High Street A277; after the traffic lights bear slight left to turn into Rotten Row.
The entrance to Rykehurst House is on the left after about 130 yards.

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19 September 2016

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