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Charles Wycherley Independent Estate Agents are delighted to offer this exceptional, originally 1930s, detached house, extended and adapted into a magnificent luxurious family home. The main house has 6 bedrooms, with 2 second floor bedrooms with shaped sloping ceilings both independent with ensuite bathroom. The master bedroom has a stunning bay window and is of great size with, as throughout the house, stunning views and panoramic outlook to the South Downs and itself has 2 bathrooms, one being a large bathroom/dressing room with bespoke wardrobes and a roll-top bath. There are 3 other first floor bedrooms off the spacious double aspect landing, with 2 ensuites and a family bathroom. The eastern bedroom can be independent with a separate staircase, perhaps nanny accommodation. The ground floor has the entrance lobby with separate cloakroom, opening into the large inviting entrance hall with the formal sitting room to the west and 2 further rooms and conservatory (currently used as a 3-area office suite). The hall also opens to the magnificent Alistair Fleming fitted kitchen and family room with fireplace and doors to the garden. From a hallway, there is a utility room, larder and wine storage facility, with the 2-storey leisure extension with ground floor reception room with superb southern light and huge games room above and steam room. The property further has a ground floor annex, which could be made larger by bringing in the office area, as self-contained accommodation. The property has a large ‘U` shaped driveway providing parking for several cars along with three garages, and a large south facing garden with extensive views, and an additional small paddock with seating terrace around a maintained swimming pool with central lawn sweeping to the paddock. The property has oil fired central heating and many original and attractive features.

Swanborough is a delightful hamlet only 2 miles, and easily walkable, to Lewes town. This property borders onto open fields with The Drove leading to a country lane immediately onto the South Downs. Originally a small farming community, Swanborough has direct access to the C7 leading directly and quickly to the south coast and Newhaven Ferry Port, or an easy route to Brighton including the college, hospital and marina, although easily accessible for the A27/A23/M23 via Kingston village with its excellent primary school, popular local pub, village hall and local facilities. Lewes, the county town of East Sussex, is a most attractive market town with many historical attractions including period properties, independent shops, 3 superstores, cafes, pubs and restaurants and cinema. Lewes mainline Railway Station has connections to London Victoria (65 mins), London Bridge (90 mins) and Brighton (15 mins). There are many excellent schools in the area including Brighton College, Bedes, Ardingly and Lewes Old Grammar and excellent state schools in Lewes and surrounding. Glyndebourne Opera House and The Amex Stadium are both within easy reach.


Double glazed window with superb countryside view. Radiator. Oak wood flooring. Stairs to first floor landing with painted wood balustrade and exposed wood handrail. Stainless steel spotlighting and dimmer switch.

BEDROOM 1 (‘L` shaped)
Front section: 24`8 x 14` max. (sloping ceilings). 2 Conservation roof lights with countryside and South Downs views to south. Recessed spotlights. 2 TV points. Telephone point. Radiator. Built-in shelves. Door to ensuite.
Rear section: 13`8 x 17`7 (low ceiling height, ideal as play/homework area). Velux roof light looking towards The Drove. Radiator.

9`3 x 7`7. Double sloping high ceiling with mosaic tiling. Superb double glazed apex window with westerly view through trees to the South Downs. Wet room style shower with Hudson Reed independent shower and mosaic tiled walls. White suite of low level w.c., contemporary circular glass basin on oak shelf with mixer tap and glass shelf. Chrome ladder towel rail. Sliding mirror cabinet. Tiled floor. Extractor fan. Eaves cupboard.

BEDROOM 2 (‘L` shaped)
Main section: 26`4 x 14`6. High apex window to east and conservation roof light with countryside views to south. Double eaves cupboard. Shelf. Base unit. Lower ceiling height to east side with double casement window and fitted desk, with easterly country view. Radiator. TV point.
South section: 10`9 x 8` (low ceiling height). Potential play/study area with west facing and outlook to the South Downs. Oak wood floor. Shelved base unit. Radiator.

8`10 x 6`7. White suite of panelled bath with shower attachment and mixer tap. Retro brick style tile splashback. Contemporary wash basin with mixer tap. Low level w.c. Chrome ladder towel rail. Oak shelving. Recessed spotlights. Glass shelf. Fitted mirror and further flexi hand mirror with spotlighting. Oak wood flooring. Extractor fan.


22`3 x 24`3 max. Double glazed window with thick clay tile cills, giving superb southerly aspect to open countryside. Stairs to second and ground floors with painted wood balustrades and wood handrails. Recessed spotlighting. Radiator.

22`1 x 17`3. Feature bay window overlooking the garden and panoramic view to open countryside and the South Downs. Fitted wardrobe furniture with 4 shelved cupboards, one with pull-out drawer. Bespoke 2 double wardrobe cupboards and ‘secret` double doors to first ensuite bathroom. Gothic style fireplace with slate hearth and cast iron grate. Covered radiator with shelf top. TV point.

9` x 6`8 with sloping ceiling. Wet room style shower with mosaic tiled walls, Lefroy Brooks mains shower with wide head ‘drench` shower, floor drain and glass shelf. Chrome ladder towel rail. La Chapelle ceramic sink with counter top on legged unit. Low level w.c. Tiled floor. Window recessed spotlights. Extractor fan.

22`3 x 12`10. Double aspect with window to countryside and to The Drove to north and south. Modern deep oval bath with mixer tap and shower attachment. Circular contemporary wash basin with white granite counter top with cupboards and drawers under. 2 Wall lights. Illuminated mirror. Oak wood flooring. 21` of wardrobing including 6 double wardrobes with hanging rails and shelves, dressing table with central mirror and downlights. TV point. Chrome heated ladder towel rail. Vertical radiator.

FAMILY BATHROOM (from main landing)
11`3 x 7`2. Double glazed casement window. Roll-top bath with clawed feet, mixer tap and hand shower. Pedestal wash basin. Low level w.c. Oak wood flooring. Recessed spotlighting. Extractor fan. Chrome ladder towel rail. Glass shelf.

16` x 13`4. Casement window with clay tiled cill overlooking the garden and pool, and far range panoramic views to open countryside and South Downs towards Firle Beacon. Radiator. 2 Sets of double wardrobe cupboards with hanging rails and shelves. Dimmer switch. TV point.

12`7 x 11`1. Casement window with clay tiled cill, looking to the front garden and driveway. Radiator. TV point. Telephone point. Shelves. Dimmer switch.

BEDROOM 6 (potential private room with separate staircase)
14`7 x 13`3. Double glazed window with clay tiled cill, to open countryside and South Downs. Shelves. Double wardrobe cupboard with hanging rail and shelf. Dimmer switch. TV point. Telephone point. Door to separate stairwell to secondary entrance hall. Windows to front and rear with recessed spotlighting.

13`2 x 7`5 max. Window with mosaic tiled cill, to front garden. Master tile panelled bath with jacuzzi jets, mixer tap and shower attachment. Separate shower with independent shower and metro tiled walls. Circular glass wash basin with mixer tap and chrome towel rail. Low level w.c. Glass shelf. Recessed spotlighting. Extractor fan. Wood tiled floor.


13` x 7`. Solid oak entrance door. Full-width picture window to front garden and driveway. Clay tiled floor. Oak frame to radiator. Oak skirting and cill.

6`5 x 6`. Double aspect with cloaks hanging space. High-level w.c. Lefroy Brook wash basin on chrome legs. Radiator with oak frame. Oak wood floor. Oak door and side panel.

23` x 13`. Superb double aspect entrance hall with glazed door and side panel to south facing garden and pool area, and glazed door from entrance porch. Oak wood floor. Stairs to first floor landing with painted wood balustrade and handrail. Oak frame covered radiator. Oak door to understairs cupboard. Oak wood skirtings and architraves. Folding oak double doors to:-

25` x 17`7. Double aspect with window to The Drove and feature south facing double glazed wood frame bay window giving magnificent countryside view, with oak seat. Stone open fireplace with cast iron grate and slate hearth. Radiator with oak cover. TV point. Oak wood skirtings, architraves and doors.

SUITE OF 3 OFFICE ROOMS which connect to, and can be brought into, the annex area as required.

13`3 x 11`10. Window to front garden. 2 Double wardrobe cupboards with hanging rails, shelves and drawers. Tall cupboard. Radiator. Recessed spotlighting. Telephone point. Internet point and trunking. Oak wood door and skirtings.

14`4 x 16`2. Oak wood floor. Recessed spotlighting. Oak doors to sitting room and office 1. Glazed doors to:-

15`8 x 14`9. Triple aspect with wood panelled ceiling and brick lower walls. Double glazed windows to east and west and double doors to swimming pool and garden. Terracotta tiled floor. Telephone and satellite points. Radiator with wood cover.

Total area 34` x 25`
Kitchen area: Alistair Fleming kitchen with Shaws ceramic butlers style sink with grooved drainer, mixer tap and thick granite tops to each side. Painted solid wood cupboards and drawers below. Fitted Blomberg dishwasher. Pull-out bin. Range of wall cupboards and open shelves. Fitted gas Aga with 2 circular hobs, warming plate and 4 ovens including grill. Further granite top with cupboards under and corner cupboard. Coloured tile splashback. Larder style double cupboard with fitted shelves and wicker baskets. Flagstone floor to dining/breakfast area. 2 Sets of casement windows looking to the front garden. Double stainless steel fridge and freezer. Wine fridge. Neff stainless steel microwave with cupboard over. Return with counter top. Glazed glassware cupboards over and under. Oak beamed ceiling. Oak wood skirtings. Oak door to second entrance hall.
Family area: Wood framed door and side doors to south facing garden. Stone fireplace with mantle and slate hearth. Oak wood floor. Oak skirtings. TV point. Dimmer switch.

SECOND HALLWAY (leading directly to the second stairs to bedroom 6)
Understairs cupboard. Stone slabbed floor. Glazed door to garden. Door to:-

9` x 5`. Double cupboard with separate oil fired boiler and modern hot water cylinder. Cupboard with immersion heater and second double cupboard with shelves and cupboards over. Wine store. Log store, 5` x 4`7. Glazed door to second extension area.

9`6 x 9`6. Casement window. Wood worktop with stainless steel sink unit and mixer tap. Space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble-dryer. Honeywell programmer. Double cupboard with shelves. Flagstone floor. Airing cupboard with pressurized hot water cylinder. Grant oil fired boiler. Fitted shelves.

SEPARATE EXTENSION (currently used as a 2 floor leisure area, but could be easily adapted for separate living)
30`3 x 19`10. Triple aspect to garden to the east, south and west, with double doors to garden to south. 2 Velux windows to vaulted ceiling. Marble tiled floor. TV point. Oak stairs to mezzanine floor.

9`6 x 5`3, with steam and shower equipment. Mosaic tiled seat. 2 Further tiled walls. Steam pump and 2 drench showers with wood tiled floor with drain, glazed door. Circular stone basin with mixer tap and mosaic tiled base. Low level w.c. Chrome ladder towel rail. Stone tiled floor. Recessed spotlights.

23`9 x 23`7. Vaulted ceiling with 2 front to back apex windows. 4 Radiators. Air conditioning. Recessed spotlighting. Gallery overlooking the Leisure Room, with oak balustrade and handrail.

Each 17`10 x 10` with up-and-over doors, power and lighting.

BED-SITTING ROOM (N.B. Detail on floorplan presumed, as access not permitted)
22`3 x 18`9. Kitchen area with cooker hob and extractor. Sink with mixer tap. Double doors to cupboard and sitting area. Oak wood floor. Courtesy door (currently blocked) to central office.
Bathroom: 11`11 x 7`. Roll-top bath. Low level w.c. Wash basin.

10`2 x 7`4. Worcester oil fired boiler. Hot water cylinder. Fluorescent light.


Half-circular pebble driveway for many cars, leading to the 3 garages with front hedge for privacy and two 5-bar timber gates. Half-circular central lawn and further lawn to the east side leading to timber enclosed modern oil tank and courtesy side door to garage. Private entrance to secondary staircase to leisure area and bedroom 6. Paved east side footpath. Outside light. Timber shed 6` x 4`.

Magnificent stone paved south facing terrace with exceptional view to open countryside and the South Downs, with doors from the leisure area, family area, sitting room and conservatory. Outside lighting. Central long lawn with raised sleeper beds and central shrub bed. Summer house, 6` x 6`. Play house. Further south facing stone paved seating area and surrounding open air HEATED SWIMMING POOL, 38` x 17`, with steps at shallow end. Shrub and flower beds to south for privacy and protection, with rose garden. The lawn has scattered flowers and leads to the rear PADDOCK with gate entrance, and also has separate compost area and opening up views to the South Downs and the valley towards Firle Beacon. West side garden with flower beds, shrubs and hedge, leading to an elevated lawn with rockery surrounding.

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Charles Wycherley Independent Estate Agents, Lewes

56 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1XE

Charles Wycherley Independent Estate Agents, Lewes

Charles Wycherley Independent Estates Agents are a new Company but a massively respected family name in property within the town and 10 mile area of Lewes since the mid 1800’s.

A new modern office with up to date systems including new attractive website, Charles’s team offer a friendly and competitive service and as a Chartered Surveyor Charles will use his vast knowledge of property

and Lewes to make property sales run smoothly.

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