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7 bedroom detached house for sale

Chailey Green, Nr. Lewes, East Sussex, BN8

Offers in Excess of £4,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Historic C16th moated former rectory
  • Grade II listed 7 bedroom principal house
  • 4 bedroom C17th Tithe barn
  • 2 bedroom cottage
  • Set in 44 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Beautiful and historic 16th century Grade II listed moated former rectory with 4 bedroom 17th century tithe barn and 2 bedroom cottage, set in 44 acres.


Situated in an exquisite rural setting at the end of a long driveway leading from Chailey's picturesque village green, Chailey Moat is surrounded by some 44 acres of its own gently undulating land. While set within this glorious countryside location, the property benefits from all the convenience of being close to amenities: it lies almost equidistant to Haywards Heath, with its direct rail services to London, and the historic County Town of Lewes (6 and 6.5 miles respectively). The vibrant coastal City of Brighton and Hove is just 14 miles away.
Sussex offers excellent leisure and sporting facilities, with many opportunities for golf, walking (in particular along the South Downs Way and on Ashdown Forest) and equestrian pursuits locally, including regular meets at Plumpton Racecourse. There is a thriving cultural scene in Sussex, with world-class opera at Glyndebourne and the annual Brighton Festival presenting a huge programme of arts, theatre, dance, classical music and literary events.

Despite its rural setting the area has outstanding road and rail communications. The A272 at North Chailey links to the A/M23 to the west and on to the national motorway network; the A275 via Lewes connects to the A27 coast road to the south. Gatwick Airport 19 miles; Central London 45 miles. Haywards Heath railway station is 6 miles distant, offering direct services to London Bridge/Victoria from 47 minutes.

There are many exceptional schools in the area including Cumnor House School, Great Walstead, Ardingly, Hurstpierpoint, Lancing and Brighton Colleges, Lewes Old Grammar School, Burgess Hill School for Girls and Roedean.


Chailey Moat is a beautifully situated period house, the epitome of a rural retreat. The house is accessed via three timber footbridges and sits on an island encircled by the impressive rectangular moat; there are super views from nearly every room over the moat to the formal gardens, lake and grounds beyond. Although much of the character remains as it as has always been with Tudor, Elizabethan and Georgian elements blending seamlessly together, the current owners have much improved the house and have decorated it with great flair, complementing the period character of the house with stylish contemporary touches. While extending to over 6,400 square feet it is clearly a much loved and comfortable family home.

The house is approached via a long, gated driveway which leads past the barn to the detached garaging and a large parking area; a hornbeam-covered walkway leads to the house. Internally, the accommodation is arranged over three floors: on the ground floor are four principle reception rooms and a study, all with a wealth of character features including exposed timbers, oak joinery, panelling and flooring, fine original fireplaces and both leaded light casement and sash windows. Of particular note is the handsome oak-panelled reading room which has a door opening to the south-east terrace and features an impressive brick fireplace with intricately carved surround, the overmantel understood to be part of a Charles I bedstead. The drawing room is a double aspect room, the panelling painted to create an elegant, light and bright room with fine stone fireplace. Further reception rooms include a dining hall and a sitting room with four pairs of French doors with Juliet balconies opening directly over the moat.

The kitchen is arranged as two rooms, a large family kitchen and breakfast room with four-oven Aga, and an adjoining prep kitchen fitted with a number of integrated appliances. Both are superbly appointed with a range of bespoke units and solid wood/granite worktops, and are served by a number of utility and store rooms.

An 18th century oak staircase rises from the entrance hall to the galleried first floor landing. There are six bedrooms on the first floor (one currently fitted as a dressing room), including the master bedroom suite which features an attractive marble feature fireplace and has a beautifully appointed dressing and bathroom with separate WC. The remaining bedrooms are served by two further bathrooms and a shower room. There are two further bedrooms on the second floor, each with its own staircase.

The Barn
The 17th century tithe barn lies to the south of the house and has been sympathetically converted to provide both a substantial vaulted games room with kitchenette and shower room, and a generous and completely self-contained four bedroom cottage, ideal for staff accommodation, with ample parking and its own private terrace.

The Cottage
Originally the piggery, the single-storey cottage now offers perfect guest accommodation in the form of two bedrooms, a kitchenette and a shower room.

Gardens and Grounds
The enchanting gardens and grounds are a particular feature of Chailey Moat, completely surrounding the house and creating an atmosphere of privacy and seclusion.

Immediately adjoining the house to the south east is a brick paved terrace, from which a footbridge crosses the moat to the well-tended formal lawns beyond. Lying to the south-western side of the house is an attractive parterre garden with box hedging and central fountain; the stream-fed lake extends away from the house to the south west.

The fence-enclosed tennis court lies to the south of the barn; steps descend to a large, well-stocked kitchen garden with Victorian-style greenhouse and number of raised beds. The swimming pool is located in a tucked away position behind the garaging, surrounded by young beech hedging. Further areas of garden include a productive orchard and an area of light woodland, in which is sited a large timber workshop and tractor store. Beyond the formal gardens, the land lies to rolling pastureland, dotted with mature trees. In all, about 43.76 acres.

Agent's Note
A footpath extends along the first part of the driveway, through the orchard, well screened from the house by mature beech hedging, and then up the side of the northern field.

Chailey Moat benefits from a right of way over the first part of the driveway.

Square Footage: 6,416 sq ft
Acreage: 44 Acres

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05 September 2016

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