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Mill Lane BN7

At the centre of the South Downs National Park, ‘Woodman’s Snug’ embraces family life and an organic lifestyle with skilful design using natural materials and traditional methods of construction- but there is nothing old fashioned about this unique house. Outside, the spacious south west garden has a pizza oven, and perfect for au pairs or visitors there’s both a timber cabin and an annexe with private access, both showcasing bold British design at its best. Reinvented by a master craftsman with and for his family, this detached house with parking and a garage is now a stylish but child friendly home with a ground floor ideal for entertaining, three quiet family bedrooms and fabulous master suite. Secluded but not isolated in the picturesque village of Rodmell, The South Downs Way is a stroll, the county town of Lewes with a station serving London is a ten minute drive, there’s a choice of good schools and although you feel a world away from the stresses of the city, Brighton and Gatwick are both an easy commute.

style:
Detached
bedrooms:
6
floor area:
2471 sq.ft.

outside:
Rodmell Village
parking:
Off Street Parking
location:
Lewes


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Price
£1,000,000
ID
rps_loc-BVK200066
Type
House
Sold
No
Contract
Sale
Status
Available
Location
Lewes
Home area
2471 sq.ft.
Beds
6

Why you'll like it...

Why you'll like it Hidden away in a serene cul de sac off a quiet, no through lane which culminates in a pathway on the Downs, this beautiful house is completely at home in its surroundings and, although it is effectively a new build, it has timeless appeal with traditional Sussex gables and hung tiles which were reclaimed, in keeping with the eco-conscious ethos driving the design. Lit steps pass by the garage and hard standing for several cars to a pretty garden and windows are with energy efficient windows, this home is always welcoming. Inside, with a slate floor, cast iron radiator and oak doors which slide across to reveal the heart of this home – the kitchen diner- natural materials and generous proportions are instantly restful but also a practical family space, there’s a cloakroom carefully tucked away. The living room & playroom Sunny and beautifully spacious, the sophisticated living room’s ideal for entertaining or everyday use, stylishly decorated with wool carpets and the subtle hues of Farrow & Ball. Next door, children have free reign in a large room with painted floorboards, plenty of handmade wooden shelving and views across the garden. The kitchen diner and utility Custom made by Adam Manthorpe, natural and painted oak conceal sophisticated storage solutions, the textured concrete surfaces are hand cast – and sturdy -copper splash backs impress and creative attention to detail includes a tap which delivers filtered water to the left and hot and cold to the right, and a chopping board with a central aperture so cuttings can slide directly into the bin. Fuss free, the Bosch combi and fan ovens are integrated at eye level, the touch induction hob is beneath a hood to keep things fragrant and the dishwasher is at hand but out of sight of the dining area. A celebration of family life and friendship, the fabulous kitchen diner revolves around the warmth of a wood burning stove with a sociable countertop around it, and folds open to a paved terrace making al fresco dining easy. Guests dine enjoying the garden whilst the working area of the kitchen is safely tucked away from the social flow. With its own access to the garden and side gate to the cars, the utility room is simple but stylish with all you need including plumbing for two machines, ample storage and a cat flap. The garden, office and cabin: By the house, a paved dining terrace is partly covered for British summertime and the hand built pizza oven nearby is an ice breaker as you can all make your own at the table before cooking. A lawn is large enough for play and is secure and private with a tree for a swing and central seating area for a fire pit. Of the house, but reached from the terrace so it’s nicely separate, a comfortable office looks over the grounds, there’s a sheltered area by the side gate with power for bikes, boards and brewing beer- yes, honestly. With its own access to the front a carbon wood, hand crafted cabin with a living room, wood burner, bedroom, ground breaking wet room and its own gas and electricity is irresistible. Three family bedrooms and bathroom Upstairs this house spreads its wings with three family bedrooms, each private with open views and ready to move into. The bathroom has high end Burlington fittings complete with a magnificent freestanding bath with shell detail and thoughtful touches include a heated rail for towels, also in traditional style. The master suite A private paradise, this light and airy haven is a joy to retreat to. Picture windows frame views over the Ouse Valley to Downland at the front and garden views are brought in at the back. Spa like, a magnificent copper baignoir is at one end of the room whilst a chic, wet room style shower room is at the other, and with a walk in closet lined with storage there’s all the space that you could wish for. The annexe The boldly designed annexe has its own entrance at the front, walls of brick and oak, and a mezzanine sleeping platform. Agent's thoughts “Driven by good design and a love of blending natural materials with the best of contemporary eco sensitive technology, Adam and Lydia Manthorpe have featured in several magazines including Self Build & Design and Devon Life and are known for creating beautiful hand built homes in keeping with their surroundings.” Owner’s secret “Although we feel very rural in the countryside with the Downs at the end of Mill Lane, everything we need – schools, restaurants, stations, sailing club and cinema are all within a 10 minute radius and our local bistro pub is just a stroll.” Where it is Shops: Lewes & Newhaven both 10 minutes Station: Lewes 10 minutes Seafront or Park: South Downs at the end of Mill Lane, West Beach 10 minutes Closest schools Primary: Iford & Kingston Secondary: The Priory Private: Lewes Old Grammar, Newlands, Brighton College, Bede’s

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Owner's secret...

“Although we feel very rural in the countryside with the Downs at the end of Mill Lane, everything we need – schools, restaurants, stations, sailing club and cinema are all within a 10 minute radius and our local bistro pub is just a stroll.”

Agent's thoughts...

A quintessential English village, Rodmell was once home to Virginia and Leonard Woolf and has local amenities including a family run pub and a lively community. The opera house of Glyndbourne and thriving high street of the medieval castle town of Lewes are within easy reach as are walks of the National Park – one running along the end of Mill Lane! Sitting above the valley of the River Ouse, you can enjoy the restful pace of village life knowing that the bustling towns of Lewes, Newhaven and Seaford are close by all offering fashionable shops, restaurants and bars as well as plays, cinemas and music. The beach is not far and the coastal City of Brighton & Hove is a reasonable commute – about 20-30 minutes. For those needing to venture further afield, the railway station at Lewes is just 10 minutes away with a fast and regular service to Gatwick and London.

where it is...

Shops: Lewes & Newhaven both 10 minutes Station: Lewes 10 minutes Seafront or Park: South Downs at the end of Mill Lane, West Beach 10 minutes Closest schools Primary: Iford & Kingston Secondary: The Priory Private: Lewes Old Grammar, Newlands, Brighton College, Bede’s

Hidden away in a serene cul de sac off a quiet, no through lane which culminates in a pathway on the Downs, this beautiful house is completely at home in its surroundings and, although it is effectively a new build, it has timeless appeal with traditional Sussex gables and hung tiles which were reclaimed, in keeping with the eco-conscious ethos driving the design. Lit steps pass by the garage and hard standing for several cars to a pretty garden and windows are with energy efficient windows, this home is always welcoming. Inside, with a slate floor, cast iron radiator and oak doors which slide across to reveal the heart of this home – the kitchen diner- natural materials and generous proportions are instantly restful but also a practical family space, there’s a cloakroom carefully tucked away. The living room & playroom Sunny and beautifully spacious, the sophisticated living room’s ideal for entertaining or everyday use, stylishly decorated with wool carpets and the subtle hues of Farrow & Ball. Next door, children have free reign in a large room with painted floorboards, plenty of handmade wooden shelving and views across the garden. The kitchen diner and utility Custom made by Adam Manthorpe, natural and painted oak conceal sophisticated storage solutions, the textured concrete surfaces are hand cast – and sturdy -copper splash backs impress and creative attention to detail includes a tap which delivers filtered water to the left and hot and cold to the right, and a chopping board with a central aperture so cuttings can slide directly into the bin. Fuss free, the Bosch combi and fan ovens are integrated at eye level, the touch induction hob is beneath a hood to keep things fragrant and the dishwasher is at hand but out of sight of the dining area. A celebration of family life and friendship, the fabulous kitchen diner revolves around the warmth of a wood burning stove with a sociable countertop around it, and folds open to a paved terrace making al fresco dining easy. Guests dine enjoying the garden whilst the working area of the kitchen is safely tucked away from the social flow. With its own access to the garden and side gate to the cars, the utility room is simple but stylish with all you need including plumbing for two machines, ample storage and a cat flap. The garden, office and cabin: By the house, a paved dining terrace is partly covered for British summertime and the hand built pizza oven nearby is an ice breaker as you can all make your own at the table before cooking. A lawn is large enough for play and is secure and private with a tree for a swing and central seating area for a fire pit. Of the house, but reached from the terrace so it’s nicely separate, a comfortable office looks over the grounds, there’s a sheltered area by the side gate with power for bikes, boards and brewing beer- yes, honestly. With its own access to the front a carbon wood, hand crafted cabin with a living room, wood burner, bedroom, ground breaking wet room and its own gas and electricity is irresistible. Three family bedrooms and bathroom Upstairs this house spreads its wings with three family bedrooms, each private with open views and ready to move into. The bathroom has high end Burlington fittings complete with a magnificent freestanding bath with shell detail and thoughtful touches include a heated rail for towels, also in traditional style. The master suite A private paradise, this light and airy haven is a joy to retreat to. Picture windows frame views over the Ouse Valley to Downland at the front and garden views are brought in at the back. Spa like, a magnificent copper baignoir is at one end of the room whilst a chic, wet room style shower room is at the other, and with a walk in closet lined with storage there’s all the space that you could wish for. The annexe The boldly designed annexe has its own entrance at the front, walls of brick and oak, and a mezzanine sleeping platform.

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