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Wickham Lane Fully refurbished country house including re-wiring, plumbing, heating and wooden double-glazed windows

Nestled within its own beautiful grounds, this historic country house on the edge of the South Downs National Park is surrounded by glorious countryside. Boundary Hall offers fresh air and country living but is only 10 minutes from Lewes and 20 minutes from Brighton by car. Cooksbridge Station, a mile away, has parking available, serves Gatwick Airport (25 minutes) and London (Victoria and London Bridge, both 55 minutes) directly with a seven-day service. Boundary Hall dates from 1719, but sensitive alterations over the centuries have created a bright, spacious and sociable home linked to the garden that surrounds the house by walls of glass; two of the four characterful bedrooms are en suite. Located in a good school catchment area with primary and secondary schools within a five-minute radius, Cooksbridge is a thriving village with a lively parish council, well connected with the A275 making Brighton, Lewes and Haywards Heath easy commutes, and parking isn't an issue as the garage and driveway can accommodate at least four cars and is secured by a remote-controlled electronic gate. This fascinating, evolving family house was once home to Air Chief Marshal Sir Neil Wheeler, who remains today the RAF's most decorated officer. The oldest part of the house is believed to have roots in the 1600s, but three stages of the house’s development can be identified, in 1719, 1786 and a sympathetic extension in 1973. The recent, discreetly high-spec refurbishment of the property includes energy-efficient windows throughout, sliding walls to the south-facing garden terraces, super-fast fibre broadband supplied directly to the house, new plumbing, electrics and weatherboards.

style:
Detached
bedrooms:
4
floor area:
Peaceful rural setting within easy reach of Cooksbridge, Lewes and Brighton; 59 minutes direct train to Victoria

outside:
Large kitchen with hand-made cabinets, Carrara marble worktop and up-to-date appliances
parking:
Off Street Parking
location:
Lewes


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Price
£1,350,000
ID
rps_loc-BVP190329
Type
House
Sold
No
Contract
Sale
Status
Available
Location
Lewes
Home area
Peaceful rural setting within easy reach of Cooksbridge, Lewes and Brighton; 59 minutes direct train to Victoria
Beds
4

Why you'll like it...

This fascinating, evolving family house was once home to Air Chief Marshal Sir Neil Wheeler, who remains today the RAF's most decorated officer. The oldest part of the house is believed to have roots in the 1600s, but three stages of the house’s development can be identified, in 1719, 1786 and a sympathetic extension in 1973. The recent, discreetly high-spec refurbishment of the property includes energy-efficient windows throughout, sliding walls to the south-facing garden terraces, super-fast fibre broadband supplied directly to the house, new plumbing, electrics and weatherboards. The entrance hall Polished limestone flags and historic beams welcome you into the Georgian heart of this home, which in quintessential Sussex style is open to a large dining area with cottage garden views. William Morris wallpaper and restrained hues of Farrow & Ball introduce you to the unusually high level of finish that features throughout this charming house. It is, however, also a practical working home – opposite the front door, a big boot room with laundry plumbing for machines and fitted bench and a cloakroom opens out into the garden. The drawing room & study Brimming with character, the spacious drawing room has an enormous fireplace in traditional style with an iron log-burning stove within it and above your head beams acknowledge the history of this home whilst embracing its future as this part of the house is the newest! To the west, windows frame the picturesque country lane, which takes you to East Chiltington, whilst the south wall of glass brings in the magnificent sun and dining terraces. At the foot of a private staircase to the master suite, the large, peaceful study enjoys westerly views over the fields and along the lane and also of the garden’s ancient yew tree; with plenty of storage and superfast broadband, it's ideal if you work from home. The kitchen diner & dining room Full of sunshine and specifically designed for an easy flow, the kitchen diner is open to the dining room and the south wall opens to a series of beautifully landscaped dining terraces perfect for al fresco dining. The stunning handmade kitchen with sociable central island has a Carrara marble worktop into which a high-spec Neff touch induction hob is set. A party cook’s paradise, there are three ovens, a dishwasher, and a tall fridge and tall freezer are also integrated. There is also a choice of lighting level. Quiet and calm, the elegant dining room impresses with its timeless atmosphere, beautiful decoration and fabulous views over the stunning gardens to rolling farmland. Tucked away on the wall is a date brick (1719 – the year of the Jacobite Rising). The guest wing At the top of a staircase from the main hall is a lobby beneath a skylight. A door closes off the master suite in the west wing, so guests can come and go without disturbing you. There are three guest bedrooms. The large, principal guest bedroom, decorated in Farrow & Ball wallpaper with views over the garden towards Folly Wood, has an en suite large enough for a bath, which has a shower above it. The second double guest bedroom and the large single bedroom share a chic shower room with stunning countryside views. The master suite Secretly tucked away, the master suite is reached through a large private dressing room (which could also be an ideal nursery or fifth bedroom with minor alterations). Sunshine streams into the generously proportioned south and west-facing master bedroom where you can enjoy the peaceful rural views towards the South Downs. Next door, the luxurious en suite features a walk-in shower with a ceiling-mounted Hans Groe rainfall shower and ambient lighting. The gardens, garage & outbuilding Secluded and secure for children and pets, extensive grounds of approximately an acre wrap around the house and are beautifully landscaped. There are different 'rooms' within it to explore, all created by the current owners who have tenderly breathed new life into a garden where ancient apple trees still produce fruit. What’s more, there is a summerhouse and a well, which the current owners use for watering the garden. Stretching across the south side of the house, a series of tiered terraces with lighting connect directly to the house and provide scented areas in which to dine al fresco. Completely private looking over fields and with country gates at each end, unique features include the rose-laden iron obelisk commemorating the Queen's silver jubilee, whilst a granite planter celebrates the marriage between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer – both made by local craftsmen for this garden. To the east, a sunny formal garden provides flowers for the house and the brick path leads to a gate opposite which is a bridleway and footpath through woodland to Barcombe. Behind a sheltering wall, the third, secret garden laid to lawn sweeps around to a pond. Sensibly organised, at the front of the house an outbuilding and brick-built greenhouse with nursery beds shield the lawn to one side of the detached garage, and at the other is a wonderful rose garden with apple trees and country views. Agent's thoughts "A healthy, country lifestyle comes with this beautiful historic home, which is particularly well located so that you are secluded but not isolated and are in easy reach of Lewes and Brighton and a rail service to London. The attention to detail is second none.” from the riverside walks and boating of Barcombe Mills, it's a particularly well connected location so although secluded, you're not isolated." Owner's secret "This has been a very happy home for us, and it has been perfect for our guests, dogs and the commute. With so much space we have never felt on top of one another and the house is really light and inviting. We have enjoyed restoring the garden to its former glory and at night it's the perfect backdrop to the stars, which, with no light pollution are amazing, yet you are perfectly located for easy access to Lewes, Brighton and Haywards Heath." Where it is Shops: Local 3 minutes, Lewes 10 minutes, Brighton 20 minutes Station: Cooksbridge 3 minutes, Lewes 10 minutes, Haywards Heath 15 minutes Seafront or Park: South Downs across the road, River walks in 15 minutes, seafront 25-30 minutes Closest schools Primary: Hamsey Primary, Barcombe C of E Secondary: Chailey Private: Hurstpierpoint College, Ardingly College, Brighton College, Roedean, Burgess Hill, Bede's, Cumnor House Prep

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Owner's secret...

"This has been a very happy home for us, and it has been perfect for our guests, dogs and the commute. With so much space we have never felt on top of one another and the house is really light and inviting. We have enjoyed restoring the garden to its former glory and at night it's the perfect backdrop to the stars, which, with no light pollution are amazing, yet you are perfectly located for easy access to Lewes, Brighton and Haywards Heath."

Agent's thoughts...

Surrounded by beautiful Sussex farmland with a footpath and bridle path opposite - but not seen from the property, this wonderful country home is on the edge of the South Downs National Park which has a glorious 1,677 square kilometres of beautiful country walks and bridle paths bordered by the glittering English Channel. Cooksbridge has a lively community with a station serving Gatwick, London and Brighton as well as a primary school, good secondary school, shops, farm shops and bistro pubs. The opera house of Glyndbourne and relaxed café culture of the medieval castle town of Lewes are easy to reach as is the coast. There's access to an excellent selection of private schools including Brighton College, Lewes Old Grammar and Bede's, which provide minibuses and Lewes, Brighton & Hove, Haywards Heath, Gatwick and Tunbridge Wells are all a reasonable commute.

where it is...

Where it is Shops: Local 3 minutes, Lewes 10 minutes, Brighton 20 minutes Station: Cooksbridge 3 minutes, Lewes 10 minutes, Haywards Heath 15 minutes Seafront or Park: South Downs across the road, River walks in 15 minutes, seafront 25-30 minutes Closest schools Primary: Hamsey Primary, Barcombe C of E Secondary: Chailey Private: Hurstpierpoint College, Ardingly College, Brighton College, Roedean, Burgess Hill, Bede's, Cumnor House Prep

This fascinating, evolving family house was once home to Air Chief Marshal Sir Neil Wheeler, who remains today the RAF's most decorated officer. The oldest part of the house is believed to have roots in the 1600s, but three stages of the house’s development can be identified, in 1719, 1786 and a sympathetic extension in 1973. The recent, discreetly high-spec refurbishment of the property includes energy-efficient windows throughout, sliding walls to the south-facing garden terraces, super-fast fibre broadband supplied directly to the house, new plumbing, electrics and weatherboards. The entrance hall Polished limestone flags and historic beams welcome you into the Georgian heart of this home, which in quintessential Sussex style is open to a large dining area with cottage garden views. William Morris wallpaper and restrained hues of Farrow & Ball introduce you to the unusually high level of finish that features throughout this charming house. It is, however, also a practical working home – opposite the front door, a big boot room with laundry plumbing for machines and fitted bench and a cloakroom opens out into the garden. The drawing room & study Brimming with character, the spacious drawing room has an enormous fireplace in traditional style with an iron log-burning stove within it and above your head beams acknowledge the history of this home whilst embracing its future as this part of the house is the newest! To the west, windows frame the picturesque country lane, which takes you to East Chiltington, whilst the south wall of glass brings in the magnificent sun and dining terraces. At the foot of a private staircase to the master suite, the large, peaceful study enjoys westerly views over the fields and along the lane and also of the garden’s ancient yew tree; with plenty of storage and superfast broadband, it's ideal if you work from home. The kitchen diner & dining room Full of sunshine and specifically designed for an easy flow, the kitchen diner is open to the dining room and the south wall opens to a series of beautifully landscaped dining terraces perfect for al fresco dining. The stunning handmade kitchen with sociable central island has a Carrara marble worktop into which a high-spec Neff touch induction hob is set. A party cook’s paradise, there are three ovens, a dishwasher, and a tall fridge and tall freezer are also integrated. There is also a choice of lighting level. Quiet and calm, the elegant dining room impresses with its timeless atmosphere, beautiful decoration and fabulous views over the stunning gardens to rolling farmland. Tucked away on the wall is a date brick (1719 – the year of the Jacobite Rising). The guest wing At the top of a staircase from the main hall is a lobby beneath a skylight. A door closes off the master suite in the west wing, so guests can come and go without disturbing you. There are three guest bedrooms. The large, principal guest bedroom, decorated in Farrow & Ball wallpaper with views over the garden towards Folly Wood, has an en suite large enough for a bath, which has a shower above it. The second double guest bedroom and the large single bedroom share a chic shower room with stunning countryside views. The master suite Secretly tucked away, the master suite is reached through a large private dressing room (which could also be an ideal nursery or fifth bedroom with minor alterations). Sunshine streams into the generously proportioned south and west-facing master bedroom where you can enjoy the peaceful rural views towards the South Downs. Next door, the luxurious en suite features a walk-in shower with a ceiling-mounted Hans Groe rainfall shower and ambient lighting. The gardens, garage & outbuilding Secluded and secure for children and pets, extensive grounds of approximately an acre wrap around the house and are beautifully landscaped. There are different 'rooms' within it to explore, all created by the current owners who have tenderly breathed new life into a garden where ancient apple trees still produce fruit. What’s more, there is a summerhouse and a well, which the current owners use for watering the garden. Stretching across the south side of the house, a series of tiered terraces with lighting connect directly to the house and provide scented areas in which to dine al fresco. Completely private looking over fields and with country gates at each end, unique features include the rose-laden iron obelisk commemorating the Queen's silver jubilee, whilst a granite planter celebrates the marriage between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer - both made by local craftsmen for this garden. To the east, a sunny formal garden provides flowers for the house and the brick path leads to a gate opposite which is a bridleway and footpath through woodland to Barcombe. Behind a sheltering wall, the third, secret garden laid to lawn sweeps around to a pond. Sensibly organised, at the front of the house an outbuilding and brick-built greenhouse with nursery beds shield the lawn to one side of the detached garage, and at the other is a wonderful rose garden with apple trees and country views.

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