Braypool Lane, Patcham

  • £500,000
  • Land
  • Property Type
  • 1
  • Living Rooms
  • 5
  • Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Bathrooms

Wending your way up Braypool Lane, lined with mature trees and hedgerows bordering the South Downs, it is hard to believe you are literally minutes away from the City of Brighton & Hove. To the west, the lane is characterised by substantial family homes sitting on generous plots of land, tucked away behind secure gates and leafy borders. To the east, open Downland fields stretch out for miles with footpaths, cycle routes and bridleways leading up past the Chattri and through the Sussex countryside towards Lewes or Burgess Hill.

The current owner bought the property and its plot in 2020 and immediately saw the potential to develop the land, gaining planning permission to build an exceptional family home with landscaped gardens and annex.

The land and gardens:

From Braypool Lane, a private drive leads to just a few detached houses, with Rocklands sitting second on the right. The bungalow currently sits to the rear of the plot, but the front section of the garden is substantial enough to create ample parking for two cars, a stable if desired and areas for both dining alfresco and for children to play. The area is surrounded by mature trees filled with birdsong, yet it is also open to the south, so it receives a huge amount of sunshine throughout the day. Within the current plans, there is space for a hot tub and floral borders, plus secure gates will screen the house from the shared driveway.

To the rear of the proposed build, there is a second section of garden which screens the property from the road running behind the house. Here there is planning for a water feature and extra planting to create a lovely backdrop from within the home.

The proposed house:

Timber framed and rendered in white, the chosen house design has traditional Scandi features but with a contemporary feel. The house design has eaves on all sides to make a dramatic statement, while still ensuring maximum thermal efficiency. It also features a row of very attractive south facing skylight windows to maximise nature light in the house. Roof sections, eaves and fascia boards are all pre-made and insulated in the factory before being delivered to the site. All windows are triple glazed as standard to retain heating and block out noise for a peaceful home.

Stepping inside, the ground floor welcomes you with a spacious entrance hall, a wardrobe area to hang up your outdoor coats and a statement timber staircase rising up to the first floor. The ground floor is predominantly open plan and there are zoned areas for formal dining, relaxation and cooking area big enough to install a kitchen island – all of which lend themselves to entertaining and family time. If you like to work from home, there is a 21 sq. m room on the ground floor which can serve as a large office, a separate sitting room or a comfortable double bedroom for the occasional visitors or elderly relatives who might struggle with stairs. On the ground floor, there is also a cloakroom with shower, utility room to store heating system, washing machine, tumble dryer and provides extra storage, a build-in wardrobe area to keep outdoor shoes and coats away. There is also access to the rear garden, either via utility room or the kitchen/dining area’s large glass doors.

Stepping up the beautiful wooden statement stairs towards the first floor, you’ll land on the mezzanine gallery which overlooks the main living area and has a stylish wooden and glass balustrade, which enhances the feeling of open-plan living throughout the house. The master bedroom has its very own en-suite as well as a walk-in wardrobe. Two of the first-floor double bedrooms have access to the balcony which is large enough to sit and enjoy, the 4th double bedroom has a glass Juliet balcony overlooking the front garden and the South Downs, finally there is the family bathroom which also has a glass Juliet balcony facing the front garden and the South Downs.

Ample glazing on all sides ensures the home is naturally light, and triple glazing technology ensures it is completely peaceful and private. Overall there are four double bedrooms on the first floor including the master bedroom with en-suite and walk-in wardrobe, plus a second family bathroom; ground floor consisted of the 5th double bedroom / an office / separate sitting room, a separate cloakroom with shower, a utility room for heating system / extra storage and the wardrobe area to keep the entrance hall tidy, so there is space for families of all sizes to spread out and claim their own space!

All Dan Wood Homes are manufactured within the workshop then the structural panels are delivered to site once the foundation has been laid. The assembly and finishing building crew will be on site from the start until the end, so there is one dedicated crew responsible for the entire construction and finishing of the house to the highest standards. Next part is where the magic happens, it will usually only take a few days to erect the house and make it watertight, then another 10-12 weeks to complete to turn-key finish, which includes fixtures and fittings, utilities, plumbing, painting, decorating, sanitary ware, tiling and flooring etc.

With the turn-key option the cost of interior design is included in the fixed price, however the buyer has the option to choose their own interior designers, or opt out of standard finishes, or upgrade to designer range for a more personal finish.

There is an option to Opt Out of the Dan Wood finish, and prices will be deducted accordingly.

Due to the vast range of kitchen choices, Dan-Wood Homes will leave customers to install their own dream kitchen but will prepare all utilities during the manufacturing phase based on customer’s kitchen design drawing, so the kitchen will be prepared ready for a professional kitchen installer.

The location:

While this feels every inch the country home with South Downs on the doorstep, you can walk to Patcham in under 10-minutes where there are several busses to take you into the city. The A27 and A23 are on your doorstep for commuting to Gatwick (25 mins) or London (50 mins) with ease, and Preston Park Station is a 5-minute drive away. For country walks and horse rides, there are several gates along Braypool Lane leading directly onto the South Downs, and the Chattri War Memorial is approximately 15-minutes on foot.


This is a plot of land with an existing bungalow for sale, with outline planning permission granted for a detached house and a detached annex as per application reference BH2020/03499.

The current owner has a contractually agreed build price during 2020 for the detached house intended for self-build only. Build price quotation excludes foundation and kitchen. It is an option for the buyer to take ownership of this contract if they wish, but it is not compulsory or form any part or conditions of this sale.

The sale is not for the finished product, i.e. the new detached house nor annex with garage.

The contractually agreed 2020 build price stands at approx £264,000. Should you order the same house and construction today at 2021 price, it would cost £295,200, so this is a huge saving for any new buyer if the build commitment is shown by 30th Sep 2021.

Agent's Thoughts

This is a fantastic opportunity to live in a prime location within a luxury home but at an incredible price. You really do get the best of all worlds here between the city, the coast and the countryside, and the location is incredible with both the South Downs and commuter links on your doorstep.
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Owner's Secret

“We have been hugely impressed with Dan Wood Homes. Their attention to detail is incredible and they have been professional from the word go. This is a lovely location with great neighbours and a real sense of community. We were hoping to complete the project but we have had a change in circumstance, so we hope someone else gets to enjoy the building and creative process and live for many years in a stunning home.”

Where It Is

This plot of land is situated in a popular area with lots of local shops and the South Downs on your doorstep. The city centre shopping districts and beach are also within easy reach, and it also offers easy access to Preston Park Station, the A27 and the A23 which have direct and fast links to the airports and London.

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