Offers in excess of £2,250,000
This architecturally iconic Grade I Listed country estate is situated in a glorious private semi rural location just outside the village of Cooksbridge within landscaped gardens, grounds, paddock and forest of 4.709 acres (TBV). This Queen Anne house was built in the style of Sir Christopher Wren circa 1686 by Theobald Shelley as a gentleman farmers residence and as such the estate includes a number of outbuildings including a detached pool house with swimming pool, partially developed 4 bedroom cottage (which subject to PP could be used as secondary accommodation), workshops, stables and garaging. Lord and Lady Monk Bretton remodelled the house in the 1960s appointing the architect Raymond Erith who was one of the few classicists to be working at the time, best known for restoring 10 Downing Street, London. This substantial classic British home was once described by Raymond Erith as "a little pavilion, on a knoll, built for the view". Today, this historically significant property offers accommodation totalling approximately 7706 sq ft (TBV) over four floors and punctuated with an array of wonderful period features. An abundance of traditional windows frame the enchanting views over the private gardens towards the Sussex landscape, allowing the internal spaces to be flooded with natural light, especially those benefitting from impressive high ceilings. The elegant yet imposing rooms further incorporate numerous fireplaces, ceiling cornicing and picture rails, panelled walls and internal doors, an Erith designed doorway to the dining room and a feature arch and marble fireplace to the drawing room. Furthermore, the second floor boasts a domed glazed ceiling over a galleried balcony to the first floor. From the outset a sense of splendour is achieved as the property is approached via a wide gravel laid driveway past formal hedging and landscaped grounds, leading to the stately entrance steps. As you enter, the palatial accommodation of the elevated ground floor provides for both formal and informal living and entertaining. From the entrance hall the accommodation continues as follows; drawing room, living room, further reception room, dining room, kitchen and pantry. The main staircase ascends from the entrance hall with a secondary 'tradesman's entrance' staircase accessed via a door from the entrance hall and alternatively from the pantry. To the lower ground floor the expansive accommodation further comprises; study/office, home gym, utility room, boot room, cloakroom and w/c, boiler/plant room, safe room, three lobbies and various stores. Moving up to the first floor where the 17 ft master bedroom suite enjoys a separate 16 ft dressing room and an en suite bathroom. There are also three further double bedrooms (one with an en suite bathroom) and a family bathroom to this floor. Stairs ascend to the second floor where the property's position and orientation can truly be appreciated with elevated views from each room over the surrounding landscape. This floor incorporates four double bedrooms, one en suite bathroom and a family bathroom with a separate cloakroom. Externally, this unique property is further enhanced by the landscaped gardens which emulate the traditional style of the house itself. Despite the formal design of the hedging and planting, the gardens also include many areas for al-fresco entertaining and areas of lawn ideal for families. Fenced and mature hedged borders provide security and privacy whilst allowing a seamless extension into the picturesque Sussex setting and embracing the panoramic views. Agents notes: The following documents are available on request; Budget Costing of works required by LB Consent-March 201.pdf List & approximate costing for works to comply with planning permission & listed building consent. ufm8.pdf Notice of planning permission. ufm2.pdf Listed building consent. We will of course submit all offers to our client, but only offers ful...
St Annes Crescent, LEWES, East Sussex
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