Situated on this delightful period cobbled street off Lewes High Street, where it is said that the Prince Regent rode his carriage as a wager to the bottom where the Grange Gardens and the Manor House are located. Just five minutes` walk to Lewes Railway Station (London Victoria approx 1 hour & London Bridge). Keere Street is in the highly popular Southover ‘old town` area where it, and the High Street, has a stunning mix of period property and historical attractions. Lewes town centre has individual shops and a range of public houses, antique emporiums, cafes and restaurants.
The property has a significant history, namely: There is a plaque by the front door claiming that the property was a Beadles House of St. Michael (c. 1690) relating to the former alms-houses adjacent. Further above the door there is a Sun Insurance Fire Plaque meaning that the house was insured with Sun by Thomas Boore in 1790 for an annual premium of 7s 6d. The property was formerly the Britannia Inn from the 19th Century, which was closed down by the licensing authorities in the 1920s and subsequently bought by a certain Mr Alfred Wycherley! The deeds now contain a covenant to the effect that the property may no longer be used as a beer house for the sale of intoxicating liquors. The property was later owned by the Marshall of the Royal Air Force, Sir John Maitland Salmond G.C.B., C.M.G., C.V.O.,D.S.O. and Bar. He founded the Royal Flying Air Corps and went on to lead the RAF and be Chief of the Air Staff. In the 1920s he was commander of all British Military Forces in Iraq.
Charles Wycherley Independent Estate Agents proudly present this magnificent double-fronted, end-of-terrace house on three floors. The property was originally an old town inn and still has many original features. There are three large reception rooms as well as a good size kitchen overlooking the garden, with ground floor cloakroom and good cellarage. The bedroom accommodation is extremely spacious with six rooms and two bathrooms and has excellent views to the south and west. The garden is a particular feature, with superb plantation and arbors, being on a top private terrace with superb flint and brick walls with glorious views to the South Downs, Southover and the Newhaven Valley.
Energy Efficiency Rating Band: Exempt
THE ACCOMMODATION WITH APPROXIMATE MEASUREMENTS COMPRISES:-
Featured panelled staircase to first floor with wooden hand rail and painted balustrades.
14`5 x 9`10 (4.41m x 2.77m). Magnificent southerly view to Southover Church and Priory Crescent to the South Downs and countryside beyond. Radiator. Wardrobe area with hanging rail and shelf. Exposed wooden floorboards. Cast iron fireplace with ‘ducks nest` grate, tiled inset and wooden mirror. Latch door.
14`5 x 8`10 (4.41m x 2.46m), currently used as study. Magnificent view over Southover to the Church and Priory Crescent and the church, with South Downs backdrop. Exposed wooden floorboards. Radiator. Telephone point. Latch door.
12` max x 9`7 (3.65m x 2.95m). Conservation roof light with westerly aspect to Keere Street and South Downs beyond. Partly floored roof space with loft ladder and electric light.
10` x 8`7 max (3.04m x 2.65m). Window looking towards Lewes High Street. Fitted shower cubicle with jacuzzi jets and and shower tray. White suite with contemporary wash basin and mixer taps. Low level w.c. Radiator. Spotlights. Latch door
Original sash window with secondary glazing looking to Keere Street. Panelled staircases with exposed wooden hand rail and wooden balustrade to ground and second floors. Radiator.
11`5 x 9`8 (3.50m x 2.98m). Sash window with secondary glazing, looking west to Keere Street. Stone fireplace with tiled inset and cast iron grate having wooden mantle and tiled hearth. Exposed wooden floorboards. Radiator. Dado rail. 2 Fitted wardrobe cupboards with rails and shelves. Original panelled door. Picture rail.
12`10 x 9` (3.68m x 2.74m). Sash window to Keere Street over gardens with glimpse of downland beyond. Exposed floorboards. Stone fireplace with wooden mantle. Shelved wooden cupboard. Radiator. Fitted shelves. Dado rail. Picture rail. Original panelled door.
MAIN BEDROOM 6
17`10 x 15`1 (5.21m x 4.60m). Sash window with secondary glazing looking east to the superb rear garden. Cast iron fireplace with tiled hearth and wooden mantle. Exposed floorboards. Telephone point. Radiator.
9`8 x 8`6 (2.98m x 2.62m). Secondary glazed window to rear garden. Modern white suite of panelled bath with mixer taps. Tiled bath area with shower curtain and rail. Pedestal wash basin with mixer taps. Low level wc. Bidet. Chromium heated towel rail. Bathroom cupboards. Extractor fan.
16`8 x 14`2 (5.12m x 4.32m). Original oak entrance door. Sash window with secondary glazing to Keere Street to west. Magnificent fireplace with large oak mantle and cast iron wood burner. Radiator. Original dado panelling. Wood parquet flooring. Stairs to first floor landing.
13`6 x 9`9 (4.14m x 3.01m). Sash window with secondary glazing to Keere Street. Dado wooden panelling. Wood parquet flooring. Fireplace with wooden mantle with tile inset and hearth. Radiator. Fitted shelves. Original cornice.
CENTRAL DINING ROOM
16`2 x 11`7 (4.93m x 3.56m). Magnificent oak French windows to garden with attractive fan light over. Wooden dado panelling. Wooden parquet flooring. 2 Radiators. Central beam. TV point. 3 wall lights. Door to utility/cloakroom area and door to:-
13`9 x 11`2 (4.23m x 3.41m). Double glazed casement windows with easterly outlook to garden. Fitted white kitchen with point for gas cooker and worktops to each side with drawers and cupboards under. Whirlpool extractor fan. Wall cupboards and tiled splashbacks. 1.5 Bowl ceramic sink unit with mixer taps. Space and plumbing for dishwasher and cupboards under. Space and plumbing for American style fridge/freezer. Original style dresser with wooden top and shelves, with cupboards under. Fitted storage cupboard with shelves and eye-level cupboards. Wood parquet flooring. Spotlights.
Approached from dining room. Wood parquet flooring. Wooden dado rail. Lobby to side with part glazed door to side access. 2 Deep shelved storage cupboards. Electric fuse box.
7`5 x 5`8 (2.28m x 1.76m). Easterly window looking to rear garden. Worcester Bosch Highflow 400 gas fired boiler. Space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer. Cloaks hanging space. Fitted shelves.
Window. White suite of low level wc and wash basin with mixer taps. Wood parquet flooring. Wall light point. Double radiator.
13`4 x 9`8 (4.08m x 2.98m). Brick steps from internal hallway. Side window. Original brick floor. Arched chimney breast. Electric light and power. Electric and gas meters. Cool temperature to cellar room.
Rear east facing brick patio/path with central steps to attractive brick seating area and well stocked and established flower and shrub borders to each side. To the north side, there are 2 brick garden stores with brick steps to a Mediterranean style shaded seating area with timber arbor and vine. 2 Water taps. A path/patio also leads to the south to the side entrance, with wooden access gate from Keere Street, supplying the side house entrance. 2 Central feature steel arbors through the garden, with established flowers and climbing plants to a stunning walled water feature with fountain. The property is bordered by brick and flint walls. There is an attractive central wall and steps to an elevated and private afternoon garden with cast iron hand rail, having lawn and views which include sight of the South Downs, with Lewes town to the rear. A brick path leads to a private fenced section to the south with a stone patio and seating area with superb views of the South Downs to the south-west and Priory Crescent and open fields to the south.
Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.