Charles Wycherley Independent Estate Agents present this exceptional Grade II listed period town house in historic central Lewes, with additional investment and commercial opportunities. This is a most surprising property from when you walk through the door being a fine example of Georgian architecture with its magnificent original staircase. The property has great history, including the birth place of Mr Ivor Wycherley! The hallway opens into a huge 18' x 16' main ground floor reception/family room, there is a cast iron fireplace, windows to the west facing garden and oak flooring. The kitchen has been installed by the current owner, with high quality solid wood units, quartz worktops, space for a range cooker and attractive features including wood panelled ceiling and a sliding door to the utility and cloakroom. The elegant staircase leads to a stunning first floor Georgian formal sitting room with far reaching views, the original fireplace, exposed floorboards and bookshelves. This room has the flexibility of becoming a 4th bedroom. On the same level is the master bedroom, overlooking the attractive terrace. There is a secret door to a truly luxurious bath/shower room of 16' depth with high quality bath and shower fittings, and a door onto the terrace for morning and afternoon tea. The second floor has two large double bedrooms, making three overall, and both have modern well fitted ensuite shower rooms. The attic space is unconverted. There is a south and west facing well stocked garden with wrought iron steps to the 16' roof terrace, as well as a large cellar and forecourt for parking at least one vehicle. Further, the property has gas fired central heating, with underfloor heating to the kitchen and bathrooms.
In addition, the property freehold includes the 29' depth shop with cloakroom, currently with the Chalk Gallery Art exhibitors in attendance, who would like to stay as tenants (rental figures available). However, the property offers opportunities for investment and business alike.
North Street is the connection of Lewes historic centre to the main shopping centre, including Waitrose. Standing elevated, the property has magnificent views to the South Downs over the town. Lewes High Street is just 100 yards distant with historic period buildings including Lewes Castle & Bowling Green, attracting people to live in, or visit, the town, with thriving independent shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. The Eastgate Centre includes Waitrose and excellent shops before the hump-back Cliffe bridge approach to the eclectic Cliffe area with antique shops and the original ‘Bills' restaurant. There is very easy access to riverside walks along the Ouse, but also to the South Downs to the east and west of the town, guarding its boundaries and the riverside nature park. Lewes Railway (London Victoria 65 mins, London Bridge 90 mins & Brighton 20 mins) is just a five minute walk.
ACCOMMODATION WITH APPROXIMATE MEASUREMENTS COMPRISES:-
Window to rear. Hatch to spacious insulated and boarded roof space 21' x 20' with electric light, exposed beams, central chimney and folding loft ladder. Magnificent feature Georgian staircase with original painted balustrades and exposed hand rail. Double storage cupboard.
14'3 x 12'3. Attractive original feature bay window with secondary glazing and magnificent views to the South Downs, including Malling Coombe and Lewes Golf Course. Exposed wall beam. Fitted wardrobe cupboard with hanging rail and shelves.
ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM
6'9 x 4'10. Superb ‘wet' shower room with integral shower, stone tiling and glazed shower door. Contemporary wash basin with mixer taps. Shaver point. Heated mirrored wall. Stone top with cupboard underneath. Chromium ladder towel rail. Alcove with glass shelves. Low level w.c. Recessed spotlights. Extractor fan. Stone tiled floor with underfloor heating.
12'10 x 12'7. Sash window looking west to rear garden and historic buildings. Double radiator. 2 Bedside lights with brass pivots.
ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM
6'9 x 5'. 2 Glass shelved alcoves. Independent shower with tiled walls and ‘wet' floor. Contemporary wash basin with stone top and drawer. Chromium ladder towel rail. Low level w.c. Recessed spotlights. Extractor fan. Underfloor heating.
Feature original Georgian staircase with painted wooden balustrades and exposed hand rail to half landing. Entry phone.
19'3 x 14'. Feature bay window with secondary glazing and exceptional panoramic views over the town to the South Downs. Exposed wooden floorboards. Full wall of fitted book shelves with base cupboards and further shelving. Feature cast iron fireplace with marble mantelpiece and slate hearth. Feature drop lights. Double radiator. Telephone point. Original door.
BEDROOM 3 (MAIN)
12'9 x 12'4. Sash window to rear garden and roof garden terrace. Cast iron feature fireplace. Fitted wardrobe cupboard with hanging rails. Mirrored ‘secret' door to:-
16'7 x 10'4. Cloakroom section with low level w.c. with wooden seat and tiled underfloor heating. Bath/shower area with white suite of deep tile panelled bath with mixer taps and shelf top. Separate Aqualisa shower with glazed door and shelf top with ‘drench' shower and hand attachment. Cast iron ‘birds nest' fireplace with wooden mantle and shelf top with shaver point. Chromium ladder towel rail. Vitra circular wash basin to custom made vanity unit. 2 Wall lights. Double shelved bathroom cupboard. Separate door to half landing, currently separating but can open to the main bathroom. West facing sash window and double doors to first floor roof terrace.
This floor is a delightful one floor living area, currently occupied by The Chalk Gallery (rental details available)
INDEPENDENT LOCK-UP SHOP
29' x 16'1. Bay window with easterly aspect to North Street. Display area to bay window. Modern oak wood flooring. Original glazed door. Shelf top with storage unit. Electric security grill. Separate fuse box. Fitted storage cupboard with fitted shelves.
7'1 x 3'. Low level w.c. Stainless steel wash hand basin with tiled splash back. Fitted shelves.
SEPARATE ENTRANCE LOBBY/HALL TO GEORGIAN HOUSE
Entry phone. Tiled step and glazed light over. Entrance lobby with original tiled floor. Cloaks hanging space. Door to entrance hall with coloured leadlight. Oak wood flooring. Georgian arch with period brackets. Double radiator. Original Georgian staircase with painted wooden balustrades to half landing. Attractive curved wall. The hallway encapsulates this superb Georgian property.
18'2 x 16'. Double sash window looking west to garden. Cast iron fireplace with slate hearth and wooden mantle. Oak wood flooring. Fitted single storage cupboard. Double dining cupboards with side and fitted shelves. Further double cupboard. 2 Brass wall lights. Recessed spotlights. Wooden glazed screen with foldback double doors.
16'4 x 10'. Modernised to a very high standard by the current owner, the kitchen has a double sloping pitched roof with ceiling lights and vaulted ceiling. 2 Original sash windows to garden. Double stainless steel sink unit with grooved quartz drainer. Custom made hand painted wood units comprising cupboards and pan drawers. Space for Rangemaster induction cooker. Alcove with stainless steel extractor hood. Bench seat. Space for fridge/freezer with shelves to side. Double larder style cupboard with slate central shelf top and double cupboards under. Old style steel runners for farmhouse style sliding door to lobby. Underfloor heating. Wall lights.
7'4 x 6'7. Sash window to garden. Alpha gas combination boiler. Space and plumbing for washing machine. Spotlights. Extractor fan. Glazed door to garden.
Window. Low level w.c. Butlers sink with mixer taps. Black and white mosaic tiled floor. Double radiator. Shelf top with cupboards under. Drop light.
20' x 12' expanding to 19'6. Curved brick steps. Coal hole. Alcove with window light. Brick and flint floor. Chalk block walls. Electric fuse box and electric light.
A south and west facing quiet haven surrounded by attractive period property, the garden has a brick path, raised patio and borders and an apricot tree. Outside water tap. Attractive curved flint boundary wall. Wrought iron steps and hand rail to:
FIRST FLOOR GARDEN TERRACE
16'9 x 8'. West facing with slate tiled floor, secluded seating area and outside water tap. This is a well planted area of reflection with the afternoon sun.
FRONT FORECOURT PARKING
Brick forecourt for parking for at least one vehicle.
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.