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Charles Wycherley Independent Estate Agents are delighted to present this magnificent early Victorian detached house with later additions, originally Hamsey School, in beautiful surroundings. The property overlooks fields to the front and far distant views over Offham to the Crowborough Valley in the distance, to the south-east. This property has a major advantage of being rural and yet being able to comfortably walk into Lewes. There is a second floor bedroom/office and roof storage, although most of the accommodation is on two floors. A separate staircase takes you to a 1-bedroom suite to the East Wing of the house, and then a superb main suite of a double aspect bedroom with a balcony, dressing room and shower room, interconnecting with the East Wing. Further, there are 3 double bedrooms, 2 with ensuite bathrooms, making 6 altogether. The ground floor has a feature 30' x 26' reception hall, opening to a 40' drawing room, dining room, library/study, garden room and fitted kitchen/breakfast room. There is a ground floor cloakroom and a double garage, and there is also parking for 10 cars. The house and gardens are approximately 1 acre and a separate front paddock is approximately 1 acre. The gardens include a superb south-east facing walled, lawned garden, a kitchen garden and a superb terrace with heated swimming pool and lawn. A further 1 acre paddock to the rear is available subject to negotiation. There are 2 balconies, the main one being from the landing, with extraordinary views. There is potential for an extension over the garage for an annex (subject to planning permission). The property has many original features throughout and oil fired central heating.

Offham is an attractive hamlet just 1 mile from the boundary of Lewes, and has the Blacksmiths Arms and Curry Cottage as well as a newly expanded farm shop and garage/convenience store, 2 churches and local school, all within walking distance. Cooksbridge Railway Station with direct access to either Victoria or London Bridge, is a brisk 15 minute walk. There are magnificent walks with open countryside towards Hamsey and from the house a footpath leads to the South Down Way and Ditchling Beacon. The A275 is easily accessible, leading to Haywards Heath and Mid Sussex. Lewes, an ex-market town and County Town of East Sussex, is just a short walk and offers an array of historical buildings of interest, many independent shops as well as 3 superstores, cafés, restaurants, Harveys Brewery and the superb Depot Cinema. Lewes Railway Station connects to London Victoria (65 mins), London Bridge (90 mins) and Brighton (20 mins). Brighton is easily accessed via the A27, connecting to the A23/M23 to London and Gatwick and Glyndebourne Opera House is just to the east side of Lewes. There are many top schools in easy reach within the area including Cumnor School, Brighton College, Ardingly College, Bedes, The Old Grammar School and Priory School in Lewes.


ENTRANCE PORCH: Entrance door to:-

RECEPTION HALL: 30'3 x 16'3 widening to 26'. Sash window to fields to the south-west. Oak flooring. Superb staircase with half-circle. Rolled oak hand rail and timber balustrades with stairs rising to galleried landing. 3 Radiators. Glazed double doors to drawing room, dining room and conservatory.

DRAWING ROOM: 39'6 x 17'4. Double aspect room with character bay window and window seat with covered radiators, looking to south-east walled garden. 4 Sash windows to open fields to the south-west. Open fireplace and marble mantlepiece. 3 Radiators. Double doors to dining room.

LIBRARY/STUDY: 27' x 18'8. Bay window looking to the rear garden and swimming pool. Open fireplace with wooden mantle and gas fire (bottle). Fitted bookshelves to all walls, some with base cupboards. Covered radiators. Telephone point. TV point.

CLOAKROOM: Low level w.c. and wash basin.

LOBBY: Cloaks hanging space. Tiled floor with underfloor heating. Lobby with cupboard under stairs and door to the garage.

DINING ROOM: 27'4 x 13'2. Glazed doors to the hall, sitting room and conservatory with French doors opening to the south-east to the attractive stone steps of the walled garden. Oak flooring. 2 Covered radiators. TV point.

CONSERVATORY/GARDEN ROOM: 19'7 x 13'8. French doors to rear garden and swimming pool. Electric glazed roof and double aspect to garden through double glazed windows. Blinds to roof windows. Stone tiled floor. Double doors to day room, hall and dining room. Separate heating system. 2 Radiators.

INNER HALLWAY: Stairs to East Suite. Tiled floor. Antique radiator.

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM: 22'6 x 17'2. Double aspect with lead light window to rear garden and 4 windows looking south-east to the walled garden and views beyond. Bespoke fitted kitchen with double Butlers style sink with granite work tops and grooved drainer with mixer taps. Solid wood units with 2 columns with drawers, cupboards, pan drawers below and fitted NEFF dishwasher. Cupboard housing freezer area with plumbing for American style fridge/freezer. Corner cupboards with pull-out wire trays. Further granite top with range of wall cupboards over and cupboards and drawers under. 2-Ring Aga and double oven. Microwave. Plumbing for washing machine. Granite breakfast bar with seating and wall cupboards. Recessed spotlights. Tiled floor. Understairs cupboard. Antique radiator. Gothic arch door to: -

REAR ENTRANCE HALL: 6'5 x 5'4. Original school door to rear. Cloaks hanging space. Vaulted ceiling.


LANDING: Glazed door to balcony. Superb period galleried stairs with part wooden balustrades. Exposed oak hand rail with overlook to the entrance hall. Covered radiator. Hatch to insulated roof space via ladder. Double wardrobe cupboard. Utility cupboard, 9' x 4' with space and plumbing for washing machine, fitted shelves and hot pipes for airing and electric light.

MAIN SUITE (BEDROOM 2): 19' x 17'9. Superb double aspect room with double-fronted doors and side windows to each side, opening to the south-east facing balcony. Superb views over Offham to the South Downs and 2 sash windows looking out to open fields to the south-west and woodland beyond over Mill Laine Barns. Covered radiator.

BALCONY: 9' x 4'. Panoramic views to Ringmer turbine and the Crowborough Valley. Wrought iron railings.

ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM: 9'6 x 6'7. Sash window with extraordinary views towards Lewes. Glazed shower cubicle with thermostatic 'drench' shower, tiled walls and shower tray. White suite comprising wide bowl pedestal wash basin and low level w.c. Tiled floor. Chromium heated towel rail. Half tiled walls with roll-top. Bathroom cabinet. 2 Wall lights and recessed spotlights.

DRESSING ROOM: 14'5 x 11'. 2 Sash windows over Offham to the South Downs beyond. Bespoke fitted dressing room with 2 sets of fitted oak wardrobe cupboards with hanging rails, shelves and cupboards over. Mirrored wardrobe cupboard. Door to landing and separate East Suite.


LANDING: Stairs to the first floor and oak door.

BEDROOM 1: 22' x 10'8. Superb view over walled garden to south-east and the Offham Church spire to the South Downs and woodland. Sloping ceilings. Double radiator. Door to:-

BOARDED LOFT SPACE: Electric light. Insulation.


BEDROOM 3: 18' x 11'8. Double aspect room with sash windows overlooking the rear garden and south-east to the South Downs. 2 Radiators. Double wardrobe cupboard with oak doors. Hanging rails and shelves. TV point. 2 Shelves.

BATHROOM 2: 8'1 x 6'10. Sash window to South Downs views. White suite comprising steel panelled bath with mixer taps and shower attachment, pedestal wash basin and low level w.c. Marble tiled floor. Chromium heated towel rail.

BEDROOM 4: 17'4 x 13'4. 2 Sash windows looking south-west over open fields and woodland. 3 Single wardrobe cupboards with automatic lights and hanging rails.

BATHROOM (3): 9' x 6'7. Window looking to rear garden and pool. Steel panelled bath with independent ‘drench' shower. Pedestal wash basin. Low level w.c. Tiled floor. Chromium heated towel rail. Recessed spotlights. Mirrored bathroom cabinet.

BEDROOM 5: 17'5 x 12'1. Tall sash window with view to fields and Mill Laine Barns. 2 Fitted wardrobe cupboards. Mirrored door to wall.

ENSUITE BATHROOM (4): 9' x 7'. Sash window to open fields. Steel panelled bath with mixer taps and shower attachment. Pedestal wash basin. Low level w.c. Stone tiled floor. Chromium heated towel rail. Recessed spotlight. Mirrored cabinet. Oak door.

BEDROOM 6: 13'8 x 9'. 2 Sash windows looking to pool area and garden. Covered radiator.

ENSUITE BATHROOM (5): Sash window to rear garden. Roll-top bath with clawed feet. Pedestal wash basin. Heated laddered towel rail. Low level w.c. Tile splashbacks. Recessed spotlights. Mirrored cabinet.

BALCONY: 20'8 x 20'2. Approached from landing through glazed door. Wooden deck floor. Wrought iron hand rails to front, side and rear. Views to the garden and superb sun to open fields and downs to south-west.


GARDENS: The property is approached from the centre of the village through an attractive driveway with pillars just south of The Blacksmith Arms, opposite the church. The private driveway winds up to the side of open fields and downland to reveal the attractive front elevation of Old School House, with exposed flint brick edging and tile hung upper south elevation and the attractive entrance porch. There are stone paviers to a 10-berth front parking drive leading to the garage with electric car charging point, and side shrub borders having a gate opening to the fantastic south-east walled garden. This garden has stone steps and rails from the dining room to a slabbed stone seating terrace, leading to the large walled and lawned garden with 2 Copper Beech trees and attractive flower and shrub borders. The house and gardens are approximately 1 acre. There is a gate to the east corner leading to a post & railed approximate 1 ACRE PADDOCK tapering down to Offham Village, with apple orchard, bore hole with own water supply and shed to house necessary equipment. The kitchen garden, approximately 85ft depth, is found to the north boundary of the walled garden with the Old School House and stone and brick pathways. There is a central lawn with borders and leading to raised vegetable plots and garden work area. Greenhouse 10' x 8'. Beyond, is a most attractive sun terrace surrounding a HEATED SWIMMING POOL 35' x 15', with steps to a raised lawn and walled garden. Boiler cupboard housing Potterton Rapido oil fired boiler for central heating, Calor bottled gas for cooking, Calorex swimming pool heater, plant and filtration unit, electric fuse box and meter. A further 1 acre rear paddock is available subject to negotiation.

DOUBLE GARAGE: 20'7 x 20'4. Potential for extension over for annex (subject to planning permission). Double up-and-over door. Power and light. Door to entrance hall and to rear garden. Side paved pathway to garden and front driveway bordering onto further paddock, only available subject to negotiation.

Council Tax
Lewes District Council, Band H

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.

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