Cinder Hill, Chailey, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8


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  • Bedrooms: 7
Built in the late 1940s, the main house, with five upstairs bedrooms, includes extensive ground floor living space and a large open fire. A family kitchen opens on to the terrace and swimming pool beyond it. Later additions to the house include a connected double garage, loft extension, twin studies and a detached, two-bedroom cottage. The property now does require a full refurbishment but it is its land and position that sets Wilding Farm- house apart. The south-facing gardens have been lovingly maintained for decades and include mature rhododendron, beech hedge and a heated swimming pool fringed with lavender. Beyond a handsome oak and ash, a shaded pond with an island leads to a gate and the field beyond. A public footpath runs across this field leading east to Wildings Lakes.

Once part of Wilding Farm, which lay across fields to the east, the house now lies at the edge of land once used to grow wheat, barley and oats. The field immediately to the south, which lends the farmhouse such exceptional views - unmarked as they are by any other home - remains part of the property and protects the stunning view. Latterly mowed for hay each summer, the field could be given renewed purpose as a home for horses.


Past a pretty common, the farm- house's drive leads to Cinder Hill, a quiet country lane. Just two miles to the north is the popular village of Newick, which still has a village shop, bakery, post office, primary school, parish church, pubs, restaurants and a doctor's surgery and pharmacy. The tiny village of North Chailey is immediately to the west and home to the Five Bells pub and the beautiful church of St Peter's.

The bustling old market town of Haywards Heath is six miles to the west. Its rail station has fast services to London Bridge and London Victoria (approx 45 minutes), London Blackfriars (50 minutes), Gatwick Airport (10-15 minutes) as well as south to Brighton (20 minutes). From the house, the M23 is 15 miles to the north with good access to Gatwick Airport (35 minutes from the house) and central London (two hours).

The area offers an excellent selection of established preparatory and public schools, including Cumnor House, Great Walstead, Hurst College, Brighton College and Brambletye.

Glyndebourne Opera House is about 10 miles to the south and there are numerous golf courses in the area, including Piltdown, Royal Ashdown, the East Sussex National and Crowborough Beacon. The desirable town of Lewes is 15 minutes to the south and is the gateway to the South Downs National Park with its limitless walking, cycling and riding opportunities. The sweeping views of the Ashdown Forest, home to Winnie the Pooh, are 10 miles north, along with the nationally renowned gardens at Sheffield Park and Wakehurst.

The sale of this property offers a rare opportunity for a new family to refurbish and create their own family home in an unspoilt and idyllic location in the Sussex countryside.

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