High Street, Lewes

£3,000,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 8
Hill Lodge is a commanding town residence, a Georgian fronted house with capacious accommodation in excess 5,000 sq ft, affording breathtaking far reaching southerly views over the town toward the South Downs and Firle Beacon beyond. Apply Lewes 01273 474101.

A significant Georgian-fronted Grade II Listed family home with large garden, distant southerly views, garages and parking in the heart of Lewes. Hill Lodge is perhaps the finest house in Lewes, a grand and substantial family home with spectacular views, large southerly garden, parking spaces and garages.

At the heart of the house is a splendid hallway which leads through to the garden, with winding staircase rising to a galleried landing. The rooms are characterised by light and space, elegant and well-proportioned with high ceilings, large windows, original plasterwork and fireplaces and cast iron tapestry rails to the principal rooms.

Sitting at the top of the town, on the south side of the High Street, Hill Lodge has far-reaching views of the Downs, towards the sea, but is a short walk to the town centre and train station.

Hill Lodge is Listed, Grade II, within the protection of the Conservation Area and South Downs National Park. With deeds from the late 1700s, the house has evolved through the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods to provide a spacious, simple and flexible layout. The adaptable planform provides opportunities for home-working and a degree of independence for extended family-living.

Hill Lodge changed hands three times in the last one hundred years: previously owned by Princess Chandra Cox of Siam; and, for the past 55 years Hill Lodge has been a multiple-generation family home, and provided space and parking for their Architectural practice.

Location

Lewes is a thriving county town situated in The South Downs National Park and has an excellent range of individual shops, restaurants and several supermarkets, together with many cultural and recreational facilities, including an independent three-screen cinema. The South Downs National Park provides wonderful opportunities for walking and recreation. The city of Brighton and Hove is about 8 miles to the south west. The internationally renowned opera house, Glyndebourne, is about 3 miles to the east. The A27 lies a short distance to the south of Lewes, and provides fast access to the A23/M23, Gatwick Airport and the national motorway network.

Lewes has some excellent state schools and there are many well respected and established private schools in the area, including Lewes Old Grammar School, Brighton College, Roedean, Cumnor House, Great Walstead, Hurstpierpoint College, Ardingly College and Lancing College.

Immediately to the rear of the house is a broad paved terrace from which there are exceptional far reaching views over the town and South Downs beyond. From the terrace steps leads down to a large stone paved seating area, beyond which the walled garden is laid principally to lawn bordered by various well-stocked beds. Towards the far end of the garden there is a symmetrical rose garden intersected by various brick paths and a shelter with a clay tile roof.

To the western elevation of the house is found a pedestrian gateway providing access from the High Street to a passageway. From said passage a door opens to a staircase leading to the accommodation on the second floor. This route also gives access to a garden store, bike store and gardener's WC which is attached to the side of the house, and continues giving access to the garden.

Situated on the opposite side of the High Street, (adjacent to the Pelham Arms) diagonally opposite the house is the property's garaging for three cars along with parking for a further four/five cars.

Lewes is described as a small town with a big heart. Historians believe the name derives from the Old English hlaews ( hills or mounds ) as Lewes is built into the slopes either side of the Ouse Valley. It was here that Simon de Montfort fought the Battle of Lewes against the King and where Tom Paine, author of The Rights of Man once lived. Lewes has long been known for its spirit of independence and the inhabitants are proud of its significant history stretching back to Saxon times. There are lots of things to do in and around the county town, Lewes is a great place to shop with so many independent, antique and quirky shops. It s also the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat or a drink in one of the eclectic number pubs. Lewes also boasts a working brewery situated in the heart of the community on the banks of the Ouse. Commuters abound with mainline railway station (London/Victoria just over the hour) found at the bottom of Station Street, which in turn leads off the High Street. There are three supermarkets, acclaimed cinema, leisure centre, tertiary college, along with well attended primary and senior schools. The universities of Sussex and Brighton and the coast at Brighton are found 6 and 9 miles away respectively , Eastbourne College easily accessed by train, with the famous Glyndebourne Opera House is about 4 miles away on the outskirts of Ringmer.

Hill Lodge provides about 450 square metres (4,840 square feet) of living space, with seven bedrooms and six living rooms.

The Cellars are approximately 50m2 (540sft) and include a Wine Cellar.

The Potting Sheds and passage are approximately 25m2 (270sft) and provide direct access between the street and garden.

A southerly raised terrace outside the Breakfast and Drawing Rooms has views to the Downs and leads to the garden, which slopes gently to the south-east and is about 28 x 20m (91 x 56 ft).

Three garages, land and four/ five parking spaces lie diagonally opposite the house and are an invaluable asset in the town centre parking zone.

Mains gas, water and electricity. Gas-fired boilers.

Hill Lodge is a magnificent house and exceptional family home.

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