Mark Cross Lane, Ripe, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8

Guide price

Bedrooms: 5
Starrs Barn is an attractive and superbly converted former barn which was developed by the vendor and offers a wealth of original character, combined with unobtrusive modern conveniences. The property is set close to the foot of the South Downs National Park with far-reaching views from the front of the house towards the Downs. Though a short distance from the centre of the charming and well-equipped village of Ripe, the property is immersed within its own attractive grounds and grassland and has a wonderfully rural feel. The home is ideal for families requiring space and peace and is ideally set up for equestrians or smallholders with its own grazing and a detached stable block. An added benefit is a separate annexe which is connected to the main house yet has its own private entrance. It is ideally suited as staff quarters for perhaps a groom or an au pair, for older children or grandparents, or as an income generator. The annexe could equally be used by the main house as additional study space or guest accommodation, and features a kitchen/sitting room, bedroom and shower room.

The striking house has been sympathetically converted, preserving many of the handsome period features which include a wealth of exposed beams and ceiling trusses, with more modern additions such as stone floors, a stylish kitchen with an AGA and well-appointed bath and shower rooms. The house is beautifully presented throughout, and though it has very generous proportions and soaring ceilings, it has a wonderfully warm and cosy feel.

The ground floor layout is arranged around the central entrance hall, which leads to an open plan kitchen and dining room with adjoining boiler and utility, three good-size double bedrooms which could be used as additional reception spaces if desired, a study area which provides a link to the annexe and two bath/shower rooms, one of which is en suite. On the first floor is the very impressive sitting room, set underneath a high vaulted ceiling with lovely views over the surrounding landscape. There is also a further bedroom and en suite shower room, which would make an excellent alternative principal bedroom or a guest suite.


The impressive property is situated on the northern edge of this attractive village within a spacious plot of about 7 acres of land. The house is approached over a long, leafy driveway which is gated for security, and also provides swift access into the centre of the village and onwards to excellent walking and hacking. The property is well suited for equestrian use and has a detached stable block featuring three looseboxes and tack room, which is situated adjacent to the main house adjoining the expansive gravel driveway. These wonderful outbuildings offer a variety of uses if Equestrian isn't required STPP. There is off-street parking for a number of cars and space for a horsebox, plus an additional detached block with a garage and double car port. The grounds include grassland paddocks enclosed by post and rail fencing and mature gardens that surround the house, featuring lawned areas, a variety of well-established trees and a patio for outdoor dining. There is also a useful kennel with attached run.


Ripe is a beautiful village within the Wealden District of East Sussex that lies on the flat lands north of the South Downs just eight miles east from the bustling market town of Lewes. The village and surrounding countryside provide an abundance of walks and bridleways for enjoyment. Ripe has a pop up pub, village hall, church, nursery and a fabulous village store with a deli department providing locally sourced meats, daily baked fresh bread, artisan bread and a post office. Additional cultural attractions of Charleston House and Glyndebourne Opera House are close by. History of Ripe: Ripe is a parish lying north of Firle, south of Laughton and west of Chalvington, another small parish with which it is often combined. The parish comprised 1,900 acres in 1903.

The name is derived from a word meaning bank or slope, and the settlement is of great antiquity. The road-pattern here and in the neighbouring parish of Chalvington is at least Roman in origin, and archaeological finds provide ample evidence of Roman and Romano-British occupation.

In the Domesday Book of 1086, Ripe was in the Hundred of Edivestone and had five entries. There were a total of 32 households, including in total 23 villagers, one cottager and eight smallholders. There was land for 10 ploughs and five lord's plough-teams and 13 men's plough-teams. There were also eight salthouses.

Additional Information

Council: Wealden District Council

Council Tax Band: Band G

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