Terrible Down Road, Shortgate, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8


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  • Bedrooms: 4
A charming period home set in a picturesque setting near a sought-after village, with traditional tile-hung and brick elevations and a wealth of period features in the traditional Sussex style.

This most characterful cottage is surrounded by open countryside and its own mature gardens. The property occupies a spacious plot and extends to some 2,152 sq ft. The 17th-century cottage is Grade II listed and was formerly two dwellings, now converted to one sizeable home. Internally the property remains many of its period features including beamed ceilings, brick fireplaces and exposed timber frames, though it has benefitted from modernisation to create a delightful home.

The property is arranged over two floors with access via a hallway leading to the principle accommodation. To one side is a vast 20ft drawing room, while at the opposite end of the house is a dining room with wood burning stove and an informal eat-in kitchen. Completing the ground floor is a boot room/storage area and a cloakroom.

The four bedrooms are arranged together on the first floor, including a large master bedroom with en suite bathroom and a second bedroom with walk-in wardrobe. Access to bedroom three is possible via bedroom four, which would equally be suited as a study, and there is a separate family bathroom.


The property enjoys a rural setting surrounded by open countryside, with the nearby village of Laughton having a church, Post Office/village store, primary school and pub. Other local shopping facilities including a butcher, bakery and pharmacy can be found in Ringmer which is three miles away. Further facilities can be found in Lewes, which is seven miles away. 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 and Hurstpierpoint College. The local area is beautiful open countryside with many footpaths leading to woodland and areas of outstanding natural beauty, including the South Downs National Park. Train services are available from Uckfield, about five miles away, which has direct services to London Bridge. The A27 is also convenient, which in turn gives access to the A23/M23, Gatwick and the national motorway network.


Vine Cottage is set within beautifully private and well-established grounds and is surrounded by a good size lawn inset with a number of flowerbeds, mature shrubs and trees, including a majestic weeping willow at the entrance to the driveway. Parking is ample with space for several vehicles on a hard standing drive. To the rear of the property is a large paved terrace and a brick-built store linked to the outdoor swimming pool at the side of the house. There is also a large pond with water fountain within landscaping.

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