Meadowdown was designed and built for the current owners' occupation and as such takes full advantage of its magnificent elevated position and far reaching views. The circular double-height entrance hall gives an immediate sense of space and has a small galleried library area. The reception rooms are all located on the south eastern side of the house to maximise the spectacular views. The 32' drawing room has a vaulted ceiling, herringbone oak parquet floor and an impressive fireplace with a wood burning stove.

Adjacent to the drawing room is the 30' kitchen/dining room, which also has a vaulted ceiling, a terracotta tiled floor and is fitted with a range of oak units incorporating cupboards, drawers and a central island unit.

There is a two-oven cream oil fired Aga with an adjoining Aga boiler which supplies the heating system and hot water. To one end of the kitchen/dining room is a large dining area. In addition there is a large study with a built-in desk and book shelving. Lovely oak and partly copper clad arts and crafts inspired sliding doors give access from the drawing room to both the study and the kitchen/dining room, therefore allowing the creation of one extensive open plan space which is considered ideal for entertaining. A generous garden room with a terracotta tiled floor and two raised planters completes the reception space.

The reception rooms are complemented by a principal bedroom with an adjoining bathroom, three further bedrooms and a shower/cloakroom. Located on the first floor is a large hobbies/attic room and an attic store room.

Meadowdown is approached over a cattle grid which leads through brick and flint entrance piers to the property's private entrance drive leading to the house. The garden has been beautifully landscaped, thoughtfully planted and provides a stunning setting for the property. Adjacent to the north eastern side of the house is a part walled brick paved seating area/courtyard with a raised ornamental pond and a vine clad seating area to one corner.

Immediately to the southern side of the house is a wide brick and stone paved seating area, a short distance from which is a small orchard with apple and plum trees, beyond which is the double garage with two electrically operated doors. The formal gardens include numerous well stocked beds and some magnificent clipped boxes. To one side of the garden is a romantic 'ruin folly' with a white wisteria arched walkway, five raised beds and a vine clad pergola. Also within the grounds is a two-bay Heritage style open fronted garden store, a greenhouse and a number of brick and flint composting bins.

To the north of the formal gardens the grounds are more informal and include a circular beech enclosed garden and a picturesque stocked pond with a waterfall.

Bordering the southern and eastern side of the garden are two lovely wild flower meadows. Leading through one of the meadows is a yew avenue which leads down to a traditional pegged cruck which provides a lovely covered seating area. The garden and grounds at Meadowdown provide an exceptional setting for the property and extend to approximately 3.7 acres.

Meadowdown lies in a truly magnificent, unspoilt rural position on the South Downs, well away from any roads with spectacular far reaching views over the Cuckmere Valley. The surrounding countryside provides wonderful walking and riding opportunities.

The centre of the picturesque and historic Downland village of Alfriston is just over a mile, and offers a good range of shops and facilities for everyday needs, including a general store, primary school, church and a number of restaurants and public houses. There is a mainline train service to London from Berwick Station, which is about 3.5 miles to the north.

The historic county town of Lewes is about 10.5 miles, and offers a good range of shops and facilities, together with a mainline train station (Victoria/London Bridge about 68 minutes). The coastal, business and entertainment centre of Eastbourne is 13 miles, whilst the vibrant city of Brighton and Hove is about 19 miles to the west.

There is an excellent selection of established preparatory and public schools in the area including Eastbourne College, St Andrews, Moira House, Bedes, Brighton College, Lewes Old Grammar School, Roedean and Hurstpierpoint.

Guide price: £2 million. For more information, please call Strutt & Parker on 01273 475411 or visit the team in branch at 201 High Street, Lewes, BN7 2NR.