Southover High Street, Lewes, guide price £1,750,000

Southover Old House is an exceptional Grade II-listed house that has been home to the present owners for the last 30 years and is now in need of modernisation.

The property offers extensive and flexible accommodation over three floors and provides a wonderful opportunity to create a superb home.

The house is believed to have early origins, but was rebuilt in the late 18th century, with a substantial extension added in the mid 19th century.

The classical Georgian front is faced with rare yellow mathematical tiles. The splendid south-facing rear elevation is stucco with bay windows to either side of the rear entrance, which has a panelled door with a porch supported by Doric columns.

Internally the house is full of charm and character with good natural light.

The rooms are elegantly proportioned with numerous period features throughout, which include many traditional fireplaces, some exposed beams, panelled doors, high skirtings, sash and bay windows.

Other features include casement doors from the drawing room, conservatory and kitchen/breakfast room which give access to a south facing brick paved sitting area.

The wide south-facing walled garden provides a sheltered and secluded area.

Predominantly laid to lawn, the garden is mature and generously planted with an interesting variety of trees and shrubs including mulberry, medlar, fig, walnut, almond, magnolia, quince and an ancient yew.

To one side of the garden is a path with a pergola which is overplanted with a well-established wisteria.

To the west side of the house is a courtyard which is accessed from Southover High Street via a shared entrance through double wooden gates set in an arch in a high brick wall, where the property has a parking space.

The two apartments have their own separate entrances. It is thought that the apartments could be reinstated within the main house (subject to obtaining the necessary consents), providing added flexibility to the accommodation. Part of the ground floor apartment is attached to a neighbouring property.

A short distance to the west of the house, a shared private road gives access to parking for two to three cars and from where a short path leads to a gate in the rear wall of the garden.

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