Substantial four/five bedroom Victorian residence at the foot of the South Downs with 360 degree views across the surrounding countryside with no near neighbours. A short walk to rail station with services to London, Gatwick, Lewes, Brighton & Eastbourne ensuring independence for the whole family.
We are pleased to offer to the market this substantial family home lived in by the current owners for over twenty years. Set in a plot of nearly an acre with no near neighbours and the most spectacular views across the Downs and surrounding countryside it is easy to appreciate its suitability for a growing family; and with the village and rail station just a short walk away you have the benefits of rural living but with an easy connection to the convenience of local towns and cities.
Built in the Victorian era, with an Edwardian extension added later, this home offers all the character and period features one could wish for but without any low beams or awkward unused spaces. The proportions are fantastic and the layout extremely fluid allowing all to have their own space without the feeling of segregation and the ability to entertain both the family and guests alike. Another distinct advantage to this home is its ability to be further improved; not only can the top floor be further expanded to create extra bedrooms/bathrooms but the unconverted barn, currently connected to the kitchen, is ripe for conversion into self-contained living accommodation..
If you are approaching from the village of Berwick, crossing the railway line and passing by the post office and pub/coffee shop (Berwick Inn), you soon leave behind the residential village opening out into the wider countryside with the South Downs rising up ahead. Less than half a mile away sits 'Beacon View' tucked away on its own to your left. Upon entering the driveway the property can be seen sitting centrally within its plot, with the majority of the grounds stretching out behind. Whilst the driveway continues ahead along the left hand side of the house towards the garaging, there is a substantial parking area at the front providing ample parking and turning space for all the family and visitors.
Walking up the path to the front door you can see the differences between the Victorian era on your left and the Edwardian addition to your right. Before reaching the front door there is a long glass porch with tiled flooring which not only offers shelter from the rain but equally allows a protected position in which to enjoy huge sunsets over the Downs.
The main front door opens into the reception hall which is quite something; we believe prior to the Edwardian extension there would have been doors to both the left and right reception rooms, but now one reception area has been opened up with the hall to create this grand hallway currently housing a grand piano as well as an interesting feature - a 'Godin' french stove. This area marks the start of our tour and from which all areas can be explored.
The ground floor is comprised of five reception rooms if we include the large entrance hall in addition to the kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and unconverted barn beyond. To your left is the family room/snug with views of 'Firle Beacon' through the big picture windows, features include a log burner and picture rails. To your right passing through the reception hall is the drawing room which offers dual aspects and is such a great space for entertaining. There are some wonderful features here including the original fireplace with Victorian black marble surround and unusual oval ceiling roses. Passing by the stairs leading up to the first floor you reach the rear of the property where to your right you will find a smaller room which is currently being used as a home office but has been used as a guest room for elderly relatives, to your left is the formal dining room with attractive mahogany flooring and an old fireplace with an exposed brick hearth.
Access to the kitchen is from the dining room; a bright and spacious room with natural light flowing through from windows on one side to those on the other. Not that we feel the kitchen particularly needs it, but the current owners had considered expanding the kitchen out into the garden potentially doubling it in size to create a combined kitchen/dining/living area in the current fashion. However as it stands the kitchen already offers a wide range of wall and base units with a four oven 'Aga' which is the beating heart of the house and enough floor space for a considerable breakfast table to seat the whole family.
Beyond the kitchen you will find the conservatory/utility/annexe room which connects well with the garden in addition to the unconverted barn which has proved extremely useful as a work room and log store.
The first and second floors provide ample sleeping quarters with four double bedrooms in total with two bathrooms and a separate toilet. Originally there were four bedrooms on the first floor but the magnificent master suite has been created by merging two of the former bedrooms into a very large space. As you reach the first floor landing the family bathroom can be found after passing the separate toilet to your left. The bathroom offers a power shower over the bath and has been tastefully decorated with Fired Earth tiles. Views to the famous Long Man of Wilmington can be seen from the bathroom window. To your right at the rear is bedroom one, a large double currently used as a guest room with windows overlooking the farmers fields complete with horses in addition to an attractive fireplace. At the front of the house is bedroom two which is a larger double again with feature fireplace and offering iconic westerly views to the Downs beyond. On the opposing side is the master suite which has its own inner hallway passing by the en-suite bathroom before reaching the massive bedroom. The en-suite benefits from German engineering and provides Italian flair in the porcelain used and the exquisite contemporary freestanding bath. His and hers sinks as well as a separate shower cubicle make this a complete suite finished off nicely with more Fired Earth tiles. The large dual aspect master bedroom is quite stunning and offers all the space one could want allowing a plethora of bedroom furniture to compliment the wall of built in wardrobes; a window seat offers a comfortable place to take in the view of Firle Beacon ensuring this room is used for more than just sleeping in but as a retreat for the owners after a hard day of work.
The second floor is currently arranged as a large loft bedroom/library with hand built bookshelves, large cupboards and access to the eaves; there is plenty of natural light and views all around. Huge potential is offered here with the ability to create a further large en-suite above the master bedroom and a wrap around balcony making the most of the stunning scenery!
Externally the gardens wrap around the entirety of the house with pretty millstones at every entrance. At the rear there is a sun terrace which makes the most of the daytime sun and is excellent for al fresco dining. To the left of the house is a converted pond and wildlife area which birds and insects enjoy throughout the year; just beyond is the triple glazed summer house for use throughout the year as a studio or office. The rest of the garden is predominantly laid to lawn with mature shrubs and trees in addition to the fruit orchard with good yields of apple, plum and quince. All of this is made all the more impressive by being surrounded by farmers fields and having panoramic views.
Locally I have already mentioned Berwick village with its amenities and rail station, making the location ideal for commuters. In addition Beacon View is within the 'golden triangle' of private and state sector schools, with good primaries in Firle and Alfriston, convenient links to Bedes, Brighton College & Eastbourne Colleges as well as secondary schools in Lewes, Ringmer, Seaford and Brighton ensures suitability for a growing family with children having their own independence.
A secluded path from the garden links to the Berwick Way footpath which offers a safe walk or cycle to the village during the working week and in the other direction allows for excellent walks using footpaths to the Roman road which takes you to several villages including Firle. The historic village of Alfriston with its lovely tearooms and Star Inn can also be found nearby. Further afield the historic county town of Lewes is serviced by large superstores including Waitrose, as well as delightful independent shops and is approximately 7 miles to the west. Whilst to the south the coastal towns of Eastbourne & Brighton are easily reached.
Of note nearby, are the world renowned Glyndebourne Opera House and Charleston, former home of the Bloomsbury Group.
- Detached Four/Five Bedroom Victorian Residence
- Potential for Self-Contained Apartment
- Five Reception Rooms inc. Drawing, Dining, Family Room & Office
- Large Kitchen/Breakfast Room with adjacent Annexe
- Large Mature Garden with Additional Land Available to Rent
- Garage, Barn & Summer House
- Master Bedroom with Fired Earth En-Suite Bathroom
- Walking Distance from Village with Amenities Inc. Rail Station
- Wonderful Location with No Neighbours & Incredible Views
- Excellent Selection of Private & State Schools Nearby