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Iford, Lewes, East Sussex
Branch: Lewes 64 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1XG. 01273 474101 lewes@rowlandgorringe.co.uk

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A fine Grade II Listed country residence of great charm and considerable stature requiring refurbishment and some modernisation. Situated on the fringe of the highly sought-after village of Iford, between the slopes of the South Downs and the valley of the River Ouse, this impressive Georgian property lies just two miles south of Lewes.

The accommodation as detailed in the accompanying floor plan, and fully illustrated by our commissioned professional photography, has to be seen to fully appreciate the considerable potential this property affords. Therefore to arrange a viewing appointment that is fully compliant with the Covid-19 Regulations as outlined by the Ministry of Housing, please do not hesitate to contact Rowland Gorringe in Lewes. 01273 474101.

DESCRIPTION:

A fine Grade II Listed country residence of great charm and considerable stature requiring refurbishment and some modernisation. Situated on the fringe of the highly sought-after village of Iford, between the South Downs and the valley of the River Ouse, this impressive Georgian property lies two miles south of Lewes.

For sale by private treaty and subject to a grant of probate, with the Executors reserving the right to implement an overage clause at the point of sale. Completion is available from Friday 01 October 2021.

7 Bedrooms - 3 Bathrooms - Drawing Room - Dining Room – Sitting Room - Kitchen through to Breakfast Room – Larder/Pantry – Reception Hall – Cellar – Boiler Room – 2 Double Garages – 3 External Store Rooms – Stabling comprising three loose boxes and two tack rooms – Summer House built as an artist’s studio – Garden Pavilion – Greenhouse – Garden and paddocks of circa 4.5 acres.

The Old Vicarage is a fabulous family home, with the present owners having lived there since 1976. This outstanding country house was built in 1822 for the Rev M.H. Donald and sold by the Church in 1936. Many trees in the garden and a large barn were blown down in the great storm of 1987. The stables were built in 1988 to replace this barn.

As it is today, the Old Vicarage occupies highly desirable landscaped gardens and grounds which include a garden pavilion, tennis court (in poor repair), Summer house and various outbuildings. The grounds comprise paddocks, formal gardens, an orchard, a woodland glade and a productive vegetable garden, all lovingly tended and beautifully maintained. In total 4.5 acres (TBV measured via Promap). These facilities, combined with capacious living accommodation and fabulous views over the local countryside, create a lifestyle and an intoxicating environment that is often sought yet rarely found.

LOCATION:

Situated within the magnificent South Downs National Park, the village of Iford combines a mixture of enchanting period homes and the Iford Estate. There are many countryside walks and excellent riding on local bridle paths. The parish church of St Nicholas and Iford Village Hall are within level walking distance.

The county town of Lewes is 2 miles distant and is described as a small town with a big heart. Historians believe the name derives from the Old English ‘hlaews’ (‘hills’ or ‘mounds’) as Lewes is built into the slopes either side of the Ouse Valley. It was here that Simon de Montfort fought the Battle of Lewes against Henry III and where Tom Paine, author of ‘The Rights of Man’ once lived. Lewes has long been known for its spirit of independence and the inhabitants are proud of its significant history stretching back to Saxon times. Lewes is a great place to browse many independent, antique and quirky shops, and the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat or a drink in one of the eclectic pubs. Lewes boasts a working brewery situated in the heart of the community on the banks of the Ouse. Commuting is easy with the mainline railway station (London/Victoria just over the hour) found at the bottom of Station Street, which leads off the High Street. There are three supermarkets, the acclaimed independent Depot cinema, a leisure centre, a tertiary college, and well-attended primary and senior schools. The Universities of Sussex and Brighton are 6 and 9 miles away respectively. The Brighton seafront is 10 miles distant and the famous Glyndebourne Opera House is 4 miles away on the outskirts of Ringmer. The Downs and local countryside are a paradise for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers.


Description

A fine Grade II Listed country residence of great charm and considerable stature requiring refurbishment and some modernisation. Situated on the fringe of the highly sought-after village of Iford, between the slopes of the South Downs and the valley of the River Ouse, this impressive Georgian property lies just two miles south of Lewes.

For sale by private treaty and subject to a grant of a deed probate, the Executors reserve the right to implement an overage clause at the point of sale, the completion of which is available as of Friday 01 October 2021.

7 Bedrooms - Bathrooms - Drawing Room - Dining Room – Sitting Room - Kitchen through to Breakfast Room – Larder/Pantry – Reception Hall – Cellar – Boiler Room – Double Garage – 3 External Store Rooms – Stabling comprising three loose boxes and two tack rooms – Summer House built as an artist’s studio – Garden Pavilion – Glass House – Garden and paddocks of circa 4.5 acres.

The Old Vicarage has evolved to become a fabulous family home, with the incumbent family having lived in the house since 1976. A potted history of the Old Vicarage reveals that this outstanding country house is believed to have been built in 1822 for the Rev M.H. Donald. Many trees in the garden were lost in the great storm of 1987, as was the barn by the field. This is where the stables were built in 1988 to replace the aforementioned barn.

As it is today the Old Vicarage with garden pavilion, tennis court (in poor repair), Summer House and various outbuildings occupies highly desirable landscaped gardens and grounds. These include paddocks, formal gardens, woodland glade, and a productive horticultural garden that are all lovingly tended and beautifully maintained. In total 4.5 acres (TBV measured via Promap). The lifestyle that these recreational facilities provide, combined with the most capacious living accommodation and fabulous views over the local countryside back to Lewes, create an intoxicating environment that is often sought yet rarely found.

The village of Iford combines a mixture of enchanting period homes that intertwine with the Iford Estate, a mixed farm situated wholly within the South Downs National Park. Countryside walks are aplenty with excellent riding found on the many nearby bridle paths. The parish Church (St Nicholas) and Iford Hall are within level walking distance.

Nearby Lewes (2 miles) is described as a small town with a big heart. Historians believe the name derives from the Old English ‘hlaews’ (‘hills’ or ‘mounds’) as Lewes is built into the slopes either side of the Ouse Valley. It was here that Simon de Montfort fought the Battle of Lewes against the King and where Tom Paine, author of ‘The Rights of Man’ once lived. Lewes has long been known for its spirit of independence and the inhabitants are proud of its significant history stretching back to Saxon times. There are lots of things to do in and around the county town. Lewes is a great place to shop with so many independent, antique and quirky shops. It is also the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat or a drink in one of the eclectic number of pubs. Lewes also boasts a working brewery situated in the heart of the community on the banks of the Ouse. Commuters abound with mainline railway station (London/Victoria just over the hour) found at the bottom of Station Street, which in turn leads off the High Street. There are three supermarkets, the acclaimed independent Depot cinema, leisure centre, tertiary college, along with well attended primary and senior schools. The Universities of Sussex and Brighton and the coast at Brighton are found 6 and 9 miles away respectively and the famous Glyndebourne Opera House is about 4 miles away on the outskirts of Ringmer. The Downs and local countryside are a paradise for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers. Lewes is situated just off the South Downs way and within the magnificent South Downs National Park.




Although these particulars are thought to be materially correct their accuracy cannot be guaranteed and they do not form part of any contract.

For more information please call our Lewes office on 01273 474101.