"While Victorian architectural rigour was certainly the organising principle behind this house, the current owners’ playful sense of colour has brought a warmth and intimacy to the space."
Nestled against the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park, this enchanting former school house near Lewes was built in the 1870s and has been sensitively refurbished by its current owners to accentuate a natural sense of volume and light. The house has three bedrooms arranged around a dramatic triple-height school hall with exposed timber eaves, currently used as an open-plan living and dining room, while a conservatory at the rear acts as an artist’s studio.
While Victorian architectural rigour was certainly the organising principle behind this house, the current owners’ playful sense of colour has brought a warmth and intimacy to the space. The result is a house which feels traditional on the surface, but with a refreshingly modern approach to colour and detail.
As a result of its former collegiate use, the majority of the accommodation is arranged across one storey. In addition to the expansive living room, there is a dining room, family bathroom, kitchen and two bedrooms on the ground floor. Upstairs, is a master bedroom with dual aspect elevated views of the South Downs national park. There are original floorboards throughout, which are complimented by exposed slate tiles around the fireplaces and bespoke wooden latches. Large windows face out directly onto the South Downs national park at the front and an extensive garden at the rear backs onto sprawling farm land, with excellent walking trails to the nearby villages of Swanborough and Iford.
There is a large garage separate from the house, as well as a further outbuilding which is currently used for art storage and garden equipment.
Iford is a picturesque hamlet, situated on the slopes of the South Downs in the valley of the river Ouse, a short drive from Lewes. The architecture of Lewes consists of a lovely blend of medieval, Georgian and Victorian streets, through which its famous bonfire night procession happens annually. There are a growing number of excellent coffee shops, gastro pubs and restaurants in the area, and the high street has a distinct lack of chain stores.
Lewes Station runs direct services to Clapham Junction and London Victoria in around an hour. There are also direct services to Gatwick Airport with a journey time of approximately 31 minutes. Lewes is on the A27, which connects with the A23 London to Brighton Road north of Brighton.
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