South Heighton
East Sussex


Architect: Anthony Roberts

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"Occupying an idyllic hillside position, with panoramic views over the valley of the River Ouse."

Occupying an idyllic hillside position, with panoramic views over the valley of the River Ouse, is this fantastic three-bedroom house with private garden. The property has been built to a wonderful design by architect Anthony Roberts, with winged roof sections and angular light tunnels in contemporary deference to the Oast houses of the wider region. Internal accommodation measures approximately 1,250 sq ft.

The property is accessed via a short section of driveway that splits to become a bridle path. On approach, the cedar-clad exterior cuts a stealthy form, the inverse-cranked slate roof deceptive of the space and volume within. Entry is via a stepping path through wood-chipping, to a blue front door and frame within a façade of Nordic simplicity.

From the entrance hall there is a small study on the right, and on the left, a deep plywood cloak area. An open doorway leads to the main living space with painted wood flooring throughout and a log burner at its centre forming the only divide between three zones. The dining space is to the right, and beyond it, a reading area and library of timber shelving. To the left is the sitting room, with plywood joinery and a door to the west-facing garden. Light pours in at various points through numerous lightwells and rooflights positioned within the wonderful contours of the origami-esque ceiling, and through windows with deep plywood trims at both aspects. Windows and doors throughout are by Velfac.

Through glazed double doors is the temporary kitchen which has planning permission in place for an extension. From the open-plan living space, a long corridor extends to the rear of the property with utility room, guest WC and a separate shower room on the right through open doorways with timber casing. On the left are two bedrooms, one with a mezzanine area. At the far end is the expansive master bedroom with dressing area and en-suite shower room. Each room opens to the exterior through individually coloured Velfac doors.

The house is located off a bridleway that leads up to the South Downs and Firle Beacon with amazing views of the surroundings countryside and coastline from Brighton to Eastbourne. There are footpaths to Seaford, Alfriston, Lewes and the South Downs Way.

Newhaven and the surrounding area has a thriving artistic community and South Heighton has a well know pottery. The village regularly participates in Open Houses for arts and crafts. Tidemills, a beach five minutes’ drive from the village, is popular as a wind-surfing location and there is an active gig-rowing club at Newhaven, as well as sailing at Piddinghoe Pond which is visible from the house. There is a Sainsbury’s supermarket close by and the train station at Newhaven runs services to London Victoria in around 1 hour 30 mins.

Lewes is approximately seven miles away and 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.

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.

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