Savills | Alfriston, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 5XW | Properties for sale
256.04 sq m
Guide price £1,750,000(35,023,464 EGP)

AlfristonPolegate, East Sussex, BN26 5XW

  • Sold

Key features

  • Sold in February 2020
  • Superbly presented interiors
  • Set in wonderful landscaped gardens
  • 32' drawing room with picture window
  • Within the South Downs National Park

Beautifully presented architect designed home with a breath-taking vista

About this property

  • Set in an enviable elevated position within the South Downs National Park, Meadowdown is a fine architect designed home, principally arranged over one floor.

    A contemporary take on the Arts and Crafts tradition, the property has been thoughtfully designed to resonate with the surrounding landscape, with flint and brick elevations under a hand crafted clay pantiled roof. The interiors echo the natural beauty of the pastoral landscape, with soft neutrals counterpointed by beautiful solid oak joinery, terracotta and wood flooring, and internal stained glass.

    The circular entrance hall sets the scene, sitting centrally within the property; clever use of space includes a mezzanine library area, positioned above the hall and reached by a ladder.

    The reception rooms all have magnificent views to the South Downs, and the drawing room is the true centrepiece of the house. A wonderful picture window creates a focal point, balanced by a striking curved chimney, set with woodburning stove. Two sets of sliding double doors, hand crafted from solid oak with partial copper panelling, open up to create a huge space for entertaining, through the study, drawing and dining room.

    The dining room is open to the kitchen, which is fitted with an Aga, a range of wood under counter cupboards and a central island. The conservatory has double doors to the south facing terrace and space for table and chairs.

    The master bedroom is en suite to the Jack and Jill bathroom, also accessed from the inner hall. There are three further bedrooms, one of which has access to the south eastern terrace and is currently used a second study. A shower room and a utility room complete the ground floor.

    On the first floor, the galleried landing leads to an attic games room with velux window and access to the loft storage, with a further attic storage room accessed from the stairs.

    Please refer to the floorplans for a comprehensive overview of the full extent and layout of the 2,756 sq ft of accommodation.

    Garden & Grounds
    Meadowdown is approached via the track leading from the South Downs Way to the barred gate opening to the drive, which is set with a cattle grid. The drive is flanked by well-stocked herbaceous borders and leads up the double garage, which has electronically operated up and over doors.

    Steps lead to the front door and on to the terrace, which spans the rear and side elevations of the house. The gardens are a series of distinct areas, each beautifully landscaped to create a wonderful setting for the house, with a variety of features including flint walls and topiary. Points of note include a stunning white wisteria pergola walkway, an ornamental pond, an orchard and, to the north of the house, a larger pond with waterfall, well-stocked with fish and lilies. An open barn and a greenhouse provide space for garden equipment.

    From the formal gardens, paths and an Irish yew avenue lead through the wildflower meadows that slope gently away from the house to the south east. A solid oak cruck is superbly placed for entertaining al fresco.

    Meadowdown also owns a portion of the track and adjoining land beyond the private gardens surrounding the property, which can be used for additional parking. In all, about 4.4 acres.

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Local information

  • Situated in a glorious rural position on the South Downs above the village of Alfriston, an historic village in Cuckmere Valley in East Sussex.
  • Alfriston caters for day to day needs with a variety of small shops, cafes and restaurants, and has good access to the surrounding towns. Seaford (five miles), Eastbourne (nine miles) and Lewes (11 miles) offer an excellent range of shops, supermarkets, spas and entertainment.
  • There are many leisure pursuits available locally, with walking and riding across the South Downs, golf at the Royal Eastbourne and the East Sussex National Hotel & Spa, and sailing at Eastbourne.
  • The area is well served by the arts with opera at Glyndebourne, the annual literary festival at Charleston Farmhouse and theatre at Eastbourne and Lewes.
  • Rail: Berwick station 3.4 miles, Seaford 5 miles, Lewes 11 miles (London Bridge/Victoria from 70 minutes)
  • Ferry: Newhaven 8.4 miles
  • A27: 2.6 miles, linking to A26 in the west and A22 in the east.
  • Schools: There is a good selection of state and independent schools in area, including Alfriston primary school, Eastbourne College, Bedes and Lewes Old Grammar school.
  • All distances and journey times are approximate.

Additional information

  • Agent's Notes: 1. Meadowdown has right of way over the South Downs Way and track from Kings Ride to the property.
  • Services: Oil fired central heating (Aga), mains electricity, mains water via shared private supply, private drainage. 2. There is a screened footpath on the western boundary, beyond the main curtilage of the gardens. Please refer to the agent for more details.
  • Outgoings: Wealden District Council, 01892 653311. Council tax band F.
  • EPC Rating = E