Mid-century modern: an outstanding detached house on Chailey Common
Sitting centrally in a private partially wooded plot of just over an acre, The Ranch is a single-storey home dating from the 1950s and designed by Leslie Gooday RIBA OBE, a post-war modernist architect whose work has been praised by Pevsner. His notable designs include Grade II listed Richmond Baths, the bathing pools for the 1951 Festival of Britain on London's Southbank, and Longwall (also listed Grade II) in St George's Hill, Surrey.
The distinctive style of the house echoes the design principles of Mid-century modern architecture, externally characterised by elevations of yellow brick and timber cladding, and internally with open plan living spaces and plenty of large picture windows bringing the outdoors in. The floorplans and the accommodation list give a comprehensive overview of the full extent and layout of the property.
The Ranch is approached directly from North Common Road via a private driveway and large parking area ahead of the triple garage; a pathway leads to the entrance porch and a large paved terrace spanning the front of the property from which there are lovely views to the South Downs. The garden lies to two sides of the house and is predominantly laid to lawn, well-enclosed by fencing and a large number of mature trees including oak and weeping willow.
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I love the simplicity of this property's design. The picture windows are one of my favourite features- what a superb outlook!Rohan Vines