France Hill
4,870 sq ft(452.44 sq m)
Guide price £2,250,000

AlfristonPolegate, East Sussex, BN26 5XW


    Key features

    • Wonderful elevated rural position
    • Superbly presented accommodation
    • Decked southern elevation, ideal for entertaining
    • Detached two bedroom annexe
    • Good range of outbuildings
    • Enclosed swimming pool
    • Landscaped gardens
    • Agricultural barns and fields

    A fine hilltop estate with outstanding views

    About this property

    • France Hill is an extremely attractive estate, set in a wonderful elevated position within the South Downs National Park.

      The principal residence is believed to date from the turn of the twentieth century, and has weather boarded elevations under a tiled roof. It offers well-presented accommodation, with light and neutral décor. The primary reception rooms are arranged to make the most of the outstanding far-reaching views that the property enjoys, and is ideal for formal entertaining, as well as being a comfortable and spacious family house.

      The floorplans give an excellent overview of the layout and arrangement of the accommodation, with points of particular note being the spacious dining/family room, which has a wood burning stove and floor to ceiling glazed walls with sliding doors to the decked terrace which wraps the southern elevation of the house.

      The adjoining kitchen has a range oven, island and a good range of wall hung and undercounter cabinetry, with a separate preparation area.

      The sitting room is inviting, with an open fireplace and French doors to the terrace. A door opens to the 25 foot conservatory, which has a spiral staircase leading up to a mezzanine floor and, whilst requiring some updating, creates a wonderful space for entertaining.

      There is a ground floor bedroom with direct access to a small courtyard, served by a shower room. A utility room with plenty of storage completes the ground floor.

      On the first floor, the stunning master bedroom has a free standing bath; it is dual aspect, with French doors to a south facing balcony and a Juliet balcony, and has a WC/dressing area. There five further bedrooms (three en suite), two of which have access to the southern balcony. A bathroom with separate WC complete the first floor.

      Outbuildings, gardens & grounds
      France Hill is approached from Alfriston via a track across the South Downs, with cattle grids at two points across the drive.

      France Hill has various timber outbuildings providing extensive garaging, workshop/car port and storage. There are agricultural buildings serving the paddock to the south of the house.

      Ancillary accommodation is provided by the Annexe, which has an open plan living room/kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.

      The gardens are beautifully landscaped and a particular feature of France Hill. The wisteria clad decked terrace leads down the gardens; close to the house is a folly, a charming stone “ruin” with space for a barbecue and table and chairs.

      Beyond is the enclosed swimming pool, with fencing which can be opened up to frame the spectacular views of the estate's beautiful downland setting.

      The garden slopes gently away to the south, with a path leading down to the pond, which is fully enclosed and well stocked with plants and shrubs. An ornamental rill is flanked by topiary; beyond lies a caged and netted kitchen garden, with water connected. There two greenhouses and an orchard.

      The paddocks lie to the west and south of the house.

      In all, about 42 acres.

      View payable Stamp Duty for this property

    A superb house and stunning views - breathtaking!

    Hannah RichesProperty agent

    Local information

    • Situated above the village of Alfriston, an historic village in the valley of Cuckmere, 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 (5 miles), Eastbourne (9 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. France Hill has right of way over the South Downs Way and track from Kings Ride to the property. 2. There are two footpaths, one crossing part of the drive and one crossing the southerly paddock. Please refer to the site plan.
    • The majority of the farmland is currently entered into a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme and Entry Level Schemes. This agreement is due to expire in 2022 and the buyer will be expected to continue with the scheme until its conclusion.
    • EPC Rating = C