Beechwood House is a beautiful example of a Georgian country house of quality as reflected by its Grade ll* listing.
Beechwood House is understood to have been built around 1830, designed by the architect James Lewis (who also designed Lavington House and what is today, the Imperial War Museum, London).
Originally the Rectory for the Lavington Estate (now Seaford College), the house was occupied at different times by such church luminaries as Samuel Wilberforce and Archbishop (later Cardinal) Henry Manning. In 1936, the property was inherited by Mrs Barbara Wallace, the daughter of Sir Edwin Lutyens, who later altered the property for her (in particular the octagon room and pillared porch) and is believed to have lived there for several years.
Coming to the market now for the first time in some 37 years, the property offers a new owner the opportunity to enjoy all those classical period features including the high ceilings, multi pane sash windows and spacious light rooms for which the Georgian era is so well known.
Gardens and Grounds
Beechwood House is approached from the lane via a short drive into a sizeable, enclosed, paved courtyard and forecourt with space for numerous vehicles. The drive continues to a four car garage, workshop and further parking space. The attractively landscaped formal gardens surround the house on three sides and comprise areas of lawn with well-planted beds, herbaceous borders and a Yorkstone paved laburnum walk. Several specimen trees include a huge Turkey Oak, Acers, Ornamental Cherries, Handkerchief tree and Magnolia, while rafts of spring flowers include daffodils, bluebells and primroses.
Further informal grounds (Lot 2) extend to approximately 14 acres and are located across the lane, where a delightful wild garden enclosed with mature beech hedges provides a further range of specimen trees and is a haven of tranquillity and birdsong. A path leads through to a vegetable plot with a large cedar wood greenhouse (now in need of restoration), soft fruit cage and two orchards, including apple, pear and mulberry trees. Beyond this garden the remaining grounds rise gently up the slope of the Downs and consist of pasture and two blocks of woodland (Lots 3 & 4),comprising approximately 7 acres and 19 acres respectively.
Beechwood House benefits from an extensive collection of outbuildings, including a three bedroom Coach House (with four oven AGA), a double garage, a two stall stable with original partitions and block floor, additional four vehicle garage, spacious workshop with store and shower room, original game larder, log store, generator room and further stores.
Whilst the property would be enhanced by some tasteful upgrading and redecoration, it has the potential to provide a spacious, elegant and uniquely individual family home in a wonderfully tranquil yet convenient location.
Immediate gardens and ground of approximately 3 acres.
Further land and pasture of circa 14 acres (Lot 2) available by separate negotiation.
Lots 3 and 4 comprising woodland of circa 7 acres and 19 acres available also by separate negotiation. Please ask the selling agent for further information.
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Beechwood House is a very special find - an extremely impressive Georgian house in a stunning setting. The house has a rich history tied intrinsically to Sir Edwin Lutyens and offers beautifully proportioned rooms - ideal for entertaining!Lottie Geaves