----- Virtual Tour Available on Request ----- A substantial country house with two storey annexe, separate self-contained flat and beautiful gardens and grounds. In all about 8.1 acres.

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Main House Buckleswood is believed to have been built in circa 1909 for Neville Chamberlain, the Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister from 1937 to 1940. It is understood that he commissioned the house to be built for his sister. The house presents attractive brick and timber detailing and is partly tile hung and rendered. Notable features include generous ceiling heights, well-arranged and light accommodation, oak flooring, beautiful oak doors and a grand oak staircase. Both the drawing room and dining room have impressive inglenook fireplaces and the dining room has wood panelling.

The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with an attractive range of units with granite worktops, Aga, a slate floor, walk-in larder and wine store. The principal bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom. The original bathroom has an impressive porcelain bath and Art Deco style tiling. In addition, there is a guest suite comprising bedroom and bathroom, four further bedrooms and one further bathroom.

The Annexe Adjoining the northern side of the main house is the self-contained annexe which has both a separate front door as well as an internal interconnecting door to the main house. The Annexe provides excellent secondary accommodation, considered ideal for extended family or elderly relatives, and provides the house with flexibility.

Self-Contained Flat The large self-contained one bedroom first floor flat is located above the Heritage style garaging. It provides ideal space for those looking to work from home, alternatively, could be used as tertiary accommodation.

Services Fast internet. Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil fired boiler in the main house.

Local authorities Lewes District Council - Tel: 01273 471600 East Sussex County Council - Tel: 0345 608 0190

Council Tax: Band G and Band B


The property is approached through electrically operated gates, which lead to the sweeping gravel drive leading up to the front of the house, beyond which there is an extensive area of parking. The drive then leads down to the Heritage style garaging with flat above. Beyond the garaging the drive continues to a secondary gated entrance.

Running the full length of the rear of the house is a charming stone terrace. From the terrace, steps lead down to the main formal garden, with access to wine cellar under the terrace. A further flight of steps lead to a lower lawn and the all-weather tennis court.

The garden and grounds are a particular feature of the property and contain a mass of spring bulbs, a wide variety of mature shrubs, as well as some impressive magnolias and camellias. The garden has a number of specimen trees including acer, willow, copper beech, pine and oak. To the west of the house is a level lawn and small orchard.

Beyond the formal garden is an area of mature, largely oak, woodland which has a wonderful arched rhododendron walkway leading through the middle of it. The gardens and grounds provide a beautiful setting for this stunning country house. In all about 8.1 acres.


Buckleswood is situated in a convenient rural position on the edge of North Chailey/Fletching Common. The popular village of Fletching is 2 miles, boasting the famous Griffin Inn. The larger village of Newick is about 2 miles and provides a good range of facilities for everyday needs including a village shop, bakery, primary school, parish church, public houses, doctor’s surgery and pharmacy.

There is a good selection of both state and private schools within the area. In Chailey, there is St Peter’s Church of England primary school which feeds into Chailey School in South Chailey. There is also an excellent range of independent schools in the area including Cumnor House, Brambletye, Great Walstead, Hurst, Brighton College, Roedean and Ardingly College,

The old market town of Haywards Heath lies some 6 miles to the northwest, and provides an extensive range of shopping and recreational facilities including a Waitrose supermarket, together with a mainline train service to London (London Bridge/Victoria about 45 minutes).

The historic county town of Lewes is about 9 miles, with Gatwick Airport being some 21 miles to the northwest. The city of Brighton & Hove is about 14 miles, whilst the A23 lies to the west of Haywards Heath and provides fast access to the M23/M25 and, in turn, the national motorway network.


From Lewes, travel north on the A275, passing through the villages of Offham, Cooksbridge and South Chailey. Continue north on the A275 and at Chailey crossroads (junction of A275 and A272) turn right and then almost immediately left, continuing north on the A272 towards East Grinstead. The entrance to Buckleswood will be found after just under 0.7 of a mile on the right hand side (just after passing Warren Way).

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Other features

  • Four reception rooms
  • Kitchen/breakfast room
  • Six bedrooms (two ensuite)
  • Two further bathrooms
  • Two storey, two bedroom annexe
  • Self-contained one bedroom flat
  • Extensive Heritage style garaging
  • All-weather tennis court
  • Beautiful mature garden, grounds and woodland
  • About 8.3 acres

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Ref: LEW200059

East Grinstead Road, North Chailey Nr Lewes East Sussex BN8

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Ref: LEW200059

East Grinstead Road, North Chailey Nr Lewes East Sussex BN8

Guide Price