Impressive elegance: a Grade II* listed Georgian rectory set in glorious gardens and grounds in an outstanding edge-of-village location

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Grade II* listed Belmont House is an impressive and elegant Georgian Rectory. The property is built on classical lines with a stuccoed rendered front elevation, sash windows, cornices and high parapets. It has been the subject of extensive and sympathetic renovation by the current owner, under the guidance of leading interior designer John Minshaw. The result is a stunning combination of period grace combined with contemporary style, with fittings that more than meet modern expectations.

The interiors are light and spacious, with most rooms having lovely views across the beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds. The principal reception rooms and conservatory offer an excellent space for formal entertaining. The breakfast room and the family room, which is fully wired for media, provide a relaxed space for day to day life. There is a wonderful flow between inside and outside spaces; the conservatory, which has a beautiful mural by Emma Faull, leads to a charming south terrace and the lovely east facing Italianate courtyard garden, which is also accessed via the breakfast room. The kitchen is extremely well-equipped with bespoke solid wood and glass fronted cabinetry, honed granite surfaces and an excellent range of high-end integrated appliances, including a six oven oil and electric Aga with a Calor gas fired hob.

On the first floor is the stunning master bedroom suite, with dressing room, walk-in wardrobe and a magnificent en suite bathroom. There are two guest bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. There are four further bedrooms and a family bathroom on the second floor. A secondary staircase leads to a self-contained one bedroom flat, with a sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. This has its own access close to the laundry room and could be suitable for staff.

Please refer to the floorplans for the full extent and layout of the 7,767 sq ft of accommodation.

This property has 7 acres of land.


Coach House Attached to Belmont House and accessed via the Courtyard, the Coach House offers a sitting/dining room, kitchen, cloakroom and two en suite bedrooms arranged over two floors.

Gardener’s Cottage The single storey Gardener’s Cottage offers excellent staff accommodation, comprising sitting/dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms, bathroom and separate cloakroom, with outside space and parking.

Outbuildings, Gardens & Grounds The secure sliding electronic gates open to the driveway, leading up past the Gardener’s Cottage to the garaging, which comprises a single and a double bay garage with workshop and first floor gym/home office space. A covered walkway leads to the house. The drive leads up past the enclosed top pond to the solid wood gates opening to courtyard, and beyond lies a further timber framed garage/machinery store and a timber storage shed with a covered well.

The heated outdoor pool, adjacent to the all-weather tennis court, is fully enclosed, with a covered terrace and an elevated pool house with a party room (decorated with a second Emma Faull mural), kitchenette, changing room, shower and WC. A greenhouse is located in the walled garden.

The mature gardens have been meticulously planned and landscaped to provide areas of distinct interest and excitement throughout the year. Paths lead through the well-stocked herbaceous borders, complemented by undulating lawns, with exotic and native shrubs and trees and a lily-pond. Of particular note is the walled garden, a beautiful English country flower garden laid out by Anthony Paul Landscape Design.

To the east of the house and open to the formal gardens is a paddock, with a chicken run. In all, about 7 acres.


Situated on the edge of the thriving village of East Hoathly in East Sussex, just outside the South Downs National Park. East Hoathly provides for day to day needs with a village shop and Post Office, public house, café, church, and primary school. Comprehensive shopping is available Uckfield (5 miles), Lewes (9 miles) and Eastbourne (16 miles).

Sussex offers excellent and varied opportunities for a range of equestrian and sporting pursuits, with many walks across the surrounding countryside, golf at Piltdown and East Sussex National, and sailing at the coast. The area has a vibrant cultural scene, with world-class opera at Glyndebourne and the annual Brighton Festival presenting a huge programme of theatre, dance, classical music and literary events.

Lewes station offers regular services to London Bridge/Victoria, journey time from 70 minutes; the A22 lies to the west, connecting to the A272, the A26 and the M25. Gatwick airport 29 miles.

There are a number of highly regarded state and independent schools in the area, including East Hoathly CEP School, Cumnor House, Great Walstead, Brambletye, Bede’s, Lewes Priory, Lewes Old Grammar School, Burgess Hill School for Girls, Brighton College and Eastbourne College


NB Using the postcode in SatNav does not lead to the property. From the A22 at Halland, continue south. At the next roundabout take the first exit and continue into East Hoathly. Take the left turn at The Kings Head and continue for about 400 yards to a right hand bend and Belmont House is on the right hand side of the bend with cream coloured electric gates.

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Other features

  • Entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, conservatory, study, family room, kitchen, breakfast room, laundry room, cloakroom, boot room, WC
  • Master bedroom with dressing room and bathroom,2 guest bedrooms, both with en suite bathrooms
  • Self-contained flat: kitchen, sitting room, bedroom, bathroom
  • 4 further bedrooms, family bathroom
  • 4 wine cellars, boiler room
  • Coach House: Sitting/dining room, kitchen, cloakroom, 2 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
  • Gardener’s Cottage: Sitting/dining room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, cloakroom, private garden & parking
  • Triple bay garage with workshop and gym, timber framed shed with well, machinery store/garage
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool, pool terrace & pool house, All weather tennis court
  • Landscaped gardens, courtyard garden, walled garden, 2 ponds & paddock
  • In all about 7 acres

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Ref: LEW130155

East Hoathly Lewes East Sussex BN8

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Ref: LEW130155

East Hoathly Lewes East Sussex BN8

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