---- Virtual Tour Available on Request ---- A wonderful Grade II former rectory, with spectacular gardens and grounds, situated in this charming and sought after downland village in the South Downs National Park
The Old Rectory dates from the early 18th century (possibly 1720, with later additions) and provides beautifully presented and tastefully decorated, bright and well-arranged accommodation over three floors. On the ground floor there is a superb and very welcoming entrance hall with a flagstone floor, a wonderful double aspect drawing room with a wide bay window, full height sash windows and an open fireplace. The generous family room also enjoys a dual aspect with large wide bay window and fireplace; this is separated from the formal dining room by an inner hall and cloakroom.
An elegant library with an extensive range of fitted bookshelves. A beautiful refitted kitchen/ breakfast room, with French doors and view onto the garden. A generous utility room and separate laundry room complete the ground floor. Notable features of this stunning home include high ceilings; many sash windows with window shutters, a superb round-headed window above the principal staircase, panelled doors, numerous attractive fireplaces, two staircases to the first floor and wooden panelling.
The easy flowing layout at The Old Rectory is ideally arranged for both formal entertaining and comfortable family living, complemented on the first floor by four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a study and dressing room. On the second floor, there are three further bedrooms, a library, study, utility room/kitchen and bathroom. This floor of the house offers great flexibility providing potential for a home office, or possible accommodation for an au pair/nanny or teenagers.
This property has 2 acres of land.
The Old Rectory can be approached from both the Street and Church Lane, via electrically operated gates leading to wide gravel parking areas. Adjacent to The Street entrance is a period former stable block providing a garage, workshop and garden store with a boarded loft over, again offering scope for conversion. The flint part-walled gardens complement the stunning accommodation having been beautifully landscaped over the years.
Lying to the front and side of the house is a wide gravel area with various lawns, parterre, colourful well-stocked herbaceous borders, side of the ormal gardens is an attractive secret garden, enclosed by an old flint wall and in part by a mature beech hedge.
From here, wrought iron gates give access to a flight of steps leading up to a paved sitting area, with a walled, lawned, former kitchen garden beyond. Bordering the gardens are two post and rail enclosed paddocks with a wooden five bar gate on to Church Lane, which gives direct access on to the South Downs Way.
From the parking area approached via Church Lane, a path leads through a beech hedge to a sheltered, brick paved courtyard, bordered on one side by the house and on the other by a substantial detached brick and flint outbuilding with light, power and water. There is also a Tesla charging station.
From the property and its grounds, there are wonderful views towards St Andrews Parish Church. One of the paddocks leads directly into the churchyard. In all about 2 acres.
The Old Rectory lies in a wonderful position situated in the South Downs National Park, bordering the 10th century parish church of St Andrews and in the small rural village of Jevington, which provides a popular gastropublic house. The surrounding South Downs provide excellent walking, bicycling and riding country, with the South Downs Way lying immediately adjacent to the property.
The pretty downland village of East Dean is about 2 miles to the south, with its picturesque village green, church and public house; the village of Alfriston, with its boutique hotel the Star Inn is about 4 miles cross-country; whilst the coast at Birling Gap is about 4 miles, with Cuckmere Haven and Beachy Head close-by.
The town of Polegate lies some 3 miles to the north east and provides a good range of shops train station providing direct and regular services to London Victoria and Brighton.
The historic county town of Lewes is approximately 15 miles to the west and offers a good range of shopping and recreational facilities. The coastal, business and entertainment centres of Eastbourne and Brighton & Hove are approximately 6 miles and 19 miles respectively. Both offer a good selection of schools including Brighton College (with a nearby school bus service); Roedean, Eastbourne College; and St Bedes and St Andrews preparatory schools in Eastbourne.
The A27 is about 3 miles from the property and gives access to the A23/M23, Gatwick Airport and to the national motorway network.
From Eastbourne travel west on the A259, passing through the village of East Dean, and at the top of the hill, after leaving the village, turn right signposted Jevington and Polegate. Continue along this road into the village of Jevington and, opposite Hungry Monk Cottages turn left up Church Lane. Entrance is on the right through electric gates.
Alternatively, from London, travelling south on the A22 towards Eastbourne, upon reaching the Cophall Roundabout at the junction with the A27, take the last exit signposted Newhaven and Lewes. At the next traffic lights, after approximately 250 yards, continue straight on towards Eastbourne. At the following set of traffic lights, turn right signposted to East Dean, Wannock and Jevington (Wannock Road). Proceed along this road and upon reaching the village of Jevington, passing The Eight Bells public house on the right, continue for approximately a further 0.2 mile and, opposite Hungry Monk Cottages, turn right into Church Lane. Entrance is on the right through electric gates.Read all
- Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Dining Room & Family Room
- 7 Bedrooms (2 en-suite)
- 2 Family Bathrooms
- 2 Utility Rooms, 2 Cloakrooms, Laundry
- Library, 2 Studies
- Substantial Cellar incorporating a vaulted wine store
- Double Garage, Garden Store, Workshop
- 2 Paddocks
- Map & Street View
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