--Virtual Tour & Drone Video Available on Request-- A superb country house, standing in an exceptional elevated position within the South Downs National Park with breathtaking year-round downland views to the sea. Just over 8 acres.

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Dating from the 1930's, with later additions, Mill Hill has been designed to take full advantage of its spectacular position. The majority of the principal rooms face south west and have spectacular views.

The house has a wonderful sense of light and space. Features of note include a stone floor in the entrance porch, polished wood floors and a number of glazed internal doors. The drawing room is a lovely room, with a large fireplace incorporating a wood burning stove and has a wide bay window, which takes full advantage of the incredible views. The 30'3" kitchen/breakfast room has recently been re-fitted with an extensive range of units, and there are full height windows at one end, with two doors leading out to the terrace.

In addition, there is a spacious garden room again with a door out to the terrace, a dining room and a beautiful first floor sitting room which is approached via a secondary staircase, and has a vaulted ceiling, three Juliette balconies and a lovely wooden floor.

The ground floor accommodation is complemented over the first and second floors by a spacious principal suite, a guest suite with a balcony from which to enjoy the stunning views, three further bedrooms and a further bathroom. Historical Note It was just before the Second World War that James Wedgewood Drawbell (1899-1979), the British writer, playwright and journalist acquired the land on which Mill Hill now stands. He purchased the land from a local farmer and landowner, John Robinson Snr, and refers to it at the start of his acclaimed book, 'The Garden', saying "Its green colouring separated it invitingly from the surrounding spreads of harvest gold across the Sussex Downs".

Later, on the same page, he goes on to say "There were eight acres of it. They faced south to the English Channel, concealed beyond the folds of the downs above Telscombe village; south-east to the sea again, four miles away...... My eye caught the flash of sunshine on tiny white sails against the deep blue. In the east, the high lands sloped towards Eastbourne………." "And when I turned slowly, there was the old grey and red town of Lewes".

Indoor Swimming Pool Complex Approached from the garden room, the indoor swimming pool is set into a polished slate surround and has a vaulted ceiling and there are full height windows to three sides. Adjacent to the garden room is a shower/cloakroom and sauna.

This property has 8 acres of land.


Mill Hill is approached from the end of the long no-through lane via electrically operated entrance gates, from which the drive, bordered on either side by some magnificent mature Scots pines, leads up to the house, garaging and an extensive parking area. To one side of the entrance drive is a large lawn bordered by various well stocked beds. To the far end of the lawn there is a beautiful raised sandstone paved terrace with a pretty summerhouse.

Running the entire length of the south western side of the house is a superb wide brick paved terrace, from which there are spectacular, unspoilt far reaching views. From the terrace, a short flight of steps leads down to a large lawn, which is again bordered by well stocked beds and mature trees. Screened from the lawn is a large garden store with an adjacent decked terrace, a short distance from which is the gardener's WC.

The gardens and grounds at Mill Hill are a real feature of the property and the current owner has invested a lot of time into creating a habitat to conserve and attract wildlife including birds, bees, butterflies and insects.

From the more formal gardens surrounding the house, double wooden gates lead through a stone and flint wall to the less formal but equally beautiful grounds which have been thoughtfully planted over the years. The grounds are divided into a number of areas, and include a substantial workshop/garden store, further summerhouse and a rainwater harvesting system which our client informs us has the capacity of circa 48,000 litres.

The grounds include a small orchard with apples, pears, plum and apricot, together with redcurrants and blackcurrants. In addition, there is a productive fenced kitchen garden with three nearby large composting bins and a greenhouse, together with a number of large raised beds located within grounds which have been designed for ease of use. There is also a wildflower meadow area and within the grounds an extensive collection of trees have been planted. Trees briefly include copper beech, common & purple hazel, Japanese acer and eucalyptus. The grounds are intersected by a series of mown paths providing lovely walks within the boundaries of the property. There is also a rotating pod with built-in seating which is ideally positioned to take in the stunning views.

The garden and grounds provide a truly exceptional setting for this substantial country house and offer a good degree of seclusion and privacy, whilst affording what are arguably some of the best views in Sussex. In all just over 8 acres.


Mill Hill stands in a spectacular elevated rural position, well away from main roads, within the South Downs National Park, and is situated at the end of a long no-through lane. Rodmell has a church, public house and the former home of Virgina Woolf, Monks House, now owned by the National Trust, is also within the village. The historic county town of Lewes is just 4 miles away, and provides an extensive range of restaurants, shops, recreational facilities and an independent cinema, together with a regular mainline train service to London (London Victoria about 68 minutes). The coastal, business and entertainment City of Brighton & Hove is about 10 miles away, whilst the coast at Newhaven is approximately 3.5 miles and has a ferry service to France. The South Downs and the coast provide wonderful opportunities for walking and recreation.

There is an excellent selection of both state and private schools in the area including Brighton College, Lewes Old Grammar School, Eastbourne College and Cumnor House.


From Lewes town centre, pass Lewes Railway Station on the left and continue to the roundabout. At the roundabout, turn right into Priory Street, and at the next roundabout, continue straight over into Southover High Street. Continue along Southover High Street and upon reaching the next roundabout by the Swan Public House, continue straight over signposted to Kingston, Rodmell and Piddinghoe (Kingston Road).

Continue along this road for just over 3 miles to the village of Rodmell. Having entered the village, turn right into Mill Lane immediately after passing the Abergavenny Public House on the left. Proceed up Mill Lane for approximately 0.5 mile, and the entrance gates leading to Mill Hill will be found at the end.

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Other features

  • Four reception rooms
  • 30’3” Kitchen/breakfast room
  • Utility room, Cloakroom & Store room
  • Five bedrooms - two ensuite
  • Further bathroom
  • Indoor swimming pool with sauna, shower/cloakroom and plant room
  • Garaging for two cars
  • Beautiful garden and grounds
  • Just over 8 acres
  • EPC rating F

Other details

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Ref: LEW140368

Mill Lane, Rodmell Lewes East Sussex BN7

Guide Price

Ref: LEW140368

Mill Lane, Rodmell Lewes East Sussex BN7

Guide Price