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OIEO £1,100,000 - Recently Sold
A drone image at twilight of the area and view

Montagu House – Alfriston

Discover the allure of this magnificent residence that forms a substantial part of an esteemed Art & Crafts period Manor House, believed to have been built in 1904 as a heartfelt wedding gift from Lord Montagu to his beloved daughter.

As you make your way along the enchanting driveway, you’ll be greeted by a large communal gravelled parking area, providing ample space for your convenience. To the right, a double garage stands ready to accommodate your vehicles, ensuring a seamless arrival experience.

Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of this home, nestled within meticulously maintained communal grounds. The traditional slate roofs and timeless charm of the architecture will transport you to a bygone era. Prepare to be captivated as you approach the impressive front door, adorned with intricate details, including a charming bell pull reminiscent of scenes from an Oliver Twist film.

Step inside and be embraced by the timeless elegance that graces every corner of this family home.

Emerging into the entrance hallway, through the wide and handsomely designed original front door, where footsteps echo on the limestone, with plenty of space for the donning and doffing of muddy boots after walks over The Downs.

Inside awaits a wealth of remarkable original features, renovated and reloved, paying homage to The Golden Era.

Owner quote: “We have enjoyed the space, quiet and beauty of living within the South Downs National Park.”

A Sociable Flow

As you descend the steps to your left, prepare to be awe-inspired by the sheer scale and breathtaking spectacle of the sitting room. Instantly, a feeling of warmth and welcome envelops you, emanating from the crackling wood-burning stove nestled within the charming Inglenook fireplace. Imagine the joy of adorning this magnificent space with a 20 ft Christmas tree, fulfilling the dream you’ve always cherished.

Indulge your senses as you appreciate the exquisite details that adorn the sitting room. Marvel at the original oak side benches, reminiscent of its former glory as the billiards room when the manor house stood as one complete entity. Be enchanted by the French doors that gracefully open onto the inviting rear terrace, inviting you to step outside and immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings. It is here that you can escape from the pressures of the outside world and find solace while gazing out through the deep-set windows, offering captivating views across the meticulously manicured communal gardens.

Discover a haven of grandeur and tranquillity in the extraordinary sitting room of this delightful home, where cherished memories await to be made.

Feast Your Eyes

From the sitting room transition through to the kitchen, where a bespoke seating area leading onto a large central island invites you into the space that is both homely and bright. Here, Limestone tile flooring warmed by underfloor heating extends underfoot through the kitchen. Farrow & Ball Skimming Stone dress the walls with abundant bespoke storage of oak cabinetry to the sides, in addition to an oak island to the centre, topped with beautiful matt finished granite worktops. Experience the joy of everyday life unfolding before your eyes as you prepare your meals in this luxurious, beautifully designed kitchen, with an inviting one and a half bowl sink and drainer perfectly positioned by the window.

Well fitted for cooking up a feast for family and friends, it has an array of high-quality Miele, Bosch and Beko appliances including a fridge/freezer and additional fridge, dishwasher, oven, a combination microwave/grill/oven, washing machine and inset five burner gas hob.

Cleverly zoned to accommodate both relaxing and eating, this sociable space is bathed in light throughout the day as the sun moves around the windows. Here traditional features sit in harmony with modern additions.

Owner quote: “The kitchen is great for cooking, socialising, hanging out”

Entertain friends in the impressive dining room, where French doors frame stunning views out over the patio and garden where you can enjoy a glass of wine or cup of tea. Exposed oak beams and recessed alcoves add charm and provide shelving, with a large open fireplace.
Discover the oak-fronted store cupboard adorned with exquisite brass door furniture and hinges. This enchanting space has been transformed into a delightful bar, perfect for those memorable evenings spent in the company of loved ones.

Follow through to the inner hall and on the left, you will find a handy cloakroom with a beautiful ‘Heritage’ floral wash basin, WC and a tiled coated floor.

Next door, available beneath the stairs, you will find storage, ideal for DIY essentials and a tumble dryer.

Time for Bed

Ahead, the spectacular hand carved staircase rises gracefully. Above, as you make your way up to the first floor with light flowing in from the stunning oak surround, is a deep set window.

This is an expansive landing, with ample space for an armchair. Turning right, discover the first of four sumptuously sized double bedrooms. Dressed in soft pink tones, a deep set window captures verdant views out to the rear and plush carpet emphasises the light airiness of this room. Two fitted wardrobes provide plenty of storage for all fashionistas’ clothing and shoes.

Next to the right is a cupboard housing the hot water tank.

Following to the right is bedroom three where light flows in through the large window and abundant fitted storage features once more.

Back on the landing, turn immediately right into bedroom four. A perfect double bedroom or nursery currently being used as a study. The large window provides views to the driveway to the front.

Next, a spa style bathroom features a shower, wash basin with storage for all your bathroom equipment and WC. Enjoy a leisurely soak in the bath with an integral shower handset and dry yourself with a warm towel from the heated towel radiator. The underfloor heating will be a welcome delight in the winter months.

Make your way up the stairs to the third floor. Accessible from the landing is the expansive boarded loft.

From here make your way into the largest of bedrooms with an elegant original fireplace featuring a collection of birds adorning the tilework and fitted drawers and dressing table.

Freshen up in the ensuite shower room, where blue and white tiles frame the walls; simple but classic. A skylight above gives plenty of natural lighting and abundant storage features once more, a theme throughout the home. Where better to soak up the divine views of the Cuckmere Valley and the South Downs beyond

Owner Quote: “The huge master suite is a quiet sanctuary”

Outdoor Oasis

Outside, the terraced garden serves as a private paradise for the owners of this home.

From the dining room step out onto the paved patio to listen to the lovely sound of birds chirping and the bees buzzing. Look down at the established row of shrubs and flowers such as the pink striped alstroemerias, white peonies, roses, and bluebells. Make your way down the lawn and you will find on the left another patio area perfect for soaking up the sun from morning until sunset. This wonderful oasis is perfect for alfresco dining and the well established lavender wisteria cascading in clusters almost like bunches of grapes with their sweet fragrance in the air is the perfect backdrop on the back wall of the sitting room. You may not know that lavender wisteria means delicateness, refinement, grace, wealth and royalty; that is how you will feel living in this magical place.

A side gate leads to the greenhouse, ideal for keen gardeners or botanists to grow vegetables and plants. From here wind your way down a path to the front of this home and across the drive back to the garages, useful for you to park your vintage car or maybe to carry out a bit of DIY.

Step through a small rear gate and enter the immaculate, parkland-style communal grounds. Prepare for an exhilarating game of tennis on the two pristine hard courts exclusively available to residents and their guests. Enjoy friendly matches and create lasting memories with friends and family. During the summer months, embrace the joy of outdoor entertainment as the expansive flat lawn provides ample space for children to play and laughter to fill the air.

With a heritage dating back over a century, this family residence is a classic home made comfortable for the modern era.

On Your Doorstep

Nestled amidst the picturesque Wealden South Downs, Alfriston is a village community that exudes timeless charm. Set in the idyllic valley of the Cuckmere River, this enchanting locale offers a wealth of delights right at your doorstep.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the South Downs Way, where the ancient trail gracefully splits three ways in the heart of the village. Alfriston truly comes alive with its regular events, including vibrant music festivals and traditional fetes that bring the community together in celebration.

In Alfriston, neighbours become friends, and the estate’s residents often gather for informal get-togethers within the grounds, fostering a strong sense of community and camaraderie.

Indulge your senses with an array of inviting inns, charming tea shops, and boutique hotels that dot the village. Explore the well-stocked village store and delicatessen, browse through gift and antique stores, and lose yourself in the captivating world of an award-winning bookshop. 0.2 miles away from Montagu House, you’ll find ‘The Star,’ a 15th-century coaching inn, part of the esteemed Polizzi Hotel Collection, and the star of a recent documentary following its impressive £2 million facelift.

Adorned with a historic church often referred to as the ‘Cathedral of the South Downs,’ the Tye village green serves as a focal point for year-round activities. Explore the fascinating clergy house, the first property acquired by the National Trust, and immerse yourself in the rich history that surrounds you.

Convenience is key in Alfriston, with a GP surgery located near the recreation ground and cricket pitch, and a further GP in the nearby town of Seaford, a charity-run pre-school for the little ones, and a highly regarded local primary school for their educational needs.
For wine enthusiasts, the award-winning Rathfinny Wine Estate awaits on the outskirts of the village. Indulge in exquisite sparkling wines and savour the culinary delights of a Michelin Guide restaurant. Stay active by embarking on invigorating walks across Firle Beacon Nature Reserve, the scenic Cuckmere Valley, Arlington Reservoir, or explore Drusilla’s Park, a beloved wildlife conservation park.

Alfriston offers excellent connectivity for commuters, day-trippers, and frequent flyers alike. With multiple mainline stations within easy reach, including nearby Polegate with its direct trains to London Bridge/Victoria in approximately 80 minutes and Gatwick Airport in just 45 minutes, you’ll find getting around effortless. Additionally, the nearby A27 provides convenient access to Eastbourne and Portsmouth.
Venture a little further south, and you’ll encounter the serene beauty of Friston Forest, the breathtaking vistas of Seven Sisters Country Park, charming seaside towns, and pristine beaches. Head east to experience the vibrant allure of Eastbourne, renowned for its magnificent coastline and proud host of the annual pre-Wimbledon tennis tournament at the prestigious Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club.

For lovers of classical music, the renowned Glyndebourne opera house awaits a short 8.5-mile journey. Immerse yourself in the opulence of a night out, surrounded by stylish guests elegantly dressed in black tie and floor-length gowns.

Lewes, the vibrant and historic county town, is an integral part of the South Downs National Park. Discover a thriving cultural and artistic scene, featuring a cinema, The Depot, and the prestigious Lewes Speakers Festival. Uncover a treasure trove of individual shops, eclectic high street chains, antique stores, flea markets, and bookshops. Take a leisurely break at one of the many popular cafes and restaurants, indulging in culinary delights.

Alfriston and its surrounding areas offer an unparalleled lifestyle

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Details

Price : OIEO £1,100,000 - Recently Sold
Property Type : House
Purpose : Sell
Status : Available
Area : 2627 Sq Ft
Address : Alfriston
Property ID : 3980

Internal Structure

Bedrooms : 4
Bathrooms : 2