Dream Sussex homes: Dyke Lane House in Poynings
PUBLISHED: 14:08 01 July 2013
Sussex boasts many beautiful and desirable properties. Here we pick one for your delectation.
Dyke Lane House
The Street, Poynings, West Sussex
Guide Price £665,000 Freehold
Dyke Lane House is a spacious and charming village house of 17th century origin with a substantial Victorian addition to the rear. Elevations are rendered with decorative timbering and leaded windows under a pitched and tiled roof. This charming period home is in the heart of the village of Poynings and was in the same family for four generations prior to 1991, once serving as the village Post Office, shop and tea gardens.
Poynings is a sought-after village at the foot of the South Downs escarpment overlooked by Devil’s Dyke, a well-known beauty spot on the South Downs Way. The village is within the Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and part of the South Downs National Park and the house enjoys uninterrupted views to the wooded skyline of the South Downs. There are country paths for walkers and horse riding and other activities include local hang gliding, golf at Pyecombe and Albourne and sailing on the coast at Shoreham and Brighton marinas. The Royal Oak is a fine country pub within a stone’s throw of the house; also close by is Holy Trinity, the pride of the village, a beautiful 14th century church known as the Cathedral of the Downs.
The present owners of Dyke Lane House have made substantial improvements, and yet the house retains many original features with exposed timbering, a fine inglenook fireplace and panelled doors. The ceiling height is generous for a house of this era and the bedrooms provide good family accommodation. Briefly, the accommodation comprises drawing room, sitting room, inner hall, cloakroom, dry cellarage, kitchen, four bedrooms and family bathroom. There is a detached garage, a well, a workshop, greenhouse and timber garden shed and an original brick privy.
The delightful gardens enjoy a peaceful country environment with unrestricted views to the South Downs. The rear garden is some 200 feet in length. Adjoining the house is a brick terrace with steps up to a well-tended lawn with shaped edging providing flower and shrub borders with brick and flint walling to either side. Steps lead down to the kitchen garden and well-managed beds with fruit garden and vegetable area. The far end of the garden is designated gravelled parking space, approached by a pair of timber gates and contained by wall and fencing. All parts of the garden enjoy the wonderful backdrop of the tree-lined South Downs.
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