Dreamhomes - Moor House and Prospect House
PUBLISHED: 12:35 20 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:35 20 January 2014
Sussex boasts many beautiful and desirable properties. Here we pick two for your delectation. If you can afford it, either or both could be yours. If not, read on regardless - it's time to dream!
Built by Ashfold Estates, Prospect House is a handsome, classically inspired new country house offering luxurious living in this truly rural part of the country. The property is situated within the pretty village of Laughton and is approached through hardwood hand-carved entrance gates, up a sweeping gravel driveway to an attractive circular parking area in front of the house. Every aspect of the internal and external design has received the utmost consideration, and the property stands in nine acres of beautiful private parkland. The main house has been designed to flow naturally from the impressive entertaining spaces and the more informal family hub to the private business suite. Throughout the ground floor natural stone and timber finishes link the spaces together, and the majority of the rooms have direct access to a large south-facing terrace which wraps around the back of the house. Georgian detailing to include wide skirting boards and decorative coving is extended throughout Prospect House, which combines well with the more contemporary 21st century features. The true heart of the home comprises the striking bespoke open plan kitchen/breakfast/family room and connected sitting room. The kitchen includes a wealth of the highest quality fixtures and fittings and has been thoughtfully arranged to suit the demands of a keen chef. Through the kitchen is a secondary staircase, wine cellar, utility room, changing room, cloak room, boot room and access to both the triple car garage and stable yard.Two offices or an office and a library form the east wing, together with a cloakroom and butler’s kitchen that combine to create a useful self-contained business suite, with private access. On the first floor there is a spacious master bedroom suite with dressing rooms, sitting area and an exceptional bathroom with china wash basins, porcelain tiling and chrome fittings. Double doors lead to a private terrace overlooking the south-facing formal gardens and distant countryside. Three more bedroom suites make up the remainder of the first floor. The second floor accommodation has three further double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom and dressing room and a family bathroom. There is access to a south-facing balcony, with far reaching views towards the South Downs.
Knight Frank, 40 Carfax, Horsham; 01403 339 180
An elegant period house set within beautiful gardens with wonderful views over unspoilt countryside to the South Downs. Moor House originally formed part of the Glyndebourne Estate, and is understood to date from circa 1873, with later additions, having been built on the site of a much older house.
Moor House has been the subject of an extensive and sympathetic renovation programme, which has been undertaken by the current owners. Internally the house provides well-proportioned, elegant and stylish accommodation, with good natural light, arranged over three floors. Features of note include a spacious kitchen/breakfast room which has a range of cream Shaker-style units with granite work tops, a two oven Aga, a Rangemaster cooker and a wine fridge. From the kitchen/breakfast room French double doors give access to a wide paved terrace. Further notable features include attractive open fireplaces in both the drawing room and sitting room, a wood-burning stove in the dining room, some panelled doors and sash windows. From the upper storeys of the house there are some stunning far-reaching views over the unspoilt countryside and to the South Downs beyond.
From the lane, a wooden five-bar entrance gate leads to a wide gravel parking area, with a lawn and central clipped yew to one side. An archway to the side of the house leads through a hedge to a vine clad walkway, which gives access to the principal formal gardens.
Lying immediately adjacent to the rear of the house is a wide gravel and paved sitting area with a large lawn beyond, bounded by various well-stocked herbaceous beds, and there is a semi-circular gravel path with a summer house to one side. A stream borders part of the formal gardens.
Beyond the gravel path is a picturesque pond, with a wild grass meadow to one side, which is bordered by Sussex post and rail fencing, and numerous specimen trees. The very pretty secluded gardens at Moor House provide a wonderful setting for the property.
Approached via a secondary gate from the lane are an excellent range of principally brick and tile outbuildings, which, it is thought, may provide a home office or annexe subject to obtaining the necessary consents.
Strutt & Parker, 201 High Street, Lewes; 01273 475 411