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Spectacular eco-friendly contemporary house near Steyning

PUBLISHED: 11:59 10 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:30 20 March 2015

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Hadleigh on Sopers Lane near Steyning has the sort of downland views that make Sussex such a sought-after place to lay down roots

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This spectacular eco-friendly contemporary house offers stunning views of the South Downs and is within a short distance of the charming market town of Steyning. The property features open plan living as well as the lure of a sensational 20m indoor swimming pool.



The property is divided over two floors – there is a combination of living and entertaining accommodation to the upper level with further bedroom accommodation and leisure facilities, (including the pool), on the lower level.

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Matthew Wintersgill has owned the house since 2010, but upon buying it he decided to completely demolish it and rebuild it. Work ended in June of last year. Matthew says that the main draw was definitely the location. “The fabulous view of the Downs - the bottom of the garden is the boundary of the South Downs National Park - and the site slopes gently down to the park so the view is even better.”

He says that his favourite thing about the property aside from the view is the pool .“You get views down into it from the kitchen, which I love.” But for Matthew, what really makes it a home is “the fact that it’s hidden away up a private road with no passing traffic, but with a generous forecourt to drive into and a spacious double garage.”

The local area is, he says, “fabulous.” And Steyning is “a real local community with great food shops, a library, a book shop and lots of local activities.”

Having been completely rebuilt and refurbished, the house now has cutting-edge eco technology, “with incredibly well insulated walls, a ground source heat pump, its own well, photovoltaic and solar hot water panels on the roof and a green roof which has been planted with a special seed mix developed by Brighton & Hove Council as part of its UN-sponsored Brighton Biosphere project.” Every detail has been taken into consideration, right down to the seed mix planted in the garden, which has been carefully chosen to represent all the local plants in the area.

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Sussex dream home - Steyning - The Buttery is located about half a mile to the north of Steyning in a cluster of buildings on the Staplefields Farm which is of ancient origins, and the house is certainly documented in the early 17th Century. It is thought The Buttery is of Victorian origin, with its grey and red brickwork in Flemish bond and steeply pitched roof topped with a belfry.


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