Ref No: LEW100032
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This stunning and majestical property being set in an elevated position and being centrally positioned in its own 12 acres (tbv). This property has a very interesting history and dates back to circa 1760-1780. The exciting architecture is of Italian style with an amazing Italianate tower (similar to that of Osborne House Queen Victoria’s residence in the Isle of Wight) and has stupendous quadrupled view towards the downs and surrounding countryside.
There are particular features to the property with an impressive facade including the stone portico. The welcoming vestibule with its mosaic floor which depicts the crest of Sir James Duke Bart, leading onto the magnificent reception hallway with its stunning oak staircase looking up to the cupola skylight is a wonderful sight.
The beautiful reception rooms are of grand proportions with high ceilings and have a wealth of period features including period fireplaces, cornices and ceiling roses of architectural significance. The ambience of the house makes for formal and informal entertaining a pleasurable experience.
The bespoke kitchen with granite work surfaces makes entertaining easy and offers beautiful far reaching views across the landscaped gardens and surrounding countryside. With the French doors leading out to a truly delightful terrace for outside entertaining or parties on a lovely warm summers evening. The magnificent triple aspect dining room with its barrelled ceiling with cupola sky light is flooded with light from all angles and is excellent for more formal entertaining on a large scale.
The master suite on the first floor is of a grand proportion and being double aspect is light and airy with lovely views over the mature landscaped gardens. The en-suite bathroom has a roll top bath is positioned perfectly to enjoy the uninterrupted views of the countryside. There are a further five bedroom suites with en-suite bathrooms with a further two double bedrooms and shared bathroom.
Client’s comments: My Wife and I had been looking for over 15 years for a Victorian or Georgian Manor without success,.
When we drove up the drive and saw Laughton Manor we fell in love with it and when we entered the hall we knew we would buy this property in spite of the obvious amount of work to be undertaken to restore it back to its natural beauty.
To the lower ground floor at present there is cinema room, a gymnasium and sizeable wine cellar, also there is an excellent one bedroom apartment with a separate entrance excellent for staff accommodation. The rear staircase rises to the full height of the house and into the Italianate Tower where you can sit and enjoy the stupendous views. Above the triple garage is a delightful one bedroom flat with its own private entrance, ideal for the chauffeur.
The landscaped grounds have undergone a complete transformation with the guidance of the present owners with a walled garden for those that wish to have an abundance of home grown produce. The long sweeping driveway passes a charming lake which is stocked with Italian Carp. To the South side of the house is a brick path which leads in turn to the ‘Helicopter Pad’ maybe the ideal opportunity to get your licence. To the North of the property set well away from the house is the pretty one bedroom Pump House cottage, perfect for staff accomodation.
Amenities: Lewes 6 miles Brighton 15 miles London 50 miles
Communication links are excellent with direct train connections to London from Lewes station (Victoria 60 mins).
With excellent and highly regarded Public schooling within close proximity to include: Ashdown House, St Bedes, Cumnor House, Eastbourne College, Brighton College, Roedean are easily accessible. Laughton Manor is ideally positioned to enjoy numerous recreational activities including golf at East Sussex National Golf & Spa complex, Racing at Plumpton and hunting with the Southdown & Eridge hunt. Additionally there are excellent shopping facilities at Lewes, Brighton and Tunbridge Wells. For the Opera enthusiasts Glyndebourne Opera House is just 2 miles away.
Agents Note: Disclaimer: Please be aware that all internal photos were taken whilst the property was still fully furnished, the house is now mainly unfurnished.
Services: Mains Water , electricity, mains drainage, Oil fired central heating to the main house. Wealden District Council Tax Band H.