North End, Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6
£1,950,000

Guide price

Bedrooms: 7
North End House is one of Ditchling's finest properties, with superb views towards Lodge Hill. The property originally dates back to the 17th century which you see highlighted in the main kitchen and dining room. As you move through the house there are later Georgian and Victorian additions, these different eras fill the house with architectural interest and add variety and character to each room.

The History

North End House was a private home occupied by Mr James Dumbrell, who ran the associated Home Farm, his initials are carved in the newel posts of the staircase. Additions to the building took place in the early 1800s and then a further Victorian extension in 1874. After his death his children established North End House Home School in 1882, later known as Dumbrell's. The school was to provide an excellent education for the children whose parents were serving the Empire, mainly in India. In the 1980s the school closed, the property was then divided and sold in two lots. The family of the current owners bought one half during the mid 80s and subsequently bought the other half a few years later. During the 90s they painstakingly restored the house to a single impressive home.

The large reception rooms, which once served as classrooms, have over the years seen some wonderful gatherings, entertainments and parties.

A floor plan is provided for measurements of the house and layout but a brief description of the accommodation follows.

A large driveway leads you to the property which provides plentiful parking for several cars, alongside this is a double garage, currently arranged as a workshop and store. The property has a plethora of living and entertaining space spanning to 5027 sq ft, making this an ideal family home. Along with the seven bedrooms there are five reception rooms providing an equal balance of space on each floor which is a rare find.

An impressive entrance hall with slate flooring and beautiful main staircase sits centrally within the property with two reception rooms leading off. The drawing and reception rooms are exquisite, with high ceilings, impressive cornicing and stunning marble fireplaces. Both rooms well-proportioned and generous in size, filled with natural light from the abundance of windows. The stunning pair of French doors in the reception room are a particular feature which also provide glorious views over the west garden and Lodge Hill beyond. Access to the cellar is located under the main stairs and this spans the area of the reception room.

There is further rear entrance hall with boot and storage room, which also provides access to the east garden and parking area.

The handmade oak kitchen has ample storage space, incorporating a peninsular unit, granite worktops, gas AGA and a further gas hob. The kitchen flows seamlessly through to the large and very cosy dining room with an impressive inglenook fireplace with log burning stove. This is a wonderful room for entertaining. Bi-fold doors lead you to the terrace area and private gardens. From the dining room you move through to a hallway with a second staircase.

To the front of the property there is a charming reception room with a beautiful marble fireplace that is currently used as a bedroom, previously this was the library room in the property. A shower room is located next to this room which allows versatile use of accommodation.

First Floor

Currently there are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, large reception room, kitchen/living room and office on the first floor. The property currently provides accommodation for multi-generational living for two families which works extremely well with two kitchens. If this wasn't required the property could, of course, be returned to being one substantial family home.

There are an additional two bedrooms, cloakroom and eves storage on the second floor.

Outside

The property is surrounded by three sections of gardens. To the east, adjoining the driveway, is a charming garden comprising of lawn, small terrace, raised vegetable and flower beds, greenhouse, fruit-cage, several fruit trees, wildlife pond and a very useful studio with electricity. To the south side there is a raised terrace following around to the front of the house where the west garden is laid to lawn with two large herbaceous borders. Wisteria drapes the front of the house and is utterly stunning in the Summer months. There is then a further garden and terrace to the north of the house, all of which make for versatile areas for alfresco entertaining. There is a functioning well with an electric pump, useful for watering the garden.

pSituation

The property is well situated in the the picturesque downland village of Ditchling with easy access to footpaths. The village has a variety of local shops, including arts and craft workshops, a museum, post office, coffee shops and The Green Welly. In addition there are two pubs, The Bull and The White Horse, a village church and a primary school. A wider range of shops is available at Hassocks, about 2 miles to the west, which also has a mainline train station to London Bridge/Victoria (approximately 55 minutes). The city of Brighton and the south coast are about 9 miles distant. The M23/A23 provides good access to Gatwick and the national motorway network. There are a number of excellent schools in the area, including St. Margaret's Primary School in Ditchling, Downlands Community Secondary School in Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint College, Burgess Hill School for Girls and Brighton College.

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