Lewes, East Sussex
Guide Price £2,200,000
5 bedroom Equestrian Facility for sale: Lewes, East Sussex
Guide Price £2,200,000
- Detached equestrian property
- Major part of the Old Lewes Race Course
- Substantial stabling
- Over 22 Fullongs
- All weathr gallop
- Outdoor Arena
- Glorious location
A substantial equestrian facility set in a fantastic elevated South Downs location enjoying views and with ownership of the majority of the former Lewes Race Course extending in all to over 35.8 acres (*TBV). and including a 2.5 mile turf gallop (20 furlongs with training jumps) and 1 mile 8 Furlong all weather Gallop. There is a detached principal 5 bedroom residence, separate 3 bedroom grooms accommodation, fabulous bespoke stable yard (20 large loose boxes and associated facilities), all weather 20mx40m riding arena and further newly built self contained stable block (3 full size loose boxes, tack room and mezzanine storage). The whole complex has been specifically designed and built to suit the requirements of a professional rider/trainer and the prime location of the site offers excellent options for fitness training, race exercise and livery purposes with immediate access to miles of bridleways and with Plumpton National Hunt jump racing venue within 10 minutes boxing distance. The whole is approached from a private lane with the master residence set away from the main stable yard enjoying its own privacy as well as spectacular views over the Newhaven Valley toward the English Channel. The very well presented 5 bedroom master accommodation is arranged on one floor and offers an ambience of space and light making the most of the elevated views with large well equipped kitchen & breakfast room, substantial sitting room with fireplace, conservatory out to a wide terrace & large master bedroom suite. Immediately adjacent to the main residence is a 5.5 acre (*TBV) parcel of pasture as well as the new 3 box stable yard (allowing for personal equine use - away from the main stable yard if required) plus spacious parking area and garaging for two cars. For local amenities and commuting links the historic county town of Lewes is within walking distance offering a range of shops as wells as main line rail station linking to London Victoria (65 minute service).
LOCATION & AREA AWARENESS
Set in a fantastic elevated countryside location enjoying breath taking views this property occupies possibly one of the best South Downs locations in East Sussex yet is also just moments away from Lewes (approx 2 mile) and all the facilities and amenities the town centre has to offer with its unique shopping and historical centre together with the Railway Station (London Victoria 65 min). Walks are immediately to hand within the South Downs National Park. Nearby the city of Brighton and Hove also provides excellent recreational and cultural facilities. The internationally renowned Glyndebourne Opera House is about 5 miles to the east. The South Downs National Park provides wonderful opportunities for walking, riding and recreation and can be accessed directly from the property. The A27 lies a short distance to the south of Lewes and provides fast access to the A23/M23, Gatwick Airport and the national motorway network.
ACCOMMODATION - refer to the floor plan
KEY ELEMENTS TO THE MAIN DWELLING
The property was built by the current owner in 2003 and offers views from the main sitting room over the south downs and the race course. The house is clad Marley Cedral which is a man made substance replication wooden weatherboard but is impervious to the weather. The sitting room has lovely views over the south downs and also a feature stone fireplace and hearth with a gas fire. A small conservatory sits off the sitting room room which opens out to a patio area with views over the south downs/race course etc. There are 5 bedrooms in total with the 5th bedroom currently being used as a home office. Three of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms/shower rooms and there is a further family bathroom directly opposite the 5th bedroom/home office.
The kitchen is open plan with fitted light oak wall and base units and sink/tiled splash backs. Gas Range cooker and extractor hood with the balance of the room allowing for a breakfasting/dining area. Off the kitchen utility room with sink, space for washing machines, units and work tops matching the kitchen and an outside door to the side of the property.
Attic space provides storage.
GROOMS ACCOMMODATION refer to the floorplan
This forms part of the main stables and is accessed via the gated perimeter of the stable block giving seclusion to the main dwelling. There is an open plan living area to the kitchen with a further living area on the ground floor plus the main bathroom. Three bedrooms are on the first floor.
STABLES - Each 3.6m x 3.2 m (12ft x 10.5ft). Refer to the separate floor plan provided which shows the dimensions and layout of the stabling. 20 stables with tack room, feed store, WC and integral work shop. Converted some years ago after the closing of the venue from the former TOTE, these are substantially built. The stables sit back to back with one side being accessed via a door from the main residence parking area or from the front of the yard, whilst the front facing stables are also accessed from the main yard.
DOMESTIC STABLE BLOCK - Each 3.6m x 3.6m (12ft x 12ft). Refer to the main dwelling floor provided which shows the dimensions and layout of the stabling. Adjacent to the main dwelling a substantial brick stable block with secure tack room and storage above.
OUTDOOR ARENA - Located to the front of the house and accessed via its own drive and does not interrupt the view of the south downs, a 20m x 40m all weather riding arena with silica sand and rubber and post and rail fencing.
WASH DOWN AREA - hot water provided by gas boiler.
PARKING - Assorted parking for the domestic residence to the front of the property and side on tarmac. Further parking to the front and side of the main stable block. Additional parking near the sand school for machinery/horse boxes and cars.
GARAGE - Residential double garage accessed from the main drive parking area. Block and brick built with roller shutter door, power and electric provided.
TRACTOR / MACHINE STORE - Refer to the separate floor plan provided which shows the dimensions and layout of the store and accessed from the stables.
LAND & GROUNDS
The main gallop is approx. 2.5 miles or 20 Furlongs. The All Weather Gallop is 1 mile or 8 Furlongs which is has a wood chip surface and membrane underneath and a parallel grass gallop. The surrounding domestic paddocks, garden, ground and buildings including house sit in approx 5.36 acres; The whole is estimated to be 35.8 acres (*TBV) in total but the furthest acre is over 2.5 miles away from the house.
The acreage stated at the property is *TBV (To Be Verified), which means that the land has not been formally measured by Equus and or its sellers/clients. Where available a Title Plan from Land registry may have been acquired clearly showing where the boundary and acreage. Otherwise an online measuring tool will have been used to check the area/acreage where possible. Interested applicants/buyers are advised that if they have any doubts as to the plot acreage/area/size and wish to have verification of the exact area of the entire plot, they will be required to make their own arrangements by appointing the services of an accredited company who can measure the boundary/area from a compliant Land Registry Title Plan at their own cost.
THE RACE COURSE HISTORY
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROPERTY IS NOT BEING SOLD WITH THE ENTIRE RACE COURSE, NONE THE LESS, IT IS THE MAJORITY AND PART OF THE ORIGINAL GALLOP.
The earliest date on which horseracing took place at Lewes is not known, but it was sometime during the reign of Queen Anne, before official records were kept. Thomas Marchant of Hurstpierpoint mentions in his unpublished diary a plate race at Lewes in 1714. Certainly a race meeting was held in 1727 and this year probably marks the beginning of regular racing at this County Town course. There are records that show Thomas Turner was a regular visitor up to the year 1765; meetings were held in August with the biggest race being the £100 Kings Plate. The course was, and still is, one mile west of the town centre of Lewes. It is situated some 500 feet above sea level, the turf resting above deep layers of porous chalk, thus ensuring excellent going. It is a right hand course in the shape of a narrow horseshoe, the first part being on a strong incline and then it becomes level for six furlongs. From the five-furlong marker there is a slight descent, lasting for a considerable distance. It then levels out for 100 yards before another strong incline opposite the stands, finishing on the level.
The first race stand was built in 1772, although this burnt down in 1842 and a new stand was erected in 1874, later to be enlarged in 1893. The Prince of Wales, later to become George IV, seldom missed a Lewes meeting. In 1790 the Prince, who by then had his own racing stables, a part of which was based on his new Brighton Pavilion estate, won the 25 Guineas Sweepstake at Lewes with his horse Smoker. On 27th July 1806 a famous match took place between two celebrated horses of the day, Sancho and Pavilion, for a purse of 2000 Guineas. The Prince turned up in his barouche (a horse-drawn carriage fashionable in his day) accompanied by six beautiful greys. In 1955 the last of the unique trio of two-day meetings took place.
Unfortunately, Lewes Racecourse suffered from having no running water, no mains electricity or gas and was not connected to the town s drainage system. Without doubt these shortcomings contributed to he demise of the course. In 1964 a statement was issued by the Horserace Betting Levy Board to the effect that they were withdrawing funding for Lewes with immediate effect. Losing this financial subsidy was the writing was on the wall despite the fact that Lewes held a special place in the hearts of a host of racegoers and townsfolk alike. All would have read with great sadness the news that the last Lewes Horse Race meeting ever was to take place on 14th September 1964.
SERVICES & OUTGOINGS
TENURE: Freehold with a Management Company overseeing main water supply and grounds
LOCAL AUTHORITY: Lewes District Council
MAIN PROPERTY SERVICES: Mains electricity, drains, gas. Central heating gas. Private water overseen via the Management Company. Kitchen and master bathroom have under floor electric heating.
TAX BAND: F - EPC RATING: C 69/94
GROOMS ACCOMMODATION SERVICES: Mains with separate metered electricity, own gas and central heating. EPC RATING: C
We recommend that you visit the local authority website pertaining to the property if you are interested in buying for all the planning consents / restrictions / history and the following websites for more helpful information about the property and surrounding local area before proceeding in a purchase: www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk - www.homecheck.co.uk
www.floodrisk.co.uk - www.environment-agency.gov.uk - www.landregistry.gov.uk, www.homeoffice.gov.uk, www.ukradon.org
All Viewings are strictly by Appointment with the Vendors Agent
Equus Country & Equestrian, South East
T: 01892 829014
Prospective buyers view all properties for sale with Equus International Property Ltd at their own risk and neither the Agents, Joint Agents nor the Sellers take responsibility for any damage or injury however caused. If inspecting the outbuildings, equestrian facilities or any other building within the grounds it is advisable to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and children must be either left in the car or supervised at all times. Livestock should not be touched and all gates left shut or closed after use.
From the A27 East bound turn off towards Lewes town centre on to the Brighton Road. After 1 mile turn left at the traffic lights into Nevill Road. Continue for 0.6 miles and turn left up on to the private drive signposted to the old racecourse. Continue all the way to the top of the hill and turn right before the first buildings, continue past two blocks of stables to the end and the property is on the left with a private entrance and courtyard.
Viewing strictly by appointment, please do not just drive up to the dwellings on the race course as the site forms part of a larger working equestrian facility and the whole drive up to the properties is PRIVATE with no public access.
Tel: 01892 829014