Lewes, East Sussex
Guide Price £1,395,000
4 bedroom Equestrian Facility for sale: Lewes, East Sussex
Guide Price £1,395,000
- Detached house
- Situated on the South Downs
- Part of the Old Lewes Racecourse
- Land & Grounds 19 acres (*TBV)
- 4 bedroom/3 Receptions plus
- Separate annexe (1500sqft)
- 12 Stables/Store rooms
- Good parking
- Equestrian business use
- On bridleway
A truly unique detached 4 bedroom equestrian property with 19 acres (TBV*) of mainly pastureland and
occupying a fantastic elevated South Downs location on Lewes Old Racecourse with immediate access to bridleways and including part of the former gallops within it's land. The whole includes stabling for 12 horses, feed/tack/store rooms plus a recently completed annexe (approx 1500 sqft). and offers a range of options for both a competitive equestrian person and/or those seeking a home with income potential as there are business permissions in place for part of the site. Approached from a gated lane leading into a private drive the house enjoys rural surroundings without being isolated, with other neighbouring equestrian properties also set along the lane. The historic county town of Lewes is within walking distance offering a range of shops/amenities and main line rail station linking to London Victoria (65 minute service). For those with horse racing interests Plumpton National Hunt jump racing venue is within 10 minutes driving distance. The house itself offers recently updated spacious accommodation (just under 2000sqft) mixing contemporary with character. Ground Floor: Entrance hallway, triple aspect sitting room (log burner and sliding doors out to garden), dining room, family room, large kitchen and breakfast room with AGA, utility room, boot room, WC. First Floor: Master bedroom with en-suite shower room, 3 further bedrooms and family bathroom. Outside there are gardens to the front and rear with spacious parking for several vehicles plus separate horse box and staff/client parking adjacent to the stable yard. For grazing purposes the vendor currently divides up areas of the gallops with electric fencing where there are also a number of cross country fences which have been erected.
LOCATION & AREA AWARENESS
Refer to the location plans accompanying these details on the web sites and download them or ask the office for them to be sent separately.
The property is on the top of the racecourse with views from the land across most of the old racecourse and also the south downs. Physically the property is within the complex of the old racecourse buildings with good access to the stables and also the land and immediate bridleways. The south downs way is a short distance and offers unparalleled hacking and trekking opportunities between Winchester and Eastbourne.
The recently modernised and up-dated family home provides all the pre-requisites of modern family living whilst being steeped in local history. Savouring its peaceful surrounds, the property is also just moments away from the town centre and all the facilities and amenities that Lewes has to offer (1 mile) with its unique shopping and historical centre together with the Railway Station (London Victoria 1 hour). 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 plans
GENERAL POINTS - Recently modernised by the current owner and slightly remodelled, the property now includes: Ground Floor - Three reception rooms (one currently used as a home office), Good sized kitchen with AGA and work tops to three sides, Coats and boot room with door out to gardens, further cloakroom. First Floor - 4 good sized bedrooms (master en-suite) and family bathroom.
EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES-refer to the floor plan
The original stable block, annexe and workshop has now been extensively renovated offering with a loft style first floor featuring polished concrete floors and birch ply clad ceilings .
STABLES - 12 Block and brick stables each around 12' x 12'. Two are currently used as storage for feed/rugs and general equipment, all set on concrete with lighting and high level windows.
THE RACE COURSE - A brief history
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROPERTY IS NOT BEING SOLD WITH THE ENTIRE RACE COURSE, JUST A PORTION (approx. 40%). NONE THE LESS, IT IS PART OF THE ORIGINAL GALLOPS.
The earliest date on which horse racing 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.
OFFICE FACILITY- refer to the plans
NEW ANCILLARY ACCOMMODATION TO THE MAIN DWELLING / ANNEXE FACILITY - In all over 1500 sq ft with open plan central area plus three adjoining rooms (currently used as sitting areas and an additional bedroom)there is also a utility area and shower room/WC.
SHIPPING CONTAINERS - two shipping containers currently used for storage of equestrian tack etc. These units have been partially converted with timber linings and glass doors and may suit alternative usage subject to planning permission.
LAND & GROUNDS
19 acres (*TBV) as a whole including the gardens, house, stables, annexe unit and the racecourse land. 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 other than by obtaining the Title Plan from Land registry where available, with the boundary and acreage clearly stated/marked. Interested applicants/buyers are advised that if they have any doubts as to the plot size and wish to have verification of the exact size 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 for a compliant Land Registry Title Plan.
SERVICES & OUTGOINGS
LOCAL AUTHORITY: Lewes District Council
SERVICES: Mains gas and electric. Private water borehole with mains back up.
TAX BAND: D
EPC RATING: E 47/84
The site is managed by a private management company
We recommend that you visit the local authority website pertaining to the property 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 near the Prison 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 downs
ature reserve. Continue all the way to the top where you can go no further and the property entrance is straight in front of you with the property on the right. Park in the drive either on the right or left whichever is empty. Viewing strictly by appointment, please do not just drive up as the site forms part of a larger working equestrian facility.
Tel: 01892 829014