6 bedroom Equestrian Facility for sale: Downash, East Sussex

  • bedrooms 6
  • bathrooms 2
Reference: 36940_14588648

Key Features

  • Detached period property
  • Set in 8.79 acres (*TBV)
  • 5/6 bedrooms
  • Equestrian facilities
  • Two barns/outbuildings


A charming Grade II listed Manor House situated in 8.79 acres(*TBV) in a delightful rural location with an extensive range of outbuildings and equestrian facilities including 9 loose boxes, large steel framed barn, workshop/store and floodlit riding arena plus swimming pool, gardens, paddocks and orchard. This attractive period home has origins dating back to the 16th Century with later Regency additions and provides spacious 6-bedroom accommodation extending to around 4074sq ft arranged over 3 floors with a wealth of retained features. Set along a lane on the edge of the Pevensey levels the property is conveniently set for access to Hailsham town centre with mainline rail connections to London at Berwick & Polegate stations. The coastline is easily accessible at Eastbourne, Pevensey Levels and Sovereign Harbour and the South Downs is just a short drive away. For those with equestrian interests there is easy access to The Cuckoo Trail and Pevensey Levels bridleways.


The Manor is listed Grade II as being of Architectural or Historic interest. Thought to have been built in C. 1520 (Tudor period) with later additions included in C.1820 (Regency period).
Externally the house presents tile hung elevations under a tile roof and within the property there are many features that show its long history.


The property is situated along a lane on the edge of the Pevensey Levels conveniently set for access to Hailsham town centre with its wide range of shops & amenities, leisure centre, supermarkets, banks etc. and well served with a variety of private and public schools - www.schoolswebdirectory.co.uk. For rail connections to London there are main line stations around 10 minutes drive at Berwick & Polegate (80 mins. Service to London - Victoria).
For road Links the A22 provides connections to the national motorway network, Gatwick and Heathrow airports, the International rail station at Ebbsfleet, the Channel Tunnel and ferry ports. The coastline is easily accessible at Eastbourne, Pevensey and Sovereign Harbour (around 15 minute s drive) and the South Downs is just a short drive away. There are miles of bridleways in the local area, including the Cuckoo Trail, formerly a railway line that goes from Heathfield to Polegate which also offers access to Abbots Wood. On the Pevensey levels there are further bridleways offering access to this wetland wildlife haven which is a Sight of Special Scientific Interest.
There are also a number of competition centres and show grounds within easy distance such as Golden Cross, Ardingly and Hickstead, as well as horse trials destinations at Brightling, Firle, Ardingly and Eridge with horse racing at Plumpton.

ACCOMMODATION - refer to the floor plan

GROUND FLOOR - Wooden panelled front door with fan light window above leading into:
ENTRANCE HALL Under stairs cupboard, staircase to one side leading to first floor.
DRAWING ROOM Large inglenook fireplace with quarry tiled hearth, exposed brick surround, large oak Bressumer over, inset wood burning stove, exposed wall and ceiling timbers. Large sash windows with hidden , rising shutters.
DINING ROOM Fireplace with tiled hearth, slips and wooden outer surround with mantle over, picture rail. Also with large sash windows with hidden , rising shutters.
KITCHEN / BREAKFAST ROOM / SITTING AREA - Fitted with a large central Island and a range of oak fronted base and eye level units incorporating cupboard and drawers with work surfaces over, inset Butler sink with mixer tap over, space and plumbing for dishwasher, inset four plate ceramic hob with electric oven below inglenook fireplace with four oven white oil fired AGA, supplying domestic hot water, salt cupboard, large bread oven to one side, ample space for large breakfast table, exposed wall and ceiling timbers.
UTILITY & BOILER ROOM - Fireplace to one side with stone surround currently fitted with an oil fired boiler supplying central heating, tiled floor, larder cupboard with fitted shelving, exposed wall and ceiling timbers, into:
BOOT ROOM / REAR ENTRANCE HALL Quarry tiled floor, wooden door to path to lane.
From the kitchen/breakfast room as previously described a glazed, split door leads through into:
INNER HALL split door to brick paved courtyard garden.
LAUNDRY ROOM Fitted with a range of base units, large original stone sink, space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer.
CLOAKROOM WC, heated towel rail, hand basin.
TACK ROOM - a range of base and eye level units to one wall with inset single bowl stainless steel sink, plumbing for washing machine and split stable door to yard.


BEDROOM 1 Fireplace with oak Bressumer over, cupboard to one side housing lagged hot water cylinder with fitted immersion heater with slatted shelving over. Exposed wall and ceiling timbers, door through to:
EN-SUITE BATHROOM Jacuzzi corner bath with mixer tap with and held shower attachment, tiled shower cubicle, with sliding door with electric shower, WC, Bidet, 2 hand basins set into tiled surround.
BEDROOM 4/ DRESSING ROOM Currently used as a bedroom but may suit as part of the master Suite Dressing Room; Fireplace with brick hearth and stone surround (currently sealed) deep wardrobe cupboard to one side. Door to airing cupboard as previously described in Bedroom 1. Exposed wall and ceiling timbers, door giving access to stairs rising to large boarded attic with window.
BEDROOM 2 Fireplace with tiled hearth and slips with wooden outer surround and mantle over with inset wrought iron fire basket. Large sash windows overlooking the garden, high ceilings and picture rails.
BEDROOM 3 Wrought Iron fireplace with basket. Large sash windows overlooking the garden, high ceilings and picture rails.
FAMILY BATHROOM Modern white suite comprising panel enclosed bath, hand basin, WC, shower cubicle with electric shower, heated towel rail, strip light and shaver point.
BEDROOM 5 sloping ceiling, exposed ceiling timbers.
BEDROOM 6 sloping ceiling, exposed ceiling timbers.


Approached from the lane via a 5-bar gate which leads into a large concrete yard area providing good sized parking and turning areas and which is situated to the rear of the house.
To one side is a TIMBER STABLE BLOCK - comprising of 7 loose boxes and blanket store with power and water connected.
Attached to one side of the stable block is a traditional BARN - double wooden doors to the front divided into two areas (power and water connected).
An opening lead through into a further area with FOALING BOX to one side, chalk floor (power connected).
To the other end of the yard there is a further timber STABLE BLOCK comprising of 2 loose boxes with power and water connected.
STEEL FRAMED BARN - 20M x 11.9M Four Bay steel framed barn. Potential for further stabling/dog agility/lunging arena.
OUTDOOR ARENA 20M X 40M floodlit riding arena with Silica sand and rubber surface, post and railed.


A wooden gate from the lane gives access to the front of the property.
The principle gardens at the house lie to the front and are laid to sweeping expanses of lawn bound by various herbaceous borders leading to orchard with a number of both mature and newer fruit trees.
To one side of the lawn is an attractive circular paved and brick sitting area with adjacent rose clad arbour, ornamental fish pond.
SUMMER HOUSE / HOME OFFICE - power and telephone connected.
Attached to one side of the house is a timber lean to/greenhouse.
Further brick paved courtyard, to one end of which is an above ground swimming pool with solar panel heating plus pool house with filter.
The whole site sits in approx. 8.79 acres (*TBV), this includes all the buildings, yard, arenas, domestic gardens etc. 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 will have been acquired showing the boundary and acreage. Otherwise an online measuring tool will have been used to check the acreage where possible. Interested applicants/buyers are advised that if they have any doubts as to the plot size and wish to have verification of the exact area of the entire plot, they will be required to make their own arrangements, at their own cost, by appointing the services of an accredited company who can measure the area for a compliant Land Registry Title Plan.


A Public Right of Way (footpath) is on the Western boundary and follows the fence.


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


TENURE: Freehold
LOCAL AUTHORITY: Wealden District Council
SERVICES: Mains water and electricity, Oil fired boiler, Private drainage system.
EPC RATING: N/A Grade listed property
ot required
OUTBUILDING/S SERVICES: Power / lighting and water is laid on to the majority of the outbuildings.
POOL HEATING: Solar panels with filtration unit.


All Viewings are strictly by Appointment with the Vendors Agent
Equus Country & Equestrian, South East/South West
T: 01892 829014
E: sales@equusproperty.co.uk
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DISCLAIMER: All 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 to themselves or personal belongings or property. By viewing a property with Equus you accept this disclaimer. If inspecting the outbuildings, equestrian facilities or any other building within the grounds you must 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.


Heading south on the A22 turn left signposted Hailsham A295 (South Road). Shortly before reaching the centre of Hailsham turn right on to the B2014 (Ersham Road) proceed down Ersham Road for approximately 1 mile and shortly having crossed the Cuckoo Trail, turn left into Saltmarsh Lane. Proceed down the lane taking the next turning on the right into Rickney Lane and the entrance driveway to the property will be found on the right after a short distance.

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Reference: 36940_14588648

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