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Property DetailsAn imposing Grade II Victorian house with outstanding views to the South Downs. About 0.5 acre.Outstanding views to the South DownsEntrance vestibuleReception hall/atriumThree reception roomsKitchen/breakfast roomGalleried landing with doors to balconyPrincipal bedroomGuest bedroomSix or seven further bedroomsFour Bathrooms/shower roomsIndoor swimming poolBeautiful mature gardenConservatoryGarageParkingAbout 0.5 acreThis handsome detached Victorian house was built in 1899 for the businessman and philanthropist, John Henry Every third - grandson of J. H. Every who was the founder of the Phoenix Iron Works. He is understood to have purchased the land on which The Croft is built at an auction held at The White Hart Hotel in 1891. The house was designed by the well-known Brighton architect, Samuel Denman, who it is understood was also responsible for the façade of Lewes Town Hall.The Croft has been extensively renovated and restored with great care and attention to detail by the current owners. The property offers beautifully presented accommodation arranged over three floors, with many of the principal rooms taking full advantage of the stunning southerly views across Lewes to Mount Caburn, Firle Beacon and beyond.From the entrance porch an arched door gives access to the entrance vestibule, from which a part glazed stained glass door leads through to the magnificent double height reception hall/ atrium which has an oak, walnut and cherry floor. To one side is an impressive turned staircase with oak hand rails leading to the galleried landing. The reception rooms are elegantly proportioned with high ceilings and numerous period features throughout. Features of note include original working fireplaces with ornate surrounds, superb decorative plasterwork, brass door furniture, high skirtings and Moorish arches.The dining room has a large bay window with spectacular views to the south east, an ornate carved fire surround and over mantle with stained glass windows to either side depicting a phoenix. The drawing room has a feature Every cast iron grate and an attractive corner bay window. The well-appointed kitchen has an extensive range of units with polished granite work tops and incorporates four Neff ovens, a microwave and steamer, two plate warmers and a Siemens induction hob. Adjacent to the kitchen is the breakfast room with an office area beyond. In addition, there is a study also with a bay window and a beautiful conservatory with original plant stands, fish pond and Art Deco trellis work.The reception rooms are ideally arranged for formal and informal entertaining and are complemented over the first and second floors by eight/nine bedrooms and four bathrooms/ shower rooms. The inner hall and secondary staircase give access to the cellar, indoor swimming complex and first and second floors providing further flexibility. The galleried first floor landing is a particular feature and has double doors leading out onto a wide balcony with two window seats, from which there are glorious views.The indoor swimming pool has a central glazed atrium, water jets, three seating areas and an adjacent wet room. There is a travertine tiled surround and an integrated Sonos sound system. There is direct access from the swimming pool into the conservatory.From the wrought iron entrance gate the drive leads down to the front of the house to a parking and turning area. To one side is the original brick and tile garage with an inspection pit, light and power. It is understood that the garage was one of the first ‘motor homes’ in Sussex. Situated to one side of the house there is a shelteredcourtyard with two raised kitchen
Additional Property InformationThis single family listing located at High Street, Lewes has eight bedrooms. The property is presently selling at $2,997,894.
This property is presented by Freddie Dryden of Strutt & Parker based in England.