In a magical setting, surrounded by its own land at the end of a long private drive, The Sheephouse is on the market for the first time in nearly 400 years.

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‘It has been in the family since 1671,’ says fund manager and author Jonathan Frewen, who inherited it from his great aunt in 1988; his family owned the Brede estate from the 17th century. He moved there full-time in 1990 with his wife, Anita, and daughter, Antonia, after it had been sympathetically renovated and extended.

‘My great uncle converted it from a sheep barn in the 1930s; his cousin Winston Churchill received the freedom of the house on its completion in 1936. Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh were among the first guests; he proposed to her in the drawing room. It has unbelievable views. The New York Times said the view from the drawing room was the best in the South-East of England.’

 

 

The Sheephouse, near Brede, East Sussex has 5 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, Sussex-style barn with garage and studio. 5 acres formal gardens, 105 acres let on an agricultural tenancy.

£1.5m. Strutt & Parker (01732 459900)

 

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