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Magnificent East Sussex estate

Just 55 miles from London and 16 miles from the south coast, Isfield Place is a classic English country estate. The eight bedroom manor house dates back to the early 16th century, with an early 17th century main portion and a wing added in the 19th century. Built of red brick with a tiled roof and stone eaves, cornices and casement windows the property has undergone many changes since its inception: it looks like the house used to be moated.

Wood panels and beams, open fireplaces with elegant stone surrounds and substantial timber doors are all character features throughout the property.

Accommodation in total comprises eight bedrooms, five bath/shower rooms, reception hall, drawing room, dining room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, scullery, billiard room, gun and rod room and cellars.

The estate also comes with an oast house, chapel, butler’s cottage, coach house, game larder, kennels and a well house.

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The formal gardens are compartmentalised, and feature elements put in from the 16-19th centuries, with a further Arts & Crafts garden of rooms added in the 20th century. Interlocking ponds are remaining evidence of the moat, and provide a habitat for the resident ducks and geese, while to the west a lawn and summerhouse lead to the orchard.

Between a topiary garden and the property is the outdoor swimming pool, while two watchtowers provide outstanding views out over the gardens. A sunken rose garden, and ‘the blue garden’ planted with a camomile lawn also form part of the gardens, while the archery lawn runs down to the ha-ha. The kitchen gardens are beyond the formal gardens and the rest of the grounds are given over to paddocks and pasture, as well as an established shoot and brown trout fishing. The land comes to around 311 acres.

Isfield Place is situated to the north west of the village of Isfield, which has a community farm shop, a pub and a primary school. Lewes is just nine miles, and Royal Tunbridge Wells and Haywards Heath are within easy reach.

The guide price is £9.5m. For further information please contact Savills on 01444 446 066 or visit

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