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A beautifully presented 5 bedroom Grade II country house lying in an elevated position, offering exceptional space with a detached games room/studio, stunning gardens and grounds with swimming pool and tennis court.
Duckings is understood to have origins dating from the 16th century with later additions, and presents attractive brick lower elevations, with tile hung upper elevations.
Internally, the house provides well-arranged and beautifully presented light accommodation with generous ceiling heights for a property of its age.
Features of note include a large reception/dining hall and a lovely drawing room with glazed doors leading out on to a terrace.
There are polished wood floors in the reception rooms and attractive fireplaces in both the reception/dining hall and drawing room, both with wood burning stoves.
The kitchen/breakfast room is a particular feature of the house, and is fitted with a range of wooden units with two integrated dishwashers and an integrated AEG oven and microwave. To one end of the kitchen/breakfast room there is a sitting area.
The reception rooms are ideally arranged for formal and informal entertaining, and are complemented by five bedrooms and four bathrooms.
All the bathrooms are fitted with white suites, and both the principal bedroom and guest bedroom have superb vaulted ceilings. From many of the principal rooms, there are lovely views over the property’s gardens and grounds.
Duckings is approached via an impressive entrance drive, which is bordered by some magnificent mature trees, and lies in an elevated position on the edge of the village.
There are some lovely unspoilt views over the surrounding countryside with glimpses of the South Downs in the distance.
The village has a popular public house, The Blackboys Inn, a primary school and service station.
Buxted Station is about 3 miles, providing a service to London Bridge and Victoria (each about 70 minutes).
The towns of Uckfield and Heathfield are about 4 and 4.5 miles respectively, and offer a good range of local shopping and recreational facilities.
The regional centres in the area, Lewes and Tunbridge Wells are approximately 11 and 16 miles respectively, both with mainline train services to London.
The coastal, business and entertainment centre of Brighton & Hove is some 21 miles.
Duckings is approached from Stonebridge Lane via electrically operated entrance gates, which give way to the property’s impressive sweeping entrance drive, which leads up to the front of the house.
Immediately adjacent to the rear of the house is a paved terrace, from which there is a lovely outlook over the gardens and grounds and surrounding countryside beyond.
The gardens and grounds have been attractively landscaped over the years, with numerous specimen shrubs and trees, old brick walls, clipped hedges and a feature low circular clipped box.
Situated a short distance from the terrace is the swimming pool, which is set into a wide paved surround, beyond which is the all weather tennis court.
To one end of the gardens is a picturesque four-bay period open fronted cart lodge with two attached stores.
Attached to the cart lodge is a shower/changing room.
Approached from the main drive by a set of metal gates, and lying some distance to the south west of the house, is a substantial principally brick and tile outbuilding, providing a games room, studio and cloak/shower room.
To one side of this building is a small three-bay pole barn and an area of additional parking.
In addition to the main drive, there is a rear drive, which provides access to Lewes Road.
The remainder of the land is divided into two paddock areas. The gardens and grounds at Duckings provide a very special setting for this beautiful period country house.
About 5.4 acres.
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