In 2007, Martin and Joy Cummings sold Amberley Castle, the highly regarded luxury hotel in the picturesque village of Amberley and permanently relocated to Burgundy where, two years earlier, they had acquired an authentic 12th century Cistercian abbey which they intended to transform into an hotel.
Transform it they did and today the Abbaye de la Bussiere is a luxury country house hotel with a Michelin star restaurant and a member of the Relais & Chateau group.
Having passed the management of the hotel on to their son, Clive, the Cummings moved back to the UK a couple of years ago.
They settled on the charming and unspoilt village of Slindon, nestling in the foothills of the South Downs.
Unique in being one of only a handful of private residences in the village, with the majority in the care of the National Trust, which was gifted the 1,400 hectare Slindon Estate in the 1920s.
This historical village with duck pond and Elizabethan mansion also claims to be the birthplace of cricket and is a haven for horse riders and ramblers
Move slightly further afield and you will find horse racing at Goodwood and Fontwell; golf at Cowdray Park and Goodwood and a wide selection of events and exhibitions held on the West Dean Estate throughout the year.
Now moving back to Burgundy, the Cummings are selling their property, Hazelgrove, through Savills in Petworth.
This impeccably presented brick and flint country home has views to the south over the village and towards the coastline in the distance.
Its versatile layout and well proportioned rooms making it an excellent choice for both formal entertaining and a more informal family lifestyle.
Daniel Clay, head of Savills Petworth sales, commented: “Hazelgrove is a superb home, situated in one of the most revered villages in the area.
“It offers balanced accommodation and the clients’ attention to detail is evident in how the property is presented.
“It is perfectly placed for accessing the coast, the South Downs Way and has easy access to the A27 and A29 together with three mainline railway stations within 6 miles – all serving London, Brighton and Gatwick Airport.”
Accommodation and features comprise four bedrooms, three bathrooms, dining room, drawing room, sitting room, study, garden room, swimming pool complex with sauna and shower room, landscaped gardens and double garage.
Guide price £2,250,000.
For more information, or to arrange a viewing, contact Savills Petworth, Exchange House, Petworth. Telephone 01798 345994.