Restored South Downs country house with 11 bedrooms, spa area with indoor pool, tennis court and stables – all set in 45 acres of grounds

Restored South Downs country house with 11 bedrooms, spa area with indoor pool, tennis court and stables – all set in 45 acres of grounds
Restored South Downs country house with 11 bedrooms, spa area with indoor pool, tennis court and stables – all set in 45 acres of grounds

house. are delighted to offer for sale the most wonderful country house.

Occupying a magnificent and elevated position amidst the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park, Viola House really does have something for everyone.

The house itself dates from about 1799 and, as it is not listed, an extensive, interior design led programme of restoration and re arrangement has been possible.

The result is a stunning, light and elegant home, perfect for entertaining and including a superb variety of leisure facilities.

Within the house, the two-storey reception hall sets the scene and leads to the elegant formal drawing room, the fabulous family kitchen and dining room with its attractive linen fold panelling, as well as further reception rooms.

There are 11 bedrooms and nine bathrooms in all with five of the bedrooms and four bathrooms divided from the rest for family convenience.

The main bedroom with its huge windows has lovely south-facing views of the South Downs and the children’s bedrooms are great fun, with cabin beds, a climbing wall and swings – a child’s dream!

A fabulous home spa occupies its own wing of the house and includes a gym, hot tub, treatment room, steam room, sauna, bar and freezing walk-in shower, as well as a wonderful indoor pool.

A detached, four bedroom cottage with its own gardens, ideal for guests, or staff lies within the grounds and there are several ancillary outbuildings including a lovely barn.

Outside, the exceptional, and beautifully maintained gardens and grounds extend to some 45 acres of both formal and informal areas, as well as woodland and paddocks.

They include, as you might expect in such a remarkable house, a tennis court, golf driving area, football pitch, and a delightful natural swimming pool fringed with bulrushes and abutted by timber decking.

A kitchen garden provides fresh produce, and a Japanese garden, a peaceful retreat.

Even fishing may be enjoyed as the house has its own section of the River Rother running through the grounds and, not forgetting the children, there is an exciting zip wire, Wendy house and children’s play area.

For equestrian enthusiasts the amenities are extraordinarily good with fenced paddocks, 21 looseboxes, an all-weather manege, a lunging ring, electric horse walker and all the usual staff offices.

Viola House is an exceptional property – for further information contact David Carter on 01483 266705 or Felicity Chetwood on 01243 717417.


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