by Aspect County

Little Bucksteep

A substantial 17th century Grade II Listed country house, along with the adjacent Oast House, set in stunning gardens and grounds, located in a tranquil and unspoilt East Sussex landscape.

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The property
Believed to date from the 17th century, with later additions, Little Bucksteep is a handsome farmhouse, offering substantial accommodation across three floors, well-suited to both family living and entertaining guests. Period features include exposed beams and posts, wooden floorboards and doors, ornate fireplaces and linenfold panelling, as well as a striking, timber dog-leg staircase. 

On the ground floor, the elegant sitting room has a large inglenook fireplace with wood-burning stove and French doors which open onto a garden terrace. The two further reception rooms comprise a drawing room, also with a door to access the outside and a formal dining room, which leads through to the kitchen/breakfast room. Fitted with wooden cabinetry, the kitchen has, at its heart, a large cream-coloured Aga stove, with mantel over and decorative tiling to the wall, and benefits from an adjoining larder room. 

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The lower level also includes a wing housing a home office and utility room, and stairs leading up to a gym and bathroom on the floor above. There are three bedrooms on the first floor, which all have access to en-suite facilities, whilst the second floor comprises two attic bedrooms and a family shower room. 

The charming Oast House offers a sitting room and a vaulted, open-plan kitchen, dining and living space with glazed doors giving access to the garden. There are three bedrooms, with the principal room on the ground floor located within the original circular hop-drying kiln and the second bedroom also within this structure on the floor above. A third bedroom and bathroom complete the accommodation on the first floor. 

The gardens and grounds at the property are beautifully maintained and include a walled area with a sunken garden feature and paved terracing, with a brick-built summerhouse, along with formal gardens divided by paved pathways and low walls and a further terrace adjoining the main house providing opportunities for outdoor entertaining. There are secluded pockets of garden creating quiet sitting areas for relaxation after exertions in the outdoor pool and on the tennis court. A large pond with walkway over provides a magnet for wildlife and there are mature trees, shrubs and attractive perennial borders within the gardens. 

The large paddock is bordered by fencing and mature hedging and has 4kw solar panels with the maximum feed tariff. 

Nestled in the landscape of High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dallington village is a picturesque setting, with local amenities including a post office, village hall, recreation ground and primary school, as well as a public house. The old market town of Heathfield is nearby providing an excellent range of shops and amenities, including three supermarkets, and the mainline station at Stonegate is easily accessible with services to London (Charing Cross and Cannon Street, average journey time 1hr 13mins). Further afield, the historic town of Royal Tunbridge Wells is a popular destination for shopping at The Pantiles, cultural activities, and dining at a range of restaurants. Well-regarded schools in the vicinity include Bede’s Senior School and Eastbourne College. 

Little Bucksteep is being marketed with Strutt & Parker for a guide price of £3,450,000.