Beautiful Old English Country House With Stunning Gardens and Grounds
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One of Sussex’s finest homes situated in a rural yet convenient position
The Grade II listed Legh Manor was probably built at the close of Henry VIII’s reign in circa 1540. It is likely to have been the dower house to the manor which no longer exists. The initials of the original owners from the Hussey family are carved into one of the many original fireplaces and the arms of Hussey feature in stained glass in one of the house’s oldest windows. In 1917 the property was purchased by Sir William and Lady Chance and it was for them that their friend, Sir Edward Lutyens, altered and restored the house.
Sir William and Lady Chance wished to ensure the permanent protection of the property.
Accordingly, after her husband’s death in 1935, Lady Chance passed the property to the Sussex Archaeological Society and ensured an endowment for its upkeep.
The house and grounds were open to the public in 1936.
The Sussex Archaeological Society subsequently sold the property in the 1980s and the current owners are the second since this time.
The house at its core forms the letter ’H’ with a central hall with wings.
There is a later Victorian extension to the north which creates an invaluable potential annexe with separate access if required.
Perhaps most surprising is the exceptionally good ceiling height found throughout the house.
The craftsmanship and detailing speaks of the quality of the build and tradition of care upheld by the sequence of owners.
Country Life described Legh Manor in 1931 as ?an outstanding example of the treatment which can convert a Late Tudor manor house into an exceptionally charming and habitable dwelling capable of satisfying the most fastidious of modern tenants?.
Never has this been more true with a current layout that works exceptionally well for modern living.
The kitchen opens onto a vast orangery with views over the gardens, there is enviable utility and secondary kitchen space and the bedroom layout offers flexibility for any number of family arrangements.