Oxbottom Lane, Newick, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8


Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 6
The Down House is a substantial country home that was built by baron Vladimir de Wolff, son of a Russian aristocrat and his wife Gwendolin in 1920-1921. Their son Baron Francis de Wolff inherited the house. As a successfully trained actor he was in many major films of the day. As such he enlarged The Down House to incorporate further room for glamorous film parties for himself and his acting friends. In the 1970s the property was purchased by the Constable family and then in 1995 it was bought by the current owners. As such the property has been in the ownership of just three families in the last 100 years.

The Down House sits in an elevated position in a plot of approximately 2.8 acres with delightful views across the Sussex countryside. The gardens are mainly laid to lawn with established plant borders containing stunning azaleas and rhododendrons. There are various different types of specimen trees along with an established orchard and wildlife pond. A heated swimming pool and pool house are situated in a sheltered and sunny position close to the house and the tennis court is tucked away to one end of the garden.

The property is approached via a sweeping driveway which leads to the rear of the house providing ample parking and garaging. There is also a machinery store, log store, workshop, vegetable garden and green house.

A floor plan will follow soon for the internal layout and size of the property. The property is very generous both in size and room proportions all with high ceilings and many with large windows framing the stunning view of the garden. There are six bedrooms in total and a plethora of entertaining space downstairs with a variety of reception rooms that make this an ideal home for a young family to grow into.


Newick is a most attractive and picturesque Sussex village, with green, doctors surgery, primary school, local shops, Newick tandorri, three public houses and the 11th Century St. Mary's Parish Church. The village also has a thriving community including many sports clubs. The historic and county town of Lewes is about 7 miles to the south, with the coastal, business and entertainment centre of Brighton and Hove being some 15 miles. For the commuter, there is a mainline train service from Haywards Heath (about 7 miles) to London Victoria (about 47 minutes) and London Bridge in the same approximate time. London Gatwick airport lies approximately 23 miles to the north west. Also nearby are beautiful open spaces including Chailey Common and the Ashdown Forest with numerous walks and bridle paths. Schooling for all ages is readily available in the surrounding area including an excellent local primary school and a wealth of private schools: Cumnor House, Great Walstead, Ardingly, Burgess Hill School for Girls, Hurstpierpoint College and Brighton College are just some.

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