Less Than 150 Years Old, Britain’s Arts and Crafts Homes Are a Solid Option for Restorers


While searching for a home in the High Weald area of ​​East Sussex in 2001, Nicola Dealtree and her husband came across a vast and devastated Arts and Crafts home in Burwash Common.

“We’ve seen some nice Wealden Hall houses, but they were a bit dark,” said Dealtry. “It was scaled, full of charm, light and airy.” The couple bought it and spent the next 12 months to bring it back to its previous glory.

The 7,889-square-foot site, named Buckle, was built in the late 19th century by three unmarried sisters whose family name is Trower. They bequeathed it to their nephew Walter Trower. Walter Trower completely remodeled in the style of art and craft in the mid-1920s. Since then, it has lived many different lives. During World War II, it was used as a home for displaced children and later recruited as a Canadian military barracks. Previous owners who bought it over 50 years ago split it into accommodation as a way to save money. Also, there was no original staircase destroyed by a house fire.

The eight-bedroom red brick property, currently sold via Savills for $ 3.5 million (US $ 4.76 million), is located on 10 acres of land and has a high chimney, steeply sloping roof, and half-timbered recessed pier. It features the central part. section. The ground floor faces the entrance hall of the magnificent central staircase, with access to four large living spaces with front and back countryside views, three fireplaces and a nearly full-length lead-light window. Fitted in the back, there is a study, kitchen / breakfast room, utility room, pantry-equivalent English-style room, and a large, bright landing and eight bedrooms on the second floor.

The most magnificent room is a 28-foot-long drawing room with six large windows, a full-height lumber mantle piece, high ceilings with timber beams, and raised areas. Originally, this space was inaccessible from the house and was used as a gathering place for prayer meetings, and it is believed that it was closed when not in use. “It creates a great entertainment space,” said Dealtry, adding that her family tends to live in cozy kitchens and open large formal rooms for parties and gatherings.

Within its grounds are a formal garden, a kitchen garden with potted huts and greenhouses on one side, a beautiful 60-foot Victorian greenhouse full of established vines, orchards, green spaces, forests and well-screened. There is also an all-weather tennis court. A convenient two-bedroom cottage may provide a flow of rental income. It is located in the Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty, 3.2 km (2 miles) from Burwash. London is just over an hour by train from Stonegate Station, less than three miles away.



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