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This spectacular house, designed and completed by Brian Cooper in the early 1980s, sits on a wonderful, secluded 5.5 acre plot near the village of Crawley Down in West Sussex.

Buyers are sought who are either interested in retaining the existing 4-bedroom house (over 2,300 sq ft / 220 sq m), which has the potential to be extended, or in demolishing and rebuilding a new house. Permission has been granted to erect a house of over 9,000 sq ft / 850 sq m in size (for further details of this permission please contact us).

The existing house is a a cleverly conceived single-storey structure that features a wealth of wonderful details. Constructed in 1981 largely from Cotswold stone, steel and shuttered concrete, it also incorporates extensive glazing, allowing inhabitants to engage with the idyllic surroundings of the site. Natural light floods in through the numerous windows placed in varied positions throughout the house. The centrepiece of the house is the large, vaulted living / dining room that leads to the bedroom wing.

The house is still in largely original condition and displays many features associated with the ‘High-Tech’ style of architecture that was pioneered by Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and others in the 1970s / early 1980s. Updating is required in certain parts of the house (a new flue for the boiler, for instance, is required). The asking price reflects this.

There is also another timber building on the site of just over 1,000 sq ft / 97 sq m that is currently used for garaging / storage / workshop but could be used as further accommodation.

The large plot is partly wooded and can be found on a southt-after private road near the villages of Crawley Down and Copthorne. The larger towns of East Grinstead (4 miles away) and Crawley (6 miles away) offer further facilities. The closest railway station is Three Bridges (5 miles away) which runs services to London Bridge in approximately 30 minutes. International travel is available from Gatwick (15 minutes), Heathrow (45 minutes) and The Euro Tunnel at Ashford (60 minutes), making this a highly practical location for those that need to travel frequently.

There are a number of very good schools in the area including the highly acclaimed Rudolf Steiner School, Felbridge Primary School and Imberhorne School. The surrounding area is well known for its outstanding natural beauty, with Ashdown forest and the South Downs within easy reach.

Ground Floor

Kitchen/Breakfast Room
12’8″ x 9’1″ / 3.86m x 2.77m
With marble work surface incorporating stainless steel sink unit. Tiled flooring. Full height double glazed window with views to gardens. Opening to:

Utility/Boiler Room
16’9″ x 6’6″ / 5.11m x 1.98m
Floor mounted multi-fuel boiler (flue needs replacing) and space for appliances. Tiled flooring.

Cloak Room
With low level WC.

Reception Room
32’10” x 24’4″ / 7.87m x 3.96m
With vaulted ceiling with high level windows for maximum natural light, as well as full height double glazed windows. Tiled flooring. Raised mezzanine balcony area with rear outlook. Door to:

Inner Hallway
With tiled flooring and opening to:

Master Bedroom Suite
25’10” x 12’0″ / 7.87m x 3.96m
Bedroom area with exposed stone walls. Full height double glazed window with rear outlook. Opening to:

Dressing Area
With built-in double wardrobes and leading to:

Open En suite
With twin wash basins and open shower with sunken tiled floor.

Bedroom 2
12’0″ x 12’8″ / 3.96m x 3.86m
Exposed stone walls and tiled flooring. Full height double glazed window with rear outlook and skylight.

Bedroom 3
12’0″ x 12’8″ / 3.96m x 3.86m
Exposed stone walls and tiled flooring. Full height double glazed window with rear outlook and skylight.

Bedroom 4
12’0″ x 12’8″ / 3.96m x 3.86m
Exposed stone walls and tiled flooring. Full height double glazed window with rear outlook and skylight.

Family Bathroom
White suite comprising floor sunken bath, low level WC, bidet and pedestal wash basin. High level double glazed window. Linen cupboard.


The plot size totals 5.5 acres.

The main property is approached via a long driveway which leads you to a clearing in the midst of tress. The driveway proceeds past the timber building on the left hand side and into the main grounds with ample parking and a turning circle. The house is surrounded by lawn and meadow, which takes up approximately half of the plot. The remaining part of the plot is dense woodland.

In the grounds there is a stocked fish pond with fencing around and a duck house. To the side of the property there is a covered car port with barbecue area.

Mature trees are scattered throughout the grounds including Scottish Pine, Laurels and numerous evergreens.

Timber Building

The large timber unit on the plot currently has usage as garages, workshops and storage. The unit is on separate title to the main property and has the benefit of a private driveway which can be closed off by a five-bar gate. The building is set at the front of its plot with a expanse of lawn and high trees to boundaries. The unit is sub-divided to provide the following space:

9’10” x 4’3″ / 3m x 1.3m

8’2″ x 6’8″ / 2.49M X 2.03m

Room 1
13’1″ x 9’10” / 3.99m x 3.0m
With window.

Room 2
11’6″ x 9’10” / 3.51m 3.0m
With Window

Room 3
11’7″ x 6’8″ / 3.53m x 2.03m
With window.

21’7″ x 17’4″ / 6.58m x 5.28m

17’4″ x 10’10” / 5.28m x 3.30m