Leaper Stanbrook has recently received instructions to market Eastbourne Manor, formerly The Old Manor House, in The Goffs.
The Grade II listed house is built on the site of the original dwelling thought to date from the early 14th century.
While there is little documentary evidence to verify when Eastbourne Manor was built, there is evidence to suggest that it was in the early Elizabethan era.
In more recent times the property was divided, with the east wing providing two apartments while the west wing, which this editorial refers to, was retained as one property and includes the magnificent 31’ x 17’ manorial hall.
Although now in need of considerable refurbishment, the house retains much of its original character with some grand open stone fireplaces and impressive exposed oak timbers.
Following a fire in 1956, what is reported as being an early Elizabethan mural was uncovered in one of the bedrooms which is said to be almost unique in a private house.
In one of the bedrooms a shaft of approximately 3’ square with a drop of 16’ was discovered by a previous owner and was thought to have been a priest hole.
However it has been suggested that it may have been a Plantagenet Jakes – a medieval privy of the original dwelling which would have connected with the River Bourne.
The versatile accommodation includes two or three bedrooms and a mezzanine level with a minstrels gallery looking down on to the Great Hall.
There are sizeable grounds to the side and rear of the property and substantial cellarage.
James Morley, of Leaper Stanbrook, said, “This is a wonderful and rare opportunity for those seeking to acquire a piece of Eastbourne’s history, and the property has already attracted considerable interest”.
The house is being offered at a guide price of £425,000.
n For more information contact Leaper Stanbrook (01323) 416716 or visit their websitewww.leaperstanbrook.co.uk