Ditchling Common, Ditchling, Hassocks, East Sussex, BN6


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  • Bedrooms: 6
Hopkins Crank is a 19th century Georgian Grade 11 listed farmhouse within Ditchling Common, and formerly the home of famous sculptor and artist, Eric Gill. The grounds approach a third of an acre within which stands a detached studio annexe. The property has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The rustic wood door of Hopkins Crank opens onto an inviting dining room whose wood floor, period fireplace and tastefully patterned walls set the tone for this heritage home. The hugely versatile layout of the ground floor leads you into a magnificent double aspect drawing room where a vaulted ceiling and exposed timber beams combine with an inglenook fireplace with a Jotul log burner to create an instant wow factor. An original water pump and bread ovens generate an abundance of charm and a mezzanine study enhances the feeling of height and space, while tall French doors open onto the idyllic gardens. An additional sitting room leads into a further study that offers an ideal work from home space. Beautifully appointed with an Aga and an array of integrated appliances that give every convenience, the impressive kitchen/breakfast room is fully fitted with rich blue Shaker-style cabinets and countertops. Its tall arched French windows have garden views, and its wood floor and white walls continue in the adjacent washing room. A cloakroom completes the enchanting ground floor.

Stretched out over the upper two storeys, five bedrooms produce an ideal amount of family accommodation. Equally well-presented, whilst two first floor bedrooms have period fireplaces, a third benefits from an en suite bathroom. Two further bedrooms are found on the top floor. Perfect for today's busy households, an exceptional family bathroom and outstanding shower room both add first class contemporary twists to this characterful home.


Behind its picture perfect walled front garden, the double-fronted facade with its distinctive brickwork gives a superior first impression, while a gravel drive and garage have off-road parking for several vehicles.

From the stone paved patio, summerhouse and expansive lawns to the fully stocked mature flowerbeds, greenhouse and established trees, the truly stunning rear garden offers a wonderful amount of space to relax in the sun. A self-contained guest bedroom with en suite adds a host of possibilities with its open plan kitchen and living area.


Set just outside the border of the South Downs National Park, moments of the Ridge View wine estate, 1.7 miles from the picturesque downland village of Ditchling which lies just 1.6 miles from the famous Ditchling Beacon and its surrounding nature reserve in the South Downs National Park. The village has a variety of local shops, including arts and craft workshops, a museum and Post Office, plus The Larder, an excellent delicatessen selling local produce, and cafes such as The Green Welly. In addition, there are pubs including The Bull and The White Horse, a village church and a primary school. A wider range of shops is available at Hassocks, about two miles to the east, which also has a mainline train station to London Bridge/Victoria (approximately 55 minutes). The city of Brighton and the south coast are about nine miles distant. The M23/A23 provides good access to Gatwick and the national motorway network. There are a number of excellent schools in the area, including St. Margaret's Primary School in Ditchling, Downlands Community Secondary School in Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint College, Burgess Hill School for Girls and Brighton College.

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