Down House stands on land that falls gently to the south and enjoys a spectacular broad vista of the country to the south, with the South Downs as a skyline.
It had grown from a small cottage of the Regency era to a large house following numerous campaigns of enlargement, its major extension and partial rebuilding dating from the 1990s. Although sympathetic in detailing and materials, these works had enlarged the house to the detriment of its quality, resulting in a large house with the character of an overgrown small one. The west end in particular was an ad-hoc collection of additions. The layout was inconvenient, with some awkward shaped rooms and cramped circulation. Furthermore the alterations had failed to capitalise on the glorious setting, particularly for the Kitchen / Dining area, which was tucked away to the north, unable to enjoy the southerly views.
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