Gale is a magnificent country house standing in secluded gardens within Ashdown Forest. The house was built in 1897/8 for Lord Robert Cecil, the son of Queen Victoria's favourite Prime Minister, the Marquis of Salisbury. In the 1920s, Gale became a meeting place of the Bloomsbury Circle and was often mentioned by Virginia Woolf in her diaries. The house was substantially extended in later years and presents an elegant appearance with the principal rooms having a southerly or westerly aspect, and is ideal for entertaining. On the upper floors there are some delightful views towards the South Downs. There is a beautifully fitted kitchen/breakfast room with large island units and granite work surfaces and four-oven oil fired AGA. It has a large conservatory with access to the garden and which overlooks the swimming pool area.
On the first floor there is a spacious principal bedroom, which has an en suite bathroom as well as dressing room/study. On this floor there are 7 further good-sized bedrooms and 4 bathrooms 2 of which are en suite. On the second floor there are 4 further rooms with kitchen and bathroom, which would make additional bedrooms or staff flat.
GROUND AND GARDENS
The property is approached over the forest through a gated drive where there is a circular entrance. There are some beautifully maintained gardens, including lawns and a magnificent terraced garden divided by well-clipped hedges and mature shrub borders. Within the garden there is a hard tennis court, heated swimming pool, changing rooms, children's play area, vegetable garden and green house. In all the whole property extends to about 2.5 acres.