This “elegant” country home for sale is centuries old and was used by the Navy in World War II.

Middlemarch, in Bordean, is part of the manor house known as Bordean House, which was originally built in 1611 by Sir Roger Langrish.

The house was used by the Navy and Civil Defence during the Second World War and until the late 1970s, when it was transformed into a Sue Ryder care home, which was in use until the late 1990s. 

The drawing room. (Savills )

The property was later divided and remodelled, with Middlemarch being the central and substantial part of the original house. 

There are character features throughout the home, including original fireplaces, decorative cornicing and high ceilings. 

The sitting room. (Savills )

Entering the property, the reception hall leads through to the principal living areas, including a drawing room with a marble fireplace and doors to the terrace. 

The kitchen and breakfast room has an AGA cooker and bespoke fitted units, plus a walk-in pantry, while across the hall is the sitting room.

The kitchen and breakfast area. (Savills )

Upstairs, the first floor houses the principal bedroom, which has an en-suite bathroom and a dressing room, as well as two further bedrooms. 

The cinema room in the cellar. (Savills )

The second floor comprises two more bedrooms, one with an en-suite, a family bathroom and a home office. 

More amenities can be found in the cellars, which include a gym and a cinema/games room. 

The terraced garden area. (Savills)

Outside, the grounds extend to 4.27 acres, with a gravel driveway to the front and formal gardens to the rear. 

The gardens include a terrace, lawns and a summer house, and open out to the paddocks and woodlands. 

The paddocks, which look out to open countryside. (Savills)

The property is being sold by Savills for a price of £1,650,000.

Giles Muddle of Savills commented: “Middlemarch is an elegant family home with a wealth of character and historic provenance. 

“Beautifully presented and with great features, the house is in an idyllic setting which affords far-reaching views over the South Downs National Park.”