Lot 80


The Flint Barn, Alfriston Road, Berwick, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 5QS
The Flint Barn, Alfriston Road, Berwick, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 5QS
Sold Prior


A detached single storey barn housing both the English Wine Centre retail unit and the Flint Barn Restaurant with an enclosed outside seating area and further outbuildings comprising an office and wine store. The seller informs us that it is the only retail outlet selling exclusive high quality wine from across England with an adjoining 25 cover restaurant with exposed beams and a trade kitchen.

The English Wine Centre occupies a delightful rural setting in the Cuckmere Valley overlooking the South Downs within the South Down National Park. It is located on the Alfriston Road between Lewes and Eastbourne lying just off the main A27. There are comprehensive local shopping facilities and amenities located in nearby Alfriston with Berwick railway station just over a mile away with links to Lewes, Eastbourne, Brighton, Gatwick and London mainline railway stations. There are also excellent road links to surrounding areas via the A27 and A22.

The English Wine Centre is a multi-faceted leisure, hospitality and retail premises established since 1972 and successfully run by the present owners from January 2008 until their retirement last year. It provides a fantastic opportunity to continue as an existing business or potential to provide additional residential accommodation, subject to all necessary consents being obtainable.

The buildings, which are being offered as one Lot in the first instance, are set in landscaped grounds and comprise a wine retail shop with a 25 cover restaurant, an oak barn licenced for wedding ceremonies, a detached function venue with luxury en-suite letting facilities and a thatched cottage. There are extensive parking and storage facilities within the 0.89 hectare (2.24 acre) site.

The Seller may consider including fixtures and fittings for sale by negotiation. Interested applicants are advised to contact the Auctioneer’s Office.

The Flint Barn

Spacious retail area, office with steps leading to spacious boarded loft area with potential for residential conversion (subject to the necessary consents being obtainable) trade kitchen, leading to restaurant with 25 covers, storage and utility areas.

Detached Stable Block

Stable block housing ladies and gents W.C, office and two store rooms.


Enclosed outside seating area and parking area.

Site Measurements

The site extends to 0.18 hectares (0.44 acres).

Auctioneer’s Note

The Auctioneers have been informed that there is also a small parcel of land to the south of The Flint Barn which will be included within the sale. Further information will be available to download from the Clive Emson website or inspection at the Auctioneer’s Office.


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Freehold with Vacant Possession


All lots are sold subject to the Common Auction Conditions and Special Conditions of Sale (unless varied by the Sellers Solicitors), together with the Addendum, which will be available on Auction Day.

* Price Information

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