Former castle owners put their £2.25 million home up for sale

Hazelgrove in Slindon - on the market for �2.25 million SUS-160704-121607001

Hazelgrove in Slindon - on the market for �2.25 million SUS-160704-121607001

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A prestige Sussex property - currently home to the former owners of Amberley Castle - has been put up for sale.

The £2.25 million luxury home - complete with indoor swimming pool complex - is sited in Slindon, a village said to be the birthplace of cricket.

The property - Hazelgrove - is in fact one of only a handful of private houses in the village where the majority are owned by the National Trust which was gifted the 1,400 hectare Slindon Estate in the 1920s.

Martin and Joy Cummings are selling their village property - Hazelgrove - to move to France to join their son Clive in running a Michelin-starred country house hotel that has been converted from a 12th century Cistercian abbey.

Mr and Mrs Cummings sold Amberley Castle, a highly-regarded luxury hotel, in 2007. Throughout its 1,000-year history the castle has accommodated a string of royals including Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and our own Queen.

It was first bought by Mr and Mrs Cummings in 1988 who won the backing of villagers to convert it into a hotel.

Now the couple are turning their attention to the converted abbey hotel in Burgundy - the Abbaye de la Bussiere - while selling their Slindon home.

Hazelgrove itself has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, dining room, drawing room, sitting room, study, garden room, swimming pool complex with sauna and shower room, landscaped gardens and double garage.

It is being sold through estate agents Savills with a price guide of £2.25 million. Savills spokesman Daniel Clay said: “Hazelgrove is a superb home, situated in one of the most revered villages in the area.

“It offers balanced accommodation and the clients’ attention to detail is evident in how the property is presented.”