Video: Carla Lane sells mansion

Broadhurst Manor, TV script writer Carla Lane's £4.5million mansion in Horsted Keynes, has been sold.

The pristine 35-roomed Tudor manor house, with its oak beams, floors and wall panels, has been bought by a family who expect to exchange contracts within days.

Along with the house and its 16 acres of High Weald countryside are a myriad of outbuildings where Carla has housed her famous Animaline sanctuary for abandoned and unwanted animals.

For 16 years the sanctuary has been funded out of the proceeds from the heydays of Carla's writing when she penned such sitcom classics as The Liver Birds, Bread and Bless This House.

Now, however, she says she can no longer afford her outgoings and must sell and move on to a smaller property although she intends to continue her animal campaigning and care work.

See the Mid Sussex Times for her full interview with reporter Carolyn Robertson and view our video to hear Carla talk about her dilemma and hopes for the future.