A truly luxurious family home of 7,149sq.ft., forming the major section of an exceptionally handsome period country house, set within delightful gardens and grounds in a fabulous position with equestrian facilities, tennis court swimming pool and views over Ashdown Forest
Kitchen /family room
Principal bedroom with en suite bath/shower room and dressing room
Guest bedroom with en suite bath/shower room and walk-in wardrobe
Further guest bedroom with en suite shower room
2 Further bedrooms
2nd floor apartment with kitchen/dining/sitting room, balcony, bedroom and shower room
Gardens with terracing, lawns, heated swimming pool, hard tennis court, breeze house, pond, childrens play area ha-ha and water feature
Triple garage, stable block, sand school, field shelter and paddocks
About 9 acres (Further 12 acres with road access onto Harts Lane available by separate negotiation)
This stunning, late 19th Century mansion divided into 3 magnificent wings, with this section enjoying the best of the views of Ashdown Forest to the south as well as having many of the principal rooms, including the original main staircase. The accommodation is extensive, beautifully presented and has an air of grandeur. Many rooms have a wealth of fine period features such as ornate ceiling mouldings and door frames, panelling and handsome fireplaces, combined with modern features such as an integrated sound system.
A broad flight of steps leads up from the drive to double doors, which open into an impressive panelled hallway with a fireplace housing a wood burning stove, which leads to the stair hall and a cloakroom. The drawing room is an extremely elegant room with bay windows, parquet flooring and a lovely fireplace with carved mantle and marble slips. There is also a well-proportioned dining room with open fire and a study off the drawing room. The kitchen/family room forms the hub of the house and is a beautiful room with a breakfast/dining area set in a large bay window overlooking the Forest, French doors onto the large, south facing terrace, designer kitchen units by Mark Wilkinson and a sitting area in front of a grand fireplace with a wood burning stove. A wide archway, flanked by bookcases leads to glazed double doors that open into an adjoining TV room, from which there is access to the back courtyard. Also off the kitchen is a pantry with fitted cupboards and a utility room with a dog shower and space for washing machine and dryer.
At the end of the hall is a magnificent carved staircase with a huge mullioned window on the half landing, leading up to an impressive landing on the first floor. The principal bedroom is a wonderful size, with wardrobes and drawer units, a fitted en suite dressing room, a fireplace with iridescent tiled surround and wonderful views. The en suite bathroom has a walk-in shower cubicle, WC, central roll-top bath, period fireplace flanked by twin wash hand basins set in elegant vanity units and a separate door to the landing. There is a very well-appointed family bath/shower room and 3 further good size bedrooms on this floor, 1 of which has a lovely en suite shower room.
Stairs lead up to a spacious second floor landing, off which is a fitted study with wonderful views, a guest bedroom with high vaulted ceiling, walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom with walk-in shower. Double doors open from the landing into a substantial apartment, which incorporates a fully fitted kitchen, sitting and dining areas, bedroom and shower room.
Gardens and Grounds
Electric wooden gates open onto a brick edged gravel drive that sweeps up to the front of the house and garages, where there is a turning circle. The barn-style garaging is open-fronted with 3 bays, attached to the side of which is a garden store.
The main garden lies on the southern side of the property. A broad stretch of lawn leads down to a thatched breeze house with a small bridge leading across a ha-ha to a heated swimming pool enclosed by terracing and fencing, with fabulous, panoramic views of Ashdown Forest. The pool is heated by an air source heat pump. On the western edge of the garden is an enclosed childrens play area.
To the east of the drive is an expanse of lawn with a path leading to a delightful water feature, beyond which the lawn is terraced with steps leading down from one level to the next, to the side of which is a large fenced pond. Beyond is a hard tennis court and the stable complex constructed by Scotts of Thrapston, which is accessed by a spur off the main drive and which has a concrete apron, porch overhang, foaling box, feed room, tack room, 4 loose boxes, open fronted hay store and WC. Next to the stables is a sand school, beyond which are the paddocks with automatic watering and a field shelter.
To the rear of the property is a courtyard with separate pedestrian access, where there are stores for logs and the oil tank and steps down to a spacious cellar that houses the boiler and water tank.
Local Amenities & Communications
Magnificently situated, in an elevated position, with views to the south over Ashdown Forest, in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times, it is now the largest free public access space in the South East. It is a great place for walking, riding and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside and is known the world over as the home of Winnie the Pooh.
Colemans Hatch has an extremely popular country pub, which is only a few yards from the start of the drive. Local amenities are available in either Forest Row or the historic village of Hartfield. For an extensive range of shopping, educational and transport facilities there are the towns of East Grinstead and Tunbridge Wells. There are mainline railways stations at both East Grinstead and Tunbridge Wells and there is an excellent range of private and state schools in the area. The M23 (about 13 miles) gives access to Gatwick Airport, London, the coast, M25 and national motorway network.
From East Grinstead head south on A22 through Forest Row and at the second roundabout turn left onto the B2110 towards Hartfield. At Colemans Hatch turn right at the church and proceed to the end of this road. At the crossroads go directly across and take the first drive on the left. Take the right fork of the drive and follow it round to the white wooden gates.
Local Authorities and Services
Wealden DC 01892 653311. East Sussex CC 0345 608 0190. Council tax band G. Mains water and electricity. Oil fired central heating. Private drainage