This idyllic and historic small estate offers rural tranquility with its stocked lake, streams, grazing and woodland there is the opportunity to enjoy a host of outdoor pursuits, such as fishing, boating and riding.
The mill house is beautifully presented, as is the annexe in the converted barn, while the largely restored watermill is a wonderful additional feature.
Drawing room, Dining room, Study/library, Kitchen, Family room
Boot room and 2 cloakrooms
Principal bedroom with en suite shower room
3 Further bedrooms, Family bathroom
Barn annexe with bedroom, en suite bathroom, kitchen/sitting room
Garaging, workshop, greenhouse, Gardens, bluebell woods, Fishing lake
About 31 acres
This wonderful timber framed millers house, listed Grade II, was commissioned by Richard Leech of Sheffield Park in 1597-98. Inside, there are a wealth of period features including oak doors and floors, exposed brick and stone walls, inglenook fireplaces and exposed timbers.
Steps lead up from the drive to the front door and entrance hall, which has exposed stone wall and brick floor. The drawing room is an excellent size and has a magnificent inglenook fireplace and boarded floor. Beyond is the study which has fitted bookshelves, glazed door to the garden and an adjoining cloakroom. An old oak door leads from the drawing room to the stair hall where steps lead down to a tanked basement/utility room which houses an oil fired boiler and plumbing for washing machine. The dining room is a beautiful room with beams, boarded floor, inglenook fireplace with side seats and a wood burning stove. The kitchen is beautifully fitted with maple units, granite worktops, limestone flooring, dishwasher, double butlers sink, Aga and separate 2 ring ceramic hob. The kitchen has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and a wide opening through to the family room, which has a similar ceiling, exposed brick wall, underfloor heating and French doors to the garden. Off the kitchen is a boot room with underfloor heating and stable door to garden.
Upstairs, is the charming principal bedroom, which has an old oak boarded floor, wealth of exposed beams and an en suite shower room. There are 2 other attractive bedrooms, a family bathroom and a separate cloakroom on this floor with stairs to bedroom 4.
The period barn, listed Grade II, has an integral double garage with power and lighting. A side door opens into a stair hall with a door into the garage and an adjoining workshop that leads through to an attached conservatory/greenhouse at the rear.
An oak staircase leads up to an annexe on the first floor, which has a wonderful, open-plan kitchen/sitting room with a vaulted ceiling, wealth of exposed beams, wood burning stove and fitted kitchen units with electric oven, hob, sink and space for washing machine and fridge. Beyond is a good size bedroom with en suite bathroom.
Historical research suggests that Sheffield Mill, listed Grade II*, occupies the site of a water-powered iron furnace that was in operation by 1546 and out of use by 1571. The corn mill was built in 1597-8 and worked until 1928. The mill is one of the few remaining example in UK of a horizontal wooden layshaft, which drives 2 pairs of millstones with 3 pairs of wooden gearwheels, dated c.1810-1820. The mill building has been largely restored and some of the surviving machinery is believed to date from the original corn mill. There is potential for harnessing the power of the water for hydro-electric power subject to planning and feasibility study.
Gardens and Grounds
Located at the end of a long private lane, a five-bar gate opens onto a drive that sweeps down to a gravel parking and turning area between the house, barn and water mill.
To the north of the property is the lake with an expanse of wetland beyond forming a haven for wildlife. At the southern end of the lake is a dam with a sluice gate to the mill stream and an overflow that run under the road bridge to a waterfall and stream on the western side of the house. The streams converge at the southern end of the garden where there is a small island traversed by a footbridge. The attractive garden is mainly laid to lawn and is well stocked with plants and shrubs with paths that wrap around both sides of the house to a brick paved terrace at the rear. At the end of the garden are 3 sheds and a large, gated vegetable garden with fruit cages. To the west are 2 fields of around 9.5 acres for grazing and to the east of the drive is a bridge crossing the mill stream to further areas of grassland, where there is a 3 bay open barn and a summerhouse and beyond this is the bluebell woods where there is another large log store. There is lapsed planning consent (WD/2002/2220/F) for an animal shelter/tractor and feed store for stabling.
Head south on A22 through Forest Row to Wych Cross and fork right just after the traffic lights onto A275 to Lewes for about 4 miles. Take the 2nd left after Heaven Farm which is a hard left onto Tanyard Lane, then take the first right onto Mill Lane (private drive) and continue to the very end.
Local Authorities and Services
Wealden District Council Tel: 01892 653311. East Sussex County Council Tel: 03456080190. Council tax band G. Oil fired central heating and partial underfloor heating (electric convector heater in barn annexe). Private drainage.
Local Amenities & Communications
Located in a tucked away rural setting in the popular hamlet of Furners Green, which is situated between Danehill and Chailey. There is wonderful riding and walking nearby as the Farm has direct access onto Sheffield Forest and in the surrounding area are the South Downs National Park and Ashdown Forest. The towns of Haywards Heath, Lewes, Uckfield, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton and East Grinstead provide a wide selection of shops and amenities and there is an excellent choice of schools in the surrounding area. The railway station at Haywards Heath provides a service to London Bridge/Victoria in about 45 mins and the A22 is about 4 miles away providing good access to the M25 and London. Gatwick is about 17 miles.