The house stands in a wonderful setting within the Ashdown Forest with the trees providing a stunning backdrop. The house was originally a stone foresters cottage, which has been substantially extended over the years and now provides almost 7,000 square feet of very comfortable family accommodation.
Steps lead up to an oak front door, which opens into a reception hall with exposed beams and a stone fireplace. The drawing room is a wonderful size with a stone fireplace and 5 sets of French doors to the garden. There is a dining room and a well appointed kitchen/breakfast room. It has fitted wall and floor units, granite worksurfaces, an electric 4 oven Aga with electric hob, built in combi oven and dishwasher. There is also a stable door to the garden and a walk in shelved larder. Beyond is a boot room with fitted units and a dog shower, a garden room with sliding door to the garden and a study with fitted shelves, quarry tiled floor and secondary staircase. At the end of the house is the first bedroom suite with dressing room and bathroom. The bedroom has exposed beams and an inglenook fireplace. Off the reception hall, steps lead down to an extension with a lobby, bedroom 2 with French doors to the garden and a well appointed bathroom. There is also a cloakroom, wine store and a library/cinema room with fitted shelves to the walls.
A wide oak staircase leads up to a spacious first floor landing with exposed beams and oak floor and French doors to a balcony on the front of the house. Off this landing, the principal bedroom is open to the eaves with exposed beams and an oak floor. There are French doors to a balcony, dressing room with range of built in cupboards and drawers and an en suite bathroom with double basins, a large walk-in shower and a cast iron bath with claw feet. There are 2 further bedroom suites with dressing rooms and bathrooms. Also in this section of the house is bedroom 6, a laundry room and a drying room. The first floor of the extension is entirely given over to a substantial games room with oak floor, eaves storage cupboards and a kitchenette. At ground floor level, the extension and the newer parts of the house have under-floor heating under travertine stone tiling.
It is approached through a wooden gate along a gravel drive, which leads to a parking and turning area in front of the garage. A pathway with steps lead up to the house. Beside the drive is a pond that is stocked with fish. On the western and southern sides of the house are seating areas with established flower borders overlooking the pond. There is a large expanse of lawn with borders of rhododendron, concealing garden sheds. At the top of the garden is the swimming pool area with York stone paved surround, a pool house with changing room, plant room and a covered entertaining area. The pool area is sheltered and screened by mature shrubs and there is a wonderful outlook over the trees of the forest. There is a gate behind the pool house providing direct access to the Forest and a further seating area in the middle of the lawn. In total, the garden extends to 1.10 acres.
The hamlet of Colemans Hatch is centred on its Church and, nearby, the highly regarded 15th Century pub, the Hatch Inn. Forest Row (about 2 ½ miles) is a substantial village and has a good selection of local shops and restaurants. Hartfield (about 2 miles) is renowned for its connections to Winnie the Pooh and has a number of local amenities including a village shop, tea-room, doctors surgery, primary school and public houses. For further shopping, educational and transport facilities there are the towns of East Grinstead and Royal Tunbridge Wells.
It lies within the boundary of Ashdown Forest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The forest is about 6,500 acres and is ideal for walking, horse riding, golf (at Royal Ashdown Forest) and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex Countryside. There is an extensive selection of excellent schools in the area in both state and independent sectors, including Ashdown House, Brambletye, Cumnor House and Holmewood House prep schools and senior schools at Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Worth, Hurstpierpoint, St. Leonards Mayfield and Michael Hall.
From the centre of East Grinstead proceed south of the A22 into Forest Row. At the second roundabout in Forest Row turn left to Hartfield on the B2110. Opposite Colemans Hatch Church turn right and cross over the next crossroads passing The Hatch Inn on your right. Go to the bottom of the hill, turn left through the ford and the house will be found on the right after about 600 metres.
Mains water and electricity. Oil central heating. Private drainage. High-speed broadband.connection. The house enjoys Commoners Rights on the Ashdown Forest.
Council tax: House band G
Wealden District Council Tel: 01892 653311
East Sussex County Council Tel: 0345 60 80 190
The most convenient station is Cowden (about 12 minutes drive away) providing regular services to London Bridge in around 47 minutes. There is a mainline railway station at East Grinstead providing service to London Bridge/Victoria in around 55 minutes, and other options include services from Tonbridge or Hildenborough. The M23 provides good access to Gatwick (about 30 minutes), the M25 and Heathrow (about one hour).