An absolutely delightful 17th century cottage with a wealth of period features that has more recently been sympathetically extended to provide good family accommodation. The property is surrounded by wonderful gardens and grounds and is set in a very popular, tranquil rural location.
From the porch the front door opens into a hallway, which has an adjoining cloakroom. The farmhouse style kitchen/breakfast room has a range of lime washed wall, floor, larder and display units, dresser, oil fired Aga, electric oven, halogen hob, plumbing for dishwasher, 1½ bowl sink with mixer tap, tiled floor, part vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. The elegant dining room is an excellent size and has an inglenook fireplace with oak bressumer, housing a wood burning stove, leaded light windows, low level cupboards with display shelving above and exposed beams. The drawing room has an attractive open fire with marble slips and hearth and carved wooden mantel over and sliding glazed doors to the garden. Beyond is the conservatory, which has a terracotta tiled floor and French doors to the garden. Also off the hall is a very spacious utility room space and plumbing for washing machine and dryer, a butlers sink, coat cupboards and back door. Beyond the utility is a study with fitted shelving, desk and drawer unit.
The galleried landing has exposed timbers, airing cupboard and loft hatch. The principal bedroom has fitted wardrobes, shelving, views over the garden, an en suite dressing room with fitted wardrobes (which could easily be converted into a 5th bedroom) and bathroom with panelled bath with shower over, WC, wash hand basin set in vanity unit and heated towel rail. There are 3 further charming bedrooms on this floor, all with exposed timbers and 2 of which have built in wardrobes. The family bathroom has a panelled bath, mixer taps and shower attachment, heated towel rail, WC, pedestal wash hand basin.
From the lane a gravel driveway leads through 5 bar gates, flanked by mature hedging, to a parking and turning area in front of a timber framed, 2 bay, open fronted garage with workshop and log store to the side, where there is a garden gate to a lawn tennis court. A path from the drive leads under a clematis clad pergola, down to and around the house. Terraces lead onto the lawn, which sweeps around large, mature flowerbeds, down to the lake and stream. Beyond is a paddock and area of woodland.
The A272 is a short distance to the north. There is a mainline railway station at Haywards Heath (London Bridge/Victoria in about 45 minutes). The M23 provides good access to Gatwick and the M25.
Local Authorities & Services
Mains water and electricity. Oil fired central heating. Private drainage. Council tax: Band G. Lewes District Council 01273 471600. East Sussex County Council 0345 6080190.
From Haywards Heath head in easterly direction along A272 through North Chailey and just before Newick turn right down Oxbottom Lane. After about ½ mile take the left fork signposted as Narrow Road. At the end turn left onto Cornwell’s Bank for about 1 mile. Having passed Newick Park on your right, take the next left into Sharpbridge, take the next left into Sharpbridge Lane and the drive to the cottage will be found on the right after about 600m.