Gale is a magnificent country house standing in secluded gardens within Ashdown Forest. The house was built in 1897/8 for Lord Robert Cecil, the son of Queen Victoria's favourite Prime Minister, the Marquis of Salisbury. In the 1920s, Gale became a meeting place of the Bloomsbury Circle and was often mentioned by Virginia Woolf in her diaries. The house was substantially extended in later years and presents an elegant appearance with the principal rooms having a southerly or westerly aspect, and is ideal for entertaining. On the upper floors there are some delightful views towards the South Downs. There is a beautifully fitted kitchen/breakfast room with large island units and granite work surfaces and four-oven oil fired AGA. It has a large conservatory with access to the garden and which overlooks the swimming pool area.
On the first floor there is a spacious principal bedroom, which has an en suite bathroom as well as dressing room/study. On this floor there are 7 further good-sized bedrooms and 4 bathrooms 2 of which are en suite. On the second floor there are 4 further rooms with kitchen and bathroom, which would make additional bedrooms or staff flat.
GROUND AND GARDENS
The property is approached over the forest through a gated drive where there is a circular entrance. There are some beautifully maintained gardens, including lawns and a magnificent terraced garden divided by well-clipped hedges and mature shrub borders. Within the garden there is a hard tennis court, heated swimming pool, changing rooms, children's play area, vegetable garden and green house. In all the whole property extends to about 2.5 acres.
Administration fees: £300 plus VAT is required on signing the agreement. This charge is made to cover administration, agreement and deposit scheme.
Referencing: There is a charge in respect of each reference of £42.
Deposit: Equal to 6 weeks reserved rent, payable prior to occupation
Preliminary Monies: Monies equivalent to two weeks rent will be required at acceptance of offer, which is non-refundable, but will be set against the first months rent. Availability: Immediate Term: Minimum 1 year.
Furnished: Unfurnished. Heating: Oil fired central heating.
Restrictions: No smokers, small pets may be considered.
Council tax: Band H
Local authority: Wealden District Council Tel: 01892 653311
Outgoings: Utility accounts, including council tax and telephone are the responsibility of the tenants, who must also provide their own contents insurance rent
From East Grinstead proceed south on the A22 through Forest Row. At Wych Cross fork right onto the A275 towards Lewes. Follow this road for about ? mile and the entrance to the house will be found on the right hand side just before entering Chelwood Gate.
Local Authorities and Services
There is a mainline railway station at Haywards Heath with a primary service to London Bridge/Victoria in about 45 minutes. The A22 1 mile connects to the M25. Gatwick is about 10 miles.
The house is surrounded by Ashdown Forest the largest free public access space in the South East. It is a great place for walking and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside. Local amenities are in Forest Row 2 miles. A more comprehensive range of shopping, recreational and transport facilities can be found in Haywards Heath 7 miles, East Grinstead 6 miles and Tunbridge Wells 20 miles.