Explore Humberts

Office,development for sale in Dowlands Lane, Smallfield, Horley, RH6

Guide price £3,750,000

A combined commercial and residential property superbly located for access to Gatwick and London, and centred on a wonderful period house, fabulous office barn-conversion and ancillary accommodation.

A combined commercial and residential property superbly located for access to Gatwick and London, and centred on a wonderful period house, fabulous office barn-conversion and ancillary accommodation.
• 6 Bedroom Grade II listed house
• 2 Bedroom Granary
• 2 bungalows needing modernisation
• Office space amounting to 4,372sq. ft. including
• Substantial, vaulted office barn with open plan and individual office spaces, WCs and staff kitchen
• Barn conversion conference room
• Staff rooms
• Garden with lawn, terraces, ponds, paddock, orchard/vegetable garden, summerhouse with kitchen, gym with shower, greenhouse and garden stores
Just over 8.5 acres
Planning Opportunities
This wonderful site has excellent development potential, as planning has been granted to convert the entire site into a number of separate dwellings:
• Main house has planning consent for conversion into 2 semi-detached homes; One 4 bedroom house and one 2 bedroom house.
• The Granary has planning consent to extend as well as separating it from the main barn into a detached 3 bedroom house.
• There is consent to convert the main office barn into two 3 bedroom dwellings (this consent is dependent upon the conversion of Bungalow 3-4 into offices, prior to the commencement of this conversion).
• Subject to planning: There are 2 substantial timber framed and clad bungalows, which were originally 2 pairs of semi-detached properties. These properties require extensive remodeling/rebuilding, so the Local Authority may look favourably at converting these back into 4 semi-detached homes or potentially into a single larger property.

Accessibility, efficiency, off-grid capacity and self-sufficiency:
• Extensive range of solar panelling to make running the site exceptionally cost-efficient. Phase 3 electrics and 15Kw Generator.
• CCTV, fibre to property and rain harvester system.
• 3 bay open-fronted barn plus parking for at least 15 vehicles and 2 rapid charge electric car charging points.
• Sited on the Surrey Cycle Way and so direct cycle routes to Gatwick, with trains to London in 30 mins. and flights to Europe in a few hours.
The House
This charming 6 bedroom, Grade II listed 16th century house has excellent accommodation and a wealth of period features including exposed timbers. From the entrance porch the front door opens into a reception hall with adjoining cloakroom, cupboard and stairs to first floor. Off the hall is an elegant drawing room with lovely fireplace housing a wood burning stove, a large dining room with a wood burner and a study. The kitchen/family room is well-proportioned and has fitted wall, floor and island units, granite worktops, double sink, Aga, fitted appliances, wood burning stove and French doors to the garden. Off the kitchen is a good size ancillary kitchen/utility room.

Upstairs, a galleried landing wraps around a central atrium. The principal bedroom is a lovely size and has an en suite shower room. There are 5 further bedrooms and 2 family bathrooms, one of which has a shower and bath cubicle. There is also a separate WC on this floor.

The Granary
Opposite the house is a charming period cottage with a bedroom and shower room on the first floor whilst downstairs there is a hall, partially fitted kitchen/breakfast room and 3 rooms that could be used as bedrooms or reception rooms. A corridor links the cottage to the main office barn. Planning consent has been granted to extend this property and footings have already been dug for this.

Period Office barn-conversion
This magnificent period barn has been converted into a wonderful, spacious office with 3 private rooms and a substantial open-plan area with exposed beams and vaulted ceiling overlooked by a galleried mezzanine level, providing excellent space for numerous workstations. There is also a staff kitchen, comms room, 2 WCs and a stationary room, which links through to the granary. Along the southern edge of the property is a building with 2 staff rooms, one incorporating a kitchen and there is also a shower room.

Board room barn
To the east of the main barn is a detached period barn that has been beautifully converted into a conference room. To the north of this is a shed housing a 15 KW generator, which is fed by its own oil tank.

2 Bungalows
Beyond the garden to the north are 2 large detached timber framed bungalows, which were originally 4 semi-detached bungalows, with potential to be rebuilt to modern standard.
Gardens and Grounds
From the lane a pair of five bar gates open onto a gravel drive that forks off to parking areas and a car park with a minimum of 15 spaces and lighting; one in front of the office barn with an additional gated entrance to the lane, and the other in front of the house, where there are 2 rapid electric car charging points and a 3 bay open-fronted barn providing garaging and bike storage.

On the southern side of the house is a courtyard garden with well stocked flowerbeds, flagstone terracing and central pond with water feature to the sides of which are a wonderful size summerhouse with kitchen and a gym with shower. The main area of lawn runs along the west side of the house leading up to an enclosed area in the far corner for composting bins, garden shed and greenhouse. To the north of the property is a duck pond, vegetable garden with fruit cages and raised beds, large log store and orchard. Beyond the bungalows to the north is a paddock of about 6.5 acres

Local Amenities & Communications
Situated along a country lane to the east of Smallfields, which has village store, primary school and pub. Horley is a short drive away, offering a wide range of shops, stores (including a Waitrose supermarket) and schools (including Redehall, The Hawthorns at Bletchingley and Copthorne Preparatory). Crawley town centre with its excellent selection of shops, restaurants and recreation facilities is a short drive. There are mainline rail commuting services to London Victoria, London Bridge and Brighton from Horley and Gatwick (30 mins), which are readily accessible by road as well as by the Surrey Cycle Way. Gatwick Airport and the M23, which provides access to M25, are about 6 miles away.

Local Authorities & Services
Tandridge DC 01883 722000. Surrey CC 0181 541 8800. Mains water and rainwater harvesting system. Private drainage. Gas fired central heating. Solar and mains electricity, including 3 phase, and supported by a 15Kw generator. There is also fibre to property broadband and CCTV.

Exit M23 at junction 10 onto A264 towards East Grinstead. At the 2nd roundabout take the first exit to Copthorne and turn right just after the Prince Albert pub onto Copthorne Bank. Head north for about 2½ miles. Turn right just after the Co-Op onto Plough Road for ½ mile then turn right onto Dowlands Lane. The property is the first on the right.