An exceptional and sensitively converted chapel of immense character, with painted ceiling and open plan living space in a tucked away rural location a short distance from East Grinstead.
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An exceptional and sensitively converted chapel with open plan living space in a tucked away rural location a short distance from East Grinstead.
• Entrance area
• Open plan kitchen/sitting/dining room
• Utility room
• Galleried landing
• Principal bedroom with balcony, shower, bath, WC and basin
• 2 further bedrooms with showers
• Parking area
• Cottage garden
• Woodland area
The house was built in 1887 as the chapel for Fonthill School and just six chaplains spanned the 110 years of its service. It was secularized and sold in 1997 and converted by the current vendor in 2000/01 into the wonderful home it is today. Its conversion was carried out very sensitively retaining many of its original features including the bell tower with working bell, wooden and tiled floors, paneling, gothic arched windows, decorative ceiling and open to eaves.
A brick path leads to the front door which opens into an entrance area, which is open to the main body of the chapel, providing open plan living. This is open to the boarded eaves with a stunning decorative ceiling. The main sitting area has a wood burning stove. The dining area is separated from the kitchen by the staircase. The kitchen has fitted floor and wall units, granite worktops, sink, built in dishwasher and a 4 oven oil fired Aga. There is a utility room with door to garden, deep sink, oil fired boiler and plumbing for washing machine. The bedroom passage, which has the bell pull and leads down to the cloakroom, has off it 2 bedrooms each with a shower cubicle and fitted wardrobes.
Upstairs, there is a galleried landing overlooking the living area. The principal bedroom is open to the eaves with the bell pull running through it. There is an extensive range of fitted wardrobes and door to balcony. Within the bedroom is a shower cubicle, bath, WC and a basin.
The private lane leads to a pair of wooden gates which open onto a gravelled parking and turning area. Beside the drive is a water feature, oak tree and a brick seating area covered by a pergola clad with wisteria, roses, clematis and honeysuckle. There is a very pretty cottage garden with a number of outbuilding including, greenhouse, garden shed, tool shed and outside WC. There are brick and gravel paths and seating area and decking are separated by borders and fruit trees. There is an excellent view from the seating area towards East Grinstead. Beyond the garden is a wooded area which slopes away from the garden.
SPORT AND LOCAL AMENITIES
The chapel is very conveniently placed for cricket, hockey, netball and rugger clubs. The town also has tennis and football clubs. Golf is available at Chartham Park, Royal Ashdown and Holtye. Horse racing at Lingfield Park. Water sports are available at Weir Wood reservoir. There are excellent state and private schools in the area.
There are mainline railway stations at East Grinstead, Three Bridges and Gatwick providing services to London Bridge/Victoria. The M23 is about 8 miles providing good access to London, Brighton and Gatwick. The A22 also connects directly to M25
LOCAL AUTHORITIES & SERVICES
Mid Sussex DC: 01444458166 Council tax band G.
West Sussex CC: 01243777100 Private drainage.
Mains water and electricity. Oil fired central heating.
The property is very well located for ease of access to the amenities of the town including local stores, supermarkets and the railway station. Further shopping and recreational facilities can be found in Tunbridge Wells and Crawley.
Nearby Ashdown Forest is the largest free public access space, about 6,500 acres, in the South East. It is a great place for walking and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside and is known the world over as the 'home' of Winnie-the-Pooh.5.
Proceed out of East Grinstead on the Turners Hill Road (B2110). At the Imberhorne crossroads turn left into Saint Hill Road. Proceed along the road and turn left up a private lane just before the rugby club and Fonthill Chapel will be found on the left.