Description Set in a stunning and private rural location with fabulous views in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this beautifully renovated home is located 0.4 miles down a private road, off a leafy lane. Sure to appeal to many, the property sits in an acre of garden with a lake and boasts a paddock of some 8 acres. Full of features, this home offers light and bright rooms with touches of oak throughout including doors, skirting and architrave and a plethora of glazed doors and windows, making the most of the fantastic position and views of the garden, fields and woodland beyond. The versatile, attached annexe provides a self-contained unit which could provide a place for guests or additional relative.
Not often is a property renovated to this standard available to purchase. In 2013, the current vendors lovingly extended the house and it was substantially upgraded in terms of energy efficiency. The original 1850 part of the house had all the exterior walls, floors and roof insulated and the whole property has been designed and built to minimise environmental impact with all LED lighting and full double glazing. This in turn results in a modest running cost for a property of this type. Now providing a stylish, quality home that has been sympathetically transformed, the house still boasts a huge amount of character, with a layout which flows beautifully. The vendors ensured the highest quality materials were used, and modern life conveniences installed including security cameras, hard wired internet, stand-alone generator and remote control gate access. Outside, the environmental impact of the property has been carefully considered and there is water harvesting from most of the roof area, providing storage for 800 litres of rainwater with overflow directed to the pond.
Location Rural yet accessible, the property is a mere 1.4 miles from Bells Yew Green village which offers a local store, pub and Frant main line station. To the south, explore Wadhurst, a bustling village, full of shopping amenities and Wadhurst main line station is just 1.7 miles from the property. These stations provide services to London Charing Cross and Canon Street in an hour. Royal Tunbridge Wells and The Pantiles (4 miles) are renowned areas for shopping, along with banking facilities, theatres and a fabulous mix of restaurants. There is an excellent selection of schools locally, including Rosehill and The Mead in Tunbridge Wells, the Grammar Schools in Tonbridge and primary schools at Frant and Lamberhurst. The A21 can be reached easily at Lamberhurst, 5 miles, and provides access to the coast and the M25 network.
Entrance hall Prepare to be amazed from the moment you step inside. Upon entering the property, the light and bright entrance hall is a welcoming space with windows to the front and the side. Two oak doors open to reveal a coat cupboard and a cloakroom. A glazed, oak door opens into the dining hall. Tiled floor.
Cloak room With a continuation of the tiled floor from the entrance hall. Fitted with a low-level wc and a wash hand basin. Window to the front.
Dining hall A beautiful reception space, elegantly presented, currently used as a dining area with enough space to seat a large family. Light and bright with a window to the side, an oak floor that extends through sliding glazed oak double doors into the sitting room to a window that frames a beautiful oak tree beyond in the garden. Further glazed oak doors lead into the garden room, study and kitchen breakfast room. Oak doors open into a cupboard with the fuse box. Wall lights (dimming) in addition to dimmable ceiling lights and separate 4 point lamp circuit.
Garden room A fabulous space to sit and enjoy the wonderful garden, whatever the weather, with stunning views down to the pond. Windows to the side and front of the property with glazed double doors to the garden at the side. The glazed roof provides the room with light all day. Tiled floor and 4 point lamp circuit.
Study Situated to the east of the property with a window providing views of the garden and a glazed door provides access to the garden. The perfect place to sit and work whilst enjoying the view. Continuation of the oak floor from the dining hall. Currently used as a study, this room could also provide a playroom.
Sitting room An elegant double aspect room with views over the garden to the side and the rear. A glazed door opens onto the stone paved path which wraps around the property. The sitting room can be accessed by the dining hall and the kitchen breakfast room and a beautiful oak staircase ascends to the first floor. Continuation of the oak floor from the dining hall. There are two antique cast iron radiators which form part of the central heating and a wood burning stove on a stone hearth, sat within an exposed brick fireplace offers a beautiful focal point to the room. 2 zone ceiling lights and 4 point lamp circuit, benefitting from a speaker system.
Kitchen breakfast room Host a wonderful dinner party with ease in this triple aspect room which benefits from views of the gardens and over the rolling fields and woodland beyond. Two glazed doors to the front terrace, one each side of a bay window fitted with bench seating, and a pair of French doors to the rear provide access to the covered terrace and garden. At around 40m2, there is ample space for a dining table along with a comfortable seating area. The kitchen is fitted with a large central island (2.5m x 1.1m) equipped with mains and usb power, a range of solid wood hand-painted wall and base units with a granite work surface over and tiled splashbacks, a deep 1½ Franke s/s sink unit with extendable mixer tap and separate filtered drinking water faucet. A walk-in pantry cupboard is accessed through an oak door. The beautiful Rayburn stove is oil fired providing heating and hot water for the entire property as well as cooking. Other integrated, quality appliances include a Neff extractor hood, New World electric oven, Caple 2 ring induction hob and a Beko dishwasher. There is also space for an American style fridge freezer with plumbing for filtered water. The kitchen offers a tiled floor with underfloor heating and has five zone ceiling lighting. An oak door leads into the utility room.
Utility room Connecting the main house and the annexe, the utility room has a half glazed stable style door which leads out to the rear garden. Fitted with multiple base units with a work surface over as well as a tall cupboard and a Belfast sink. There is space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer and space for an extra freezer. Oak doors open into a cupboard with the water softener and another with access to plumbing. Tiled floor and velux window.
First floor landing Returning to the sitting room, the oak staircase ascends to the first floor landing fitted with an oak floor and where you will discover oak doors leading into the four double aspect bedrooms, the family bathroom and an airing cupboard. A channelled light window to the ceiling provides light all day.
Master bedroom suite A beautiful double aspect suite with a bedroom which benefits from expansive rural views to the front and the back. Walk through the glazed double doors onto the balcony and make the most of the views of the garden and beautiful countryside. This is a suite to be impressed by. The room is fitted with a substantial range of wardrobes and makes full use of the extensive eaves storage. Partly vaulted ceiling and oak floor. Walking into the luxury en-suite wet room, the suite offers a shower with double head, a low level wc, a wash hand basin, a vanity unit with motion sensor lighting and heated towel rail. Tiled floor and tiling to half height.
Family bathroom The suite offers a bath with shower attachment over, a low level wc, a wash hand basin, a vanity unit with motion sensor lighting and heated towel rail. Tiled floor and tiling to half height.
Second bedroom suite A great suite for a teenager or for guests. A double aspect bedroom with views over the garden and pond to the side and rear. The bedroom offers built in wardrobes and has an oak floor. The luxury en-suite wet room boasts a shower, a low level wc, a wash hand basin, a vanity unit with motion sensor lighting, heated towel rail and storage cupboard. Tiled floor and tiling to half height. Window to the rear.
Bedroom three A double aspect bedroom with views to the side and the front. Oak floor.
Bedroom four A double aspect bedroom with views to the side and the front. Storage cupboard. Oak floor. Loft hatch provides access to the useable loft space which is carpeted and fitted with a velux window, power and lighting.
Annexe Accessed externally or from the kitchen through the utility room, this self-contained space could provide a multitude of uses for either live-in relatives, an older child or to provide an income. Across two floors, the open plan sitting room and kitchen are on the ground floor. With windows to three sides, this light and bright room has glazed doors providing access to a private and separate rear garden. The sitting room has a wooden floor and a wood burning stove. The kitchen is fitted with a range of wall and base units with tiled splash backs and a stone floor. Integrated appliances include an electric oven and an electric hob with extractor over. There is plumbing and space for a dishwasher and fridge freezer. A door opens to a storage area under the staircase which cleverly has space and plumbing for a washing machine. Another door opens into the quality fully tiled shower room which is fitted with a low level wc, a wash hand basin and a glazed shower unit with a window to the front. On the first floor there is an impressive bedroom suite which benefits from rural views to the front and the back. Walk through the glazed double doors onto the balcony and make the most of the beautiful Sussex countryside. Eaves storage. Walking into the en-suite bathroom, the suite offers a bath with shower attachment, a low level wc, a wash hand basin, a wall mirror and heated towel rail. Tiled floor and tiling to half height.
Externally Situated 0.4miles down a private road, this property sits proudly within an acre of garden with views to take your breath away. Pass along the private road from the leafy lane through woods and past your 8 acre paddock. Through the electric gates, the property has ample off road parking on the gravelled driveway and an oak framed, double garage with mezzanine storage. The garage is equipped with power and mains water and houses a standby generator capable of running the whole property.
The landscaped garden has a stone paved footpath that wraps around the property with stone terraces at the front and the rear, making the most of the sun whatever the season or time of day. Two terraces at the rear take full advantage of the elevated position overlooking the garden, the wide stone stairs to the pond and the valley below. The terrace accessed directly from the kitchen has been established as an outdoor living space and has a glazed roof, is equipped with a wood-fired pizza oven and outdoor fire place and has place for a bar-b-q. To the front there is a terrace serviced with a retractable awning stretching towards a glass covered well. The garden is bordered by established hedging and contains mature shrubs and trees, lawn and box hedging. Fruit trees include 2 eating apples, 2 cooking apples, a pear, a walnut and hazel. To the north west, an area has been devoted to 4 raised vegetable beds. The annexe has a private terrace and garden area which could remain separate for visiting guests.
There is water harvesting from most of the roof area and storage for 800 litres of rainwater. There are several external power sockets around the property.
The pond was restored in 2015 with over 800 pond plants established. The pond is a haven for wildlife and wild foul and is a focal point for the garden.
The eight acre paddock has a small subdivided section at the northern end (closest to the house) which is enclosed with Sussex post and rail fencing and is serviced with mains water from the house. An existing foundation offers the opportunity to establish a stable or shed.