A unique and substantial country residence with origins dating back to the 14th century, providing accommodation of over 11,300 sq. Ft and a further 3,400 sq. Ft of outbuildings, including barns and stables. This beautiful family estate is situated in an idyllic hillside location on Ashdown Forest, nestled on the edge of Holly Bush Wood and the village of Nutley, with far reaching views of the Forest and South Downs and set in approx. 14 acres of formal gardens and equestrian paddocks, ‘Pricketts Hatch’ was one of the original gates to the Ashdown Forest and believed to have been part of a Tudor hunting lodge of the then King Henry VIII.
The property consists of a main house and two further dwellings, ‘West Lodge’ & ‘The Oast House’.
Parts of the main house are known to date back to the 1400’s, its proof of origin is still evident by its surviving wattle and daub walls, ancient timbers and original fireplaces.
The property was extended in the 1900’s and the cow milking sheds and some of the stables were also converted to provide further residential accommodation.
The main residence comprises seven bedrooms, six bathrooms, kitchen, sauna and a large indoor swimming pool complex plus two attached garages, totalling some 6847 sq. Ft.
‘West House’ is a single storey self-contained property of some 2967 sq. Ft, which adjoins the main house and provides three/four bedrooms, four bathrooms, three/four reception rooms, a large open plan 26’ Kitchen dining room with living room adjoining, boasting full height bi-fold doors with outstanding views over the gardens and forest beyond, the spacious reception hall also provides access to a delightful balcony overhanging the natural carp pond.
‘The Oast House’ was originally a stable block and was converted in the 1900’s into a charming self-contained detached dwelling providing extra accommodation for relatives, for staff or simply as a holiday cottage for up to eight guests. The accommodation of 1493 sq. Ft comprises four bedrooms, five bath/shower rooms, an oak Kitchen/breakfast room and a superb open plan living area with fireplace, oak vaulted ceilings and double doors out on to a private terrace.
Outside, Pricketts Hatch is accessed via ‘Nether Lane’ through wrought iron gates and down two gravel driveways, with garaging and parking facilities for the largest of parties, the estate provides well for both family and sporting life, with its formal lawns and extensive terracing it lends itself to recreation and alfresco entertainment for all ages. Its fourteen acres of gardens & fields are bordered with chestnut post and rail fencing, neighbouring the forest & other agricultural land, making it Ideally suited for the equestrian and country pursuits enthusiast.
Nutley is a small and friendly village within the Ashdown Forest, residence enjoy a good selection of restaurants, pubs, sports & social clubs, schooling is well catered for with a fine selection of private and state schools within a three mile radius, including Cumnor House and Danehill primary. Ashdown Forest itself provides social and sporting activities, whilst Golf Clubs, Racecourses, Leisure & Health Clubs are all to be found within easy reach. The major towns of East Grinstead, Tunbridge Wells, Uckfield & Lewes all provide retail therapy and good rail links to London.
Estate floor area at Pricketts Hatch:
The measurements below include internal storage areas, built in & fitted wardrobes/cupboards, lofts and basement, garage, utilities areas, pump room etc and I have also included all outbuildings:
• Main House, (loft not included) - 6847 sq. Ft*
• The Oast House - 1505 sq. Ft*
• The West Lodge - 2967 sq. Ft*
Subtotal for Houses: 11,320 sq. Ft*
• Barns, stables and outbuildings - 3400 sq. Ft*
Total for Houses & all buildings: 14,700 sq. Ft*
* All figures/measurements provided under the heading ‘Estate floor area at Pricketts Hatch’ are approximate, meaning that every care has been taken to provide accurate figures, but actual measurements may differ marginally.*
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