Emoov property reference number: 750574
This magnificent converted chapel was originally constructed in 1892 as Cousley Wood free church and completely rebuilt as a striking contemporary home in 2010. In a highly desirable semi-rural location, the flexible accommodation comprises a stunning open plan living area, surprise kitchen with an ultra-modern twist, a storage area, laundry room and three bedrooms with en suites. Externally, this beautiful country home offers an oak connecting bridge to the delightful, secluded garden and an oak framed open bay garage with further off road parking.
location: White Friars Chapel is rurally positioned in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the much sought after hamlet of Cousley Wood, just a short drive from the villages of Wadhurst and Lamberhurst and approximately six miles east of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Cousley Wood is a delightful hamlet with a superb 16th Century country pub, The Old Vine, within 350 metres walking distance from the chapel. Situated close to the stunning Bewl Water reservoir with walking, riding, excellent sailing, rowing and fishing facilities all within easy reach. Nearby Wadhurst is quintessentially everything one could want in a picturesque, East Sussex village it has a selection of excellent local shops and banking facilities with country pubs and restaurants lining the High Street. Excellent schooling can be found nearby in both the state and private sectors including the locally regarded Uplands Community College, as well as offering popular sporting and social activities including football, cricket and tennis clubs, with amateur dramatics and events in the Commemoration Village Hall. There is also a selection of golf clubs within easy driving distance including Lamberhurst and frequent bus services from Hawkhurst to Tunbridge Wells pass through Wadhurst and the mainline Station, just outside the village, provides trains to London (in around an hour), Gatwick, Heathrow, Ashford International and the coast. The easily accessible A21 provides a convenient link to the M25 Motorway Network and south to the coast.
History: White Friars Chapel was originally conceived as Cousley Wood Free Church, dating to 1892. The chapel underwent extensive renovation and extension in 2010 to provide a unique, contemporary home finished to an extremely high standard. The weatherboard exterior contains within, state of the art open plan accommodation enhanced by solid oak flooring with under floor heating and superb fixtures and fittings throughout. Externally, the property makes imaginative use of its elevated setting, with an oak bridge and terrace linking the first floor to the garden. The grounds have been professionally landscaped to provide superb areas to relax, dine and entertain. Also featuring a generous graveled area to the side providing off road parking for several vehicles. There is an oak framed oversized open bay garage.
Ground floor: A magnificent, dual aspect, light-filled room, the reception area is beautiful. Enjoying five sets of double windows overlooking both sides of the property and solid oak flooring with under floor heating. Providing an exceptionally, versatile living space, with a galleried landing to the first floor. At the far end there is a bespoke, handmade bookcase where a surprise lies in store when opened. A secret kitchen is revealed! The cleverly disguised black granite and solid oak kitchen comes fully equipped with the highest quality integrated appliances. The bookcase doors can simply be closed to conceal the kitchen out of sight when not in use. Two steps lead up into the utility room with space for washer dryer and dishwasher. An airing cupboard houses the Worcester Bosch Greenstar Gas boiler and house alarm system. A Sapele hardwood stable door leads out to the oak side steps of the property to the courtyard garden and pedestrian gate leads to graveled parking area. The en-suite to bedroom three has a Hudson Reed power shower unit, a Burlington low level wc, a wash basin and a heated towel rail. From bedroom three, a door leads back into the main living area. Hidden beneath the staircase and accessed via an opening into the drawing room. The storage area is currently used as a playroom.
First floor: A hand built oak staircase ascends to the first floor via a galleried landing. There is a study and sitting area on the first-floor landing with views over the garden. The master bedroom boasts an excellent ceiling height window and twin triangular feature skylights. There is generous integrated storage cupboard comprising a full-length wardrobe with sliding painted wooden panelled doors. The en-suite has a luxury Bette SuperSteel bath unit with Hudson Reed power shower and glass screen, a Burlington style low level wc, a wash basin and a heated towel rail. Bedroom two is a double room, benefitting from excellent ceiling height and a window overlooking the front of the property and a triangular skylight to the side of the property. In the en-suite there is another triangular skylight, a SuperSteel bath unit with chrome taps. Burlington style low level wc, a wash basin and a heated towel rail.
Externally: The beautifully landscaped gardens were completed by Openview Landscapes of Tenterden. There is an expanse of lawn which is large enough for a game of football, a well-established border and mature trees including three specimen Silver Birches and a Magnolia. The top area of garden has a sunken slate terrace for entertaining and steps up to a gravel garden with seating arbour. There is a storage shed with power and light. The garden is extremely private enclosed by mature hedging and fencing. The lower courtyard garden provides an additional seating area. A gravel area surrounds the property on three sides. There is driveway parking for a number of vehicles and a large oak framed carport which has additional secure storage within the roof space and power and light. The front boundary is enclosed by wrought iron railings and hedging.
Services: Mains electricity. Mains gas for domestic water & heating. Metered mains water supply. Private Mantair Drainage treatment plant.
local authority: Wealden District Council. Tax Band: F
directions: Proceeding southbound through Lamberhurst on the B2162, at the bottom of the hill, continue right onto (B2100). Stay on this road for approximately 2.8 miles passing The Old Vine Inn on your left. After approximately 500 yards turn right onto Monks Lane. The property can then be found approximately 200yards on your left-hand side.
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