- Pretty period 4 bedroom cottage in nearly 4 acres
- Quiet secluded position.
- Lavishly stocked formal gardens and gently sloping wooded valley
- Stream and contemplation pool with decking area
- Inglenook fireplace.
- Garage and driveway parking
- Modernised accommodation with contemporary extensions
- No chain.
It is rare that a house comes to the market with this level of charm and character, particularly one that sits so perfectly within its own stunning gardens and grounds that includes a wooded valley, stream and a glorious outlook over meadows. The late owners of this extraordinary property spent almost 60 years creating a beautiful 3 bedroom home comprising a 17th Century Grade II listed cottage with award winning gardens that were open to the public through the NGS until just a few years ago.
The timber framed former pair of farm workers cottages evolved through the centuries to become a delightful homestead in just under 4 acres of land much of which now consists of light woodland planted by the owners who have been in residence for over 6 decades.
The original period features remain with contemporary mono-pitched roof extensions to both ends, providing user friendly additions of kitchen breakfast room and a spacious third reception room. Despite its age the house has a number of modern twists which includes among other things solar energy, a well fitted kitchen, oil fired central heating and 2 bathrooms.
Approached along its own gravel driveway from the lane that terminates in front of the garage and workshop with a path leading over a bridged stream to the front door. Exposed oak joinery is much in evidence with a traditional inglenook to both the principal receptions. A lovely orangery at one end of the ground floor provides the perfect vantage point to look out across the lawns.
The grounds are spectacular and a testament to the vision the vendors had to create not just a pretty formal garden but also a place of interest and surprises. The principal accommodation faces due south as do the formal lawns. From here the visitor is drawn through a tunnel of lime trees to the croquet pitch enclosed by neat hedging and beyond to various pathways leading down to the stream and a contemplation pool with elevated viewing deck. The light woodland is a haven for wildlife and is strewn with various flowering shrubs and an abundance of naturally occurring spring flowers.
This property will appeal to the buyer seeking peace and tranquillity within a beautiful character cottage that is remote and yet just a mile or so from the village green with its cricket square, ancient church and two pubs, famous locally for their good food and hand drawn ales.
Situated in a leafy road, the property is about a mile from this pretty village green with its cricket pitch and pavilion, two popular pub/restaurants and the beautiful parish church.
Handcross and Cuckfield offer the nearest High Street shopping about 5 minutes drive away. The mainline railway can be found at Haywards Heath (5 miles) with regular services into London Bridge and Victoria from 45 mins approx.
Staplefield has a primary school adjoining the church and the village falls into the Warden Park catchment for secondary schooling. For those who enjoy walking, running or cycling the area is a haven for these pastimes.
The A23 London to Brighton road is 5 minutes drive at Handcross connecting quickly to Gatwick airport, the coast and the M25.