The quintessentially English village of Bolney lies just off the A23, some 11 miles north of Brighton. Allowing you to regularly enjoy the cosmopolitan vibe of the city of Brighton & Hove within a very short time, but retiring to the tranquillity of this countryside location.
This amazing home has everything. It combines many original features, some dating back to the mid 16th century but also incorporates a contemporary feel, including an Intelligent Home System and home cinema. The grounds that the house is set within combine formal and informal gardens and afford views of the beautiful South Downs. A superb south facing setting; affording privacy, but on the edge of the village.
Haywards Heath, with its mainline station (London 50 mins), is a short distance to the east and the A23 provides access to Gatwick airport within a 15 minutes drive. Should you be looking to educate your children at either Hurstpierpoint College or Brighton College, the school bus routes pass by the village.
This beautifully appointed detached home has been superbly and very sympathetically refurbished by the present owners and occupies a plot of 2.3 acres, which incorporates woodland and pastureland if required.
The original house dates back to circa 1560 and is Grade 2 listed. It is cleverly tucked away and not visible from the lane at the front of the home. There is a tarmac driveway from Lodge Lane that approaches automatic wrought gates that in turn open on to a sweeping gravel drive to the side of the house providing parking for many vehicles.
The pitched roof entrance hall leads to the inner hallways, which are bright, spacious and welcoming. The centrepiece of the ground floor is the stunning inglenook fireplace, which can be found in the elegant lounge, with it’s oak flooring and beamed ceiling. The lounge in turn opens up on to the south facing and beautifully designed Orangery, which is bathed in light as a result of the superb atrium style roof and a host of south facing windows. There are double doors leading to the terrace affording views of the formal garden and central avenue.
The individually designed Leicht kitchen is L shaped and has a breakfast room with log burner at one end. There are double doors leading out to the terrace. The central island incorporates a breakfast bar and all of the work surfaces are Silestone. It is comprehensively fitted with an extensive range of units, incorporating sliding larders, two ovens and a Quooker boiling water tap. There is the twin option of either Miele induction or gas hobs, as well as other integrated Miele appliances. The kitchen has an under floor heating system.
In addition there is a separate utility room with matching fittings accessed from the kitchen and providing rear access to the front of the home, with steps up to a secondary gated access from the lane.
Off the breakfast room is the formal dining room, with log burner and beamed ceiling.
The ground floor accommodation flows superbly well with most rooms taking advantage of the lovely south facing aspect across the grounds. It incorporates a ‘Jack and Jill’ fully fitted bar accessed from the Orangery and also the snooker room for entertaining.
There is a modern leisure element to this home with a superb snooker room with built-in bar seating and double doors to the terrace.
The snooker room in turn leads to the plush and very modern cinema with its impressive screen and state of the art sound system.
The property has been fitted with an extensive Intelligent Home Automation System. There are ‘Artcoustic’ speakers to all of the principal rooms and exterior terrace speakers. For security, there is infrared CCTV cameras and an alarm system. The entire system can be accessed either from built-in wall pads or via your iphone/ipad.
The lounge dates back to the original building, circa 1560 and has a wealth of beams and a superb inglenook stone and brick fireplace.
The master bedroom is a spacious triple aspect room with a high vaulted ceiling and provides stunning views across the grounds and beyond to the South Downs. There is a range of bespoke fitted wardrobes and built-in storage/dressing table. The superbly appointed en-suite offers a hydro bath as well as a walk-in shower.
Bedroom two is a similarly spacious double bedroom with vaulted ceiling, Leicht built-in wardrobes and a luxuriously appointed full en-suite bathroom.
Bedroom three has a beamed ceiling and full en-suite bathroom and bedrooms four and five share a family bathroom.
Two separate staircases at each end of the house access the first floor.
The south facing terrace has been thoughtfully designed and allows you to take in the peace and tranquillity of the beautiful surroundings. It stretches the full width of the property, enjoying the lovely ornamental pond as its centrepiece. A few gentle steps take you down to the formal lawned garden with its tree lined gravel path and flower and shrub beds.
The grounds extend to 2.3 acres in total. There is a defined boundary to all sides with trees and an area of woodland.
A short distance from the main house is a detached barn. Planning permission has been obtained to demolish this and build a new barn incorporating an office/gym/kitchen/shower and sauna. For further information please see planning application number 1142013/02. Three phase electricity and wiring for the home automation system has already been cabled down to the barn area underground, which would also run a swimming pool etc.
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