Ashdown Forest, East Sussex
Guide Price £1,995,000
6 bedroom Equestrian Facility for sale: Ashdown Forest, East Sussex
Guide Price £1,995,000
- Detached residence
- Set in 7.92 acres of grounds (*TBV)
- Over 4300sqft / 6 bedrooms
- Equestrian complex
- Rural location
- Direct riding onto Ashdown Forest
WITH LAND & EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES - An exclusive detached country & equestrian residence (unlisted) set in just under 8 acres (TBV*) and offering superior accommodation of 4339sq ft including 6 bedrooms 4 receptions plus a large self contained 4 bedroom detached annexe. The property is secluded within landscaped grounds which include a stunning recently built swimming pool area and enjoys an enviable location situated along a lane with immediate access onto the Ashdown Forest offering miles of riding out, country walks and cycle trails.
The luxuriously appointed accommodation has been the subject of significant improvements and remodelling by the current owner and presents ideal options for those keen on entertaining and/or have a growing family offering all the facets of modern living while retaining the character of the property's origins. Light well-proportioned rooms with good ceiling height create an ambience of space with every aspect of the interior tastefully and meticulously thought out seamlessly blending traditional elegance with the latest technology culminating in the beautiful home of today. A big feature of the property is undoubtedly the well thought out equestrian complex with facilities which would suit the needs of a competitive rider or trainer seeking a well located South East base.
Facilities: American Barn Stabling comprising 10 loose boxes, wash down/clipping area and feed/rug storage area,3 further loose boxes (each approx 10 x 12 ), 2 Storage Barns offering potential to convert for further stabling( if required), Grooms rest room, spacious secure Tack Room. 50m x 30m post and railed OUTDOOR RIDING ARENA with a rubber/silica surface, Claydon covered 5 bay HORSE WALKER. Ample parking for Horse Boxes with secondary entrance to further equestrian/farm buildings. Fantastic off road riding on Ashdown Forest (by Permit)
LOCATION & AREA AWARENESS
The property is beautifully situated in a rural position close to open countryside on the edge of the Ashdown Forest, yet within striking distance of Fairwarp village which offers a public inn, an historic church and a village green. Additional facilities can be found at nearby Maresfield offering a general store, a post office, an additional public inn and a popular primary school.
The area itself is considered one of the most desirable locations within Sussex and offers exceptional riding, walking and country pursuits across the Ashdown Forest, the inspiration behind A.A Milne's Winnie The Pooh books.
Uckfield is approx 3 1/2 miles distant and offers an extensive range of shopping and leisure facilities including numerous bars/restaurants, a public library and cinema, supermarkets as well as comprehensive schooling for all age groups.
The town offers a railway service to London in just over an hour and the nearby A272 provides swift vehicular access to Haywards Heath which boasts commuting times to London Victoria (47mins approx).
The Royal spa town of Tunbridge Wells is is approximately 13 miles driving distance and also offers railway links to London Bridge/Charing Cross (49 mins. service). Convenient road access to M25 (junction 6) via the A22.
ACCOMMODATION please refer to the enclosed floor plan: -
Entrance HALL creating a truly magnificent entrance to the residence with a central fireplace and double doors leading through to the Kitchen and Dining Room.
DINING ROOM - long room with additional area to the end which can serve as a serving area or drinks room.
KITCHEN - centrally located, forming a superb family area with designated areas for informal DINING (for 6/8 people) and a further SITTING ROOM area with a central open fireplace. The whole boasts a double aspect over the rear swimming pool complex and grounds to the side and beyond. The bespoke kitchen incorporates a range of upper and lower cupboards, a butler sink, granite work surfaces and a central island with a range of lower cupboards and an attractive utensil rack above.
INNER MUSIC ROOM / INNER HALL - currently used as a music area.
READING ROOM - with double doors onto the rear Porcelain pool area and gardens.
SITTING ROOM - added and extended from the main house a substantial sitting room with glass windows in the Apex of the roof and double glazed doors lead out to the rear pool area providing a superb area for entertaining in the summer months.
PLAY ROOM / FAMILY ROOM - large room ideal for assorted family uses.
STUDY - enjoying a front aspect with views towards the equestrian complex.
BOOT ROOM - door leading through to the family room..
BEDROOM 6 - with en-suite SHOWER ROOM and large dressing room/work area or BEDROOM 7- all looking out onto the pool complex.
Landing with good storage.
MASTER BEDROOM: dual aspect over the front and side grounds with a spacious Dressing Room leading through to the EN-SUITE BATHROOM - of superior appointment, with an inset bath, WC, his and her wash hand basins and a walk-in power shower.
BEDROOM 2: enjoys a dual aspect and an EN-SUITE shower room, with a low level WC, his and her wash hand basins and a walk-in power shower.
Further 3 DOUBLE BEDROOMS enjoying views over the grounds.
FAMILY BATHROOM - comprising of an inset bath with connecting shower head, WC and a wash hand basin, chrome heated towel rail, fully tiled walls and floor.
Former stables now converted to ANCILLARY STAFF ACCOMMODATION / ANNEXE FOR EXTENDED FAMILY (ref -Wealden District Council planning permission WD/92/0449/J). The interior currently incorporates a kitchen, sitting room, 4 bedrooms, family bathroom, office and cloakroom. This detached building is accessed from the stable yard and the second driveway.
A well thought out equestrian complex boasting tremendous facilities to suit any level of rider. The whole offers use as a livery yard/competition yard/Stud Farm and/or for the professional rider who competes nationally and internationally.
Superb American Barn Stabling comprising of 10 loose boxes (5 of which have rear windows allowing for good ventilation), water drinkers to each, a wash down/clipping area and feed/rug storage area. Good drainage, power and water connected and access at both ends via sliding doors.
3 further loose boxes (approx. 10 x 12 ).
Grooms rest room with steps leading up to the secure and spacious Tack Room.
OUTDOOR RIDING ARENA: 50m x 30m with a rubber/silica surface and post and rail fencing.
HORSE WALKER: Claydon covered 5 bay walker.
2 STORAGE BARNS offering potential to convert for further stabling if required (subject to all the necessary planning consents).
SECONDARY VEHICLE ACCESS TO EQUESTRIAN COMPLEX AND FURTHER OUTBUILDINGS
STABLE BLOCK on concrete with several loose boxes.
LIVESTOCK BARN - steel framed with 'open' floor ideal for hay/sheep shelter etc.
HORSE BOX PARKING AREA - allowing space for several lorry boxes and trailers etc.
POST AND RAILED PADDOCKS with AUTO WATER surrounded by mature hedging.
Fantastic off road hacking in the Ashdown Forest (by permit) accessed directly from the property with no roadwork required and allowing rider and horse to go for several miles or hours uninterrupted.
SWIMMING POOL & ENTERTAINING AREA
SWIMMING POOL - 12m long (1.3m deep the full length). Fully heated with under water lighting and roller cover plus further 'mood lighting' inset within the surrounding terrace area.
ENTERTAINMENT AREA - Expansive Porcelain tiled entertaining area for relaxing and dining 'Al Fresco' with lovely vista overlooking the rear paddocks and gardens.
PLANT & CHANGING ROOM - Situated at the end the new extension.
LAND & GROUNDS
The total plot is approx. 7.92 acres (TBV) which includes the gardens and equine facilities and also includes grazing pasture. The property is approached via a private shingled entrance with large brick / concrete pillars and automated gates via Intercom leading to an expansive area for parking adjacent to the main residence and next to the equine facilities / annexe. An extensive porcelain tiled terrace extends around two sides of the house and provides a stunning backdrop to the rear aspect of the property.
AGENTS NOTE: There is a Right of Access/Way for the neighbour which crosses the plot to the rear and allows access for them to the Ashdown Forest.
The acreage stated at the property is *TBV (To Be Verified), which means that the land has not been formally measured by Equus and or its sellers/clients. A Title Plan from Land Registry will have been acquired, where available, showing the boundary and acreage. Otherwise, an online measuring tool will have been used to check the acreage where possible. Interested applicants/buyers are advised that if they have any doubts as to the plot size and wish to have verification of the exact area of the entire plot, they will be required to make their own arrangements, at their own cost, by appointing the services of an accredited company who can measure the area for a compliant Land Registry Title Plan.
SPORTING & MINERAL RIGHTS: The sporting and mineral rights are included in the sale so far as they are owned or exist. RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS: The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all restrictive covenants, both public and private, whether mentioned in these or not. WAYLEAVES, EASEMENTS & RIGHTS OF WAY: The property is sold subject to all Rights of Way, public and private, which may affect the property.
We recommend that you visit the local authority website pertaining to the property you are interested in buying for all the planning consents / restrictions / history and the following websites for more helpful information about the property and surrounding local area before proceeding in a purchase:
www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk - www.homecheck.co.uk
www.floodrisk.co.uk - www.environment-agency.gov.uk
www.landregistry.gov.uk, www.homeoffice.gov.uk, www.ukradon.org
SERVICES & OUTGOINGS
LOCAL AUTHORITY: Wealden District Council
SERVICES: Mains Water, Mains Electricity, Oil Fired Central Heating, Private Drainage
TAX BAND: Currently F. Council valuation list shows an 'Improvement' due. On sale likely to be G.
EPC RATING: D
EPC RATING ANNEXE: F
OUTBUILDING/S SERVICES: Water & lighting from the mains.
ANNEXE SERVICES: Electric water heater.
POOL HEATING: Full electric heating via an Air Condenser.
All Viewings are strictly by Appointment with the Vendors Agent
Equus Country & Equestrian, South East/South West
T: 01435 889000
DISCLAIMER: All prospective buyers view all properties for sale with Equus International Property Ltd at their own risk and neither the Agents, Joint Agents nor the Sellers take responsibility for any damage or injury however caused to themselves or personal belongings or property. By viewing a property with Equus you accept this disclaimer. If inspecting the outbuildings, equestrian facilities or any other building within the grounds you must wear appropriate clothing and footwear and children must be either left in the car or supervised at all times. Livestock should not be touched and all gates left shut or closed after use.
Proceed on the A22 southbound towards East Grinstead and Uckfield. Before reaching Uckfield, follow signs onto the B2026, northbound towards Fairwarp. Continue and take a left hand turning into Old Forge Lane. The property is the first on the left hand side with two double timber gates which are electric via remote control.
Tel: 01892 829014