6 bedroom Detached House for sale: rural East Sussex

  • bedrooms 6
  • bathrooms 5
Reference: 36940_14265387

Key Features

  • Substantial period farmhouse
  • 2 Further Cottages (with INCOME)
  • Set in 12 acres(*TBV)
  • Principle 6 bedroom property
  • Distant open views to rear
  • Rural location
  • Formal Gardens
  • Outbuildings
  • Games room & Gym
  • Total living space 6251sqft/580sqm


WITH LAND - MAIN HOUSE plus x2 OTHER DWELLINGS - Secluded within its own 12 acres (*TBV) in a tranquil, rural, location -An elegant detached listed 6 bedroom farmhouse (approx. 4000 sqft) with 2 further detached cottages Firkin Barn (1898 sqft) and Hop Press Cottage (643 sqft) both currently being let out as holiday cottages offering a generous income but also offering excellent accommodation options for extended family living. Each of the 3 properties are very well presented inside and out and enjoy their own privacy set amidst charming mature grounds with adjoining paddocks offering good opportunities to add equestrian facilities (Subj.P.P.) The magnificent master residence boasts Tudor features and a splendid Georgian fa├žade and is immaculately maintained with exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, inglenook fireplaces, original brick & stripped wooden floors, Kitchen & breakfast room with Aga and feature Turret Staircase . On the first and second floors there are a total of 6 bedrooms (4 en-suite) and 2 additional family bathrooms. The whole is approached from a lane into a private gravelled in & out driveway offering parking for several cars and with a detached double oak framed garage. A separate entrance leads to the Detached Cottage & Barn conversion which are located in a tucked away setting within the grounds allowing for the main house to maintain it s privacy .


Morley Manor was first recorded in 1429 with extensions created and changes made over time. Unusually the property has kept its name (Morley Manor) through the aeons of time, only changing to Morley Farm in the early 1900's. However, if the new owner wanted to revert to the original name of Morley Manor this may well be possible. Early on the Courts were held at Morley Manor and it was here in Tudor times when Elizabeth I came to Northiam. Later, it is alleged, the house played a significant part in the D-Day Landings when the occupants of Morley Farm cooked meals for the soldiers the day before the highly secretive Allied invasion.
The Grade II Listed manor house is steeped in history and offers meticulously maintained period accommodation of 3710sqft and set privately within it s own 16 acres (TBV) with 2 further detached cottages (a total of 2541 sqft) set within the grounds and currently providing an excellent Holiday Let income. Approached from a tranquil lane on the outskirts of Northiam, this magnificent house (circa 1429) boasts Tudor features and a splendid Georgian facade. The fabulous accommodation includes exposed beams throughout, vaulted ceilings, inglenook fireplaces, original polished brick and stripped wood floors, leaded lattice windows, feature Turret Staircase , Kitchen & breakfast room with AGA and Island, Reception Hall with woodburner, sitting room with inglenook, dining room, study, wine cellar, laundry room, cloakroom, 6 first floor bedrooms with 4 en suites and additional family bathroom. Outside the mature gardens are a major feature complimenting the house beautifully with well stocked beds and walled garden with the pastureland beyond. The whole is approached from a tranquil lane into a private gravelled in-out driveway offering parking for several cars and with a detached double oak framed garage. A separate entrance leads to the Detached cottage and Detached Barn conversion which are located in a tucked away setting within the grounds allowing for the main house to retain its privacy. Known as Hop Press Cottage (approx. 643 sq ft) and Firkin Barn (approx. 1898 sqft), both holiday lets boast their own history and have been painstakingly restored to provide luxury accommodation featuring exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, brick floors and open fireplaces. There is also a further guest suite which forms part of Firkin Barn with Billiards/games room and Gymnasium area. This unit could offer potential for conversion into an additional dwelling (subject to permissions). The good sized acreage at the property offers excellent scope to add equestrian facilities with much of the land divided into paddocks with water connected and including 2 substantial field shelters which could also be adapted into stabling if required.


The property is located in a rural part of East Sussex and offers open views to the rear over grassland and a shallow valley of which the balance of the 17 acres (*TBV) are incorporated. The house is set well back from the lane with mature trees and hedges and includes a IN & OUT drive.
Northiam can cater for most everyday needs with Jempson's mini market, doctor's surgery, bakery &, tea rooms hairdresser, hardware store and Spar shop ( open 7 days a week).
Great Dixter and the Steam Railways are also main attractions in the area. For a more comprehensive range of shopping and banking facilities the towns of Rye, Tenterden and Hastings are all within easy driving distance. For commuting Robertsbridge rail station offers regular services to London/Charing Cross and Cannon Street. Rye also has a train station which offers services to Ashford International in an average journey time of 22 minutes.


RECEPTION HALL: Polished brick floor. Exposed timbers. Woodburning stove in attractive period brick surround. Spotlights. Radiator. TV point. Doors to Sitting Room and Study.
SITTING ROOM: Open fireplace with striking period surround. Wood floor boards. Exposed timbers. Dual aspect. French windows to rear terrace overlooking garden and fields beyond. Radiator. Wall lights.
DINING ROOM: Wood floor boards. Exposed beams. Dual aspect. Wall and ceiling lights. Radiator. Open archway and ascending step to:
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM: Features open brick walls and exposed timber; original polished brick floor. 4 door AGA with two integrated hobs and 2 gas hobs and tiling behind. Central island with cupboards and pine work surface. Free-standing cupboard and dresser with shelving. Wall cupboards. Integrated fridge freezer. Butler sink. Window to side. Door to side with half lattice window. Ceiling lights. CELLAR: Open brick steps descending. Traditional well-maintained cellar with exposed brick throughout. Shelving for wine with alcoves and wrought iron grills. Windows to front and side.
HALF HALLWAY: Brick floor. Stable door style door with half lattice window above leading to rear garden.
LAUNDRY ROOM: This was the original Dairy. Entered by a latched door. Original brick floor. Exposed beams and brickwork. 2 windows to the rear. Tiled work surfaces. Ample fitted cupboards. Plumbing for washing machine. Ceiling lights.
STUDY: Exposed timbers on ceiling. Polished brick floor. In-built cupboard. Window to rear. REAR PORCH: Polished brick floor. Window to rear. Door to rear garden. Access to the:
CLOAKROOM: Polished brick floor. Exposed brick walls. Corner hand washbasin. Low level WC. Useful low wood shelf on two sides. Window to rear. Ceiling light.


FIRST FLOOR LANDING: Spindle balustrade handrail. Window to rear. In-built cupboard. Exposed timbers. Access to the Principal Bedroom Suite, Bedroom 2, Bedroom 3, Bedroom 4, and the Family Bathroom.
PRINCIPAL BEDROOM SUITE: PRINCIPAL BEDROOM: Wood floor boards. Exposed timbers. Fireplace with wooden fenders. Fitted cupboards. Window overlooking front. Spotlights.
EN-SUITE BATHROOM: Exposed timbers. 2 radiators with heated chrome towel rail attached. Free standing claw foot bath tub. Low level WC. Window to rear. Tiling to half walls around basin and WC.
BEDROOM 2 Bedroom suite with access to the en-suite shower room and en-suite WC. Exposed timbers. Fitted carpet. Fireplace with brick surround. Window to side. Wall lights.
EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM: Ceiling height: 6'5 (1.95) to the highest point. Amtico flooring. Pedestal hand washbasin. Shower cubicle with tiled surround and detachable shower head. Exposed timbers. Towel rail. Radiator. EN-SUITE CLOAKROOM: Feature window to rear. Low level WC. Hand washbasin. Amtico flooring. Radiator. Wall lights.
BEDROOM 3: Wood floor boards. Exposed timbers. Window to front. Radiator. Wall lights.
EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM: Ceiling height: 6'11 (2.1) to the highest point. Wood floor boards. Exposed timbers. Shower cubicle with detachable showerhead. Low level WC. Hand washbasin. Wall lights. Radiator. BEDROOM 4: Fitted carpet. Exposed timbers. Window to front. Radiator. 1ST FAMILY BATHROOM: Exposed beams. Amtico flooring. Inset bath tub with wood panel and tiled surround. Pedestal hand washbasin. Low level WC. Feature window to side. Radiator with chrome towel rail attached. Wall lights. Spotlights.


Feature 'turret' staircase to LANDING: Feature vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers. Wood and carpet flooring. Exposed brick. Low level cupboards. Access to the bedroom 5, bedroom 6, study/bedroom 7 and the 2nd family bathroom. BEDROOM 5: Wood floor boards. Window to front. Original wood floor boards. Impressive vaulted ceiling. Window over front. BEDROOM 6: Window to the front. Inbuilt storage cupboards. STUDY Fitted carpet. Exposed brickwork on chimney breast with painted wood surround. Inbuilt cupboards. Feature windows to side. Radiator. Spotlights. 2ND FAMILY BATHROOM: Vaulted with exposed timbers. Linoleum floor. Inset bathtub with wood panel surround. Radiator with chrome towel rail attached. Ceiling lights.


COTTAGE 1: 643 sq.ft (59.8 sq.m). Full of character, this one-bedroom cottage has been updated but is visibly sympathetic to its history with many original features still in place, such as a hop sack holder, brick floors, timbers. This Cottage pre-dates Oast Houses. Separate outside seating area. Accommodation comprises:
GROUND FLOOR: SITTING ROOM: Polished brick floor. Triple aspect. Impressive open brick inglenook fireplace with woodburner. Exposed timbers. Doors out to patio area. Leading to KITCHEN: Window. Electric oven with 4-ring gas hob. Lattice window. Wall cupboards. Pine work surfaces. Powerpoints.
FIRST FLOOR: BEDROOM 1: A plethora of exposed timbers on walls and ceiling. Vaulted ceiling. 2 lattice windows. BATHROOM: Inset bath with mixer tap and detachable shower head. Imposing feature open brick chimney breast. Pedestal hand washbasin. Low level WC. Linoleum floor. Radiator.


BARN / COTTAGE 2: 1,898 sq.ft (176,4 sq.m). This 2-bedroom barn has been beautifully modernised and presented to an exceptionally high standard. Some original features remain including the original stable feeders, exposed brick and timbers. Separate outside seating area.
GROUND FLOOR - SITTING ROOM: Stone tiled floor. Wall to wall shutters. Double aspect. Open brick walls. Beamed ceiling. Woodburner. Open brick arch and 2 ascending steps:
KITCHEN: fully fitted kitchen. CLOAKROOM:
FIRST FLOOR - MASTER BEDROOM 1: Open brick feature. Exposed timbers in walls and beamed ceiling. Window. Radiator.
EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM: Partly vaulted. Stone tiled floor. Tiled to half walls. WC. wash hand washbasin. Corner shower cubicle with detachable shower head. Radiator.
BEDROOM 2: Partly vaulted ceiling. Carpet. Inbuilt cupboard. EN-SUITE BATHROOM: Stone tiled floor. Exposed timbers. Open brickwork. Pedestal hand washbasin. Inset bath tub with mixer taps and shower head. WC. Window. Within the Firkin Barn complex is a separate annexe on two floors currently comprising:
GROUND FLOOR: GAMES ROOM/GYMNASIUM: large area which cod be converted to living space if required.
CLOAKROOM: WORKSHOP: FIRST FLOOR: Further 'overflow' BEDROOM 3: With EN SUITE BATHROOM. This space has the flexibility to be converted into an additional dwelling subject to Planning Permission.


Sitting in 12 acres (*tbv) , the property is entered through a private gravelled in-out driveway where there is parking for several cars. Further parking to the side by Garage with separate entrance. Well-stocked gardens to front and rear. Paved seating area outside French windows from sitting room and additional area outside kitchen, with separate seating areas for Hop Press Cottage and Firkin Barn for use by tenants. Walled garden. Amply sized Greenhouse. Open fronted double garage. Fields adjacent to garden with water supply and two substantial field shelters which could be converted into Stables. 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 other than by obtaining the Title Plan from Land registry where available, with the boundary and acreage clearly stated/marked. Interested applicants/buyers are advised that if they have any doubts as to the plot size and wish to have verification of the exact size of the entire plot, they will be required to make their own arrangements by appointing the services of an accredited company who can measure the boundary for a compliant Land Registry Title Plan.


TENURE: Freehold - LOCAL AUTHORITY: Rother District Council
SERVICES: Oil Fired Central Heating. Private Drainage via a Klargester (recently installed).
TAX BAND: Main House G - Barn Small Business Rate Relief - .
EPC RATING: N/A Grade two listed property (not required)


All Viewings are strictly by Appointment with the Vendors Agent
Equus Country & Equestrian, South East
T: 01892 829014
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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. If inspecting the outbuildings, equestrian facilities or any other building within the grounds it is advisable to 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.


From the M20: Exit the M20 at junction 8 towards Maidstone (E) / A20. At the roundabout take the 1st exit. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A20. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the B2163 and continue for 2.7 miles. Turn left onto Maidstone Road A274 and continue for 8.9 miles. Continue onto Tenterden Road and continue for 0.7 miles. Turn right onto Benenden Road and continue for 0.9 miles. Turn left at the crossroads and continue for 1.1 miles. Continue onto Cranbrook Road and follow for 1.7 miles. At the junction turn right onto Rolvenden Road / A28 and continue for 3.9 miles, before turning left onto Beckley Road. The property will be found on your left after around 0.3 miles.

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Reference: 36940_14265387

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