6 bedroom Equestrian Facility for sale: Cowden, West Kent / Sussex borders

  • bedrooms 6
  • bathrooms 2
Reference: 36940_14652814

Key Features

  • Detached property
  • Set in 18 acres (*TBV)
  • 6 bedrooms inc. attached Annexe
  • Outbuildings/garage
  • Rural location
  • Planning permission to alter


Detached unlisted period farmhouse with 6 bedrooms (including 2-bedroom integral annexe) in extensive 18 acres (*TBV) of gardens / pasture, offering excellent space to add equestrian facilities (subj to permissions) and with immediate local riding out on bridleways. The property is set in a highly desirable location along a country lane with immediate access onto a bridleway. NB planning in place to reconfigure/extend the current accommodation and also for the creation of a FURTHER self-contained 1-bedroom annexe, Barn style garaging and swimming pool area. The property is situated in East Sussex within the Green Belt and High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to the county boundaries of Surrey and West Kent and occupies a rural location set off a lane on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Cowden with its public house and Church and for riding out and country walks you are spoilt for choice in the area being surrounded by bridleways and footpaths. NO CHAIN.


Occupying a rural location set off a lane on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Cowden with its public house and Church and close to Hartfield ( 4 miles) which has a general store, pub and a health centre. Edenbridge town centre is approximately 5 miles with a choice of shops and leisure centre; East Grinstead is approximately 6 miles and Tunbridge Wells is approximately 9 miles. Mainline Rail Stations: Cowden (about 2.7 miles) to London Bridge around 43 minutes, Dormans (about 5 miles) to London Bridge and London Victoria from about 55 minutes; Hildenborough (about 10.6 miles) to Charing Cross from about 46 minutes or Cannon Street from about 39 minutes.
Communications: The property is situated approximately 13.2 miles south of the M25 (junction 6 at Godstone). Gatwick Airport is about 15 miles to the west. Education: There are a number of highly regarded state and private schools in the area including Lingfield College, Brambletye School (East Grinstead), Michael Hall School (Forest Row), Worth School (Turners Hill), Ardingly College (Haywards Heath), Tonbridge School and the Kent grammar schools. The nearest primary schools are in Hartfield, Withyham and Hever. Sport & Leisure: Racing at Lingfield, Plumpton and Fontwell, golf at Royal Ashdown, Hever, Holtye and Sweetwoods Park, sailing and water sports at Bough Beech and Weir Wood reservoir. There is a local bus route on the lane which offers a regular service to surrounding areas.

ACCOMMODATION - refer to the floor plan

Charming detached period house (not listed) dating back originally to 1640, with external weather boarded elevations and some tile hanging on the annexe, all under a tiled roof. Separate entrances serve the main house and annexe and the house drive leads to a courtyard at the back of the property. Heavily beamed throughout with some low supporting beams and door frames. GROUND FLOOR - The front door opening into a quarry tiled hall with stairs, door to sitting room with large inglenook fireplace, book shelving and door to annexe (currently blocked off), dining room with oak flooring, fitted kitchen and cloakroom. An integral outside boiler room with steps down to a small low height cellar.
FIRST FLOOR - a large landing has doors to 4 bedrooms and a family bathroom.

INTEGRAL ANNEXE - refer to the floor plan

The secondary ENTRANCE / EXIT drive leads immediately into a small separate parking area for the annexe with the front door opening into a lobby leading into a sitting room/dining room with French doors to garden, passage to kitchen/breakfast room, rear hall and cloakroom. On the FIRST FLOOR there are 2 bedrooms and a bathroom.


BRICK GARAGE - double garage brick and tiled roof with a small stable at the rear. PP granted (see reference number - under 'Planning Permissions section' below.
GARAGE - double timber garage with an adjoining log store.
The original outside WC provides a useful store and a greenhouse lies to the rear.
STUDIO - divided into two rooms and a WC.


The gardens extend to approximately 2.89 acres (*TBV) with large flowering beds and some stone walling, and a wide variety of surrounding trees. A terrace beside the house has a brick surround, well and path in front of the property leads round to the annexe and its own private section of garden and a further small terrace.
The Land A large paddock lies on the west side of the house abutting Holtye Common and the Golf Course extending to approximately 15 acres (*TBV) with access from both the front courtyard beside the garage and independently by right of way further down the lane. This also includes a small area of woodland at the northern end and the wide verge on the east side. A five bar gate also adjoins the Bridleway to the north from the pasture land. N.B. The gardens and Pasture offer good space and scope to add stabling and a riding arena (subject to permissions)
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.


The property has full planning permission to enlarge the existing annexe to create a large modern open plan living room/kitchen; removal of chimneys to create space, which would provide a total of 3,679 sq ft for the main house (planning reference: WD/2017/1802/F).
Further permissions have also been granted for the development of an existing garage to a studio cottage of around 462 sq ft, with a veranda and views over open ground (planning reference: WD/2017/1806/F) Replacement of garage with modern Sussex style garage and development of a swimming pool complete with a large pool house (planning reference: WD/2017/1805/F).


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


TENURE: Freehold
LOCAL AUTHORITY: Wealden District
SERVICES MAIN HOUSE: Oil CH. Private drainage. mains water.
SERVICES ANNEXE: Electric CH. Private drainage. mains water.


All Viewings are strictly by Appointment with the Vendors Agent
Equus Country & Equestrian, South East/South West
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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.


From the A264, which runs between East Grinstead and Tunbridge Wells, and make your way to Holtye. In Holtye turn left (from T'wells) into Holtye Hill by the golf course and the property will be found after about 300 yards on the left-hand side. Alternatively exit the B2026 and follow the signs to Cowden village, past the Cowden Railway station and into the village. Drive through the village and out, up a short hill where the lane will straighten and the property will be on the right hand side set back and behind a large hedge

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Reference: 36940_14652814

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