Detached House for sale: Hartfield, East Sussex

Reference: 36940_15440242

Key Features

  • Detached farmhouse
  • Further Consent /PP granted for a new dwelling
  • Superb elevated rural location
  • Private location up long track
  • 15 acres (*TBV)
  • Large Dutch barn on site
  • A real Gem!


SOLD - An original Sussex Farmstead extending to around 15 acres (*TBV) in a glorious tranquil, rural location with a detached Farmhouse (unlisted) and further Planning Permission/ consent (now Active) to convert a Detached Barn to a second 5-bedroom dwelling (unlisted). The farm is located around a third of a mile along a private shared drive and is surrounded by its own extensive land consisting of mainly pasture with two ponds and woodland and benefits from lovely far reaching views over open countryside. A further detached steel- framed agricultural building offers good scope to replace as American Barn stabling or similar (subject to planning) and the land is highly suitable for the addition of a riding arena (Subject to permissions). The two picturesque ponds at the property offer options for those keen on angling. For other leisure interests such as off road riding, country walks and cycle trails you are spoilt for choice in the locality with the Ashdown Forest National Park also within walking/hacking distance. (N.B. There may be further pastureland and some woodland available to purchase from the vendor by separate negotiation) NO CHAIN.


North Clays Farm enjoys an enviable tranquil location in rural surroundings within a short drive of Hartfield village, which lies on the northern edge of the Ashdown Forest, and is famous for Winnie The Pooh and its author A.A. Milne. The village which is named in the Doomsday Book of 1086, provides local shopping facilities and well-known tea room and craft shop, public house, cricket and football pitches, primary school, nursery, church and bus services to Tunbridge wells and East Grinstead. More comprehensive shopping and recreational facilities are available at East Grinstead (6.6 miles), Crowborough (7.7 miles) and Royal Tunbridge Wells (8.2 miles), all with mainline stations connecting to London. The M23 at Junction 10 is about 11 miles away, providing routes to Gatwick Airport, the M25, London Airport and to London. The property is located in a desirable rural triangle between Hartfield, Holtye and Cowden and there is a wide range of favoured schools in the area including the Rudolph Steiner School at Forest Row (3 miles away), the Grammar Schools in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge School for boys and Mayfield boarding and day school for girls in Mayfield, with its equestrian department, only around 25 minutes' 'drive away. Nearby Preparatory schools include Ashdown House at Forest Row, Stoke Brunswick School in the Ashdown forest, Brambletye at East Grinstead, Cumner House at Danehill and Holmewood House in Langton Green. The area is well known for its surrounding recreational facilities including riding, walking and cycling on local bridleways and footpaths and on the Ashdown Forest National Park extending to 6500 acres. There is golfing at Holtye, the East Sussex National at Uckfield and the Nevill at Tunbridge Wells. For those with competitive equestrian interests there are many equestrian venues in convenient horsebox distance including Felbridge showground, Ardingly South of England show ground and Hickstead All England Show jumping Course. The nearest Hunts are the Southdown and Eridge and Old Surrey and Burstow.

DETACHED FARMHOUSE - refer to the floor plan

The unlisted farmhouse is in need of modernisation and is ripe for extending (subject to permissions) Current accommodation layout:
ENTRANCE lobby, SITTING ROOM - inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove, wall and ceiling timbers,
RECEPTION ROOM 2 - exposed ceiling timbers, wood burning stove,
STUDY / BEDROOM - ceiling timbers, connecting door to;
ground floor BATHROOM - bath, wash basin, WC, and central heating boiler.
KITCHEN - double aspect, vaulted timbered ceiling and quarry tiled floor, basic units, butlers sink. Walk-in larder and rear lobby with door to garden.
Eaves cloakroom with WC and wash basin.
BEDROOM - exposed wall and ceiling timbers and open views.
BEDROOM - wall and ceiling timbers.
BEDROOM - measurement taken at floor level), sloping ceilings, and gable end window. From the landing stairs lead to the ATTIC - exposed roofing timbers and floorboards, windows to each gable end. (This room could provide additional bedrooms if required. However, there are two supporting timbers at chest height).
BRICK STORE - store/dog kennel and former WC.


Planning consent was granted by Wealden District Council (Ref WD/2014/1863/F) for the conversion and change of use of the unlisted Detached Barn into a 5 bedroom dwelling. The proposed ground floor accommodation to comprise an entrance hall, lounge, open plan kitchen with family and dining areas, utility room, cloakroom, 2 ground floor bedrooms, study/bedroom 3 and on the first floor 2 further bedrooms, each en suite and galleried landing.


There is a steel-framed DUTCH BARN (agricultural building) with concrete floor, within the farmstead, with full height roller door offering good opportunities to adapt or replace with an American Barn Stables system or purpose built stable yard (subject to permissions). Reducing the height by cutting the steel frame would enable the view of the farmland from the new house.
The remaining outbuildings in the yard are to be demolished as a condition of the planning approval on the detached barn.

LAND & GROUNDS & Rights Of Way

The farmhouse and formal gardens are enclosed within established hedging with areas of lawn, mature trees and colourful beds, and natural spring-fed pond encircled with mature oaks creating a haven for birds and wildlife. A rear formal lawn area contains a second natural pond as well as a brick tool store/dog kennel and former WC. The majority of the land is laid out as post and railed pasture, gently undulating in places and perfect for equestrian and/or other grazing uses with stunning all-round far-reaching views.
RIGHTS OF WAY - The long driveway to the farm is a shared access with a neighbouring property. There is a public footpath that crosses part of the land and to the rear of the farmyard.
There is approx. 15 acres (*TBV) of prime pastureland in front and to the side of the farmhouse.
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.


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: - -,,


TENURE: Freehold
LOCAL AUTHORITY: Wealden District Council 01892 653311
SERVICES: Mains electricity and water. Private drainage, LPG central heating.


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From Tunbridge Wells head west on the A264 toward Mount Pleasant Road and at the roundabout, take the second exit onto Langton Road. After 2.3 miles turn right onto the Ashurst Road, after 4.3 miles turn left onto the Edenbridge Road. After about 0.6 miles you will see a sign on the left for Reddins Irish setters and beneath it a sign for North Clays Farm, turn left onto the drive and follow the track for about 0.3 miles. As the track splits take the left fork and continue on until you reach the farm outbuildings then bear right and park in front of the farmhouse.

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Reference: 36940_15440242

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