Chestnut House is understood to have originally formed part of the nearby Buckhurst Estate and is thought to date from the 17th Century and has been beautifully restored and enlarged. The property was the winner of the Sussex Heritage Trust small scale residential award in 2006.The welcoming entrance hall gives an instant sense of space with bespoke glazing to the whole length of one wall giving a seamless connection with the dining room. The drawing room has full-height glazing maximising the stunning views over the property’s garden, orchard and fields.
Glazed doors give direct access to a terrace and there is an inglenook fireplace with a gas wood effect stove and a hatch concealing a well with a glazed panel. Adjacent to the drawing room is a useful study with a built-in desk and bookshelves.
The dining room is generously proportioned and features a large inglenook fireplace. Adjacent to the dining room and partly open plan to it is the superb kitchen/breakfast room, again with an inglenook fireplace with a three-oven gas fired Aga and an adjacent electric two-oven Aga module with a gas hob. The kitchen has a limestone floor and is fitted with an extensive range of wooden and stainless steel fronted units with polished granite work surfaces and incorporates an integrated dishwasher. A cloakroom completes the ground floor accommodation and there is a useful cellar/utility with a limestone floor.
The principal bedroom has a high vaulted ceiling with some exposed timbers and incorporates a built-in bed and a sliding door gives access to a walk-in wardrobe. The ensuite bathroom is fitted with a luxurious white suite and incorporates cleverly built-in storage. There is a guest bedroom, a luxuriously appointed family shower room and two further bedrooms. From one of the bedrooms a drop-down ladder gives access to a lovely vaulted attic room. Also located on the first floor there is a spacious landing – providing a seating area and study area.
Other features within the house include particularly generous overall ceiling heights, oak latch doors, underfloor heating on the ground floor and in the bathrooms, a lovely oak turned staircase and superb oak floor-boards.
Located adjacent to the entrance drive The Barn has been converted to a similar standard to the main house and provides well-arranged and flexible secondary accommodation. Features include a lovely open plan kitchen/dining room with a feature high vaulted ceiling in the kitchen which includes an extensive range of units with polished granite work surfaces and a stainless steel Smeg range. In addition, The Barn provides a cloakroom/utility, two bedrooms – one with an ensuite shower room, a family bathroom and two store rooms.
The property is approached from the High Street via an electrically operated wooden five-bar entrance gate which leads through to a gravel entrance drive providing extensive parking. To one side of the drive is The Barn. Situated between the main house and The Barn is a charming part walled parterre ‘cottage’ garden with four main beds intersected by wide York stone paths. The garden includes clipped boxes, yews, lavenders, roses and mini aliums. Beyond this area of garden there are two wide paved terraces which lie immediately adjacent to the rear of the house and afford superb views over the property’s garden, orchard, fields and unspoilt countryside beyond.
The remainder of the garden is laid to sweeping expanses of lawn bordered by a long well-stocked herbaceous border. To one side of the lawn there is a picturesque pond and to the far end of the garden a wooden gate gives access to the orchard. Trees within the orchard include apples, damsons, cherries and pears.
The remainder of the land is divided into three hedge enclosed fields which are bordered by some magnificent mature oaks. Located within one of the fields is a pole barn. The land is approached from the entrance drive by a wooden five-bar gate.
The garden and land at Chestnut House provide a wonderful setting for this magnificent, historic village house. In all about 4.5 acres.
Approximate Square Meters :
Lot Acres: 4.5