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6 bedroom country house for sale

Heathfield, Kent

Guide Price £2,800,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 40 Acres
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 5 Reception Rooms
  • Detached Cottage
  • Detached Garage Block
  • Luxury Apartment
  • 3 Loose Boxes
  • Tack/Feed Room
  • 2 Helicopter Pads
  • Helicopter Hangar

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

LOCATION: Little Poundsford Farm is a very special Residential and Sporting Country Estate occupying an unrivalled position, nestling in a most wonderfully tranquil, truly idyllic setting, with far reaching, breathtaking views over the Dudwell Valley. Privately situated behind electronically operated Security Gates at the end of a long, wooded, meandering, country lane that is well tucked away from the madding crowd. Your own world awaits you….

Whilst it is believed that no chemicals have been used on the land for the last 22 years, The Country Property Group can only rely on the fact that the previous owners for whom we sold the property in 2000 advised us of this information then, and again, the current Vendor claims that he too has never used any chemicals. His Estate Manager who has worked on the Estate during the past 10 years is also happy to corroborate this. Buyers please be aware that you are strongly advised to ensure you carry out the necessary soil checks etc., prior to negotiating to purchase the Estate if indeed this matter is important to you, because you must not rely on this information as a statement of fact.

The vibrant Market Town of Heathfield is some 4 miles away, providing a really excellent selection of friendly, well stocked, local shopping facilities for ones every day needs and much, much more. Heathfield has a choice of 2 Supermarkets and a brilliant Deli who also cater for outside private functions.

For a more comprehensive range of shopping and general facilities the towns of Royal Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne are both within reasonable driving distance. Royal Tunbridge Wells is approximately a 17 mile drive and offers the most discerning shopper an eclectic array of everything from the iconic High Street stalwarts to the delights of Hooper’s and Fenwick’s: both with a fantastic selection of in-store departments of well know Fashion Designers. Harry Collins – the Queen’s personal Jeweller with a workshop at Buckingham Palace – has a shop in the High Street to tempt and tantalise. T Wells - as it is known - has several good Hotels, 44 different Eateries at the last count: one being Thackeray’s which is part of the Richard Philips stable. Spas and Beauty Parlours abound for all types of pampering too.

EDUCATION: The general area is well served with both state and independent Schooling including: Battle Abbey, Vine Hall Preparatory School, Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School, Bricklehurst Manor Preparatory, Templegrove School, Tonbridge Public School, Bethany, Benenden School for Girls and Haymakers Nursery School to name but a few.


Flying: Little Poundsford Farm has 2 Helicopter Pads. One can fly into Battersea in 20 minutes

Trains: For commuting purposes the Railway Stations at both Stonegate (approx: 7.5 miles away) and Etchingham (approx: 8.7 miles away) offer train services into London.

Motorways: The A21 at Hurst Green is some 10.6 miles away. Heading North one meets the M25 which is approx. 24.7 miles from where one meets the A21.


Walking and Riding: On the Estate and the surrounding countryside using Public Footpaths and Bridleways. There are no such rights of way across the Little Poundsford Estate inside the Electric Security Gates.

Golf: East Sussex National (Little Horstead) also Golf Clubs at Battle, Sedlescombe, Ticehurst, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Forest Row, Rotherfield, Crowborough, Hayward’s Heath, Eastbourne, Lewes, Pyecombe and Piltdown.

Sailing & Angling: Fishing on the Estate, Bewl Water, Eastbourne, Brighton Marina.

Racing: Plumpton, Brighton, Lingfield, Fontwell and Goodwood.

Hunting: Southdown & Eridge
Theatre & Cinema: Tunbridge Wells, Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Eastbourne & Brighton.
Opera: Glyndebourne.

DESCRIPTION: Little Poundsford Farmhouse is an enchanting, Wisteria, Clematis and Creeper clad, character residence, originally believed by our Vendor to date back to 1485 – as yet not verified by The Country Property Group - with later additions. The House is brick built on an attractive natural stone plinth with partial tile-hung elevations to the First Floor, featuring triple glazed, Leaded Light fenestration all beneath a ‘Kent Peg’ style, tiled roof. The property enjoys a wrap around Terrace with stunning views to the rear from the largest Terrace, where the eye is drawn to an ornamental well-stocked Pond featuring a magnificent Stone Fountain, in front of which is a beautiful well-stocked Lake with the backdrop of the Dudwell Valley.

There is a pretty, double storey, detached Cottage – currently housing the Gymnasium – which would provide useful ancillary accommodation close to the main house comprising: Sitting Room, Kitchen, Shower Room and a Double Bedroom. An impressive detached Garage Block with Under Floor Heating, to keep ones treasured vehicles housed in pristine condition. Above this, with a separate entrance, is a most luxurious, Self-Contained Apartment. A well constructed Stable Block of Three Loose Boxes. The vast Helicopter Hangar is currently full of Farm Equipment etc., but equally it could also house - subject to the necessary planning permission being granted - an Indoor Tennis/Squash Court or indeed possibly become an Indoor Riding School. It has the potential to fulfil the wishes of most country pursuit enthusiasts.

ESTATE AGENTS COMMENTS: For the discerning purchaser who really demands and fully appreciates total privacy and tranquillity, Little Poundsford Farm comes very highly recommended. The beauty and serenity of Little Poundsford Farm really must be experienced first hand because mere words cannot do justice to this spectacular setting. The immediate Garden and Grounds are fenced where deemed necessary to keep out the Deer that roam freely in Dallington Forest and the beautiful surrounding undulating countryside. The River Dudwell forms one of the boundaries to the Estate and the area in general was once favoured and written about by Rudyard Kipling.

Wildlife abounds and in a report of the ancient Woodlands of Greenwood conducted by the Sussex Wildlife Trust in 1996 they note sightings of Rabbit, Fox, Badger, Deer, Squirrel, Garden Warbler, Crow, Black Cap, Nut Hatch, Wren, Robin, Wood Pigeon, Chaffinch, Great Tit and Chiffchaff. The same report mentions rare mature Beech, also Oak, Birch, Rowan, wonderful mosey banks, Bramble, Bracken, Bluebells and Wood Anemone. The current Estate Manager confirms that on the Little Poundsford Estate he has regularly seen Foxes, Badgers, Deer, Rabbits, Buzzards, Sparrowhawks, Black Birds, Song Thrush, Wrens, Tree Creepers, Robins, Green and Spotted Woodpeckers, Sparrows, Wagtails, Blue Tits, and Swifts to name but a few.


An attractive flagstone pathway leads from the drive to a short flight of stone steps that approach the tiled, cantilevered Storm Porch. A door leads into the:

RECEPTION HALL: 19’8 x 13’5 (6.02 x 4.11) not including Inglenook. Ceiling Height: 6’6 (1.98) to the highest point. The focal point of this welcoming Hall is the old, brick built, Inglenook Fireplace complete with an Oak Bressummer beam above and a raised brick Hearth. The Hall, which features exposed beams to the ceiling, benefits from a further brick built Fireplace opposite the Inglenook with an arched display niche to one side. Two windows provide a pleasing outlook over the enchanting Terrace to the front. An Oak Staircase rises to the First Floor. Wall light points. Three double power points. The tiled floor enjoys the benefit of Under Floor Heating. Aerial point. Old Oak doors lead through to the Study and the Kitchen and an opening leads into the:

SITTING ROOM: 21’1 x 20’8 (6.42 x 6.35) to furthest points of ‘L’ shaped room. Ceiling Height: 7’5 (2.28) to the highest point. Two steps descend into this light and airy, double aspect room which has superb, bespoke fitted display cabinets. A triple glazed window provides views beyond the paved Terrace to the rural countryside beyond. Solid Oak flooring with Under Floor Heating. A wooden Staircase rises to a quarter Landing and ascends to the main, First Floor Galleried Landing. Wall light points. Two double power points. B.T point. An arched battened, Oak latched door opens into the:

COATS CUPBOARD: 5’11 x 4’1 (1.82 x 1.26) to furthest points. Ceiling Height: 7’5 (2.28) to the highest point. Exposed beams to the ceiling. A further latched door opens into the:

CLOAKROOM: 6’5 x 4’3 (1.97 x 1.31) to furthest points. Ceiling Height: 7’5 (2.28) to the highest point. Fitted with a white Suite comprising: low-level WC and a Wash-hand Basin inset within a ‘Vanity’ unit. Window to the front.

From the Sitting Room the Oak flooring and Under Floor Heating continues into the Drawing Room.

DRAWING ROOM: 25’5 x 17’1 (7.77 x 5.21) not including bay Window. Ceiling Height: 7’5 (2.28) to the highest point. The main feature of this magnificent, double aspect Reception Room is the simply stunning, far reaching views from the square bay window, which has French doors opening onto the Grand Terrace where one can enjoy a panoramic vista all year round. An impressive, brick built ‘Inglenook’ Fireplace with a raised brick Hearth and an Oak Bressummer beam above. A Wood Burning Stove adds further character and in the Winter generates excellent heat, fuelled by logs from the Estate. Main and secondary exposed timbers are evident to the ceiling and one wall which displays a feature circular timber section. Four double power points. Dimmer controls. Wall light points. A glass door opens into the:

GARDEN ROOM: 19’2 x 13’6 (5.84 x 4.13). Ceiling Height: 11’6 (3.52) This enchanting, fully glazed Conservatory enjoys Under Floor Heating with the same tiles as in the Reception Hall. There are wooden window sills and self opening and closing, electronically operated windows . A pair of French doors open onto the Terrace to the eastern side of the property. Various power points.

From the Reception Hall, an Oak latched door opens into the:

STUDY: 14’6 x 9’6 (4.46 x 2.94) to furthest points of irregular shaped room. Ceiling Height: 14’7 (4.45). Featuring a beamed Vaulted Ceiling with exposed cantilever beams and a partial natural stone wall. A door opens onto the paved Terrace to the rear. Two small, Oak doors open to reveal a built-in cupboard beneath the Staircase. Library shelves. One double radiator. One double power point. B.T point. Door to the Terrace.

WINE CELLAR: 9’2 x 7’1 (2.8 x 2.16). Ceiling Height: 6’3 (1.92). Exposed beams to the ceiling. Window to the rear. One double power point.

From the Reception Hall, an Oak latched door opens into the:

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM: 33’1 x 28’3 (10.19 x 8.63) to furthest points. Ceiling Height: 7’11 (2.42) to the highest point. This stunning, triple aspect room houses a beautifully designed, dream Kitchen with an abundance of mellow beams in the ceiling; there is a large American Fridge Freezer with a Refreshment Centre and drop down door. Miele appliances include: a built-in Coffee Machine, a Combi Oven that works both as a Microwave or an additional Fan Oven with pyrolytic (self-cleaning) system and a Dishwasher raised for easy access. The Central Island has Miele Induction Hobs, an additional Sink with a sensor water tap and an inbuilt ‘Butchers’ style chopping board. The Kitchen units are finished in solid, Cat Paw Oak with ‘state of the art’, black Granite work tops. French doors lead out to the Terrace to the front. The blue AGA is housed in a striking room divider that has a display cabinet, cupboards and drawers all topped in matching Granite. To the other side is an eye level Woodburner, encased in glass. A side door to the rear Terrace. Two Oak doors under the Stairs reveal useful storage space. The floor throughout – with Under Floor Heating - is finished in rustic, Italian tiles in keeping with other tiled areas of the property and the style of the house.

LAUNDRY/FLOWER ROOM: 21’7 x 11’11 (6.59 x 3.63) to the furthest point. Ceiling Height: 7’10 (2.41). A double aspect room enjoying wonderful views. There is another large, American style Fridge/Freezer. Base cupboards and drawers beneath black Granite. Sink unit. A Washing Machine and a Tumble Dryer at eye level housed in matching units. A door leads into the Guest Suite Entrance Lobby.

GUEST SUITE: This Suite can be completely Self Contained but, if required, there is access to the Kitchen/Breakfast Room via the Laundry Room. GROUND FLOOR ENTRANCE LOBBY: A statement, solid wood, spiral Staircase rises to the First Floor where there is a stunning, L-shaped, triple aspect BED/SITTING ROOM: 27’0 x 17’1 (8.24 x 5.23) to the furthest point. Ceiling Height: 6’10 (2.11) with new, wide Oak floor boards with Under Floor Heating. Triple glazed windows, Loft access, eaves Storage space. Various power points. EN-SUITE WET-ROOM: 10’2 x 5’9 (3.11 x 1.76) to the furthest point. Ceiling Height: 6’11 (2.12). A window looks out to the front. The Wet Room is fully tiled with neutral, quality tiles and fitted with a low-level WC and a separate Shower Unit.

From the Inner Lobby in the Kitchen a Staircase rises to a:

FIRST FLOOR LANDING: Featuring an old, exposed, Oak boarded floor and a short flight of Stairs leading up to Bedroom 5. An Oak door leads into:

FAMILY WET ROOM 1: 10’0 x 6’7 (3.05 x 2.05). Ceiling Height: 7’0 (2.15) to the highest point. A window opens out to the front. Fitted with a white Suite and tiled in neutral, quality tiles.

BEDROOM 4: 18’10 x 13’1 (5.78 x 4) to furthest points. Ceiling Height: 12’3 (3.74) to the highest point. This delightful room has a stripped, old, Oak boarded floor and features a beamed, Vaulted Ceiling displaying two trussed beams. Hanging and storage space is provided by an Oak wardrobe with a cupboard to the side. Superb, rural view across the undulating fields. One double radiator. Aerial point. Four double power points.
BEDROOM 5: 19’11 x 8’7 (6.09 x 2.64) measurements taken at floor level, not including dormer Window. Ceiling Height: 6’4 (1.93) to the highest point. An enchanting Attic Bedroom with a dormer window providing an outlook across the Grounds to the front. Exposed beams. Door to Loft space. Aerial point. One double radiator. Three double power points.

From the Reception Hall, an Oak Staircase curls to the First Floor. An Oak door opens to reveal a built-in Storage cupboard. An Oak latch door opens into the:

FAMILY WET ROOM 2: 7’8 x 6’3 (2.39 x 1.93). Ceiling Height: 7’0 (2.13) to the highest point. A window opens out to the rear. Fitted with a white Suite and tiled in neutral, quality tiles.

BEDROOM 2: 14’5 x 13’10 (4.43 x 4.25) to furthest points. Ceiling Height: 6’4 (1.94) to the highest point. Exposed beams to the ceiling. Hanging space is provided by a recess with further space available in a built-in cupboard. Window to front. Fireplace recess with a brick Hearth and a timber Mantle above. Wall light points. One single radiator. Three double power points.

BEDROOM 3: 13’5 x 9’9 (4.11 x 3.02) to furthest points. Ceiling Height: 6’4 (1.93) to the highest point. Exposed beams to the ceiling and a partially exposed brickwork wall, overlooking the Grounds to the front. Fireplace recess with a brick Hearth. One double radiator. Wall light point. Two double power points. A second door leads onto the main First Floor Landing:


From the Sitting Room, a Staircase rises to a Quarter Landing and elbows to the:

MAIN FIRST FLOOR GALLERIED LANDING: 12’5 x 10’2 (3.81 x 3.11) to furthest points. The window provides a pleasing outlook to the Grounds to the front. An Oak latched door opens to reveal generous eaves Storage. One double radiator. One double power point. A door opens into Bedroom 3.


INNER HALLWAY: 9’6 x 4’7 (2.94 x 1.43). Storage space is provided by a range of built-in Cupboards to one wall. An opening leads into the Principal Bedroom and an Oak door opens into the:

EN-SUITE BATHROOM: 14’0 x 8’8 (4.29 x 2.66) to the furthest point. Ceiling Height: 7’5 (2.27) to the highest point. The En-Suite Bathroom boasts a beautiful, corner Spa Bath as well as a walk in Shower. The dιcor is presented perfectly with hand-made, Italian, rustic tiles.

PRINCIPAL BEDROOM: 17’4 x 19’4 (5.31 x 5.9) to furthest points. Ceiling Height: 7’9 (2.36) to the highest point. The window provides a panoramic rural view beyond the ornamental Lily Pond and Lake across the awe-inspiring, undulating fields and countryside. One wall is covered floor to ceiling with bespoke wardrobes. Aerial point. One double radiator. B.T point. Three double power points. An Oak latched door opens into the

DRESSING ROOM: 7’5 x 7’4 (2.29 x 2.26) width not including Wardrobes. Ceiling Height: 7’8 (2.34) to the highest point. Fitted with a range of built-in wardrobes (some with lights). Loft access. One single radiator. Window to front. One double power point.

EXTERNALLY: More land is available if required.

To the front of the House a door leads into the:
DETACHED COTTAGE: currently utilised as a Gymnasium with a Kitchen, WC, Bedroom and Bathroom:
KITCHEN: 18’0 x 8’9 (5.48 X 2.68) to the furthest point. Ceiling Height: 8’3 (2.53).
GYMNASIUM: 18’10 x 18’7 (5.76 x 5.68) to the furthest point. Ceiling Height: 8’2 (2.49) to the highest point.
WC: 4’7 x 3’11 (1.40 x 1.21) to the furthest point. Ceiling Height: 7’1 (2.16) to the furthest point.
BEDROOM: 18’3 x 11’8 (5.58 x 3.57) to the furthest point. Ceiling Height: 6’9 (2.06) to the highest point.
BATHROOM: 8’6 x 5’3 (2.61 x 1.62) to the furthest point. Ceiling Height: 6’9 (2.07) to the highest point.

Behind the Cottage there is a small Boiler House and adjacent to this, the green Oil Tank blends nicely into the background.

To the side of the House, a driveway leads to a brand new Garage Block and Luxury Apartment.

Consisting of, on the ground level, a Garage which holds up to four vehicles. This also has a WC. Above the Garage is a spacious, self-contained Apartment comprising: a good sized, Double Bedroom, separate Bathroom with Shower, Open Plan Sitting Room and Kitchen with fantastic views. Both floors have Under Floor Heating.
‘Up and over’ doors lead into the:
GARAGE AREA: 43’4 x 30’2 (13.2 x 9.19) to the furthest point. Ceiling Height: 8’3 (2.53) to the highest point.
A pedestrian door leads into the:
GROUND FLOOR ENTRANCE HALL TO LUXURY APARTMENT: 16’0 x 5’7 (4.88 x 1.71). Ceiling Height: 15’6 (4.74) to the highest point. A solid wood Staircase ascends to the:
FIRST FLOOR HALLWAY: 30’2 x 9’0 (9.21 x 2.76) to the furthest point. Ceiling Height: 7’8 (2.34) to the highest point.
BEDROOM: 18’4 x 12’8 (5.60 x 3.86) to the furthest point. Ceiling Height: 7’8 (2.35) to the highest point.
KITCHEN/DINING/SITTING ROOM: 30’1 x 24’11 (9.19 x 7.61) to the furthest point. Ceiling Height: 7’8 (2.34) to the highest point. This area is open plan. The Kitchen has full facilities including, built in Miele Coffee Machine, Fridge and Freezer, Dishwasher and Combi Oven with Microwave. The work surfaces have been finished to a high standard and are of polished black Granite.
BATHROOM: 9’7 x 9’0 (2.91 x 2.74) to the furthest point. Ceiling Height: 7’9 (2.36)

The driveway continues past the:

STABLE 1: 12’5 x 12’3 (3.8 x 3.76), STABLE 2: 12’6 x 12’5 (3.84 x 3.8), STABLE 3: 12’4 x 12’3 (3.78 x 3.76).

THE HELICOPTER HANGAR: A spacious Hangar with a Workshop, provides excessive inside Storage for large machinery and has been used to provide undercover storage for a Helicopter, as well as other Machines. HANGAR: 80’1 x 80’0 (24.41 x 24.39) to the furthest point. Ceiling Height: 22’11 (6.98) to the highest point. INTERNAL WORK SHOP: 30’2 x 20’6 (9.19 x 6.25) to the furthest point. Ceiling Height: 17’6 (5.33) to the highest point.
WC: 6’4 x 4’3 (1.94 x 1.30). Ceiling Height: 8’2 (2.50).

SERVICES: Mains Electricity. Metered Mains Water. Private Drainage. Oil Fired Central Heating. B.T. Triple Leaded Light Glazing. Alarmed.
(in the parish of Burwash)
Rother District Council
The Town Hall
East Sussex TN39 3JX
Telephone: 01424 787878

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Country Property Group provides these particulars in good faith for guidance purposes only. The measurements of Garden, and or Land sizes mentioned above, have been supplied to us by the Vendors of the property. We wish to stress that The Country Property Group is unable to measure the Land on offer in order to confirm the exact acreage and therefore requests all potential purchasers to satisfy themselves prior to entering into negotiations. Please note we have not conducted a structural survey of the property nor have we tested any of the heating, drainage, services, fittings or sanitary items in this property.

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