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5 bedroom house for sale

Ditchling Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 4QU

Under Offer £995,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Historic Grade II listed house
  • Picturesque semi-rural setting
  • Commoners' Rights
  • Mature enclosed gardens
  • Haywards Heath station 2.5 mls

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Old Place is situated in a semi-rural location on the southern edge of Haywards Heath, along a private track serving just one other property.
Local amenities: Haywards Heath has a good range of local amenities including a variety of restaurants, wine bars, shops, supermarkets and a mainline railway station.
Comprehensive shopping: Brighton and Crawley.
Mainline rail service: Haywards Heath (London Bridge/Victoria from 47 minutes).
Schools: There are many highly regarded schools in the area, both state and private, including Tavistock & Summerhill in Haywards Heath, Great Walstead in Lindfield, Cumnor House in Danehill, Burgess Hill School for Girls, Hurstpierpoint College and Ardingly College.
Communications: The M25 orbital motorway can be accessed via the A23, linking to other motorway networks, Gatwick and Heathrow airports and the coast.


Old Place is a charming Grade II listed detached period house, ideally situated in a picturesque semi-rural location, yet only minutes from Haywards Heath town centre and railway station. The original part of the property is believed to have been built over 500 years ago, on land which formed part of the Royal Manor held by King Alfred.

The property was substantially extended at a later date and has since been the subject of sympathetic refurbishment throughout; the more recent part having been largely rebuilt to complement the original cottage and to provide generously proportioned rooms, combining modern luxury with old world charm. The oldest part of the house has been lovingly restored, using original methods and materials, including lime plaster on the walls of the two original reception rooms. The result is a superbly appointed family home, featuring a wealth of character with all the convenience of modern fixtures and fittings; points of note including a number of exposed oak timbers and floor boards, an inglenook fireplace in the old sitting room, oak panelled internal doors with thumb latch furniture and wooden framed casement windows (some double glazed and some with secondary glazing).

The accommodation is arranged over two floors, with many of the rooms enjoying a delightful outlook over the gardens and Common.


- A stable door opens to the entrance hall/boot room, with quarry tiled floor and recessed spot lighting.
- Lying off the hall is the utility room, also with quarry tiled floor, a butler sink with wooden drainer and plumbing and vent for a washer/dryer.
- Modern shower room (re-fitted 2008), with tiled floor and suite comprising a double shower cubicle with Mira shower, WC and pedestal basin.
- Split level, double aspect old dining room with exposed ceiling timbers, part divided by original vertical timbers and with the original brick flooring to the lower level. Deep under stair cupboard and recessed shelving unit.
- The sitting room features a handsome and wide brick inglenook fireplace with oak bressumer, raised quarry tiled hearth and brass canopy. Exposed ceiling timbers, original brick flooring, and front door, opening to a part-enclosed entrance porch with glazed side panels.
- A door from the sitting room opens to stairs rising to the first floor, where there are two bedrooms, both with old oak floor boards and original horse hair plaster to the walls. The larger of the two bedrooms has a deep, built in wardrobe with hanging rail.
- From the old sitting room, an opening leads into the drawing room, which is in the newer part of the house and is an elegant, vaulted room featuring oak flooring and a number of exposed rafters complemented by two Velux windows and uplighting. A glazed door opens to the music room, which is fitted with full height shelving to three walls.
- The drawing room is in turn open to the dining hall, from which an American oak turned staircase rises to the first floor.
- Good sized study, with square bay window and range of fitted bookshelving. Two separate telephone lines.
- Double doors open from the dining hall to the kitchen/breakfast room, which has ample space for a farmhouse table and is fitted with a range of cream units and display cupboards fitted by Hammertons of East Sussex, complemented by granite worktops with an inset butler sink. Newly fitted Rayburn oven, providing the central heating and hot water to the property. Spaces and plumbing for an American-style fridge/freezer and a dishwasher.
- Lying off the kitchen is a second study/playroom, which is double aspect with three sets of French doors opening to the garden.
- The staircase from the dining hall gives access to the remainder of the first floor accommodation via a landing, with shelved airing cupboard housing the hot water tank.
- Double aspect master bedroom with two built in wardrobes, an eaves shoe cupboard and an en suite shower room, with a tiled shower cubicle, basin with tiled surround and cupboards under, WC and heated towel rail.
- There are two further bedrooms, both with built in wardrobes.
- Family bathroom with range of fitted storage cupboards and suite comprising a panelled bath with wall mounted shower over, basin, WC and heated towel rail. Hatch opening to the loft space.

Old Place is approached from Ditchling Road via a private track running across the south side of Lunces Common, for which the property owns Commoners' Rights. A timber five bar gate opens from the track to a gravelled parking and turning area, which gives access to the detached, timber-clad brick double garage, with concrete floor, up and over door, power connected and security lighting. From the parking area there are steps leading down to the lawn and a brick path, flanked by box hedging, leading down to the original front door. To one side of the path is a formal cottage garden, with central sun dial surrounded by well stocked colourful flower and shrub beds.

The mature gardens are a particular feature of the property, lying predominantly to the south and west of the house and being very private, well enclosed to the boundaries by a bank of mature trees. A gravelled terrace with herringbone brick pathway lies adjacent to the west of the house, providing an attractive outdoor entertaining area. The remainder of the garden is largely laid to lawn, interspersed with a number of flower and shrub beds, fruit trees and with a pond in the centre. A white brick store houses the oil tank.

Total plot about 0.67 of an acre.


From the centre of Haywards Heath proceed south on the B2112, out of town and through Fox Hill. Take the second turning on the right after passing The Fox and Hounds public house (immediately opposite the East Sussex sign) and Old Place is the second property down the track.

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