5 bedroom detached house for saleStaplefield Road, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17
Sold STC £2,500,000
- Grade II listed Jacobean farmhouse
- Detached 2 bedroom cottage
- Listed Barn & Groom's Flat
- Gardens, grounds & tennis court
- About 15.8 acres
- EPC Rating = F
Attractive Grade II listed 5 bedroom Jacobean farmhouse with 2 bedroom cottage, flat and range of outbuildings, situated on the outskirts of Cuckfield with stunning South Downs views. About 16 acres.
Old Beech Farm is located in a highly sought after area, to the north west of Cuckfield village, within the beautiful West Sussex countryside. Surrounded by its own grounds, it is nevertheless within easy reach of Cuckfield and Haywards Heath for everyday needs, while the popular towns of Horsham and Brighton offer a more extensive range of shopping facilities and Central London is less than 40 miles away.
Local Amenities: Cuckfield has a good range of local amenities including a convenience store/post office, petrol station, variety of independent village shops, public houses, restaurants and a hotel.
Comprehensive Shopping: Haywards Heath, Brighton, Horsham and Crawley.
Mainline Rail Service: There is a fast and frequent commuter service from Haywards Heath (3.2 miles distant) with services to London Bridge/Victoria from 42 minutes.
Schools: There is an excellent range of educational facilities locally, in both the private and state sectors. They include Holy Trinity primary and Warden Park secondary schools in Cuckfield, Great Walstead, Cumnor House, Handcross Park School, Burgess Hill School for Girls, Ardingly College and Hurstpierpoint College.
Leisure: There are a number of local golf courses, including Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, Lindfield Park, Cottesmore, Singing Hills and Pyecombe. Racing at Brighton, Lingfield Park, Epsom and Sandown Park. Private Health Spas include Ockenden Manor Hotel, South Lodge, Alexander House and Ashdown Park.
Situated on the outskirts of the popular village of Cuckfield, surrounded by glorious formal gardens, grounds and land, Old Beech Farm is an attractive Jacobean farmhouse listed Grade II of 'special architectural or historic interest'. Whilst in need of some general updating, the house has clearly been a much-loved and comfortable family home, offering well-proportioned accommodation arranged over three floors and extending to nearly 3,900 square feet. There are an abundance of character features typical of the period adding to the property's charm, including a number of exposed timbers, fireplaces and original doors with thumb latch door furniture; yet despite the age of the house the ceilings are of a good height and the rooms of a generous proportion.
Of particular note are the two main reception rooms: an impressive double aspect drawing room overlooking the gardens with inglenook fireplace; and a handsome part-timbered dining room with large stone fireplace and quarry tiled floor. The main reception rooms are complemented by a cosy snug with Stovax woodburner, a study with door opening to the south lawn and a kitchen/breakfast room, fitted with a range of handmade wooden units and an Aga, served by a separate utility room and boot room.
There are three bedrooms on the first floor, including a guest suite and a generous master suite comprising a double aspect bedroom, en suite bathroom and dressing room (which could be used as a sixth bedroom). There are two further bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor, one of the bedrooms having particularly stunning views over the fields to the South Downs beyond.
Old Beech Cottage
Extending to nearly 1,400 square feet, Old Beech Cottage is a good-sized property in its own right, with separate parking area and accommodation comprising a large sitting and dining room with fireplace, kitchen/breakfast room with walk-in larder, cloakroom, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
The Barn and Groom's Flat
An attractive Grade II listed barn with catslide roof, offering excellent storage and outbuildings including garaging; a workshop/garden store; stabling with original stalls, store room over, wine store and adjoining tack room; and a separate tractor store. An external door opens to a staircase rising to the one bedroom groom's flat over.
Adjacent to the barn, a two storey former granary with workshop on the ground floor and large storage room over.
Gardens, Grounds and Land
The gardens and grounds are of particular note, well enclosing the property and arranged to take full advantage of the views over the land to the South Downs. A gated driveway leads past the cottage to a pond, around which is ample parking for a number of cars. A spur leads to the barn and outbuildings and a pathway crosses the lawns to the main house.
Formal gardens surround the house, laid to lawn and interspersed with mature trees and shrubs. To the east of the house is a York stone terrace and barbeque area, a pretty lavender garden and, beyond here, the tennis court (resurfaced 2013).
To the south of the outbuildings is a wild flower meadow, a young copse and a band of woodland. The three fields lie to the east, south and north of the house as can be seen on the site plan.
In all, about 15.8 acres.
Old Beech Farm benefits from a right of way over the driveway which belongs to the neighbouring property, Henmead Hall. Henmead Hall has a reciprocal right of way over the first part of Old Beech Farm's private driveway, allowing access to one of their fields.
The sale includes a quarter share of a field lying off Cleavers Lane to the north of Old Beech Farm, about 10.7 acres in all.
Square Footage: 3,857 sq ft
Acreage: 15.8 Acres
From the centre of Cuckfield proceed north on the B2114 (towards Staplefield). Pass Haywards Heath rugby club on the left and Cuckfield golf club on the right, and the driveway leading to Old Beech Farm is the second on the left, signposted Henmead Hall.
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