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9 bedroom house for sale

Oldlands, Herons Ghyll, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22

Guide Price £1,940,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 9 bedrooms
  • 5 reception rooms
  • two substantial portions of grand house
  • scope for refurbishment of no 3
  • 8,987 sq ft
  • elegantly-proportioned rooms
  • abundance of period features
  • far-reaching southerly views
  • private gardens overall about 1.75 acres
  • EPC Rating = E

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Two substantial freehold portions of an imposing country house set in park-like grounds with far-reaching views, one with scope for refurbishment. Please refer to individual property brochures: No 3 at £795,000 and No 4 at £1,295,000


3 and 4 Oldlands Hall form part of The Oldlands Hall Estate which is located down a long drive on the edge of Ashdown Forest, with its superb walks, which can be accessed directly from the communal driveway via a bridleway. The Estate benefits from secondary access to the South West leading from Fairwarp village, some 0.8 miles distant.

Comprehensive Shopping:
Crowborough, Uckfield and Tunbridge Wells all offering an extensive range of shops and services.

Mainline Rail Services:
Crowborough (about 4.6 miles) and Tunbridge Wells (about 11.8 miles) with services to London Bridge from 54 minutes and 48 minutes respectively.

There is a wide range of highly regarded schools in the area both state and private.

Leisure and Sporting Facilities:
A number of prestigious golf courses within the area, in particular Crowborough, Piltdown Royal Ashdown and the East Sussex National at Uckfield. There are private members' Health Clubs at the Ashdown Park Hotel and at the East Sussex National. The nearby countryside is interspersed with footpaths and bridleways linking to the Ashdown Forest.

The A26 links with the A21 to the North and the A22 to the South, providing access to the M25 and the M23 and thereby to London, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports, the Channel Tunnel Terminus and coastal ports.


Oldlands Hall is a handsome country house, believed to date from about 1875 and divided into several homes in around 1950.
It offers the elegantly-proportioned rooms typical of grand houses of this period, with high ceilings and an abundance of period features including sash windows, decorative mouldings and ornate fireplaces.

The house is set in a country estate with far-reaching views to the South. The beautifully landscaped communal grounds include a line of geometrical ponds with fountains stretching down the length of the rear lawn, parkland with specimen trees and shrubs and many paths leading around the grounds. The communal areas are maintained by staff employed by Oldlands Estate Company.

The property is approached over a shared estate drive with two entrances which leads to the main house where there is a large turning circle around a central lawn.

Accommodation summary

3 Oldlands Hall

Ground floor
entrance hall - drawing room - kitchen/breakfast room

First floor
master bedroom with en suite bathroom - bedroom 2

Second floor
3 bedrooms, one en suite - family bath/shower room - dressing/utility room - cloakroom

low headroom cellar providing storage and housing boiler

terrace with fine southerly views- separate private garden - double garage - overall private holding of about 0.35 acres - communal parkland


3 Oldlands Hall provides spacious and flexible accommodation, being arranged over three floors and featuring sash windows, extensive woodblock flooring, decorative mouldings, ornate fireplaces and an impressive staircase with marble handrail and ball finials. The property offers scope for restoration and improvement throughout. Further points of note include:

- entrance hall with oak strip flooring which continues into the kitchen/breakfast room;

- the imposing Louis XVI style drawing room, believed to have originally served as the dining room for the Hall, has magnificent gilded carvings on the walls and cornice and an impressive ceiling rose. A full-height bay window to the rear incorporates a door to steps leading down to the terrace. Wood block flooring. Marble fireplace with mantel shelf and large mirror with gilded frame above;

- master bedroom with far-reaching views through a bay window across the grounds to the countryside beyond. Decorative cornice and parquet flooring. Fireplace with marble hearth currently covered with protective boarding. Fitted decorative wood mahogany-lined wardrobe with concealed bathroom access;

- adjoining Italian marble bathroom of Art Deco design with period fittings;

- second bedroom on this floor has parquet flooring with dark wood banding to the perimeter, two sash windows to the front and a white marble fireplace with decorative fireback;

- three further bedrooms on the second floor, two with far-reaching views to the rear, one of which has a door to a small balcony over the bay window below and a front bedroom with en suite shower room.

The shared drive continues past the main house and leads to the detached double garage and private garden which has mature planting including rhododendrons, cherry tree, shrubs and flower borders with gravel paths leading around the areas of lawn.

To the rear of the house is an area of Yorkstone terrace which enjoys views across the communal grounds and the countryside beyond.

The communal paths, accessed from the driveway, lead to a further area of woodland fringe which is privately owned by number 3.

4 Oldlands Hall

Ground floor
garden room - winter reception room - cloakroom - drawing room

First floor
kitchen/breakfast room - dining room - day room - study

Second floor
3 bedrooms - 2 bathrooms

Third floor
bedroom/studio - en suite bathroom - boarded loft storage areas

low headroom cellar providing storage and housing boiler

terrace with fine southerly views - private formal garden - woodland - en bloc garage - overall private holding extending to about 1.4 acres - further land available by negotiation - communal parkland


4 Oldlands Hall

Painstakingly refurbished some years ago by the current owners, giving each principal room a distinctive character, 4 Oldlands Hall offers a rare combination of opulent grandeur and domestic comfort. Further points of note include:

- garden room with a glass-panelled roof, patterned marble flooring and a lion's head fountain with an Italian garden mural above;

- drawing room, believed to have originally served as the ballroom for the Hall, with a fully sprung polished specimen wood floor featuring decorative inlay. A full-height bay window offers stunning views over the formal gardens and to the surrounding countryside beyond. Doors to either side of the bay lead out to steps down to the Yorkstone terrace. The walls are covered with silk panels above dado height with painted panelling below. Murals depicting Italian garden scenes;

- first floor kitchen/breakfast room with modern fitted Alno wall and base units, integral appliances including a ceramic hob with stainless steel extractor unit above and a De Dietrich electric oven. Space for dishwasher, fridge and laundry appliances;

- dining room with sash windows providing exceptional vantage point from which to appreciate the beautifully laid out formal gardens. Marble window sills, Zoffany fabric wall panels and decorative coving are offset by a striking Art Deco style ceiling rose;

- day room with delightful garden views. Marble window sills, Zoffany fabric wall panels between decorative mouldings with ornate dado rail below and further mouldings to the ceiling with ceiling rose;

- study fitted with Spanish Walnut panelling, thought to date from 1905 and incorporating hidden storage cupboards to either side of the Walnut fireplace. Ornate cornicing, dado rail and architrave and parquet flooring;

- second floor rear bedroom featuring an alcove to either side of the dormer window with ornate mouldings, Art Deco mirrors and fitted Spanish Walnut dressing tables, one with a basin. Carved panel on inside of door and decorative coving and architrave, all with a Birds of Paradise theme;

- master bedroom with a dormer window and fitted wardrobes to either side. Fireplace with a marble surround and an alcove to the side with display shelves and a cupboard below;

- stunning Art Deco bathroom with gilded ceiling, bevelled-edged mirrored tiles to the walls, some with etched decoration, and white marble tiled floor. Generous bath, bidet, W.C. and pedestal wash basin. Window to front;

- third floor bedroom/studio with en suite bathroom. Access to roof and substantial boarded loft areas.

Across the rear of the house is an area of Yorkstone terrace which enjoys views across the communal grounds and the countryside beyond. Steps lead down from the terrace to a formal pond featuring inset lighting and fountain heads and a centrepiece fountain formed of a cherubic statue set on a black granite pedestal with an Art Deco clover leaf design glass base. Yorkstone paths and level areas of lawn surround the fountain pool, offering seating areas from which to enjoy the views near and far. Yew hedging provides some screening to this area of private garden.

A garage is located in a small block to the far side of Greenmantle, accessed from the main drive.

Treated spring-fed water supply supplemented by mains. Oil-fired boilers, mains electricity and private drainage.

Wealden District Council - 01892 653311. Number 3 - Tax band G. Number 4 - Tax band G.

Agent's Notes:
1. Details of service charges for the maintenance of the communal areas and services are available from the office.
2. Number 3 is currently without a hot water tank.
3. The property had the benefit of Building Regulations consent, now lapsed (Application Number F/101/1077), and a certificate of Proposed Use or Development (Application Number WD/2010/2345/LDP),relating to proposals to incorporate part of Number 3 Oldlands Hall within Number 4 and to remove the porch to Number 3.

VIEWING Strictly by appointment with Savills on 01892 507000.
If there is any point which is of particular importance to you, we invite you to discuss this with us, especially before you travel to view the property.


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1. They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either here or elsewhere, either on their own behalf or on behalf of their client or otherwise. They assume no responsibility for any statement that may be made in these particulars. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.

2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, images and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents and Savills have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.


Square Footage: 8,987 sq ft
Acreage: 1.75 Acres


From Tunbridge Wells head South on the A26, continuing through Eridge and Crowborough. About 0.9 miles after the right turning towards Duddleswell and Nutley (New Road), and on reaching Herons Ghyll, the entrance for Oldlands Hall will be found on the right-hand side, with brick pillars and wrought iron gates.

Remain on the drive through the grounds for just over half a mile and Oldlands Hall will be found on the left. Numbers 3 and 4 form the central portion of the building and the next portion to the right.

Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
04 March 2016

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