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3 bedroom cottage for sale


Sold STC £399,995

Property Description

Key features

  • 399,995 - 425,000
  • Grade II Listed
  • Three/Four Bedrooms
  • Three Reception Rooms
  • "Country Kitchen"
  • Inglenook Fireplace
  • Downstairs Cloakroom
  • Many Period features
  • Three Double Bedrooms
  • Bathroom & Wet Room

Full description

Situated on the fringes of the quintessential Sussex village of Herstmonceux is this Grade II listed semi-detached character home, offering flexible accommodation with many surviving period features. Records survive that show this property was originally the village "poor house" and established c.1720, a function it continued to provide until 1839 when passing into private ownership. The house was subsequently auctioned in the mid 1930's when it was purchased by a Captain Biron, and has only had one owner prior to the existing owners. This quirky home has also been recorded as having "one of the largest domestic inglenook fireplaces in Sussex". Three handsome reception rooms can be found on the ground floor including a snug, whilst the "country cottage" style kitchen opens directly into a conservatory with tiled flooring benefiting from under floor heating. The scullery (former brewhouse) boasts a vaulted ceiling with steps down to the useful cellar. In typical "Sussex style" the staircase is concealed behind a door from the sitting room and leads to the first of two landing areas. On the first floor can be found three double-sized bedrooms plus a bathroom, complete with roll-top bath, and, surprisingly a WC and wet room. Outside, the established and attractive gardens wrap themselves around three elevations and also extant is a detached garage/workshop plus driveway parking.

Entrance Porch - 1.15m x 0.93m (3'9" x 3'1") - Accessed by a wooden front door, tiled flooring plus inner door opening into;

Sitting Room - 5.13m x 4.48m Max. (16'10" x 14'8" Max.) - Front aspect window with night storage heater under. Exposed ceiling beams, a dominant feature in this room is the large inglenook fireplace reputedly documented as "one of the largest in Sussex". Within the inglenook itself is a copper fire hood with fire basket below on a brick hearth. There are three doors from this room one leading to the dining room, a second conceals the staircase whilst the third opens to;

Inner Hall - 2.26m x 1.21m (7'5" x 4'0") - There are two internal doors, fore and aft, within this space, with its part-timber lined walls, one rearward opening to the scullery whilst the other opens to;

The Snug (Or Bedroom Four) - 3.63m x 2.21m (11'11" x 7'3") - Front aspect window, wainscot panels on three walls, built-in storage cupboard, exposed ceiling and wall beams.

Scullery - 5.21m x 2.68m (17'1" x 8'10") - Best described as an "over-flow kitchen" with a range of fitted eye & base level units arranged along two walls, with contrasting work surfaces plus inset stainless steel sink with double drainer. Rear aspect window plus part-tiled walls, under work surface space for appliances, feature fireplace, tiled flooring. The ancestry of this room, as the former "brewhouse" is indicated by the vaulted ceiling with many exposed beams. Return door and steps to kitchen, also steps down to;

Cellar - 4.30m x 3.66m Max. (14'1" x 12'0" Max.) - Sub ground-level window providing natural light, brick-paved floor, electric power & light.

Country Cottage Kitchen - 4.97m x 4.32m Max. (16'4" x 14'2" Max.) - This light and airy room enjoys virtually a triple aspect with a part-glazed door, flanked by two windows, leading to the driveway, whilst to the opposite elevation is another window under which is a "Belfast" type sink resting on a rustic brick stand. Adjacent to this is a "Rangemaster" cooking range with illuminated extractor hood over. Some built-in cupboards with appliance spaces also feature, wainscot panels, exposed ceiling beams. We can also advise that this room opens almost directly into the conservatory, with tiled flooring throughout, whilst another door opens to reveal;

Downstairs Cloakroom - 1.64m x 1.32m Max. (5'5" x 4'4" Max.) - Rear aspect window, wall-mounted wash hand basin, WC.

Conservatory - 4.97m x 4.32m Max (16'4" x 14'2" Max) - Being of part-brick part uPVC double-glazed sealed units plus vaulted glazed roof, tiled floor with electric under floor heating.

Dining Room - 4.25m x 3.96m Max. (13'11" x 13'0" Max.) - Accessed from both the kitchen and sitting room and having side aspect window, built-in cupboard with glazed door, feature fireplace plus stripped and waxed floorboards.

Stairs To First Floor - Rise from behind a door to the sitting room, passing a built-in cupboard and provides access to;

Landing Area One - 3.98m x 1.91m Overall (13'1" x 6'3" Overall) - Rear aspect dormer window, this landing runs into a corner that, in turn, connects with the second landing areas. Two internal doors from this space open onto the bedrooms this side of the house. Some exposed wall and ceiling beams.

Bedroom Three - 4,24m x 2.36m (13'1" x 7'9") - Front aspect window, exposed wall and ceiling beams, waxed floorboards.

Bedroom One - 5.31m x 4.67m Max (17'5" x 15'4" Max) - Dual aspect room with the side aspect window in a recess to the left flank of the chimney. Exposed ceiling beams, built-in chimney breast cupboard (righthand side), open fireplace with blackened register grate, waxed floorboards. Contemporary styled wash stand.

Landing Area Two - 4.42m x 2.62m x 1.47m (14'6" x 8'7" x 4'10") - Initially, this connecting corridor has sloping ceilings to the right side and then opens out into a more "regular" shape with doors serving the accommodation here including;

Bathroom - 3.45m x 3.17m Max. (11'4" x 10'5" Max.) - In keeping with the "period" of the house this room boasts a Victorian pattern "roll-top" bath complete with claw feet and a guilt-finished mixer tap, white vanity style wash hand basin, side aspect dormer style window, waxed floor boards, built-n cupboards, one wall has exposed beams.

Wc/Wet Room - 1.89m x 1.35m Max (6'2" x 4'5" Max) - Almost best described as a "split level" room with the WC "area having the usual sanitary fittings plus a side aspect window. Whilst a step up provides access to a "wet room" area complete with fitted shower valve, fully tiled walls and floor.

Bedroom Two - 4.58m x 4.29m Max. (15'0" x 14'1" Max.) - Dual aspect room with a dormer type window to the side elevation and a plain window to the rear, waxed floorboards, some sloping ceilings. Pedestal type wash hand basin.

Description Of The Plot - As mentioned earlier the established gardens wrap themselves around three elevations and we can also advise that the plot is slightly advantaged by being elevated from the road. The road frontage has a stepped brick-built retaining wall and behind this is an area of garden containing some varieties of small shrubs and evergreen trees. The driveway slopes up from the highway and therefore separates the main gardens from the dwelling. The driveway terminates in a wall-bounded "yard" and here can also be found the detached garage/workshop. If one then walks around the rear of the conservatory you will find a pleasant wall courtyard that enjoys a sunny aspect. If you follow the gravel footpath from the drive it will take you though the "formal gardens" passing the lawn with its well-cultivated flower and shrub borders and to the road boundary a screen of trees. Toward the far end of the lawn can be found an ornamental pond and elevated patio area. In the far righthand corner, and screened from the house, is an area of vegetable or "kitchen" garden. Here is also the REAR OF;

Detached Garage/Workshop - 5.50m x 2.95m Internally (18'1" x 9'8" Internally) - This structure is mainly constructed of brick/flint elevations under a pitched tiled roof and also dual vehicle doors, we can also advise that electric power & light is also extant. One reward corner of this building is sub-divided to form;

Garden Store - 3.05m x 1.70m Internally (10'0" x 5'7" Internally) - And is accessed via steps down from the vegetable garden.

Notes On Listing - Records show that "Higham House" and adjoining "Higham Cottage" were originally listed on 13th October 1952. Listing Reference is TQ 6312 37/372.

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