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3 bedroom detached house for sale

Burgh Hill, Etchingham, East Sussex, TN19

Sold STC £700,000

Property Description

Key features

  • WELL PRESENTED SUBSTANTIAL FAMIILY HOME
  • THREE BEDROOMS
  • FOURTH BEDROOM/ANNEXE DOWNSTAIRS
  • ORIGINAL CHARACTER FEATURES
  • BEAUTIFUL GARDENS AND VIEWS
  • TWO BAY GARAGE WITH LOFT ABOVE
  • ADJOINING PASTURELAND TO REAR
  • WALK TO STATION

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Tenure: Freehold

The Story

At the weekend, following a long lunch, the owners of St Johns Lodge enjoy nothing more than a stroll through the beautiful area of woodland opposite their home. When the weather is cold they might then return home to light the fire and relax in the warmth of their welcoming country home.
“We moved here for the location,” one of them explains. “We liked its quiet position opposite the wood, where we could go and roam for miles with the children. Now the children are grown up, and come to see us with their own children, they still like to spend time in there. We often go for a long walk through the woods on a Sunday afternoon.”

PERFECT HOME
St Johns Lodge dates back to the 1930s and is set in a historic corner of East Sussex. The area is believed to have been possibly been a settlement in Roman times, with a number of artefacts having been found in the area. “What we saw in the house and garden 34 years ago was great potential,” she recalls. “The house itself had rooms that were uncomplicated and clean, and that we knew we could put our stamp on. The garden was also perfect for us, we could see we would be able to develop and really enjoy it over the years.”

WARMTH AND LIGHT
Today St Johns Lodge offers very spacious and flexible living, with three bedrooms upstairs and fourth bedroom/annexe or home office downstairs. “We have done a tremendous amount to it and now love every single space here,” she says. “We renovated the sunroom and made it into quite a feature, with high wooden ceilings and skylight windows. We also extended the original dining room and laid oak flooring throughout downstairs. Over the years we have changed the kitchen several times, replaced the bathroom and extended out into the eaves to create space that could be used for a bathroom, study or nursery.”

WELCOMING FRIENDS
The sunroom is very much a favourite space, which is warm and bright in winter, and fresh and airy in the summer, when the doors on to the garden are kept open. “We both like spending time in our studies too and enjoy the drawing room with its open fire,” she says. “In the past we have enjoyed entertaining in the dining room, which takes a large table, and where we had a wood-burner installed last year. Downstairs can feel quite open plan, which works well if you have a number of guests.” She adds: “In the summer we sometimes have dinner parties down on the decking or a buffet outside for a party. We have had some wonderful occasions here, with up to 35 people.”

ENCHANTING GARDEN
However, it is the garden that has perhaps given the couple the greatest pleasure in all their time here: “We really have developed it entirely in our time here, our hearts and souls have gone into it,” she admits. “We love spending time out there. It is fantastically beautiful, really bursting into life from the moment spring arrives. In the front we have a garden that becomes a carpet of white. We have herbaceous borders, a vegetable garden, with a summerhouse, and a little orchard. There is also a lovely herb garden, which is slightly sunken, and paved with attractive old cobble stones.”

PEACEFUL PLACE
The garden has been transformed with different areas providing lots of interest. “Someone with children could make the whole thing into lawn and then simply enjoy the summerhouse and the decking around it as they watched their children play.”
It has been a splendid and very adaptable family home and now she likes to imagine others enjoy it just as much. “It is easy to reach the school from here and the station, with its trains to London is just a short walk away. Our children were also able to travel into Tunbridge Wells on their own when they started to become independent. You can easily get to festivals or walks on the beach, and we have loved visiting Bodiam Castle, Bedgebury Forest and Bateman’s, especially in the winter when you have the whole fairytale landscape to yourself.”
She adds: “I will miss absolutely everything about being here. Our home has been our sanctuary, a very English country home and a place of peace.”

Setting The Scene

The beautiful gardens at St Johns Lodge have been carefully developed with great joy by the current owners.
The grounds feature front and rear gardens with side access. There is a two bay cart lodge, with a loft above, as well as a shed, pond and greenhouse. The summerhouse has an area of decking, where it is pleasant to sit out.
There are formal and informal areas, fully stocked borders, hedged boundaries, a vegetable patch and small orchard.

What's Nearby

Etchingham rail way station is within walking distance and provides a commuter link to London Charing Cross/Cannon Street in about an hour. The A21 at Hurst Green gives access to the National Motorway Network, Gatwick Airport (29 miles) and Heathrow Airport (64 miles) and the ferry port to the continent at Dover is about 60 miles distant.

Within Easy Reach

Etchingham is within three miles of the picturesque, tree lined village of Burwash and within 8 miles of bustling Heathfield, where there is a good range of shops and a bi-weekly farmers market on Tuesday and Saturday. More comprehensive shopping facilities, theatres and cinemas can be found in the spa town of Tunbridge Wells, 17 miles away. There is also an independent state of the art Kino digital cinema, with stylish café bar, in the heart of Hawkhurst Village, which is just over 3 miles away. Within Etchingham itself there is an award winning delicatessen, a butchers, Post Office and Bistro@thestation, an award winning cafe serving fresh and locally sourced food as well as hot drinks and fine wines and beers.


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Nearest stations

  • Etchingham (0.9 mi)
  • Robertsbridge (2.3 mi)
  • Stonegate (4.2 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Etchingham (0.9 mi)
  • Robertsbridge (2.3 mi)
  • Stonegate (4.2 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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