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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Fontridge Lane, Etchingham, East Sussex

Under Offer £3,975,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Reception hall | Drawing room | Study | Dining room | Family room | Modern kitchen/breakfast room | Utility room | Boot room | Cellar | Cloakroom/bathroom
  • Master bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing room | First floor sitting room/gallery
  • 5 Further bedrooms (4 ensuite)
  • Coach house with entertainment room, party room, cinema and gymnasium
  • Beautifully appointed self-contained apartment
  • Listed stone barn with secure garaging for up to 6 cars + large attached tractor barn
  • Licenced underground petrol pump
  • Swimming pool | Pool house | Summer house | Spa bath | Dining pavilion | Sun terrace
  • Floodlit hard surfaced tennis court and thatched wooden pavilion
  • American stable block with 7 loose boxes, tack & feed room | Large workshop | Large multi-purpose steel barn

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Few houses in the south east of England claim a more spectacular setting than Socknersh Manor in Etchingham, East Sussex. Set away from major roads and towns/cities, the estate could not enjoy a more peaceful location.

The Grade II listed house and grounds have been sensitively managed in recent years to create a truly unique and magical period home with comprehensive leisure facilities and magnificent views. Approached via a long driveway, the grounds feature beautiful formal gardens, a pool with pool house, bar & BBQ, covered lounge area, dining pavilion, terrace and sunken spa, along with a floodlit tennis court and thatched, wooden pavilion.

In addition there is a separate coach house featuring a superb games/entertainments room, cinema, party room, large home gymnasium and a self-contained apartment. An American stable block, extensive stone barns offering secure garaging for up to 6 cars and large attached tractor barn, plus a large multi-purpose steel barn also feature.

Quarry Cottage, (available as Lot 2) - is a traditional 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom cottage which has been tastefully renovated and sits within .7 acres of private gardens. In all, this handsome country house provides expansive and flexible accommodation of 8,263 sq ft within the principal house and 17,131 sq ft including its further buildings, and an impressive 21,057sq ft including the modern general-purpose building. In all, the grounds extend to 56.31 acres.

Principal House - Socknersh Manor offers 6 generous reception rooms, 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms (5 en-suite). The house benefits from unusually high ceilings and large windows for a property of this period along with wide oak floorboards, panelling, open fires and many original features. Its flexible and spacious layout provides for a charming and utterly original home.

On approach to the main house through electric gates, the first of two large courtyards is flanked by substantial listed stone barns measuring some 3,221 sq ft and providing secure garaging for up to 6 cars and tractor storage / general further storage.

Unusually, the property also boasts a 2500 litre petrol tank which is concealed underground.

Socknersh Manor enjoys an idyllic rural setting about 2.5 miles south of the attractive village of Burwash, in the heart of the Sussex countryside. Etchingham mainline station 2 miles, Heathfield 8 miles, Royal Tunbridge Wells 13 miles.
Central London 60 miles (frequent train service from Etchingham on the main Charing Cross line with Charing Cross 75 minutes and London Waterloo 70 minutes).

The much improved A21 is an easy route out of London. It joins the M25 at Junction 5 giving access to the south east motorway network, Heathrow and Gatwick. The area is extremely popular for its wide range of excellent independent schools and top-ranking state schools, including Benenden School, Battle Abbey School, Holmewood House School, Bede's, Vinehall School, Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School, The Skinners' School and The Weald of Kent Grammar School, among others.

Local amenities - The charming village of Burwash provides a range of local shopping facilities and includes a church, village school and pubs. More extensive shopping facilities are available at Royal Tunbridge Wells and Heathfield.

Please note, all measurements, distances and travel times stated are approximate.

A feature of this impressive estate is the well-groomed formal gardens which provide a number of distinct areas. These include a walled garden, sunken garden featuring 'hidden' child's playhouse, formal knot garden, rose gardens, orchard and walled courtyard off the kitchen/breakfast room. In turn, the gardens are surrounded by rolling parkland with a sizeable fishing/boating lake and woodland to the south and further woodland to the east.

Set within a valley, the large lake is well-stocked with carp and fed by a natural stream. Complete with a traditionally-built oak boat house and jetty it allows for an array of water sports and fishing. The large adjoining woodland also conceals a further wooden building with fun log flume into the lake.

Coach House - Next to the main house, to its east, is a substantial two-storey brick and stone coach house providing 3,132 sq ft of versatile space and benefitting from a further courtyard area off the main driveway.

Currently, the ground floor has been innovatively laid out to reveal a superb games and entertainment space, shower room and WCs, plus cinema and separate party room with dance floor. Further doors open onto walled gardens providing access to the pool area via a wisteria-clad pathway. The first floor of the coach house includes a large home gymnasium and a self-contained one-bedroom apartment, this having its own separate ground level access from the side of the building.

Pool & Tennis Court - The magnificent pool area is superbly positioned to enjoy amazing views south to the lake and woodland and sight of the main house to its west. The pool house has central heating and includes a fully fitted kitchen, WC, shower and changing rooms. In addition there is an outdoor bar & BBQ area plus covered lounge area and a thatched, circular breeze house for dining. A terrace incorporates a sunken spa bath and provides ample space for sunloungers.
A floodlit hard-surfaced tennis court is located just beyond the rose garden and orchards and east of the pool area and has also been subject to careful renovation in recent years. This enjoys a fabulous wooden pavilion with thatched roof and extensive views south to the lake.

American Stable Block - From the main house, a driveway climbs gently to a purpose-designed American stable block of 2,515 sq ft. Framed by trees in a somewhat secluded setting, the stable block incorporates 7 hardwood loose boxes, an estates office, tack room and large workshop. There is ample space for horseboxes and additional vehicles surrounding the building. This, combined with scope for an indoor riding school, see below, and a cross-country trail throughout its grounds and woodland, provides fabulous scope for the equestrian. The estate is also situated close to Brightling Park and surrounded by many bridleways.

Multi-Purpose Steel-Framed Building - The estate also boasts a large steel-framed general purpose building measuring 3,926 sq ft. This is located some distance from the main house to the western end of the lake. Taking advantage of the natural, gentle fall of the land, this building is accessed by its own driveway. It is powered, lit, insulated and features a power-floated concrete floor making it ideal for multiple uses such as stabling, indoor riding school, classic car garage or storage.

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