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3 bedroom detached house for sale

Haywards Heath Road, North Chailey, East Sussex, BN8

Guide Price £850,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Stunning Grade II Listed Converted Church
  • Three Bedrooms
  • Study
  • Much Charm & Character Throughout
  • Striking Stained Glass
  • Fitted Kitchen
  • Utility Room
  • En-Suite to Master Bedroom
  • Private Parking

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A stunning Grade II listed converted church built in 1876 under the direction of London architect John Oldrid Scott with money donated by John George Blencowe, a member of parliament and a magistrate at Lewes.

The property has been converted with much attention to detail, ensuring that a family home was created whilst retaining the huge amount of charm and character that you would expect from a building such as this. The stunning stained glass windows are of particular note and are all described in the British Architect of 27th October 1876. All windows are by James Powell & Sons, with the exception of a Kempe window depicting George & the dragon. The East and West windows, were designed by Henry Holiday were commissioned in 1875 with further windows in 1876, including the South aisle west described as 'Natural Spring flowers as J.O Scott sketch - violets snowdrops crocuses'

The entrance vestibule with magnificent solid timber doors lead into the most striking open plan living area. The first thing you notice is the exquisite stained glass which draws the eye up towards the arched ceiling line. The room offers formal and informal living spaces and the ability to move the spaces around to suit the individual needs or the season with engineered oak flooring throughout. This room truly should be seen to be appreciated. The kitchen has been fitted with a range of wall and base units with oak doors, complimented by granite working surfaces, along with integrated fridge, AEG cooker, 5 ring gas hob and dishwasher. This room leads into a separate utility room with spaces for further appliances, a storage cupboard housing the boiler and a solid timber door leading to the outside. Also on the ground floor the former vestry has been converted into a shower room with the original stoup, being a stone basin for holy water. A glass galleried landing provides access to the first floor where the three bedrooms are situated, with the master having an en-suite shower room and the further two bedrooms being served by the family bathroom. The two principle bedrooms offer wonderful views towards the South Downs. The stairs rise to the second floor where a study is located with an imaginative glass floor. Some original features have been imaginatively crafted in modern furniture including the organ surround now a bookcase and pews remade as a king size bed and bath panel.


St. Mary's Old Church is conveniently situated in North Chailey and is adjacent to Chailey Common with its wide open spaces and views towards the South Downs. The village of Newick is just under two miles away offering a number of shops, a school, post office, health centre and church. Shopping and recreational facilities are available at Haywards Heath (just 5 miles away) together with a main line rail service to London (Victoria/London Bridge approx 47 mins). There are excellent schooling facilities in the area including Chailey St. Peters village school, Cumnor House at Danehill, Great Walstead, Ardingly College, Burgess Hill School for Girls and Brighton College.


The property is approached by a gated private driveway providing off road parking. Gardens extend around the property and include lawned areas, a chipped children's play area and a garden shed with power.

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Added on Rightmove:
15 October 2016

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