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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Church Road, Scaynes Hill, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Guide Price £1,950,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Reception rooms
  • Beautiful Garden
  • Tennis Court
  • Garaging
  • Woodland
  • Kitchen Garden
  • Summer House
  • EPC: E

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Lychgate Cottage is understood to date from circa 1736 with later 19th Century additions. The property is a substantial country house and presents principally brick and tile hung elevations, with part white washed walls with timber infill, all under a mainly pitched tile roof.

Internally, the house has an immediate and magnificent sense of arrival and provides well proportioned, light and elegant accommodation arranged over two floors. Designed to take advantage of the beautiful garden and grounds, the property also benefits from some wonderful views towards Ashdown Forest.

The light and well proportioned double aspect drawing room has a pair French double doors that lead out to the beautiful garden. The drawing room also includes a wooden floor, an attractive bay window, and a feature inglenook fire place with a brick surround.

The triple aspect kitchen/breakfast/family room is the heart of the home, with its bespoke kitchen which incorporates a central island, grey granite polished worktops, and a four oven gas Aga.

To one corner of the family room is a streamlined designed german Oranier woodburner. From the kitchen/breakfast room a pair of French doors lead out to a brick paved easterly facing terrace, with a magical view to the Ashdown Forest and over the garden and grounds.

Other notable features within the house include a double aspect large dining room with an inglenook fire place with brick surround.

The discreet bar/cellar is approached from the library via a concealed door set within an interesting façade of books. The well arranged downstairs reception rooms are complemented by an impressive panelled and wood carved staircase rising to the first floor.

Wonderful views over the garden can be enjoyed from the double aspect and well proportioned principal suite with a sumptuous en suite shower room and a bank of fitted cupboards.

There are four further generous bedrooms including a guest suite which also benefits from a shower room.

Lychgate Cottage is approached from a minor country lane and lies in a delightful rural position about 0.3 miles to the north of the village of Scaynes Hill, which provides a public house, a primary school and a petrol station.

The picturesque village of Lindfield lies about 2.4 miles to the north west, with its village green, primary school, a good selection of shops, a post office and three public houses.

The property is about 3.5 miles to the West of Sheffield Park, renowned for its famous National Trust gardens. The regional centre in the area, Haywards Heath, is about 4 miles and offers a comprehensive range of shops and recreational facilities together with a mainline train service to London (London Bridge/Victoria about 47 minutes).

The A23, which lies to the west of Haywards Heath provides fast access to Gatwick, Brighton and the M23/M25.

Lychgate Cottage is extremely well placed for recreation and leisure pursuits; The nearby Ashdown Forest, (6,400 acres) is protected by an Act of Parliament, and together with the South Downs National Park, both provide many miles of spectacular walking and riding country, with superb views over Sussex and the North and South Downs.

Golf courses in the area include The Royal Ashdown at Forest Row, Chartham Park at East Grinstead and Piltdown, whilst there is sailing at Ardingly reservoir and Racecourses at Goodwood and Lingfield.

There is a variety excellent private schools in the area including: Ardingly College, Ashdown House, Brambletye, Brighton College, Cumnor House, Great Walstead, Hurstpierpoint College and Roedean.

This important country house is approached via a pair of wooden gates that lead to a large gravelled parking area for the main house.

To one side of the parking area is a substantial five bay garage. Adjacent to the garaging is a tractor store/log store. To the rear of the generous garaging is a further triple bay barn incorporating a gardener's WC and an upstairs store room.

Lying to the north of the main house is the Tennis Court and an attractive summer house.

The principal formal gardens lie to the east of the main house, and have been professionally designed and landscaped, to create one of the most beautiful gardens in Sussex. Lying directly to the south east of the main house is the scented garden area, with formal topiary box hedge, framing the multitude of red and pink velvet carpet roses.

Beyond the scented garden is the large productive kitchen garden which includes an array of shaped box topiary cones together with a variety of fruit trees including apples, pears, plums and cherries, and well established vegetable beds with tomatoes, runner beans, zucchini, beetroot, cabbage and potatoes.

To the rear of the main house are further expanses of lawn, bordered by well stocked beds and majestic mature trees, together with a rock garden with assorted shaped conifers and an elegant Japanese maple tree.

Bordering the northern side of the gardens is a cone shaped tiled oak framed gazebo, with the oak sourced from the present owners' woodland.

The gazebo provides an anchor to the rock garden and a link and vista to the woodland beyond.

Lying a short distance from the main house and to the north is the woodland which includes mature oaks and is partly under planted with bluebells which forms a glorious magic like carpet.

The woodland also features a beautiful pond which provides a haven for wildlife.

The woodland also has informal pathways ensuring that the ever changing landscape can be enjoyed all year round.

The magical gardens and park like grounds at Lychgate Cottage provide a stunning and secluded setting for this important country house.

In all about 15.5 acres.

Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
30 October 2016

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