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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Cowbeech Hill, Cowbeech, East Sussex


Property Description

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Tenure: Freehold

A charming Grade II listed detached house of 18th century origins, on a circa 1.6 acre plot with paddock, stables, lovely mature cottage garden and an outbuilding with lapsed planning consent to convert into a detached one bedroom annex.

The accommodation is arranged over three floors with five bedrooms, three bathrooms/showers (two en suite) and four reception rooms. There is a wealth of period features, including exposed beams, an Inglenook fireplace and a Beehive fireplace but the property benefits from oil central heating and modern kitchen.

Property ref: 121_564_2965735

The Property 
Batchelors is a striking Grade II listed detached house dating from the early 18th century but with a subsequent two storey extension at the rear and a single storey addition to the side. The attractive Georgian facade has grey headers with red brick dressings and quoins.

The very cosy accommodation is well presented throughout with a modern fitted kitchen that includes an integrated oven and hob.

The house sits in delightful cottage gardens of just over half an acre, within which there is an 18th century cobbled stone wall. To one side there is an outbuilding currently providing garaging for two vehicles and adjacent storage. Planning permission was granted (reference WD/2013/1241) for extension and conversion of the majority of that building in to an annexe with living room, separate kitchen/dining room, bedroom and shower room but this has now lapsed. Interested parties will need to make their own further enquiries. Behind is a small wooden st...

The Accommodation 

Covered Entrance Porch 
Carriage light, front door to

Entrance Hall 
Old brick flooring, shelved alcove, door to Dining Room, door to

Reception Hall/Study 
12' 9" x 11' 0 (3.89m x 3.35m)
Multi-pane front window, former fireplace with exposed brickwork (now blocked in), wall light points, two radiators, oak staircase to first floor, doorway to

Inner Hall 
Fitted corner bar unit, side window, half height timber panelling to one wall, beamed ceiling, door to

Low level wc, wash basin, heated towel rail, extractor, window.

Drawing Room 
27' 3" x 21' 3" (8.31m x 6.48m) 'L' shaped, 13'5 (4.09m at narrowest). Feature Inglenook fireplace with Bressumer beam, brick hearth and copper canopy, exposed wall and ceiling beams, alcove shelving and cupboards, wide bay with window seating, door to Snug. Part of this room is used as a breakfast area where there is a door out to garden, door to Kitchen and door to Dining Room.

11' 3" x 11' 0 (3.43m x 3.35m)
Wide double glazed patio doors to the side garden, radiator, door to rear garden.

Dining Room 
13' 1" x 13' 0 (3.99m x 3.96m)
A double aspect room, feature open fireplace with 'Beehive' brickwork, raised brick hearth and over-mantle, door to lounge, door to Side Hall and door and steps down to

With slightly restricted headroom, access from the outside, central heating boiler.

Side Hall 
Door to the front, cloaks cupboard, door to Kitchen, open to

Utility Room 
8' 0 x 6' 0 (2.44m x 1.83m)
Fitted base unit with stainless steel sink, plumbing for washing machine, built in range of shelved cupboards, drying area, shelved recess, radiator.

The Location 
The village of Cowbeech is situated in the heart of the picturesque East Sussex countryside and is the home of the popular Merrie Harriers public house.

There are local facilities in the nearby villages of Herstmonceux, Horam and Rushlake Green (all within 4 miles), whilst the larger towns of Hailsham (4 miles) and Heathfield (6.5 miles) offer more comprehensive facilities including supermarkets, secondary schools and leisure centres/swimming pools.

Royal Tunbridge Wells is about 22 miles to the north and the coast at Eastbourne about 13 miles to the south. The nearest rail stations are at Polegate (about 6 miles) and Normans Bay (about 6.5 miles) with services to London Bridge/London Victoria or Stonegate (about 12 miles) with services to Cannon Street or Charing Cross.

17' 3" x 7' 6" (5.26m x 2.29m)
A double aspect room with an extensive range of base and wall units with laminate work surfaces, 1.5 bowl stainless steel sink with chrome mixer tap, space and plumbing for a dishwasher, inset Halogen hob and double oven, extractor, walk in larder, space for tall fridge/freezer, part tiled walls, radiator, telephone point.

First Floor Landing 
Wealth of exposed timbers, large airing cupboard with lagged hot tank and immersion heater, Inner Landing area with recessed wardrobe and radiator. An attractive narrow staircase leads to the second floor.

Master Bedroom 
19' 3" x 11' 7" (5.87m x 3.53m) including en suite.
A triple aspect room with open views, currently partially subdivided by a range of bespoke oak wardrobes, overhead cupboards and dressing table, wall light points, radiator. At one end

En Suite Shower 
Tiled shower cubicle with Mira mixer unit, rail and curtain, wash basin in oak vanity unit.

Bedroom Two 
12' 8" x 11' 9" (3.86m x 3.58m)
Double aspect with front sash window, former fireplace (now blocked in), double wardrobe, fitted dressing table, wall light points, beams, door to

En Suite Bathroom 
Bath with side shower screen and Mira shower unit, low level wc, pedestal wash basin, extractor, radiator, shaver point, mirrored cabinet.

Bedroom Three 
11' 6" x 9' 5" (3.51m x 2.87m)
Sash window, fitted dressing table, wash basin in vanity unit, recessed wardrobe, exposed wall and ceiling beams, wall light points, radiator.

Bedroom Four 
13' 3" x 8' 7" (4.04m x 2.62m)
Side window, double recessed wardrobe, radiator, wall lights.

Family Bathroom 
Semi-sunken bath with side screen, mixer taps and shower attachment, low level wc, wash basin in vanity unit, shaver point, double radiator, half tiled walls, extractor.

Second Floor Galleried Landing 
Exposed timbering, door to rear loft space with light.

Bedroom Five 
12' 2" x 9' 8" (3.71m x 2.95m)
With sloping skeilings, a triple aspect room with views over adjoining countryside, exposed timbers, one window secondary glazed.

Attic Room/Possible Bedroom Six 
11' 5" x 9' 6" (3.48m x 2.90m)
With sloping skeilings, dormer window and exposed timbers. The cold water storage tank is at one end, if this area was sectioned off this room would still make a good single bedroom.


The Gardens 
The house sits in a delightful mature cottage garden of just over half an acre with a flint wall to the front and an 18th century cobbled wall within.

To the front there are two small lawned areas with surrounding beds and a central pathway. To the right there is a lightly wooded area that contains the oil storage tank.

To the side and rear are larger areas of gently sloping lawns with brick paved pathways, mature trees, firs, small pond, a variety of flowering shrubs, colourful stocked beds, walkways, cobbled walls and a wrought iron gate. There are two terrace areas, a composting area with shed and an area of wild garden.

A five barred gate leads to a driveway with space for a number of vehicles and a brick paved turning bay. The driveway leads to a substantial outbuilding of brick and timber construction, currently sub-divided into:-

Garage One 
19' 0 x 9' 4" (5.79m x 2.84m)
With double doors to the front.

Garage Two 
20' 0 x 10' 4" (6.10m x 3.15m)
Double doors to the front, open at the rear, vaulted timber roof, power.

11' 0 x 9' 9" (3.35m x 2.97m)
Doors to front & rear, window, power.

Feed Store 
10' 9" x 9' 3" (3.28m x 2.82m)
Power and water

Behind the outbuilding is a further lawned area with metal gate leading to the paddock. Within this area is a small greehouse and

Timber Stables Block 
With two loose boxes and a lean-to store.

The Paddocks 
Estimated from plans as just over an acre and divided in to one large field and two smaller enclosures, one being the wild garden referred to in the cottage garden description. Post and rail fencing, gated access to Cinderford Lane, lovely open outlook over surrounding countryside. (See Agents Note One)

Agents Note One 
Our client would give consideration to selling the house without the paddock area, subject to an appropriate adjustment in the price. Our client also owns a small parcel of land on the other side of Cowbeech Hill, directly opposite the house, amounting to about 0.22 acre. This area may be available to purchase, if required, subject to separate negotiation.

Agents Note Two 
Planning permission was obtained under application WD/2013/1241 to extend the garage and storage outbuilding and conversion to create a detached annex with living room, separate kitchen/dining room, bedroom and shower room. However this has now lapsed and interested parties should make their own further enquiries. Plans are available on request.

From Uckfield, travel south on the A22 for about 10 miles until reaching the Boship Roundabout. Proceed straight ahead on to the A271, signposted to Bexhill, continuing for about 2.25 miles then turn left signposted to Carters Corner and Cowbeech. Batchelors will be found on the left after 1.8 miles, on the corner of Cinderford Lane and just past the right turn to Stunts Green and Herstmonceux.

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23 March 2016


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