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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Wenbans Lane, Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5

£850,000

Property Description

Key features

  • ENCHANTING 16TH CENTURY PERIOD HOME
  • THREE/FOUR BEDROOMS
  • THREE/FOUR RECEPTION ROOMS
  • BEAUTIFUL SETTING IN A WOODED VALE
  • GARDENS SURROUNDING THE PROPERTY
  • DOUBLE ASPECT DRAWING ROOM OVERLOOKING GARDEN
  • FARMHOUSE STYLE KITCHEN WITH OIL-FIRED AGA
  • OUTSKIRTS OF SOUGHT AFTER VILLAGE

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

The Story

For the past three years, the owner of Stream Cottage has enjoyed nothing more than watching her children head off to go exploring in the grounds.
The gardens at the beautiful Grade II Listed home hold a wealth of delights for both adults and children alike.
"It was the setting here that we loved so much," she explained. "It is very, very pretty, and the house just looks out over paddocks.
"We are in our own little pocket. It is the perfect place for children to have the classic rural childhood - pulling on their wellies and going off to explore.
"And having our own stream here too has been the icing on the cake."

COUNTRY STYLE
Dating back more than 450 years, Stream Cottage was once two farm workers' cottages situated close to an old mill. Today, the property, now a larger, single house, backs on to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known as High Weald.
With beams, exposed stonework and a large inglenook fireplace, it retains a wealth of character and remains a comfortable family home with an inviting appeal.
"It is very rustic and just has so much character," said the owner. "We have given it a classic country style inside - using fabrics from Vanessa Arbuthnott, Colefax and Fowler and Jane Churchill, as suggested by an interior designer - which has worked very well."

RUSTIC APPEAL
The kitchen, with its beamed ceiling, terracotta tiled floor and wooden cupboards, is very much at the heart of family life at Stream Cottage.
"It is lovely in the winter when the Aga makes it warm and cosy, the children are sitting round the table drawing and the kettle is whistling in the background," she said.
The drawing room, with its inglenook fireplace and roaring wood-burner, is also a perfect family retreat during the colder months.
"We come in here after we have been out for a walk with the dogs in the winter, sit round the fire and toast teacakes," she said.




RURAL VIEWS
Upstairs there are three bedrooms, all with glorious views over the surrounding countryside. From here, the family can watch the trees on the hills change colour with the seasons and the wildlife in its natural environment.
Downstairs there is an additional bedroom suite, which could be used for guests, a teenager seeking some independence or even as a treatment or business area for someone looking to work from home.
"There are all sorts of potential uses for this area," she added.

ALL SEASONS
On balmy summer days, the family have delighted in relaxing in the garden, and taking lunch out in the sunshine, and as the evenings have lengthened, the adults have relished being able to continue to enjoy the great outdoors.
"It is nice to sit on the terrace of a summer's evening listening to the owls," she said. "It is amazing to think we are so close to London yet have all this around us."
It is with great sadness, she went on, they now have to leave the rural idyll, but her husband has taken up a new post abroad.
"I will miss everything about this house, particularly Christmas, when it looks so wonderful with garlands and stockings hanging up, and I will think back on the summers we have had here, when we just didn't want to go anywhere else," she said.
And she added: "This has been a wonderful place for all of us to live and my children especially have had some really lovely times here."

SIMPLY OUTSTANDING
The stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known as High Weald is essentially a medieval landscape.
Its rolling hills, scattered farmsteads, small woodlands, irregular-shaped fields, open heaths and ancient routeways were created by the end of the 14th Century.
Today, it is a fantastic place to walk. There is a network of 2395km of paths as well as 61 countryside sites owned by organisations such as the National Trust, RSPB, Woodland Trust and Forestry Commission.
There are also three cycle routes along disused railway lines and other paths that have been developed for cyclists.

IRON HISTORY
Historic Wadhurst, with its long High Street of tile-hung cottages, was once of great importance as a hub of the Wealden iron industry.
Until the 19th Century, the parish was divided into six regions - Town, Bivelham, Faircrouch, Riseden, Weeke and Cousley Wood.
Many churches in this area have iron slab memorials. Wadhurst's church of St Peter and St Paul has 30, demonstrating the scale of the local iron industry.
Many commemorate the local family of the Barhams, who were "iron masters" in the area.

Setting The Scene

Approximately half an acre of formal gardens surrounds the property and a large natural stone sun terrace with a productive grape vine and roses growing over the cottage. The gardens incorporate an old well-head with hand pump and security grill and are well stocked with an impressive Yew tree and a wide variety of other specimen plants including camellia, silver birch, sumac, crab apple, cherry blossom and twisted hazel. The flower beds are full of roses, iris, peony and a small herb garden. There is a small vegetable plot and a "log cabin" garden store as well as ample room for a garage if needed, subject to obtaining the usual consents. The gardens are bordered on one side by a babbling stream with a timber bridge that leads to a small island offering a fantastic adventure area for children.
Screened from the house and gardens by a mature clipped conifer hedge is a swimming pool, requiring attention. An old brick outhouse adjoins.

What Is Nearby

Wadhurst High Street is only 1.5 miles away and offers a diverse and comprehensive range of shops for all day to day needs, together with pubs and restaurants. Uplands Community College is highly regarded, as are the village primary schools. Marlborough & Skippers prep schools are within easy driving distance.

Within Easy Reach

Royal Tunbridge Wells for more extensive shopping, restaurants and the theatre is within easy reach of the cottage. "Living here has been ideal for us," said the owner. "Wadhurst has everything in it you could possibly need and then Tunbridge Wells is only seven miles away." The A21 heads down to the coast at Hastings and up to the M25 and London in the other direction. Sports and Leisure facilities include Bewl Water Sailing Club (7 miles), Dale Hill Golf Club (under 5 miles) and Bedgebury Pinetum, excellent for bike riding (7.6 miles). Almost adjoining this property is Snape Wood, where horse riding by permit is allowed.

Directions

From the M25 travel south on the A21 for 18.5 miles until reaching the first roundabout at Lamberhurst. Take the third exit (B2162) and drive through Lamberhurst, bearing slightly right at the bottom of the High Street onto the B2100. Stay on this road for four miles, entering Wadhurst. At the end of the road turn left onto the B2099 and continue for 1.2 miles, passing the shops in the High Street. Having left the village and gone up a small hill, turn right into Darby's Lane and continue for about a mile until you pass under a large brick bridge. Bear to the right then left and the cottage is the first on the left.

For those with satellite navigation the post code for the property is TN5 6NR.


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19 May 2017

Nearest stations

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  • Stonegate (2.3 mi)
  • Frant (4.4 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Wadhurst (2.1 mi)
  • Stonegate (2.3 mi)
  • Frant (4.4 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Chewton Rose, Sussex & Kent

7 High Street, Wadhurst, TN5 6AG

01892 323029 Local call rate

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