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4 bedroom semi-detached house for sale

High Street, Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5

Offers in Excess of £550,000

Property Description

Key features

  • FOUR BEDROOMS
  • OFF ROAD PARKING
  • ADJACENT SHOP / GARAGE
  • CENTRAL WADHURST
  • PERIOD FEATURES
  • INGLENOOK FIREPLACE
  • LARGE MATURE GARDEN
  • VIEWING RECOMMENDED

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

The Story

Cricket in the garden in the sunshine and Christmas parties round a roaring fire in the drawing room - Simon Brinton and his family have nothing but happy memories of their time at The Cottage. The property, which includes an attractive character home, a pretty garden and a large building, which could be a shop or have a variety of other uses, has been their home for more than 40 years. "The Cottage was originally part of a farm - and may have been a small tannery or cold store," he suggests. "My parents bought it while they were living and working in India as they felt Wadhurst had everything that they had dreamed of in an English village."

WORK, REST AND PLAY
The Cottage was their first UK home and was bought as somewhere to relax, entertain friends and family and even work. "It was the first time that we three teenage children had our own bedrooms - which was quite something," Simon recalls. "It was immediately a real family home for all of us." The main house has an entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, sun room, shower room and kitchen at ground floor level. "The drawing room was fantastic, especially when its gorgeous fireplace had a fire going in it during the winter months." Upstairs, there four bedrooms and a family bathroom. "Three of the bedrooms have walk-in or built-in cupboards, and the attic has a very large storage space - enough for all of us and the contents of a life in India," he adds.

AMAZING SPACE
Before leaving India, the family extended the house to create the sun room and shower rom. Then just after they moved permanently to Wadhurst in 1981 they converted the garage into a shop, with a cloakroom and good-sized storage area; they also added a large studio in the garden. "My father ran a video shop here for a while and then rented the space to friends who had a business. Most recently it has been an art shop." This building holds all sorts of possibilities for working at home or letting out - or someone could consider converting it into extra accommodation. He adds: "The Cottage also owns the off-street parking area in front of the shop, which is a valuable asset in a busy village."

GAMES ON THE LAWN
The outside areas at the property have also given the family great pleasure over the decades.
"The garden was big enough for croquet and a bit of cricket, there was lots of entertaining space," Simon recalls. "The Cottage rapidly became a party house for visiting friends from around the world, assorted school friends and also many new local Wadhurst friends, young and old." The terrace and garden are south-west facing and enjoy sunshine throughout the day. "The studio is a useful extra space which could be a summer-house, greenhouse or returned to garden," he adds

VILLAGE LIFE
The family immersed themselves in village life in Wadhurst, making the most of the lively community, the array of shops and services and the many other amenities on the doorstep. "I used to play cricket for the Wadhurst Cricket Club and my father became involved with the parish council," he remembers. "My mother, a commercial artist, painted many of the sets for the local dramatic club and over the years did much of the promotional artwork for the Wadhurst Brass Band and other local interest groups - of which there are many." He adds: "In 1996, they started the September Art Show, which to this day has proved incredibly successful."

COAST AND COUNTRY
They all enjoyed visiting nearby Tunbridge Wells, catching train to London from the station is down the road and exploring the picturesque Sussex countryside. Beauty spots such as Bewl Water are within easy reach of Wadhurst. "My parents also liked visiting places like Bodiam Castle and Scotney Castle, and driving down to the coast at Hastings." The Cottage itself needs refurbishment, but remains a beautiful and homely property with a very large garden and plenty of scope, says Simon. It enjoys the best of all worlds and could make someone else an outstanding home. "The Cottage could be a great place for another family to enjoy," he adds

Setting The Scene

The Cottage enjoys a large mature garden. Within the grounds there is a converted garage, which is now used a shop. This could be used as an annexe or for work purposes. There is a terrace for sitting out and a garden studio.

What Is Nearby

Wadhurst is a small market town set in the High Weald, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its thriving High Street includes a traditional baker and butcher, a wholefood co-operative, an ironmonger, hairdresser, bank, library, post office, gift and book shop. Newer arrivals include a delicatessen, beauty shops and an art gallery. Local clubs and societies abound, and there's good food to be found in the many traditional and gastro pubs in and around Wadhurst.
Wadhurst has two state-maintained schools, a Church of England primary school (with a nursery) and Uplands, a community secondary school and sixth form with technology college status. The latter also has an affiliated youth and community centre and sports centre. The sports centre is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and is open to the public 7 days a week. In addition, there are independent Catholic preparatory schools in Wadhurst and nearby Mayfield, and grammar schools in Royal Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.

Within Easy Reach

The centre of Wadhurst is 6 miles south of Tunbridge Wells with its wide selection of shopping, theatres and other leisure facilities.
Bewl Water, the largest area of inland water in the South East of England, is a mile away. This picturesque reservoir is an outstanding venue for outdoor education and activity courses, as well as sailing, fishing and water sports. Its 12-mile circumference is popular with walkers, runners, horse riders and cyclists. There are also a number of golf clubs and country parks within easy reach and an abundance of National Trust properties including Scotney Castle, Batemans, Sissinghurst and Bodium Castle. The south coast is under an hour away. London Charing Cross and Cannon Street are just over an hour from its mainline station.

Directions

From the Chewton Rose office on Wadhurst High Street turn right and proceed up the road for approximately 200 metres. The property can be found on the left hand side.


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Nearest stations

  • Wadhurst (1.3 mi)
  • Stonegate (3.2 mi)
  • Frant (3.4 mi)
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Chewton Rose, Sussex & Kent

7 High Street, Wadhurst, TN5 6AG

01892 323029 Local call rate

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Nearest stations

  • Wadhurst (1.3 mi)
  • Stonegate (3.2 mi)
  • Frant (3.4 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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