6 bedroom farm house for saleFontridge Lane, Etchingham, East Sussex, TN19
Under Offer £3,975,000
- 6 bedrooms
- 6 reception rooms
- 5 bathrooms
- Leisure Facilities
Full descriptionOccupying an elevated setting in an idyllic valley overlooking its lake, Socknersh Manor enjoys the most peaceful setting. It includes a superb party barn, self contained staff flat, stabling, traditional outbuildings and a modern general purpose barn. Also includes a swimming pool and tennis court.
This handsome country house provides expansive and flexible accommodation extending to 8263 sq ft within the principal house. (17,131 sq ft including outbuildings). The main house consists of 6 reception rooms, 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms (5 en-suite) all with unusually high ceilings, not normally associated with a period property. The house has been carefully managed and maintained in recent years stands in beautiful gardens and grounds extending to 56.31 acres including a swimming pool, tennis court, impressive coach house featuring a self-contained apartment with separate entrance, a gymnasium, cinema, superb games/entertainment space and party room. Extensive outbuildings include a large American stable block and workshop, substantial listed stone barns providing secure garaging for 5/6 cars and tractor/additional storage, and a modern, multi-purpose steel-framed building. In addition, as Lot 2, Quarry Cottage is an excellent 4 bedroom-property. Accessed from the lane prior to approaching Socknersh Manor, the cottage has been beautifully renovated and stands in its own private gardens of around .7 acres.
Few houses in the south east of England can claim to have a more spectacular setting than Socknersh Manor. It sits in an elevated position at the end of a long tree-lined drive, overlooking a peaceful wooded valley. This part of Sussex is renowned for its grand houses and large estates, and as a result is regarded as one of the most beautiful parts of England. Set well away from roads, motorways and towns, the house is remarkably peaceful. Originally built in the early 16th century and listed Grade II, Socknersh is of significant architectural and historic importance. As with all houses of this genre, parts have been substantially rebuilt over the centuries. The property has many fine architectural features, such as the main doorway overlooking the valley with its gabled hood supported by two male figures known as 'baby eaters' which reappear in different forms around the house with varied expressions. A feature of this impressive country house is the well-groomed formal gardens and parkland/woodland beyond. Set within a valley is the large lake fed by a natural stream complete with oak framed boathouse and oak jetty perfect for use in the summer where the current owner enjoys an array of water sports on the private lake. The lake is well-stocked with carp for fishing.
To the east of the house is the substantial two storey brick and stone coach house providing 3,132 sq ft of flexible space. The first floor is a self-contained staff flat, and also (via separate access) houses a large gym. On the ground floor there is a superb leisure facility incorporating games room, cinema complex and party room with doors out to the garden. Stabling is provided within an American barn of 2,515 sq ft incorporating 7 loose boxes, an estate office, tack room and large workshop with ample horsebox parking surrounding the building. In addition there is a recently constructed large steel framed general purpose modern building measuring 3,926 sq ft, a distance away from the house accessed by its own drive way. The garaging is provided by a garage barn with room for 5/6 cars and attached further garage/storage barn which combined provide a further 3,221 sq ft. The total area of the house, coach house, garage barn, stable block and modern general-purpose building amounts to an impressive 21,057 sq ft. In addition to the range of outbuildings there is a swimming pool with electric cover and adjoining hot tub a centrally heated pool house with fitted kitchen, changing room, shower room and wc. There is also a poolside outdoor thatched dining room, tenn
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