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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Sweethaws Lane, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6

Under Offer £1,890,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 1920s family house in an idyllic location
  • stunning gardens and views
  • detached 2 bed annexe
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 5,334 sq ft
  • 3 reception rooms
  • double bay open garage
  • gardens, woodland and ponds
  • about 4.89 acres overall
  • EPC Rating = F

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

First time on the market for nearly 40 years
An attractive and much-loved family home, tucked away in an idyllic rural position with outstanding southerly views, together with a detached annexe and grounds of about 4.89 acres


Sweethaws Grange is in an idyllic location, well-placed within its own land, adjoining woodland and close to the Crowborough Beacon Golf Club, on the South side of Crowborough. Despite the enviable rural position, Crowborough town centre is within two miles, with its choice of supermarkets, High Street shops and other day-to-day amenities. A more comprehensive range of shopping, leisure and entertainment facilities is available in Tunbridge Wells.

Schools: There are many well-regarded schools in the area, including primaries in Crowborough, Beacon Academy at secondary level in the town, preparatories in Danehill (Cumnor House), Forest Row (Ashdown House), Ashurstwood (Brambletye), Langton Green (Holmewood House) and Tunbridge Wells (The Mead) and independent secondaries in Mayfield, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.

Mainline rail services: Crowborough (about 3 miles) has services to London Bridge with journey times from about 1 hour. Tunbridge Wells (about 8.9 miles) has services to London Charing Cross and Cannon Street with journey times from 50 minutes.

Communications: The A26 joins the A21 to the North of Tunbridge Wells, linking to the M25 London orbital motorway and thereby to the national motorway network, Heathrow and Gatwick airports and the Channel Tunnel terminus.


Crowborough Station 3 miles (London Bridge from about an hour), Tunbridge Wells 8.9 miles (Charing Cross/Cannon Street from 50 minutes), Gatwick Airport 22.7 miles

Accommodation summary
Main House:
- porticoed entrance porch
- entrance hall
- drawing room
- dining room
- sitting room
- kitchen/breakfast room with walk-in larder
- utility room
- store room
- 2 cloakrooms
- master bedroom with en suite bathroom
- 3 further double bedrooms
- study/bedroom 5
- family bathroom
- shower room
- cloakroom
- 2 attic rooms and 2 attic stores
- oil tank room
- boiler room and wine store
- EPC = F

Detached Annexe:
- kitchen
- shower room
- sitting/dining room
- 2 bedrooms
- bathroom
- EPC = D

- gardens, grounds and woodland
- former grass tennis court
- double bay open garage
- greenhouse, timber chalet-style cabin, garden stores and wood stores
- 2 ponds and stream
- about 4.89 acres in total

Sweethaws Grange is an impressive property dating back to the 1920s, on a superb South-facing plot with far-reaching views. The accommodation is generously-proportioned, with high ceilings and good-sized principal rooms which are arranged to take advantage of the stunning views. Character features include painted wood panelled internal doors, moulded architraves and coving, multi-paned timber-framed windows and period fireplaces. The layout of the rooms lends itself to flexibility of use which is further enhanced by the well-appointed two-bedroom annexe. Further points of note include:
- elegant drawing room with tall windows and double French doors leading out to a garden seating area and framing wonderful views and a carved wood fireplace with marble slips and hearth;
- more informal sitting room with windows to two sides, a polished wood fireplace with marble slips and hearth, fitted with a woodburning stove and with built-in cupboards with bookshelves above to the alcove each side;
- dining room with tall windows overlooking the rear garden, a period fireplace, a door out to the inner hall and a built-in china cupboard also accessible from the kitchen;
- fitted wood kitchen with a 4-oven oil-fired Aga, a walk-in larder with fitted slate and wooden shelving and a further storage cupboard;
- secondary staircase leading from the side lobby adjacent to the kitchen to the first floor side landing;
- master bedroom with an outlook over the rear garden to the countryside and views beyond, an en suite bathroom and fitted cupboards;
- double bedroom, shower room, cloakroom and study/bedroom 5, all off a side landing at the top of the secondary staircase, with potential for use as a guest suite;
- two further double bedrooms and a family bathroom complete the accommodation on the first floor;
- two attic rooms, currently arranged as study/hobby rooms and both with dormer windows offering far-reaching southerly views, each with a large attic store to the side. This area could be adapted to create additional accommodation, subject to any necessary consents.

A major feature of the property is a delightful annexe converted from the garage in 2014 to create a well-appointed two storey cottage comprising a kitchen, shower room and sitting/dining room on the ground floor and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.

A sheltered terrace overlooking a level area of lawn to the rear, backing onto woodland, offers a secluded outdoor space. Providing excellent self-contained accommodation, the cottage is situated within easy reach of the main house yet it is sufficiently well-screened to benefit from a degree of privacy.

Approached from the lane by a sweeping gravel driveway through an avenue of maple trees, the property enjoys an idyllic rural location set in its own gardens and grounds of about 4.89 acres. The driveway opens out to a turning and parking area in front of the house bordered by wide shrub beds planted for seasonal colour and texture and mature flowering shrubs, creating a most attractive arrival at the house. The drive continues past the house and on down, curving around the lower garden and passing the annexe, garage, timber cabin and large pond en route.

Terraced lawns retained on brick and stone walls with mixed herbaceous borders sweep down from the back of the property to the South, providing a superb formal setting for the house. A substantial kitchen garden, incorporating a large vegetable bed and a fruit cage, lies towards the southern boundary, screened from the house by a band of specimen trees and a tall hedge. A former grass tennis court can also be found in this area.

Towards the woodland on the western side of the garden are two stream-fed ponds, the larger of which is well-stocked with water lilies and lush marginal planting and is crossed by a Japanese-style wooden bridge. In all, the garden provides an enchanting environment for children to enjoy exploring the natural world and for keen gardeners to indulge their interest.

Services: Oil-fired central heating. Mains water and electricity. Shared private drainage.

Outgoings: Wealden District Council: 01323 443322. Tax Band G.

Agent's notes: 1. Our client is related to a Director of Savills (UK) Ltd. 2. The majority of the photographs were taken in May 2015.

Viewing: Strictly by appointment with Savills on 01892 507000. If there is any point which is of particular importance to you, we invite you to discuss this with us, especially before you travel to view the property.

Important Notice
Savills, their clients and any joint agents give notice that:
1. They have no authority to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.
2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents and Savills have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.


Square Footage: 5,334 sq ft
Acreage: 4.89 Acres


From Tunbridge Wells, head South on the A26 to Crowborough. Continue straight over the traffic lights to remain on the A26 (Beacon Road) for about 1.4 miles, then taking the left turn once you have passed the golf clubhouse into Sheep Plain (signposted Rotherfield).

Take the turning immediately on the right into Sweethaws Lane and continue on this road as it crosses the golf course, after which the entrance to Sweethaws Grange will be found well signposted on the right, just below the entrance on the left to Ghyll Farm.

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20 August 2016

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