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5 bedroom semi-detached house for sale

The Old Convent, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19

Guide Price £925,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Imposing attached property
  • versatile accommodation
  • East Grinstead station 0.7 miles
  • 3 receptions, 5 bedrooms
  • Communal swimming pool & tennis court
  • communal chapel
  • 13 acres of communal grounds

Full description

Tenure: Share of Freehold

Superb portion of this Grade I listed former convent with striking interior and architectural detail, set within 13 acres of communal grounds


The Convent has a Chapel for the private use for the residence together with 13 acres of communal grounds with a snooker room, tennis courts and swimming pool. There is a residence association which organise various activities including a Christmas service with the Salvation Army in the Chapel.
Comprehensive Shopping: East Grinstead - 0.5 of a mile.
Mainline Rail Services: East Grinstead to London Bridge/Victoria.
Primary Schools: There are a number of primary schools in East Grinstead.
Private Schools: The Preparatory Schools at Brambletye, Greenfields in Forest Row, Ashdown House, Copthorne and Cumnor House. The Independent schools nearby are Ardingly, Notre Dame, Woldingham, and Worth.
Sporting Facilities: East Grinstead Sports Club, Racing at Lingfield Park, Plumpton and Brighton, and show jumping at Hickstead and Ardingly. Golf at Chartham Park, Holtye, Lingfield, Sweetwoods and Tandridge, and also at the two Royal Ashdown Forest courses (Forest Row), in addition to Piltdown, Paxhill Park and East Sussex National (Uckfield).
Communications: The A22 provides access to the M25 and thus London and the suburbs, the south coast, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports and the Channel Tunnel Terminus.


9 The Old Convent is a striking property with stylish and generously proportioned accommodation with character period features, forming part of this Grade I listed former convent. The property has exposed stone walls and ceiling timbers, stone mullion windows with lead light glazing, deep oak sills, open fireplaces, oak flooring, and under floor heating in the cloakroom and master en suite. The well presented accommodation provides flexible living and is arranged over four floors. The communal gardens and grounds are well maintained with formal lawns and established planting. Within these grounds is a heated swimming pool, two tennis courts and a multi games court, a
barbeque field and an orchard. There is an allocated parking space to the front of the house and additional visitors parking.

Historical note: St Margaret's convent dates from 1865 and was designed by the famous architect G E Street who also designed the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand, London. Later additions of the convent were designed by his son A E Street to his fathers original plans. The convent forms a quadrangle with a cloister and chapel, built in a gothic style with stone mullion windows and asymmetric gables.

• A substantial oak front door leads to a communal hall which in turn leads to the private entrance hall for 9 The Old Convent, where there are arched doorways, exposed stone walls, stairs rising to the first floor and a cloakroom.
• The kitchen/dining/family room is an impressive space with high ceilings and a double aspect. The kitchen area is fitted with a comprehensive range of wall and base units with a matching island unit and oak work surfaces. Appliances include a Smeg double oven, gas hob, Neff dishwasher and space for an American style fridge freezer. The living area features a stone
fireplace with wood burning stove.
• The study has an outlook to the side and features a comprehensive range of fitted wall storage cupboards.
• The drawing room is arranged over the first floor, and is double aspect with views over the communal grounds. There is a open stone fireplace with cast iron canopy.
• The guest bedroom is also arranged on the first floor and is served by a well appointed modern en suite shower area.
• The first floor half landing has access to the mezzanine area over the guest bedroom. This area is currently being used as a hobbies room.
• The second floor landing has an impressive stone fireplace, and stairs rising to the third floor.
• The impressive vaulted master bedroom has views over the gardens and a bank of fitted wardrobes together with an en suite shower room.
• There are two further bedrooms on this floor and a stylish and well appointed family bathroom.
• Arranged over the third floor is attic bedroom/recreation room with a vaulted ceiling and exposed timbers.
• The house is approached over a shared drive which leads around the convent to a parking space at the front of number 9.
• The gardens and grounds are a real feature of the property and comprise formal lawns with well stocked and maintained beds and borders. Paths lead around the grounds with an orchard, herb garden, children's play area, barbeque field and clothes drying area. The heated swimming pool sits within a secure gated area enclosed by established evergreen hedging. The
courts comprise two tennis courts and a multi games court. There is an area of parking allocated for visitors.

Square Footage: 2,973 sq ft


From the M25 (junction 6), head south on the A22 to East Grinstead. On passing Homebase and the fire station on the left hand side turn left on to Moat Road. At the traffic lights turn left and continue through this new development where The Old Convent will be found on the right. Follow the drive around the convent to the far side where number nine will be found.

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12 September 2016

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