8 bedroom detached house for saleGibbons Mill, The Haven, Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14
Sold STC £3,350,000
- Enviable rural position
- 6 double bedrooms
- 5 bath/shower rooms (3 en suite)
- 5 reception rooms
- Extensively refurbished by current owners
- 2 bedroom guest cottage
- double garage and car port
- home office / gym
- stables and barn
- EPC Rating = D
This fabulous and extensive county house is beautifully presented throughout with a number of wonderful rooms, many with exceptional rural views. Set in around 12 acres of landscaped grounds, swimming pool and tennis court, the property includes a number of outbuildings, including a stylish two bedroom cottage, new stable block and barn with office/gym above.
The Mill House enjoys an idyllic rural situation in the heart of the Sussex Weald yet is within easy reach of necessary communications and amenities. Located at the end of a long private drive and surrounded by its own extensive grounds the property benefits from a high level of seclusion and attractive rural views over adjoining farmland. Walking distance to two public houses.
Local amenities included convenience shopping, post office, church and medical centre at Rudgwick. Cranleigh offers a weekly market and a wider choice of shopping and general amenities as does Billingshurst where there is also a main line station with regular services into London and Gatwick Airport.
Fast rail links to London are provided from either Milford, Guildford or Gatwick airport (fastest link from 32 mins) all within approximately 15 miles.
A full range of high street shopping, leisure and cultural amenities can be found at Horsham, Guildford and Chichester.
Road connections are very good with the main A29 providing the north / south link to London and then via the A24 to the M25 at Leatherhead. The A272 at Billingshurst provides a useful cross link to Kent or Hampshire. Littlehampton on the south coast is about 20 miles.
There is an excellent choice of state and private schools within easy reach including The Weald at Billingshurst, Pennthorpe and Farlington within 5 miles with Cranleigh School, Arundale, Seaford College , Duke of Kent and Hurtwood House a little further afield. A number of school buses pick up from the Fox pub close by.
Recreational opportunities include sport and leisure centres at Billingshurst, Horsham and Cranleigh. There are country pursuits at a number of local venues, polo at Ewhurst, racing at Fontwell and Goodwood, sailing at Chichester and golf at a number of local clubs. In addition the surrounding countryside offers excellent walking and riding.
Understood to date originally from 1766 The Mill House is a part timber framed house that over the years has seen extensive alterations and enlargement. The most recent of these works have taken place over the last 5 years and amounted to a total restoration and refurbishment providing the opportunity to incorporate the very latest in modern technology and environmental features. At the same time enormous care has been taken to retain and restore period features resulting in the superbly appointed, spacious and characterful home we see today, ideally suited to 21st century family living.
Key elements of the accommodation include the oak panelled snug with its carved oak feature fireplace; the wonderfully light orangery with its unique glass covered well and French doors to the terrace and the elegant dining room with its beamed ceiling and inglenook fireplace. However t he heart of this home is likely to be the superbly spacious and beautifully appointed family kitchen. An extensive range of bespoke furniture by Plain English incorporates a vast amount of storage with integrated NEFF appliances and a central island workstation. There is ample space for informal or family dining and a square arch leads to the extremely generous family room with feature open fireplace. French doors open from both the kitchen and family area onto the main south west facing garden terrace from which extensive garden and country views may be enjoyed.
First floor accommodation is no less impressive. The memorable double aspect master bedroom with vaulted timber ceiling benefits from distant rural views while remotely operated curtains and the fitted wood-burning stove contribute to the cosy and intimate ambience. Adjoining the bedroom a stylish fully fitted dressing room leads to a elegant and beautifully appointed bathroom. Here the freestanding bath and generous wet-room style shower are set against a beautifully book-matched marble surface. This stunning room also benefits from views over the gardens and beyond.
The master suite, kitchen and family room are all air conditioned.
There are four further family bedrooms, two en suite bath/shower rooms and a stylish family bathroom. A further single bedroom with adjoining shower room is ideally suited to staff accommodation if required.
An original brick barn has been converted to an attractive and highly specified guest cottage comprising a spacious living room and kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor with two bedrooms and further shower room above.
A modern rustic style timber framed barn provides a double garage, single carport, boiler house and large room above currently arranged as an office and gym.
Other buildings include the pool house and changing room, tractor barn, stables for up to six horses, machine shed and log stores.
The main house, cottage, office and gym benefit from heat and hot water generated by a new biomass boiler (run on wood pellets or chips). The system was accepted onto the commercial RHI scheme, with 17 years of payments remaining. The subsidies pay for all heating costs of the property plus a material annual profit.
The accommodation of The Mill House is well laid out and is illustrated on the floor plans included in this brochure.
Gardens and Grounds
The Mill House is approached from the shared farm road via a long sweeping private gravel drive to the spacious forecourt with parking and turning space for numerous cars. A separate spur leads to the cottage and stables and back to the front gates.
The landscaped gardens surround the house and are mainly laid to lawn with numerous specimen trees and ornamental shrubs. Beside the drive is an attractive duck pond with a central island and large willow tree reached by a timber bridge. To the north with doors opening from the orangery a pretty brick-paved terrace with pond and trickling water feature provides a secluded shady spot whilst to the west and accessed from the kitchen and family room a larger paved terrace with garden views is perfect for relaxation and al-fresco dining.
Immaculately maintained lawns extend away from the terrace to a ha-ha beyond which the remainder of the grounds are laid down to pasture with a little light woodland. A path from the garden leads to the secure pool area with spacious paved surround and adjoining pool house. To the west of the grounds is a newly resurfaced hard court enclosed tennis court and children's play area.
In all about 12 acres (4.85 ha).
Square Footage: 10,196 sq ft
Acreage: 12 Acres
From Guildford centre follow A281 Horsham Road in a southerly direction for 13 miles through Bramley and Alfold to Bucks Green and here turn right onto Haven Road. In 0.8 mile turn right again into an un-named road signed towards Gibbons Mill. Continue for 0.7 mile and at a T junction with grassy island turn right towards Gibbons Mill and Morgans Green. In 0.3 mile as the road bears left turn right onto a concrete farm road with red post box in the hedge and signed Gibbons Mill Farm. Follow this drive for about 0.2 mile and The Mill House will be found beyond the farm down the hill on the right hand side.
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