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Lewes Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19

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Added on 17/07/2020
Savills, Haywards Heath

Key features

  • Handsome mid-Victorian Country House with a rich & diverse history
  • Light & spacious reception rooms with a wealth of period character
  • Elevated position, overlooking its Grade II* listed Gardens & Grounds
  • Detached 2 bedroom cottage, studio annexe, garaging & outbuildings
  • Countryside views yet only 2 miles from the market town of East Grinstead
  • EPC Rating = D

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

Handsome and Historic Country House set in Outstanding Grade II* listed Gardens.


Brockhurst has a rich and diverse history, first mentioned in the Domesday Book as the Manor of Brockhurst and later belonging to Philip, Earl of Surrey in 1574. The present house dates back to the mid-Victorian era and was once owned by the Hanbury family of Allen and Hanbury fame. Mr FJ Hanbury is largely responsible for much of the garden and grounds we see today. Approached via a shared driveway, a pair of stone pillars flank the entrance to the house. A private drive winds through the lawns and mature woodland to the house and coach house. A further spur leads from the drive through an archway and snakes behind the coach house to the cottage.

Set in about 6 acres, the house sits on an elevated position overlooking its mature grounds and lake. The house is constructed of stone under a tiled roof with many architectural features common with mid-Victorian design, such as prominent stone gables with central turret found on the western elevation. In addition to the main house there is excellent ancillary accommodation in the form of a two bedroom cottage suitable for either guests or staff, and a large open-plan studio flat over the garaging.

Over time the house has been sympathetically restored, extended and improved.

Internally the accommodation is principally set over three floors with a useful basement area with wine stores. The reception rooms are light and spacious and still possess many period features adding to the charm and character of the property. This is particularly evident in the drawing room which has oak panelling and ornate plaster work to the ceiling and cornice, and the majestic galleried reception hall with its oak panelling and flagstone floor.

The sitting room is an unusual room with bays at each end of the room, one having a spectacular stone fireplace. Adorning the ceiling is superb decorative plaster work with flower and angel motifs and pendants. Beyond the sitting room is the rear hall and billiard room, the billiard room able to accommodate a full-sized snooker table and seating area providing a further room perfect for entertaining. The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a range of appliances and bespoke wall and floor cabinets; double doors lead to the custom built Marston Langinger conservatory.

The principal bedroom suite comprises an impressive array of rooms including a bedroom with bay window overlooking the gardens, an en suite bathroom with suite including a roll top bath, and a dressing area. In addition to the principal bedroom there are three bedroom suites with en suite bath/shower room, three further bedrooms and a family bathroom with roll top bath, a separate shower cubicle and twin basins.

Stairs from the main landing lead to the second floor, which comprises a kitchenette, two bedrooms, dressing room and bathroom which, if needs required could be used as a separate flat.

Accessed from the dining hall, the renovated cellar houses the boiler and an excellent wine store with built in bins.

Brockhurst Cottage
Located to the rear of the main house and built in the same style, the cottage offers fantastic guest or staff accommodation. The accommodation is arranged over two floors with a utility room located on the ground floor. There is an open plan reception room, fully fitted kitchen, two bedrooms (one en suite), a bathroom and a large roof terrace.

The Annexe is located over the garaging and comprises a vast studio-style open plan sitting room and bedroom with fully fitted kitchen, and a separate shower room.

The house has the benefit of many outbuildings and storage areas. Beneath the cottage is a machinery store, workshops and a gardeners’ WC; the garaging has two double garages and additional garden storage.

Gardens & Grounds
The Grade II* listed gardens* are a splendid feature and principally comprise sweeping lawns flanked with mature Rhododendrons and Azaleas together with fine trees including Oak, Yew, Cedar and Silver Birch. In front of the house is an extensive terrace which is accessed from the conservatory and the other principal rooms. The terrace is surrounded by beautiful Yew hedged topiary, stone retaining walls and steps lead to a lower stone terrace which could accommodate a swimming pool. A pathway leads down through the gardens to the lake terminating at the enchanting boat house with timber elevations under a tiled roof. To the rear of the house there is a further terrace with paved rockery area and shrub beds.

*Agent’s Note
The gardens and grounds are registered under the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953 within the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens by Historic England for its special historic interest.


Brockhurst is a glorious property situated in an elevated position with views over its own mature grounds and attractive countryside beyond. The vibrant town of East Grinstead is just 2 miles away which provides comprehensive shopping and entertainment facilities. Further shopping and leisure facilities can be found in the nearby Georgian Town of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

The area is well served for sporting and leisure pursuits with Racing at Lingfield Park, Epsom and Goodwood; Golf at Royal Ashdown, Forest Row, Crawley Down and Holtye; Sailing at Bough Beech and Weir Wood reservoirs and along the South Coast; and walking and riding locally including Ashdown Forest.

Mainline rail service: There are fast and frequent trains from East Grinstead railway station (1.1 miles) to London Bridge/Victoria from 57 minutes

Schools: There are many highly regarded schools in the area, both state and private, including Brambletye, Cumnor House, Worth, Sackville, Imberhorne, Lingfield College, Michael Hall School (Rudolph Steiner) and Ardingly College.

Communications: Gatwick (via A264 / M23) is just 10 miles distant. Both the A22 and the A/M23 link to the south coast and the M25 orbital motorway to the north, and in turn other motorway networks and Heathrow airport.

Square Footage: 8,598 sq ft

Acreage: 6.3 Acres


Leave the M25 at Junction 6, signposted East Grinstead & Eastbourne (A22). Travel southbound on the A22 towards East Grinstead. After about 10 miles, just before East Grinstead town centre, turn left signed Eastbourne (remaining on the A22). At the first roundabout turn left signposted Eastbourne, Lewes and Ashurstwood (A22). The gates to Brockhurst will be found after about half a mile on the right hand side.


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Lewes Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19


Distances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
  • East Grinstead Station1.3 miles
  • Dormans Station2.7 miles
  • Lingfield Station4.0 miles
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