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5 bedroom semi-detached house for sale

Snape Lane, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5

Guide Price £1,850,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 3 miles Wadhurst MLS
  • portion of an impressive country house
  • 3 reception rooms
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 6,451 sq ft
  • elevated position with country views
  • gardens, paddock, woodland
  • swimming pool
  • about 6.1 acres in total
  • EPC Rating = F

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

The principal portion of an impressive country house,
set in an elevated position with views over undulating countryside, on the rural fringe of this popular village.


Snape House is situated within an enclave of five character properties in an accessible rural location within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The pretty village of Wadhurst is just over 3 miles away, offering an excellent choice of local amenities and mainline station, with regular services to London Charing Cross (via London Bridge & Waterloo East) & London Cannon Street in about 1 hour. Tunbridge Wells (about 8.5 miles) offers more comprehensive retail and leisure facilities, whilst Bewl Water and Bedgebury Pinetum offer recreational activities.

State and private schools: Wadhurst and Stonegate primaries, preparatories in Wadhurst (Sacred Heart), Stonegate (Bricklehurst Manor) Hawkhurst (Marlborough House and St Ronan's). Wadhurst (Uplands Community College). Public schools in Mayfield, Eastbourne, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.

Bus: Regular school and public bus services operate from Wadhurst.


Accommodation of: 6,451 sq ft comprising:

- reception hall
- 3 reception rooms
- conservatory
- kitchen/breakfast room
- utility room
- shower room
- first floor landing with minstrel's gallery
- master bedroom with en suite bath/shower room
- 3 further double bedrooms (one en suite)
- family bath/shower room
- laundry area
- 2nd floor attic bedroom 5
- cellar
- boiler room
- store room
- garage
- landscaped gardens
- heated swimming pool with retractable cover
- Jacuzzi
- changing room
- orchard
- paddock
- kitchen garden
- in all about 6.1 acres
- EPC = F

Snape House is a striking and individual country home, sympathetically refurbished to modern standards with contemporary fixtures and fittings and offering generously proportioned and characterful accommodation arranged over three floors.

The Wadhurst area profited from the development of the charcoal blast furnace in the 16th century and Snape House was built by David Barham in 1617, a wealthy ironmaster, whose life is commemorated by an iron tomb slab in Wadhurst church.

Barham's personal signature coat of arms can be seen in various guises throughout the house with delightful stone bears adorning the garden and decorative glazed inserts to many of the windows, including the family motto "Fortis et Patiens". Points of note include:

- rich and decoratively carved oak joinery, including intricate architraves and wall panelling;
- high ceilings and leaded light window panes with bespoke glazed inserts above big picture windows in the principal rooms, framing far reaching views to the South East;
- double wide front door opening to an impressive entrance hall with balustrade minstrel's gallery above;
- formal panelled dining room with coal-effect gas fire, parquet flooring and intricate plasterwork to the ceiling and cornicing, and featuring four window panes depicting emblems for Snape Forge, "Fortis et Patiens", "Onward Ever Onward" and Snape Ironworks;
- drawing room with parquet flooring, magnificent canopied fireplace with carved wood columns and coal-effect gas fire, and big doors out to a conservatory for enjoyment of the gardens;
- substantial games room with huge bay window, intricate plasterwork, feature fireplace and a built-in bar;
- modern fitted kitchen/breakfast room with marble and wood work tops and a separate utility room with space for white goods, and a shower room off;
- spacious master bedroom suite with a well appointed en suite wet room, fitted cupboards and drawers, shutters, big bay window recess to the side and large picture windows offering far reaching rural views;
- 3 further double bedrooms with fireplaces, fitted cupboards and wooden shutters, one with an en suite shower room, and all enjoying the superb view;
- a stylish family bathroom and a useful laundry area complete the accommodation on the first floor;
- interesting 32' 1" x 21' 8" second floor bedroom with large windows, oak joinery, a vast barrell vaulted ceiling and fitted with concealed oak panelled storage cupboards to the walls.

Gardens & Grounds
The mature gardens and grounds extend to about 6.1 acres, with floodlit gravel paths linking varied peaceful areas for the enjoyment of the surrounding countryside and its magnificent views.

Terraced lawns with stone retaining walls edged with fuchsia stretch down to the sheltered terraced swimming pool area lying to the South East, positioned to make the most of the sun and the glorious views. A wide variety of mature trees and shrubs provide year round colour, including mature oak trees, rhododendron, yew hedging, acer, magnolia, conifers, herbaceous borders and mixed woodland to the boundary.

An elegant formal landscaped garden lies behind the property, with topiary yew and standard bay trees.

Further areas include a kitchen garden, an orchard and a paddock which flanks the drive way to the North East.

The impressive main entrance to the property lies off Riseden Lane, passing through a magnificent Grade II listed stone pillared wrought-iron gateway to a long private drive bordered by woodland. The drive continues through electric gates and round to a gravel parking area to the front of the house, before continuing through another gateway, out into Snape Lane.

Oil-fired central heating, mains water and electricity, private drainage. Solar panels on the flat roof contributing to electricity.

Wealden District Council: 01892 653311, tax band 'H'.

Agent's Note:
A public footpath traverses the grounds for a short distance as shown on the site plan.

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
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1. They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either here or elsewhere, either on their own behalf or on behalf of their client or otherwise. They assume no responsibility for any statement that may be made in these particulars. 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, images 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: 6,451 sq ft
Acreage: 6.1 Acres


From Tunbridge Wells proceed South on the Frant Road (A267). Pass through Frant and turn left on the B2099 towards Wadhurst. Continue for 3.3 miles, passing the petrol station on the left and take the first right into Mayfield Lane, the B2100. After a about a further mile, turn left into the Tidebrook Road just before the Best Beech pub. Continue down the hill and turn left into Riseden Lane. After about 0.30 miles, the gates to Snape House will be seen on the left-hand side.

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06 November 2015

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