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9 bedroom detached house for sale

Wenbans Lane, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5

Guide Price £2,600,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Historic and substantial country house
  • Detached coach house
  • 1.8 miles Wadhurst MLS
  • 9 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms
  • Great hall with vaulted ceiling
  • Swimming pool, tennis court
  • Garden and grounds
  • About 5.21 acres

Full description

An historic and substantial country house with secondary accommodation, tucked away bordering Wadhurst Park.


Wadhurst (about 1.8 miles) with local shops including a butcher, greengrocer, delicatessen, post office, library, bank, chemist, hardware store, cafes, supermarkets and garage. Comprehensive shopping in Tunbridge Wells (about 8.7 miles).

Wadhurst and Stonegate primaries and Uplands Community College state education. In addition a variety of good preparatory and public schools in the area include Marlborough House and St Ronan's in Hawkhurst, Bricklehurst Manor in Stonegate and Holmewood House in Langton Green. At senior level, Tonbridge School for boys, St. Leonards-Mayfield School for girls and Bethany School for boys and girls in Goudhurst and, further afield, Sevenoaks School to the North and Eastbourne College to the South.

Mainline rail services:
Wadhurst offering a service to Charing Cross, London Bridge and Cannon Street in about one hour.

Regular bus services operate from Wadhurst & Tunbridge Wells.

Nearby attractions include Bewl Water reservoir with walking, riding, sailing and fishing, Bedgebury Forest and the Ashdown Forest. The South coast is easily accessible by car with sandy beaches at Camber and popular coastal towns including Rye, Hastings and Eastbourne. Accessible golf courses include Royal Ashdown, Piltdown, Rye & Dale Hill.

A21 linking to the M25 to the North via Ticehurst and Flimwell, or South to the Coast. The M25 London orbital motorway gives access to the national motorway network, Gatwick and Heathrow airports and Channel Tunnel.


Wadhurst Station 3.2 miles, Wadhurst Village 1.8 miles, Tunbridge Wells 9 miles, Central London 47.7 miles
(all mileages are approximate)

Accommodation summary:
- reception hall
- drawing room
- dining room
- library
- study
- kitchen / breakfast room
- office
- various domestic offices
- great hall with vaulted ceiling and minstrels gallery and two further rooms on two levels with cloakroom
- 5 first floor bedrooms, one with ensuite bathroom
- family bathroom
- 3 second floor bedrooms (all en suite)
- cellars
- au pair / housekeeper's accommodation comprising sitting room, bedroom and shower room
- walled swimming pool with pool house
- tennis court (not in use)
- separate 2 bedroom coach house
- garden and grounds of 5.21 acres

Wenbans occupies a tucked-away, semi-rural, setting bordering Wadhurst Park. This outstanding country house is listed as Grade II*; the original building on the site is said to have been a hunting lodge, possibly for King John. The surviving property is largely a substantial timber framed building on sandstone walls, dating from the 15th Century and added to in 1612, and has undergone a number of alterations and amalgamations over the following years. The elevations are mainly a mixture of weatherboarding and tiles and the roofing is a massive series of pitches with peg tiles.

To the South East of the house is a 16th century timber framed great hall with vaulted ceiling which has been incorporated into the residential accommodation, joined by a Rear Hall. To the North of the house is an addition built in brick with hanging tiles and believed to date from the 1920s. The present owners have made further additions and alterations, including restoration to some parts of the house following a fire. In all, the house makes for a very spacious family home with a wealth of character and impressive features throughout. Outside, there are fine grounds and the stunning walled swimming pool with pool house and secondary detached coach house complete the feel of a small country estate.

As with many houses of this age, there are a number of historic references. In more recent times it has been reported that Wenbans was visited by Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson whilst the house was under the ownership of Lord Cholmondeley in the 1920s. Features of the property include:

- A striking reception hall, open to the sloping roof line with exposed timbers.

- An array of character reception rooms including a drawing room with heavily beamed ceiling and superb inglenook fireplace.

- Dining room, study and the library, with an impressive arched stone fireplace and handcrafted bookshelves.

- Attached to the main body of the accommodation connected by an oak beamed walkway is the Great Hall which currently houses the snooker table. This room is open full height to the eaves with a massive inglenook fireplace and minstrels gallery. In addition, there are two more intimate rooms beyond here, at first and ground floor levels, with a cloakroom.

- Spacious kitchen / breakfast room with extensive work surfaces, cupboards, drawers and a central island with breakfast bar. Built-in hob, oven, Belfast sinks and recessed Aga. The spacious breakfast area has a glazed canopy above (previously an outside courtyard area, now enclosed).

- Master bedroom with stunning wall panelling and attractive fireplace, plus individually designed en suite bathroom with built-in wardrobe cupboards and unique carving.

- Newly renovated au pair, or housekeeper's, accommodation to one end by the secondary staircase, providing bedroom, sitting room and spacious shower room.


- A separate coach house of brick and tile elevations under a pitched tiled roof, was formerly a garage on the ground floor with a flat above and now provides additional accommodation with two bedrooms, sitting room, family room, kitchen and bathroom.

- Swimming pool complex with pool house, kitchen and shower facilities. The walled swimming pool area encompasses a huge pool with electric cover, English sandstone paving and a jacuzzi.

- Tennis court in need of repair.

- Delightful gardens and grounds with lawned garden, flower and shrub borders, vegetable garden, orchard and greenhouses.

- Private drive leading to Wenbans from the main entry drive, which also gives access to the Oast and Wadhurst Park (where there is planning permission for two estate properties) and a public footpath up the main entry drive leading onto Wadhurst Park.

Services: Oil fired central heating, mains water and electricity, private drainage.

Outgoings: Wealden District Council. Tax Band H.

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.

Agent's Note: The photographs of Wenbans were taken in 2009 and 2015. The virtual tour was filmed in September 2015.

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: 9,741 sq ft
Acreage: 5.21 Acres


From Wadhurst proceed proceed out of the village towards Ticehurst and almost immediately fork right off this road into Brinkers Lane. Continue all the way along Brinkers Lane, taking the right hand turning, down the hill under the railway bridge, following Wenbans Lane around towards the entrance to Wadhurst Park. The driveway to Wenbans will be found after a short distance on the left hand side.

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Added on Rightmove:
09 September 2016

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