A notable Arts and Crafts country home within extensive gardens and grounds in this convenient location.
Windleshaw House is a bespoke Arts and Crafts family home designed and built between 1906 and 1908 by one of the period's renowned innovators, William Arthur Smith Benson, as his own home.
Benson studied Classics and Philosophy at Oxford and combined his love of art and engineering by serving an architectural apprenticeship. Sir Edward Burne-Jones, the Pre-Raphaelite painter, encouraged his creative flair and through him he met William Morris. Benson began making and selling his metal work including lamps and teapots, mostly in copper and brass, to great acclaim and his work is exhibited at the V&A museum.
Although unlisted, there is much documented history about Windleshaw House which was a labour of love for Benson. The house sits proudly in an elevated position within park-like grounds with far-reaching views towards the hills of the Ashdown Forest and the stunning symmetrical design in yellow sandstone with its castellated touches creates an air of theatre. The house allowed Benson an opportunity to showcase his skills with the creation of bespoke fittings including the intricate wrought iron window frames which feature throughout.
Windleshaw House was latterly divided into Windleshaw House and Windleshaw East, creating several living spaces for shared occupation and now offers a wonderful opportunity to restore this special home as a whole, or to utilise the adaptable layout as required.
The principal rooms are intact, beautifully proportioned, full of light and fitted with a wealth of bespoke joinery, including a dramatic curved Japanese oak staircase rising up to the first floor, a Borneo cedar sideboard and architraves in the dining room and several magnificent
The grounds are a major feature, creating a wonderful backdrop for the house and providing a high level of privacy with a southerly aspect and bordering farmland to the rear. Extensive lawns are fringed by mature trees to the boundary including a line of majestic lime trees beyond the tennis or croquet lawn on the northern side. Meandering paths effectively link the areas, passing a deep wooded dell. A delightful octagonal summer house provides a vantage point where the far reaching rural views can be appreciated and there is a fenced paddock.
An exceptional Arts and Crafts country house of scale to the west of Tunbridge Wells. Great potential, could be a stand-out property.Robert Jacobs