Savills | Beech Green Lane, Withyham, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4DB | Properties for sale
7,104 sq ft(659.98 sq m)
Guide price £2,500,000(11,505,720 AED)

Beech Green LaneWithyham, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4DB

  • Under offer

Key features

  • a bespoke Arts and Crafts family home designed and built by one of the period's renowned innovators
  • on the market for the first time in over 40 years, lovingly looked after and sold with no chain
  • semi-rural elevated position with a high level of privacy and set within park-like grounds with far-reaching views towards the Ashdown Forest
  • the principal rooms have many unique original features, are beautifully proportioned, full of light and fitted with a wealth of bespoke joinery
  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty about 1.3 miles via a small country lane from the charming village of Withyham
  • Ashurst mainline station (3 miles) with direct services to London Bridge, whilst Tunbridge Wells (eight miles) has services to London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Cannon Street

A notable Arts and Crafts country home within extensive gardens and grounds in this convenient location.

About this property

  • 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
    feature fireplaces.

    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 JacobsProperty agent

Local information

  • Windleshaw House and Windleshaw East are located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty about 1.3 miles via a small country lane from the charming village of Withyham which has a well-regarded primary school, church, village hall and cricket club. The property is approached via a long tree-lined gravel driveway which, at the start, also serves Windleshaw Mews and Windleshaw Lodge originally part of the estate and now under separate ownership.
  • Ashurst mainline railway station is just three miles away, with direct services to London Bridge, whilst Tunbridge Wells (eight miles) has services to London Bridge, Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Cannon Street.
  • Groombridge (3.9 miles) and Hartfield (2.4 miles) both offer a good choice of local amenities including village schools.
  • Tunbridge Wells with its excellent cultural, leisure and shopping opportunities is about eight miles to the north.
  • The historic Ashdown Forest is about 2.5 miles. The area is superb for walking and cycling, with access to the High Weald Landscape Trail nearby.
  • More comprehensive amenities are available in Crowborough (about 5.6 miles) and East Grinstead (about 8.4 miles).
  • Private and state schools: St Michael's Primary School in Withyham, Ofsted Rating “Good”, preparatory schools include Holmewood House (Langton Green), Rose Hill (Tunbridge Wells), Ashdown House, Brambletye and Michael Hall Steiner Waldorf (Forest Row). Independent senior schools in Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Mayfield and Eastbourne.
  • Communications: The A22 provides access to the M25 and thus London and the suburbs, the south coast, Gatwick and Heathrow airports and the Channel Tunnel Terminus.

Additional information

  • Agent's Note:
  • Private drainage: Our clients have had the private sewage system to both properties surveyed and produced a proposal to meet current requirements and this is available on request.
  • Land Registry Title: Windleshaw House and Windleshaw East are currently registered under two separate titles: ESX32684 and ESX180149.
  • Services: Oil-fired central heating. Mains water, electricity, Private drainage (see Agent's note).
  • Outgoings: Wealden District Council: 01892 653311. Tax Band H.
  • EPC Rating = F