Hayreed Lane, Wilmington, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6RR | Property for sale | Savills
258.08 sq m
Guide price £1,000,000(28,716,122 EGP)

Hayreed LaneWilmington, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6RR

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Grade II listed house requiring renovation
  • Excellent scope to create a superb family house
  • Recently added equestrian facilities: four looseboxes, sand school, paddocks
  • Wonderful rural position with views to the Long Man
  • Polegate station 3.5 miles

Grade II listed house with equestrian facilities in a wonderful rural position with views to the South Downs.

About this property

  • Situated on a no-through country lane with just two other properties, and enjoying wonderful southerly views to the South Downs, Hayreed House is a delightful rural property set in a plot of about 8.4 acres.

    Believed to date from the 17th century, Grade II listed Hayreed House (also known as Hayreed) is a detached house arranged over two floors, with stuccoed elevations under a tiled roof. It has been a much loved family home, and now requires updating, offering an excellent opportunity with enormous potential, subject to the necessary consents and permissions being obtained. The property retains some delightful period features including latched doors and exposed beams; the floorplans offer a comprehensive overview of the current layout, which extends to approximately 2,778 sq ft.

    The hall is open to the main sitting room, which has a fireplace and a connecting door to the dining room, which has a wood burning stove and also could be used as a snug. Across the hall is a family room, which has a fireplace set with a woodburning stove and French doors to the garden.

    The kitchen has a classic farmhouse style, with quarry tiled flooring and white cabinets under black or white worktops; there is an oil fired Aga and a separate electric conventional oven, and plenty of space for a table. The kitchen is dual aspect, and casement windows frame the far-reaching southerly views to the Long Man. There is a door to the rear garden.

    The ground floor is completed by a spacious room which has been used as a study/office but also has plumbing for washing machine and an adjoining cloakroom.

    The main staircase rises up from the hall to the landing and gives access to four bedrooms and the family bathroom; the main bedroom occupies the southern portion and has a dressing area and wardrobes.

    A further guest bedroom with en suite bathroom is situated over the kitchen, accessed via its own staircase.

    Gardens and grounds
    Hayreed House is approached via a single track country lane, and accessed via a short driveway offering off-street parking ahead of the house. A low flint knapped wall encloses a seating area; a brick path leads to the kitchen and study doors of the house. The house is wrapped by fully enclosed gardens on three sides; the lawns lie predominantly to the east and south of the house and offer scope for additional landscaping, subject to approval. To the north of the house is an enclosed area suitable for a kitchen garden, and there is a timber outbuilding which houses the pool machinery.

    Also lying to the north is the outdoor swimming pool, which requires some attention but once restored to its former glory will be a superb spot to enjoy. The pool is approached by steps and is enclosed by brick walls and hedging, offering privacy. At one end, a pergola shelters a barbecue and outdoor seating area; at the other, a curved wall connects the changing room and the WC.

    At the head of the drive is a single story workshop, which is attached to the neighbour; this building offers excellent potential for conversion to garaging or secondary/holiday accommodation.

    Equestrian facilities and paddocks
    The equestrian facilities are approached from Hayreed Lane via their own secure access leading up to the enclosed yard, around which are arranged four stables, a tack room and a feed store, with an adjacent sand school and three paddocks.

    Two further paddocks lie to the south of the house, approached via a five bar gate from Hayreed Lane and with a pond in the south west corner.

    In all, about 8.4 acres.

    Agent's Notes
    1. There is a public footpath running along the western boundary of the southern paddocks.
    2. The neighbouring property has right of access across the top field to maintain their water supply.
    3. The agent has not been able to confirm whether listed planning consent was given for works carried out in the house.

    View payable Stamp Duty for this property

This is a great opportunity to create a superb family house, the rural location is idyllic.

Oliver MackminProperty agent

Local information

  • Situated on a no-through country lane on the rural outskirts of Wilmington, a historic village in the South Downs National Park famed for its ruined Benedictine Priory and the Long Man of Wilmington, a hill figure etched into the steep slopes of Windover Hill. Wilmington has a public house and tea room; day to day amenities including a range of supermarkets are found at Polegate (three miles) and comprehensive shopping, cinema, leisure centre and restaurants at Eastbourne (seven miles) and Lewes (10 miles).
  • There are many leisure activities available locally, including clubs for football, rugby, cricket and theatre; across Sussex, activities include show jumping at Hickstead, sailing at Ardingly and the south coast and golf at one of the many courses across the county.
  • There are miles of walks and bridle paths across the surrounding countryside, including Abbots Wood, which is readily accessible from the property, Arlington Reservoir and the South Downs National Park.
  • Spa and country house hotels include East Sussex National, Ashdown Park, Gravetye Manor and South Lodge.
  • Sussex offers a vibrant cultural scene, with world-class opera at Glyndebourne, art exhibitions at Charleston, theatre and events at the historic County town of Lewes, and the annual Brighton Festival presenting a huge programme of theatre, dance, classical music and literary events.
  • Rail Services: Polegate (London Victoria from 83 minutes).
  • Schools: There are a number of state and independent schools and colleges in the local area, including Polegate School, The Eastbourne Academy, Bede's, Eastbourne College, Roedean and Brighton College.
  • All distances and journey times are approximate.

Additional information

  • Services: Oil fired central heating. Mains electricity and water. Private drainage (cess pit).
  • Outgoings: Wealden District Council, 01892 653311. Council tax band G.
  • Directions: SatNav: BN26 6RR. From the A27, take Thornwell Lane north, over the railway lane and keep left at the junction with Robin Post Lane. At the next junction keep straight ahead on to Hayreed Lane. The entrance to Hayreed is the second turn on the right.
  • EPC Exempt
  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Council Tax Band: G