Idyllic ring-fenced farm with beautiful period house and extensive equestrian facilities
Sussex House Farm House comprises a superb Grade II* listed, 16th century country house overlooking its own land with beautiful gardens.
Approached by a long, tree lined drive, Sussex House Farm House sits in an elevated position at the heart of the farm, looking north over beautiful gardens and pasture land running north to Kent Water. The House provides a wonderful family home with beautiful interiors.
The property has a wonderful combination of original period features throughout blended with modern, comfortable space and design, achieved through sympathetic improvements and extensions. The accommodation flows beautifully over three storeys and extends to 6,665 sq. ft. including the cellar.
The principal porch entrance opens into a grand reception hall at the heart of the house. The hall includes a wealth of original features including flagged stone floors, timber beams, carved timber panelling and the oak staircase rises from the hall to the first floor.
Leading off the hall are the drawing room, study, playroom and dining room. Both the well-proportioned dining room and drawing room feature magnificent open inglenook fireplaces and each have a door which leads out to the gardens beyond. The double aspect drawing room also features beautifully carved inset bookshelves and the double aspect windows give benefit of light throughout.
The dining room leads through to an informal sitting room with a large open inglenook fireplace. From the sitting room a series of hallways, including a second entrance hall, leads through to the family living room which was previously used as the kitchen.
From the family room a wide corridor leads down steps to the oak framed glazed extension housing the modern kitchen and breakfast room. The kitchen, modern in style and design, provides ample space for cooking and storage with a large island, electric AGA, wall cabinets, fitted units and an electric cooker. The double French doors open onto the terrace and overlook the swimming pool and pasture land beyond.
The cellar is utilised as a useful laundry room and accessed from the corridor off second entrance hall.
On the first floor there are four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a dressing room which could be used as another bedroom. The second floor consists of the master bedroom with ensuite bathroom.
To the rear of the house there is a log store housing the biomass boiler.
There are a range of outbuildings including gym and office and a biomass boiler for fuel efficiency. There is also a converted barn providing staff/guest accommodation and a cottage.
The landscaped gardens form a fine setting for the house; extensive lawns with stone terraces bordered by established flower and herbaceous beds including roses, lavender and privet hedging. Stone steps lead down to the newly refurbished heated swimming pool and surrounding terrace with adjacent pool house providing changing rooms and housing the filtration system. Steps lead down to the pasture land and pond.
To the west of the main house is the kitchen garden with a potting shed, greenhouses and raised beds growing an array of flowers, fruit and vegetables.
To the east of the house is a well maintained, floodlit, hardcourt tennis court with a timber pavilion.
Situated to the east of the farmhouse is a converted timber clad barn with a tile roof. The Barn offers excellent additional guest accommodation and comprises 2/3 bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, kitchen and a large open plan living room.
To the rear of the barn is a raised terrace with an enclosed yard area beneath, which leads into a building housing a gym and sitting room area, before leading through to the stables tack/dayroom.
To the west of the main house, overlooking the kitchen garden, Garden Cottage is a bungalow built of brick under a tile roof with accommodation comprising of a kitchen, sitting room, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
The property includes extensive modern and traditional equestrian facilities including 12 stables, tack rooms, hay barn feed rooms, a horse walker, an indoor manage and an outdoor menage. The indoor menage is impressive in size at approx. 42 x 30m. The grass paddocks provide ample grazing for horses and the local area has excellent riding.
Planning permission was granted in February 2022 for Change of Use of two of the agricultural buildings into two substantial residential dwellings.
The farmland, extending to about 95.34 acres is attractive, rolling in nature, with good field sizes and a convenient arrangement of internal tracks and access routes throughout the farm. The farmland comprises about 84.15 acres of pasture and 3 acres of woodland and shaws. The land is classified as Grade 3 and consists of slightly acid loamy and clayey soils which suits its current use well.
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Straddling the Sussex/Kent border between Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and East Grinstead, Sussex House Farm is the perfect family home for horse lovers with facilities and an indoor school that would be the envy of many an owner. The house lies in the middle of its own land and the various elements generate good income with further potential to develop some of the buildings should the new owner wish to.Chris SpofforthProperty agent