Savills | Ditchling Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4QU | Property for sale
253.07 sq m
Guide price £1,100,000

Ditchling RoadHaywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4QU

  • Recently sold

Key features

  • Sold in September 2021
  • Historic Grade II listed house
  • Picturesque setting on the outskirts of Haywards Heath
  • Commoners' Rights over Lunce's Common
  • Mature enclosed gardens
  • Haywards Heath station about two and a half miles

Grade II listed 16th Century house with later additions, surrounded by mature gardens and ideally situated in a semi-rural yet accessible location.

About this property

  • Old Place, formerly known as Old Cottage, is a charming Grade II listed detached period house, ideally situated in a picturesque semi-rural location, yet within good reach of Haywards Heath town centre and railway station. The original part of the property is believed to have been built over 500 years ago, on land which formed part of the Royal Manor held by King Alfred.

    The property was substantially extended at a later date and has since been the subject of sympathetic refurbishment throughout; the more recent part having been largely rebuilt to complement the original cottage and to provide generously proportioned rooms, combining modern luxury with old world charm.

    The oldest part of the house has been lovingly restored, using original methods and materials, including lime plaster on the walls of the two original reception rooms. The result is a superbly appointed family home, featuring a wealth of character with all the convenience of modern fixtures and fittings; points of note including a number of exposed oak timbers and floor boards, an inglenook fireplace in the snug, oak panelled internal doors with thumb latch furniture and wooden framed casement windows (some double glazed and some with secondary glazing).

    The accommodation is arranged over two floors, with many of the rooms enjoying a delightful outlook over the gardens and Common. The floorplan gives an excellent overview of the full layout and extent of the property; the accommodation is well-arranged with the ground floor comprising a superb vaulted sitting room with Morso woodburning stove, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, study, snug, further reception room (currently used as a bedroom), utility room, ground floor shower room and boot room.

    An impressive curved staircase rises from the reception hall to the first floor, giving access to three good sized bedrooms (one en suite) and a family bathroom; a further bedroom and shower room are reached via a separate staircase in the older portion of the house.

    Old Place is approached from Ditchling Road via a private track running across the south side of Lunces Common, for which the property owns Commoners' Rights. A timber five bar gate opens from the track to a gravelled parking and turning area, which gives access to the detached, timber-clad brick double garage, with concrete floor, up and over door, and power connected. From the parking area there are steps leading down to the lawn and a brick path, flanked by box hedging, leading down to the original front door.

    The mature gardens extend to about half an acre and are a particular feature of the property, lying predominantly to the south and west of the house and being well enclosed to the boundaries by a bank of mature trees. A gravelled terrace with herringbone brick pathway lies adjacent to the west of the house, providing an attractive outdoor entertaining area. The remainder of the garden is largely laid to lawn, interspersed with a number of flower and shrub beds, fruit trees and with a pond in the centre. A white brick storehouse provides garden storage.

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This is a superb cottage - it offers plenty of character and charm. The location on the Common gives a country feel, but it is actually quite close to the town centre.

Rohan VinesProperty agent

Local information

  • Old Place is situated in East Sussex, in the parish of Wivelsfield, on the southern outskirts of Haywards Heath, along a private track serving just one other property.
  • Haywards Heath is a thriving town in the heart of Mid Sussex, close to the South Downs National Park and the coast. Haywards Heath and the adjoining villages of Cuckfield and Lindfield provide an excellent range of local amenities including high street shops, independent boutiques, supermarkets, restaurants and leisure facilities.
  • Crawley (12 miles) and the City of Brighton and Hove (13 miles) offer a comprehensive selection of theatres, cinemas, shopping and restaurants.
  • There are many leisure activities available locally, including local clubs for football, rugby, cricket and theatre. Across Sussex, activities include riding on Ashdown Forest (for which a permit is required), show jumping at Hickstead, sailing at Ardingly and golf at one of the many courses across the county. There are footpaths and bridle paths across the South Downs and surrounding countryside.
  • Spa and country house hotels include Alexander House, Ashdown Park, Gravetye Manor and Ockenden Manor.
  • Rail services: Haywards Heath to London Victoria/London Bridge/St Pancras International, journey time from 42 minutes.
  • There are many highly regarded state and private schools in the local area including Great Walstead in Lindfield, Cumnor House in Danehill, Burgess Hill Girls, Hurstpierpoint College, Ardingly College, Worth and Brighton College.
  • All distances and journey times are approximate.

Additional information

  • Agent's Note: The gazebo, car port and hot tub are not included in the sale.
  • Services: oil-fired central heating. Mains electricity and water. Private drainage (cess pit).
  • Directions: From the centre of Haywards Heath proceed south on the B2112, out of town and through Fox Hill. Take the second turning on the right after passing The Fox and Hounds public house (immediately opposite the East Sussex sign) and Old Place is the second property down the track. Please contact our office before you travel.
  • EPC Exempt