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