Birchen Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1RZ | Property for sale | Savills
2,002 sq ft(185.99 sq m)
Guide price £1,250,000

Birchen LaneHaywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1RZ

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Substantially extended 1920s house
  • Beautifully presented, in neutral colours with statement fixtures and fittings
  • Superbly appointed Hamilton Stone kitchen
  • Ideal location at the end of a no-through road between Haywards Heath & Lindfield
  • Haywards Heath station just under a mile away

Stylish and beautifully presented home with landscaped gardens and countryside views, in a sought-after private road.

About this property

  • 22 Birchen Lane, known as ‘Birchen Lodge', is understood to date from the 1920s, and was historically a gardener's cottage for Sunte House. In 2019, the house was the subject of an almost total re-build; re-configured and substantially extended to create a thoughtfully laid-out and superbly appointed home, additionally benefitting from an ideal location at the end of a private, no-through road between Haywards Heath and Lindfield, with wonderful views over wildflower meadows.

    The house is beautifully presented, decorated in neutral colours complemented by some dramatic feature walls, statement light fittings and bespoke curtains and blinds; there are stylish modern bathroom suites, a modern shaker-style kitchen, and high-quality fixtures and fittings including oak internal doors, recessed spot lighting and floor coverings including carpet and wood-effect ceramic tiles.

    The full extent and layout of the accommodation, which extends to just over 2,000 square feet in the house, can be seen on the floor plan.

    A solid oak front door opens from the veranda which wraps around the house to an entrance lobby and hall, off which lies a coats cupboard and a cloakroom. A glazed door opens to the partially open-plan kitchen, dining and family room, which is cleverly divided by a striking central chimney breast, inset with a contemporary Dru gas fireplace.

    The kitchen, by Hamilton Stone, is fitted with an excellent range of cabinetry and Neff integrated appliances. It features a central island with granite worktop, electric induction hob with discreet down draft extractor, prep sink and Quooker hot tap. A sliding door opens to a compact utility room with space for laundry appliances, and French doors open to the garden to the north. The adjoining dining and family room is a versatile space with ample space for a dining table and comfy seating area, flooded by light by way of windows to three aspects, a roof lantern and French doors opening to the terrace.

    Double doors open to the formal sitting room, a lovely room which has an expanse of windows and doors opening to the terrace, framing the views down the garden to the meadows beyond.

    There are four well-proportioned bedrooms on the first floor, one of which has a connecting door to the principal bedroom and is currently used as a dressing room.
    The design of the stunning principal bedroom is in the style of a luxury boutique hotel: the room features a vaulted ceiling, large walk-in shower open to the bedroom, twin stone basins, a separate WC and doors opening to a west-facing private balcony.

    The remaining bedrooms are served by a family bathroom, with half-panelled walls and a suite including a contemporary free-standing bath and a separate shower cubicle.

    Birchen Lodge benefits from a large driveway offering ample parking for a number of cars; adjacent to the driveway is a detached, heritage-style timber framed double garage with attached home office.

    The house's beautifully tended garden is of particular note. Lying predominantly to the north and west of the house, the garden has been fully landscaped to best enjoy the westerly aspect and the views over the adjoining wildflower meadows. Adjoining the house is a large split-level terrace, barbeque and outside dining area, part-covered by a timber pergola and edged by lavender and box hedging. A step descends to the lawn which extends around two sides of the house and is enclosed by post and rail fencing, and young beech hedging.

    Agent's Notes
    Sunte House has a right of way over a section of the property's private driveway.

    Birchen Lane is a private road and there is an informal arrangement to maintain it.

    View payable Stamp Duty for this property

Local information

  • Birchen Lodge is situated at the end of a private road on the desirable north side of Haywards Heath, almost equidistant between Lindfield's picturesque, tree-lined village High Street and the mainline railway station in Haywards Heath.
  • Haywards Heath is positioned in the heart of Mid Sussex, close to the South Downs and the coast, and provides an excellent range of local amenities including high street shops, supermarkets, restaurants and leisure facilities; further facilities can be found in Brighton (15 miles), Crawley (12 miles) and Tunbridge Wells (21 miles).
  • Sussex has a diverse cultural and arts scene, with world-class opera at Glyndebourne, and the annual Brighton Festival presenting a huge programme of theatre, dance, classical music and literary events.
  • Transport links are good; Haywards Heath mainline railway station is just under a mile distant and offers services to London Bridge/Victoria from 42 minutes.
  • The A23/M23 is easily accessible to the west, connecting to Gatwick airport (13 miles) and the national motorway network.
  • There is an excellent range of schools in the area, both state and private, including Harlands Primary School, Oathall Community College, Warden Park Academy, Great Walstead, Cumnor House, Burgess Hill Girls, Hurstpierpoint College and Ardingly College.
  • All times and distances are approximate.

Additional information

  • Services: Gas fired central heating: underfloor on the ground floor and to radiators on the first floor. All mains services.
  • Outgoings: Mid Sussex District Council, 01444 458166. Tax band G.
  • Directions: From the centre of Haywards Heath, take the B2028 north down Perrymount Road and head straight over the roundabout into Mill Green Road. At the T-junction turn right, and upon reaching the mini roundabout, turn left (signposted Ardingly). Birchen Lane is the first turning on the left and Birchen Lodge (number 22) is the end of the lane on the right-hand side.
  • EPC Rating = E
  • Tenure = Freehold