Cleverly extended and superbly appointed period home, with paddock and glorious countryside views.
Believed to date from the 1600s, The Croft is a very well presented detached home, cleverly extended over time to offer nearly 2,500 square feet of accommodation over two floors. The house is situated in an ideal location: it is private yet not isolated, set at the end of a long lane in a semi-rural position, whilst being within easy reach of East Grinstead and its many amenities. The house is surrounded by grounds, with a terrace and beautifully tended formal lawn to the east and a small pony paddock beyond, over which there are some glorious countryside views.
The floor plan gives a comprehensive overview of the full extent of the house. The front door opens to from an open porch to a part-vaulted entrance hall with tiled floor, off which lies a good-sized cloakroom. There are two dual-aspect formal reception rooms: the sitting and dining room is a spacious and handsome room, with oak flooring, a number of exposed timbers and a large brick inglenook with inset woodburner; the part-vaulted dining area is flooded with light by way of three large Velux windows and has two pairs of French doors opening to the terrace. Glazed double doors open to the adjoining study, a large room which also has French doors opening to the garden, and a small woodburning stove.
The kitchen and breakfast room is fitted with a good range of solid oak cabinetry and a central island with space for bar stools, with black granite worktops, a tiled floor and number of Neff integrated appliances. A stable door opens to the part-covered terrace.
There are four well-proportioned bedrooms on the first floor, accessed via the main staircase in the entrance hall and a secondary staircase rising from the sitting room. Bedrooms one and two have en suite shower rooms; bedrooms three and four share a tiled family bathroom, with stylish suite including a contemporary free-standing bath.
The Croft is accessed from the private lane through timber double gates, which open to a large gravel driveway providing ample parking space for a number of cars and allowing vehiclular access to the paddock. The detached double garage has twin up and over doors, power connected and an external timber staircase rising to a first floor storage room over, with good potential for conversion (subject to the necessary consents).
The formal garden lies to three sides of the house. To the west is a well-screened gravel terrace and small area of lawn; to the east a large paved terrace spans the rear of the house, opening onto a beautifully tended lawn extending away to the south and east. There is gated access to the paddock, which is planted with some young fruit trees and has timber field shelter. In all, about 1 acre.
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This period house has such a lovely feel, it has been thoughtfully extended and I love that whilst being in the middle of the countryside with lovely vistas over open fields, you're also within very easy reach of East Grinstead town and its mainline station.Rohan Vines