Cowden, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7DX | Property for sale | Savills
228.22 Ac(92.36 Ha)
Guide price £5,410,000

CowdenEdenbridge, Kent, TN8 7DX

  • Available in lots

Key features

  • Substantial Grade II* listed Country House
  • A converted barn providing additional accommodation and leisure facilities
  • Additional accommodation and rental income
  • Extensive equestrian facilities including large indoor school
  • Swimming pool and tennis court
  • Biomass boiler
  • In all about 228.22 acres

Idyllic ringfenced farm with beautiful period house and extensive equestrian facilities

About this property

  • Sussex House Farm is available as a whole or in 3 lots as follows:

    Lot 1: Sussex House Farm, 95.34 acres
    Lot 2: Farmland North of Kent Water, 77.17 acres
    Lot 3: Farmland South of Sussex House Farm, 55.71 acres

    Superb Grade II* listed, 16th Century Country house set in beautiful gardens including a kitchen garden, lawns and a rockery, outdoor swimming pool and terrace, tennis court. The lot includes a range of outbuildings including gym and office, converted barn providing staff/guest accommodation and a cottage. The lot extends to 95.34 acres and includes productive pasture land and some woodland.


    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.


    The Lot 2 farmland north of Kent Water consists of 66.8 acres of attractive rolling pasture land, classified as Grade 3. The woodland comprises a selection of small belts and extends to 9.3 acres. There is separate access to Butterwell Hill to the north.


    The Lot 3 farmland sits south of Sussex House Farm (Lot 1). The eastern boundary adjoins the Golf Course and the southern boundary abuts the A264, from which there is access. The farmland consists of about 44 acres of attractive rolling pasture land, classified as Grade 3 and consists of slightly acid loamy and clayey soils which suits its current use well. There are two main amenity blocks of mature broadleaf woodland known as Sussex House Wood and Little Heathersome's Wood.

    There is an abundance of flora and fauna together with extensive wildlife habitats. Although there is not an established shoot across the whole farm, the topography of the land, interspersed with woodland and a pond, lends itself to provide great sporting potential for a family shoot.

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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

Local information

  • The farm lies within the rolling countryside within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the Sussex, Kent and Surrey borders, one mile south east of Cowden, a quaint rural village which enjoys an unspoilt charm and is well catered for by a public house and train station.
  • The farm is situated within an extremely accessible and desirable location. Local amenities and an extensive range of shopping, recreational and business facilities are available in the nearby towns; East Grinstead (7.2 miles) and Royal Tunbridge Wells (8.6 miles).
  • Cowden train station is serviced by Southern Rail and is on the London Bridge to Uckfield line. There is a regular service to London, every hour, and the journey time is approximately 53 minutes. The M25 provides motorway access to London (38 miles) and Heathrow, the A264 to Gatwick (16 miles) and the A22 or A21 provide access to the south coast.
  • There is a wide selection of schools in the area including Worth School, Ardingly College, Cumnor House, Brambletye, Lingfield Notre Dame and Holmewood House prep school.
  • The farm is surrounded by open, rolling farmland, offering a wide variety of country pursuits in the area. Recreational pursuits include; Riding - Over its own 228 acres, local bridleways or nearby Ashdown Forest. Racing - at Lingfield, Plumpton and Brighton; Golf - at Sweetwoods Park Golf Club (a par 72, 18 hole, championship standard golf club adjoins the farm), Royal Ashdown,Hever and Holtye; Polo - Polo can be played or spectated at Ascot Park, Cowdray Park, Epsom, Hurtwood Park and Knepp Castle; Sailing & Watersports – Bough Beach, Wierwood Reservoirs, Bewl Water and along the south coast.

Additional information

  • The Tudor house dates back to 1580 and has an interesting and rich history. The original timber framed house remains at the core. The house has been restored, modernised and extended by the current owners to make it into the beautiful family home it has become today.
  • The house was owned by the actor Sir John Mills in the 1960's, and then later by Roger Hargreaves, an English author and illustrator of children's books best known for creating the Mr. Men and Little Miss series. The current owners bought the property in 2000 and have improved and beautifully renovated the house and swimming pool over the last 22 years. A Biomass boiler has been installed, which heats the house, the barn and the garden cottage.
  • Method of Sale: The property is offered to sale as private treaty either as a whole in 3 lots.
  • Listings: Sussex House Farm House is listed as a Grade II* listed building. The Lodge is Grade II listed.
  • Services: The main house, three cottages and barn are connected to mains electricity and water. Garden cottage, the main house and barn use a biomass boiler for heating. Drainage is by way of private systems.
  • Planning: Planning permission was granted in February 2022 for Change of Use of two of the agricultural buildings into two substantial residential dwellings (WD/2021/2253/F).
  • Improvements, Fixtures and Fittings: All fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale including carpets, curtains, light fittings, garden ornaments, and agricultural machinery.
  • Tenure and Possession: Vacant possession will be offered on completion subject to the existing tenancies and licenses.
  • Employees: There are no employees to be transferred under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations.
  • Farming and Basic Payment Scheme: The farmland is let on an annual grazing licence, details of which will be available from the vendor's agent.
  • BPS Entitlements are available by separate negotiation.
  • Grant Schemes: There are no grant schemes in place across the farm.
  • Sporting, Timber and Mineral Rights: Rights over the property are included in so far as they are owned.
  • Wayleaves, Easements and Rights of Way: The property is offered for sale subject to and with benefit to all rights including, rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and electricity supplies and other rights and obligations, easements and quasi-easements and restrictive covenants. Sale includes existing and proposed wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cables, drains, water and gas and other pipes.
  • VAT: Any guide prices quoted or discussed are exclusive of VAT. Such tax will be payable in addition to the purchase price in the event that the sale of the property or any part of it, or right attached to it, becomes a chargeable supply for VAT. The vendor's agents are not aware that VAT will be payable.
  • Designations: The property is within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Local Authorities: Wealden District Council: and East Sussex County Council:
  • Solicitors: Cripps Solicitors, 22 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8AS
  • Directions: From London proceed south to the M25. Leave the M25 at J7 onto the M23 south towards Gatwick. Continue south and exit the M23 at J10 and proceed eastbound towards East Grinstead. Continue into East Grinstead and take the A264 to Tunbridge Wells. Continue along the A264 for a few miles and turn left towards Cowden. Drive through the village of Cowden until reaching the B2026. Turn right and the entrance to Sussex House Farm can be found after about 1?2 mile on the right-hand side. What3Words location for the entrance of the driveway: notes.crass.skill. What3Words location for the principal House: Postcode: TN8 7DX. Viewing: All viewings must be accompanied and arranged through Savills. In keeping with the nature of the property, we advise that all viewers bring sensible footwear and clothing to view the property and grounds.
  • EPC Exempt