Wadhurst, Washwell Lane, East Sussex, TN5 6LN | Property for sale | Savills
4,706 sq ft(437.20 sq m)
Guide price £2,250,000

WadhurstWashwell Lane, East Sussex, TN5 6LN

    Key features

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    • A handsome unlisted family house, dating from the 17th century.
    • Situated in Wadhurst, which was named the best place to live in the UK in March 2023 by the Sunday Times.
    • Within walking distance (0.7 miles) of Wadhurst High Street.
    • Surrounded by beautiful gardens and grounds, with long reaching views and direct access to Forest Commission woodland.
    • In a secluded setting, without being isolated, with only one other property nearby.
    • In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    A handsome, unlisted, period house situated at the end of a private lane surrounded by countryside, whilst only a short walk (approximately 0.7 miles) from Wadhurst High Street.

    About this property

    • Foxes Bank is a handsome unlisted period house, dating from the 17th century, which provides versatile and beautifully presented accommodation over three floors; it is set in about 18 acres of countryside, comprising both woodland and paddocks, with wonderful long reaching views. Situated at the end of a private lane, whilst only a short walk (approximately 0.7 miles) from Wadhurst High Street, Foxes Bank offers wonderful views in a secluded setting, without being isolated, with only one other property nearby. It benefits from direct access to Forestry Commission woodland to both the east and south of the property.

      Foxes Bank has been extended and updated over the years, offering modern-day family living, with appealing period features throughout, including exposed beams, timbers, and an inglenook fireplace in the drawing room. A wonderful kitchen/breakfast room has been installed, with shaker-style units, composite quartz worktops, York stone flooring, and a large central island with discreet storage below. The kitchen has a range of appliances, including a four-oven Aga, combi-oven and integrated fridge, freezer, and dishwasher. The double sink unit is positioned thoughtfully, affording views of the south-facing garden via the conservatory.

      The front door gives entry to an impressive entrance hall with a period fireplace and a built-in coat cupboard.

      The charming drawing room has an inglenook fireplace, two south facing windows with views of the pond, and a door opening out onto the main garden.

      The spacious family room, which was added by the current owner and includes a cellar accessed via a floor hatch, boasts high ceilings with skylights, a log burner, fitted shelving with cabinets below, and double doors that open to the front terrace.

      For those requiring space to work from home, there is a good-sized office, with built-in storage and a log burner with a brick fireplace surround.

      To the rear of the property, is a good utility room with plenty of fitted storage, space for a fridge/freezer, and a Belfast sink.

      An oak staircase leads to the first floor, where there is an impressive principal bedroom with lovely views, a dressing room and ensuite. Three further bedrooms, a family bathroom, and a WC occupy the rest of the first floor, whilst the second floor enjoys three bedrooms, one en suite, and a family bathroom, ideal as overflow rooms for family and friends or perhaps for an au pair.

      There is a large barn in the garden, which has been used over the years as a 'party barn' for family events and as storage. Some time back, the owner had architectural drawings created to convert the barn into a three room annexe, but this was never taken any further.

      The land at Foxes Bank extends to about 18 acres in total, comprising paddocks, woodland, a natural pond, and a variety of fruit trees including apples, pears, plums, and figs, with wonderful long reaching views. The south-facing main garden has a terrace with a small pond, and is accessed from both the conservatory and drawing room. To the east of the property, there is a stable block with three bays and a tack room, a landscaped rose garden, and a vegetable plot with a further pond and waterfall feature. There is an additional terrace at the front of the property, accessed via the family room. The property also benefits from gated access to Snape Wood, Forestry Commission woodland, ideal for walking or hacking (permit required), whilst Birchett's wood sits to the East of the boundary. There is a public footpath that runs through the land from the north boundary to Snape Wood at the south boundary.

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    It's the setting which really stands-out for me. Located at the end of a no-through country lane, which leads straight up to Wadhurst High Street. Also, it's a wonderful, spacious family home, with fine views back towards the village and with a generous landholding, making this an ideal opportunity for a long term family purchase.

    Robert JacobsProperty agent

    Local information

    • Foxes Bank is positioned at the end of Washwell Lane, and is only a short walk (0.7 miles) from Wadhurst High Street, which offers a good selection of local shops, including a butcher, delicatessen, hairdressers and florist, together with two supermarkets, including a Jempsons with a post office, a fine church, doctors' surgery, a sports centre which is shared with the local secondary school, a garage, plus pubs, cafes and restaurants. The significant town of Tunbridge Wells is approximately 7.5 miles to the north, with extensive shopping, cultural and entertainment amenities.
    • Recreational facilities in the area include golf courses at Lamberhurst, Flimwell and Tunbridge Wells and Bewl Water, the largest stretch of open water in the South East with options including horse riding walking and cycling trails, sailing, canoeing and fishing. There is a tennis club and football club near-by at Sparrows Green, as well as a good network of local footpaths in the vicinity.
    • Mainline rail: Wadhurst station is approximately 2.2 miles away, with commuter services to Charing Cross (via London Bridge and Waterloo East) and Cannon Street, and Frant (Bells Yew Green) is on the same line approximately 5.1 miles away. Alternatively, Tonbridge (approximately 12.2 miles) offers two main lines into London.
    • Communications: The A21, accessible to the east at Lamberhurst, links to the M25 (junction 5) and thereby the national motorway network, Gatwick and Heathrow airports and the Eurotunnel, whilst also providing easy access to the coast.
    • State and private schools: Wadhurst primary school and Uplands Academy in Wadhurst, private preparatory schools in Wadhurst (Sacred Heart), Langton Green (Holmewood House), Tunbridge Wells (The Mead, Rose Hill), Five Ashes (Skippers Hill) and Hawkhurst (St Ronans and Marlborough House). Public schools including Beechwood in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge for boys, Mayfield and Benenden for girls and Eastbourne, Bedes in Upper Dicker and Brighton, Kent College, Pembury and Sevenoaks which are co-ed.

    Additional information

    • Local Authority: Wealden District Council
    • Services: Mains Water and Electricity. Private drainage and oil fired central heating.
    • Agents Note: Foxes Bank is at the end of a private lane, Washwell Lane, owned by the neighbouring property. Maintenance is split between three users of the road.
    • Directions: From Savills in Tunbridge Wells, head towards Frant on the A267. Head through Frant, then turn left on to Wadhurst Road. Continue on to Station Road, through Wadhurst High Street until you reach The White Hart, just before which turn right onto Washwell Lane. Continue on Washwell Lane, keeping straight on down the hill as you reach Courthope Avenue on the right. Continue on the lane, keeping right, until you reach Foxes Bank at the bottom of the lane. What3Words: jeep.regulator.chicken (Located at the top of the driveway at Foxes Bank)
    • EPC Rating: E
    • Tenure: Freehold
    • Council Tax Band: H