An exceptional well-located Manor House with about 96 acres
Exceptional on all fronts; a wonderful Grade II listed stucco country house which dates from the Georgian/Regency period, but is fully updated for modern day living and is presented to a standard, rarely matched locally and more likely to be found in London. There are amazing views to the south-west across the fields, beautiful park-like grounds and an impressive long, but discreet, approach drive providing a superb setting.
This is a prominent mansion, described by Pevsner as quite a handsome composition' and built by Mr William Fowler Jones, a Sussex Justice of the Peace. From the 1920s to the 1950s, Ashurst Park was owned by the Field-Marsham family. By 1970, Lord Wykeham Stanley Cornwallis was in residence, being the Lord Lieutenant of Kent and this is where he remained until his death in 1982.
Whilst Ashurst Manor is a very large house, the layout and use of the space works really well for family occupation, with a purpose for all the rooms. The current owner's fine attention to detail is evident in the extensive workmanship undertaken and the features installed within the property, which are too numerous to mention. Highlights include the Creston smart home system and the programmable lighting, along with the quality wide oak floor boards to the hall, dining room and games room, and the striking Mark Wilkinson fitted kitchen which comfortably fills the enormous space. There are also beautiful period features throughout the house, including fireplaces, casement windows and coving, mouldings and cornices. However, one recent installation really sums up the high standard set for the whole; the sophisticated concealed water irrigation system, covering the expansive front and rear lawns and more usually seen on golf courses or at grand hotels.
The garden and grounds are a wonderful complement to the house, designed mainly as parkland with grazing fields, which work well from a low maintenance perspective. A beautiful lake to the rear (which runs through to the neighbouring property) adds another dimension, supporting an abundance of wildlife.
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For me this grand, yet comfortable house really has it all, with a fine classical look and an abundance of style and set just a short distance outside of town, in a beautiful semi-rural setting. A big plus is the convenient location for both trains and schools, which is key for lots of buyers, as is the 96 acres of land securing ownership of the stunning view, all the way down to the road.Robert Jacobs