A delightful historic small country estate, tucked away in this wonderful rural location
A wonderful, smaller country estate, this former iron mill is set in an idyllic position at the end of a no-through country lane, with a long driveway, together with about 80 acres of gardens, paddocks, woodland, streams and ponds. Comprising three residential homes, all nicely spaced apart offering good privacy and seclusion from each other, the arrangement would be ideal for an extended family, or to provide additional accommodation for guests and staff.
Believed to date from the 17th Century and listed Grade II, being of special historic or architectural interest, it is thought that Tickerage Mill originally had a furnace and a forge and its tall chimneys and the heavily wooded surroundings are an indication of this important industry that the Wealden area was once associated with. Over the years, this historic property has attracted many illustrious owners, including the artist Richard Wyndham, Sir Ronald Armstrong Jones, Lord Snowdon's father and Kenneth Letts (the manufacturer of Letts Diaries). In 1961 Vivien Leigh sought refuge at Tickerage Mill after her divorce from Laurence Olivier.
The current owners have been the custodian of this special home since 2015 and undertaken a sympathetic restoration, with the main house stylised throughout to a very high standard whilst retaining the wonderful character and many original features. The house enjoys a rural outlook, being surrounded by its own land in this wonderful setting, with an amazing view over the mill pond to the rear and extensive gardens and terracing.
Stand-out features include the original oak front door and the fireplaces in the key rooms, including a bespoke stone design with over mantel in the drawing room, a French carved marble surround in the dining hall, another in the principal bedroom, and an inglenook fireplace, fitted with a wood burning stove in the study. There is wide oak plank flooring to these rooms and limestone flooring into the kitchen/breakfast room/family room and the utility room.
The impressive Mark Wilkinson fitted kitchen, with its pretty fanlight feature window to the rear has Wolf and Sub Zero appliances and elegantly trimmed marble worktops. The adjoining family room and study area have bespoke built-in cupboards and shelving, there are recessed ceiling spotlights throughout and ceiling speakers fitted to various rooms. The dining hall, kitchen and drawing room open onto the extensive stone and lawn terracing overlooking the mill pond and there is further terracing to the other side of the property, accessed from the family room.
Upstairs, there are four beautifully appointed contemporary bathrooms and shower rooms, fitted to a modern specification, but with hints to tradition. The principal bedroom is a stand-out suite comprising a separate bathroom and shower room, as well as two separate areas of bespoke fitted wardrobes. Finally, there is an immaculate cellar fitted with three Liebherr wine fridges.
There is a large double garage with two stores and electric doors. The imposing tall wrought iron gates from the main drive lead to the inner driveway and there is a separate pedestrian gate, both have entry phones. There is a further gravelled parking area to the front of the main house.
Mill Cottage and Stable Cottage:
The two secondary properties offered with Tickerage Mill are also well finished and immaculate, being well placed away from the main house and each other, allowing for independence and privacy.
Mill Cottage is well appointed, with a modern kitchen, shower room, en suite bathroom, and a combination of timber and stone flooring, with carpeting upstairs. There are built-in wardrobes to the bedrooms, exposed beams to the pitched roof in the sitting room and a brick fireplace fitted with wood burning stove. The upstairs bedroom is delightful, with extensive exposed beams to the pitch roof and French doors out to a beautifully designed private oak balcony. There is a terrace below and a further larger dining terrace to the other end of the house, with a fine country outlook.
The Stable Cottage is a clever single-story conversion creating a fine one bedroom house, with modern fixtures and fittings, a sandstone terrace and parkland views across the field toward the woodland beyond.
The Mill Building.
This adjoins the old mill race and has a studio on top, with separate access and suitable for a variety of uses, with exposed timber ceiling and upright beams, a window to one end power and light connected. There is a workshop to the middle floor with power, lighting, sink and windows, a store below and a farm store and dog kennel.
The gardens and grounds are a particularly stunning feature of the property, surrounding the house to all aspects and being very well stocked with a number of mature trees and shrubs. The most striking feature of the grounds is the tree-lined mill pond with its central island. This extends away from the house to the north and can be enjoyed from an extensive Yorkstone terrace. External lighting has been installed around the gardens adjoining the house and on the island.
To the south east of the house is a very attractive, formal part-walled garden. The remainder of the garden stretches away from the house to the south and east and is largely laid to lawn, interspersed with shrub and flower beds and mature trees. The rest of the land comprises water meadow, paddocks and woodland, as shown on the site plan, with just over 80 acres in total.
The Tickerage Mill Estate is approached via a private lane which gently descends through an area of woodland to a garage building and parking area. The driveway continues over the bridge with a sluice gate to the cottages.
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I've always felt that the area between Blackboys, Buxted and Hadlow Down is very special rural location. It's easy to lose one's sense of direction in the narrow, intersecting country lanes, yet at the same time, it is accessible to two fine towns in Tunbridge Wells and Lewes, as well as the coastline to the south, Brighton and Eastbourne.Robert JacobsProperty agent