Savills | College Road, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6TU | Properties for sale
286.05 sq m(3,079 sq ft)
Excess of £1,500,000

College RoadArdingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6TU

  • Under offer

Key features

  • A fine example of Arts and Crafts architecture
  • Superb elevated position with far reaching South Downs views
  • South facing garden and grounds of 1.8 of an acre
  • Excellent scope for improvement and full PP for additional three bedroom accommodation
  • Haywards Heath 3.4 miles, Crawley nine miles

Detached Arts and Crafts house with South Downs views.

About this property

  • Culpepers is a fine example of classic Arts and Crafts architecture, designed by Harold George Turner and dating from the early 1920s; it has an interesting history, being built for Viscountess Wolseley, the influential gardening author and founder of Glynde College for Lady Gardeners. In time, the property passed privately to Leonard Keir Hett, a renowned architect and local figure, and has remained in the same family since 1948.

    Now coming to the open market for the first time, the property offers a superb opportunity, situated in a generous 1.8 acre plot and occupying an enviable position in the heart of a popular village. Culpepers holds immense potential and scope for modernisation and showcases an array of wonderful original features and period details, including open fireplaces, decorative plaster reliefs, beautiful wood panelled cupboards and doors, and the original wood framed, cast iron lattice windows which frame the breathtaking southerly views to the South Downs.

    The property has a substantial footprint and occupies a desirable position within its plot, and offers an excellent opportunity for conversion and updating, subject to the necessary consents and permissions.

    The full extent and layout of the house can be seen on the accompanying floorplans, but briefly comprises two reception rooms, breakfast room, kitchen, pantry, cloakroom, and a studio, which is a later single storey addition. The dining room is of particular note, with a large, inglenook fireplace with herringbone paved hearth and a quote from St Francis carved into the oak beam, in classic Arts and Crafts style; there is a door leading to the south facing loggia.

    On the first floor are four bedrooms (one with en suite bathroom and one with a dressing room with basin), a family bathroom and separate WC. A ladder gives access to the generous, fully boarded attic space.

    Outbuildings with planning permission
    There are two substantial outbuildings: a timber framed barn and a brick and timber two storey workshop/apple store. These buildings have the benefit of full planning permission for the “erection of a link building between two existing barns and the conversion into a single residential dwelling” which would create further accommodation comprising open plan reception room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Plans can be viewed on the MSDC planning portal, ref DM/17/4117.

    Gardens and Grounds
    11 College Road is situated in a tucked away location at the end of a long drive, with open fields to the south. The gardens are of particular note; to the front is a substantial kitchen garden, with beds planted. An orchard and small paddock, currently used for sheep, lies to the west.

    The formal gardens are fully enclosed, with a charming loggia and terrace, with the reminder mainly laid to lawn with some beds planted.

    There is ample parking ahead of the house, and a single storey attached outbuilding offers open bay garaging and storage.

    View payable Stamp Duty for this property

This property offers such a superb opportunity - and what a fantastic view across Sussex all the way to the South Downs!

Rohan VinesProperty agent

Local information

  • Situated in a wonderful elevated position in the heart of Ardingly village, next to open fields and with far-reaching views to the South Downs. Ardingly is a popular and thriving village with an active community, situated in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Ardingly offers a good range of local amenities including a village shop, a primary school, bakery, takeaway, public houses and the South of England Showground, which hosts a number of events throughout the year including the annual South of England country show.
  • Comprehensive shopping and leisure facilities are at Haywards Heath (3.4 miles), and Crawley (nine miles).
  • Sussex offers a superb range of sporting and leisure opportunities with golf at Royal Ashdown, Haywards Heath and Lindfield, and many other courses across the county. There is racing at Goodwood, Lingfield and Plumpton, and sailing at Ardingly Reservoir and the coast. There are many footpaths and bridle paths across surrounding countryside and the South Downs, as well as riding on Ashdown Forest by permit.
  • Spa and country house hotels include Alexander House, Ashdown Park, Gravetye Manor and Ockenden Manor. The County Town of Lewes and the City of Brighton and Hove offer theatres, cinemas, shopping and restaurants, and there is the world renowned Opera House at Glyndebourne.
  • Mainline Rail Service: Haywards Heath offers regular services to London Bridge/Victoria/St. Pancras International, journey time from 42 minutes, as well as connections to Brighton, Lewes and the coast.
  • The A/M23 provides access to the south coast and connections to Gatwick airport (11.7 miles, approximately 20 minutes journey time by car), the M25 and national motorway network.
  • There is an excellent range of highly-regarded schools in the area, including St Peter's CEP School, Oathall Community College, Ardingly College, Cumnor House, Great Walstead, Hurstpierpoint College, Brighton College, Burgess Hill Girls and Lewes Old Grammar School.
  • All distances and journey times are approximate.

Additional information

  • Agent's Note: There is a public footpath running along the eastern boundary of the property, separated from the garden by trees and hedging.
  • Services: Gas-fired central heating, except studio - wall mounted electric heater. All mains services.
  • Outgoings: Mid Sussex District Council, 01444 458166. Council tax band G.
  • EPC Rating = E