Attractive 1930s Sussex farmhouse in a lovely semi-rural location between Cuckfield and Haywards Heath.
Gravelye Farmhouse is a handsome detached family home dating from 1937 with later additions, including a superb first floor extension added by the current owners in 2010. The property is characterised in an attractive Sussex farmhouse style with part tile hung brick elevations, and offers comfortable family accommodation arranged over two floors extending to 4,257 square feet. Many of the principal living rooms and four of the five bedrooms face south over the garden; features of note include high ceilings, a number of working fireplaces, oak flooring through many of the rooms, and metal framed double glazed windows.
A solid wood front door opens to a welcoming entrance hall, off which lies a small study, and a boiler/cloakroom. There are four formal reception rooms, including an elegant dual-aspect sitting room and a cosy snug, both with working fireplaces, a dining room and a versatile family room with second cloakroom. The farmhouse-style kitchen and breakfast room has a range of cupboards with granite surfaces, a two-oven Aga and ample space for a central breakfast table; it is served by a useful utility room which lies off the vaulted rear hall, together with a light-filled office which has French doors opening to the garden. The rear hall has its own separate access from the driveway, allowing potential for this eastern wing of the house to be converted into a self-contained annexe.
There are five bedrooms arranged over the first floor, including a wonderful master suite comprising a large dressing room (or sixth bedroom), bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and a private decked balcony overlooking the garden, and a luxurious limestone-tiled bathroom with suite including a bath and a large shower cubicle. Two of the remaining four bedrooms have en suite bath or shower rooms; bedrooms four and five share a family bathroom.
Gravelye Farmhouse's gardens are of particular note: established and private and extending to just over an acre and a half. The house is approached via a gated gravel driveway, which extends to around the eastern side of the house to a large parking area and to the detached barn-style garaging, comprising one open and one closed bay, and a garden store. Beyond the garage the former paddock has been planted with wild flowers and a variety of fruit trees including apple, pear, plum, cherry and walnut.
The formal garden lies to the south of the house. A stone terrace extends across the rear elevation, edged by box hedging and with climbing roses, a fig tree and a timber pergola giving dappled shade. Beyond the terrace is an expanse of lawn with shrub and flower beds, sloping down to a pond in the south-eastern corner. An enclosed kitchen garden with raised beds lies off the driveway.
In all, about 1.54 acres.
The first part of the driveway leading to the house is owned by a neighbouring property, over which Gravelye Farmhouse has a right of way and contributes 1/7th the cost of maintenance.
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This is a great family house and the gardens are a delight - the south-facing terrace is perfect for summer entertaining.Rohan Vines