Substantial detached family home in a rural location with outstanding views.
Fulling Mill House is a striking detached property situated in an elevated position at the top of a wooded valley on the rural outskirts of Ardingly, commanding outstanding panoramic views. The property, formerly a modest stable building with accommodation over, was the subject of extension and significant refurbishment in 2002 resulting in a substantial family home; there is planning permission in place to further improve and extend the house*.
The house is accessed via a long private driveway which opens to a large area of hardstanding to the front, providing ample parking for several vehicles. Steps descend from the parking area to a courtyard to the front of the house and to the front door. The ground floor rooms lie off an impressive vaulted reception hall, with an imperial staircase rising to the first floor galleried landing. There are three large, versatile reception rooms: a family room, a drawing room with an open fireplace and doors opening to the raised, south-east facing terrace, and a dining room also with doors opening to the terrace. The kitchen is fitted with a good range of units, a central island and number of appliances; it is served by an adjoining utility and boot room.
The principal bedroom suite comprises the entire western wing of the first floor and includes a spacious bedroom, fitted dressing room and a luxury bathroom; the bedroom has sliding doors opening to a roof top terrace with magnificent views. There are two further bedrooms with en suite bath or shower rooms, and a family bathroom serving bedrooms four and five. The sixth bedroom is currently used as a study.
A ground floor studio and store room is accessed separately from the front courtyard.
The gardens and grounds are of particular note; from its elevated position Fulling Mill Farm's views reach for miles over its own land, the rolling Sussex countryside beyond and to Lewes and the South Downs on the horizon. Adjoining the south eastern side of the house is a large decked terrace; steps descend to the lower swimming pool terrace. The house is well surrounded by its grounds: to the north west is a large expanse of level lawn enclosed by mature hedging, and to the south west a large fenced paddock. The grounds to the east slope away from the house into a wooded valley, arranged in a series of informal terraces and fenced paddocks, with features including two former quarries and a charming stream with waterfall and pond. Landscaping echoes the design of the neighbouring Wakehurst Place with woodland shrubs and plants such as rhododendron, camellias and bluebells.
A brick outbuilding lies to the south of the house, offering storage and housing the pool equipment; beyond this lies the covered manege.
In all about 40 acres.
Planning permission was granted on 24 January 2019 for: Single storey front extension. Removal of existing outbuilding. Re-siting of existing pump room. Use of void under terrace as gym/games room and sauna. Erection of an oak framed two-bay car port with store. Associated internal and external alterations to house and driveway. Landscaping works.'
Mid Sussex District Council, ref: DM/18/4768
A bridleway runs through the woodland to the east of the house.
View payable Stamp Duty for this property
The views are superb - I felt as though I could see the whole of Sussex!Rohan Vines