Striking apartment in an historic Arts & Crafts mansion.
Brook House is a striking and historic Arts & Crafts mansion on the rural outskirts of Ardingly. Originally believed to be a shooting lodge, the property was substantially extended during the late 1800s, creating a magnificent house drawing inspiration from classic Tudor architecture, with beam and plasterwork gables and impressive stone mullioned windows.
The Library (Flat 1) is a superb ground floor, two bedroom split-level apartment, set in the south corner of the mansion and offering 1,337 sq ft of accommodation, the full layout of which can be seen on the accompanying floorplans.
The property would be well suited as a second home or lock up and leave, as well as a primary residence.
The entrance is via an impressive communal reception hall, and the apartment has many stunning period features including the original wood flooring and oak panelling throughout most of the property.
The spacious reception room, situated in the oldest portion of the property, is particularly fine, with a superb large mullioned window, beautiful decorative plasterwork to the ceiling, and a magnificent fireplace with a marble surround under an elaborate carved mantelpiece.
The kitchen/breakfast room is well-equipped with an excellent range of wall-hung and under counter solid wood cabinets, granite surfaces, integrated appliances and a central island, a beautiful fireplace set with a wood burning stove, and a lovely archway through to a breakfast area with space for table and chairs.
There are two bedrooms, one with full size windows set with plantation shutters and a walk-in wardrobe.
A bathroom and a large storage cupboard complete the accommodation.
Brook House is approached via a sweeping driveway, leading through the park-like communal grounds to the parking circle ahead of the house.
The beautiful gardens extend to around 13.7 acres and have been landscaped to provide distinct points of interest, including undulating lawns set with established flowering shrubs, a paved raised terrace with space for table and chairs, and a lovely series of ponds throughout the grounds.
The property has the benefit of a private timber storage shed, and access to communal storage for garden machinery.
To the west of the communal gardens is Brook House Cricket Ground, one of the oldest cricket pitches in Britain.
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Probably the most impressive drawing room I've seen in a two bedroom apartment.Rohan Vines