Brook House, Hammingden Lane, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6SR | Property for sale | Savills
131.27 sq m(1,413 sq ft)
Guide price £500,000

Brook HouseHammingden Lane, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6SR

    Key features

    • Stunning split-level apartment
    • Ideal lock up & leave
    • Beautiful communal gardens
    • Well-appointed modern kitchen with white gloss units, island and wooden worktops
    • Share of freehold

    Stylish second floor apartment forming part of a handsome 19th century Arts & Crafts country house.

    About this property

    • 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. Brook House was subsequently divided into 12 select leasehold apartments, each with a share of the freehold.

      Flat 5, also known as The Belfry, is a superb second floor, two bedroom split-level apartment, comprising the south western corner of the mansion and offering approximately 1,413 square feet of accommodation, the full layout of which can be seen on the accompanying floorplans. Original period features include high ceilings, mullioned masonry casement windows (with secondary glazing overlaid), fireplaces in both the sitting room (feature) and bedroom one, and a stunning stained glass window of historic interest in bedroom one.

      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. A turned staircase rises to The Belfry's private front door, which opens directly to a further staircase leading to the hall; the hall is fitted with a series of very useful eaves storage cupboards with automatic lights. The spacious dual aspect sitting room has a modern feature fireplace set on a slate hearth, and has space for both sofas and a dining table. The kitchen is fitted with a range of modern white gloss units, with dark wood worktops, a central island with breakfast bar and feature pendant lighting over, and a range of high-end integrated appliances.

      There are two bedrooms: bedroom one is dual-aspect with a stained glass window, a fireplace set with a BD&Co woodburner and a range of fitted bookshelving with a desk; the bedroom is served by a separate bathroom with white suite and could be used as a second reception room. Bedroom two has fitted wardrobes with mirrored doors and an en suite shower room, the shower having a steam function.

      In addition to the generous eaves storage in the apartment, the property benefits from a further good-sized storage area, accessed just off the short flight of stairs leading to the front door.

      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 about 13 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 garden shed.

      To the west of the communal gardens is Brook House Cricket Ground, one of the oldest cricket pitches in Britain.

      Agent's Note
      The 12 properties in the main house are held on 125 year leases from 1 April 2004.

      To facilitate the management of the buildings and communal areas, the Freehold interest is vested in a holding company of which each owner is a Director holding one twelfth share.

      The annual service charge is reviewed regularly. The current charge is £4,154.50 per annum, which includes maintenance of the house, gardens and road, and the private drainage.

      The red outline on the main photo is to identify the position of the apartment only, it does not indicate ownership of all parts of the building outlined.

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    This is a well presented apartment - Brook House is such an interesting building, I love the spacious grounds.

    Rohan VinesProperty agent

    Local information

    • Brook House is situated in a lovely rural position in Highbrook, a small hamlet on the outskirts of Ardingly, to the north of Lindfield. Ardingly is a popular and thriving village with an active community, situated in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It 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.
    • Lindfield, with its picturesque lime tree-lined High Street, is approximately three miles to the south, and offers a good range of boutiques and shops, a small supermarket and a number of restaurants and pubs, with further amenities in neighbouring Haywards Heath.
    • There are many leisure activities available locally, including local clubs for football, rugby, cricket and theatre; across Sussex, activities include show jumping at Hickstead, sailing at Ardingly and golf at one of the many courses across the county. Spa and country house hotels include Ockenden Manor, Alexander House, Ashdown Park, Gravetye Manor and South Lodge.
    • The surrounding countryside provides delightful walks; leisure activities include golf, and sailing on Ardingly reservoir by permit.
    • Rail services: Haywards Heath (4.5 miles) offers fast and frequent services to London Bridge, London Victoria and St Pancras International (from 42 minutes).
    • Gatwick Airport 13 miles.
    • Schools: There are a number of highly regarding state and independent schools and colleges in the local area, including St Peters CE primary in Ardingly, Oathall Community College, Great Walstead, Cumnor House, Brambletye, Worth School, Ardingly College, Burgess Hill Girls and Hurstpierpoint College.
    • All distances and journey times are approximate.

    Additional information

    • Services: Electric night storage heaters. Mains water and electricity. Shared private drainage.
    • Outgoings: Mid Sussex District Council, 01444 458166. Tax band C.
    • Directions: From Lindfield take the B2028 north. After about 2.3 miles, turn right on to Burstowhill Lane. Continue forward on to Hammingden Lane; the driveway to Brook House is clearly signposted on the left hand side.
    • EPC Rating: E
    • Tenure: Share of Freehold. Lease Expiry: 31/03/2129 (106 years remaining)
    • Service Charge: £4,154.50pa
    • Ground Rent: TBC
    • Council Tax Band: C