Savills | Chapmans Town Road, Rushlake Green, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 9PS | Property for sale
383.41 sq m(4,127 sq ft)
Guide price £1,350,000

Chapmans Town RoadRushlake Green, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 9PS

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Impressive and fascinating country house with good reception space and set in about half an acre of garden
  • Many fine character features and rooms with period detailing
  • Extended over the years, now in need of updating and repair
  • Wonderful semi-rural position in a quiet, narrow, lane
  • About 4,127 sq ft of character, unlisted family accommodation
  • About 24 miles to Tunbridge Wells, with good access to the coast, including Brighton (about 26 miles) and Bexhill and Eastbourne (about 17 miles)

An exceptional country house in need of upgrade and repair.

About this property

  • Thorrington House is an exceptional, character family home in a stunning countryside location and represents a fine example of the evolving English country house, with extensions adding space and scale, along with a slightly quirky layout.

    Particular highlights include the open-plan dining room running across the rear of the house, with access directly onto the rear Yorkstone terrace and with lovely views through the stone mullion windows. Here, the interior design details incorporate brick block flooring, together with a stone balustrade and fine ‘trompe l'oeil stone walls', some of which are
    inset with classical-style murals.

    There is also a very impressive Victorian ‘Gothic' wing, which was built later in stone blocks, with its imposing entrance hall and grand 'medieval hall' now used as a drawing room. This huge room has an octagonal turret recess which offers perhaps the best outlook from the house and the tower bedroom above also benefits from this wonderful outlook. In complete contrast, the cosy, lower ceilinged double sitting room has stylish marble fireplaces to both ends and attractive French doors and windows opening to the enclosed front

    The panelled walls and fine coving add to the careful design and make for another very special room. Also worthy of mention is the long, fitted kitchen/breakfast room, which works well and benefits from access straight into a timber garden room at the front of the house, with stone flooring and steps down to the garden.

    Finally, the principal bedroom stands out, with a beautiful carved stone fireplace acting as a focal point and, again, there are fine views to the rear through two stylish, symmetrical corner windows. Overall, the house is clearly in need of updating and repair. Going forward, Thorrington House really offers so much potential for an interesting and impressive period family home.

    There are lovely mature gardens with an enclosed front garden and an extensive rear terrace, both of which are used as excellent entertaining areas. To the rear, the garden has a swimming pool tucked around to the side and a ha-ha.

    View payable Stamp Duty for this property

This one stands out to me, as a really fascinating English country house in a wonderful setting. Lots of work needed, but so much character and such a sense of theatre, which is surely irresistible to buyers with time, energy and money.

Robert JacobsProperty agent

Local information

  • Thorrington House is nicely situated on a ridge, bounding a quiet, narrow lane leading from Punnetts Town to Warbleton. The house benefits from a beautiful semi-rural position with an oulook to the rear over adjoining fields.
  • The pretty small village of Warbleton, with its fine old church is reached in about 1.7 miles and the equally attractive village of Rushlake Green, with its village stores and pub is about 1.2 miles.
  • The market town of Heathfield with its good range of shopping is about 3.2 miles.
  • The larger regional towns are Tunbridge Wells, Lewes and Eastbourne, reached within about 24, 18 and 18 miles respectively.
  • State and private schools: Punnetts Town primary is about 1.1 miles and there are further options in Heathfield which also has Heathfield Community College at secondary level, about 2.4 miles away.
  • There are private schools at Eastbourne, Brighton and Upper Dicker (Bedes), Mayfield, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.
  • Mainline rail: Commuting services to London via Polegate, which is about 12 miles, or Buxted, about 9.5 miles, Stonegate, about 9.1 miles and Tunbridge Wells.

Additional information

  • Agents note: A public footpath (marked on the site plan) crosses the far edge of the garden and leads on into the neighbouring field. The house is attached to the neighbours barn outbuilding, just by the first floor shower room.
  • Services: Oil-fired central heating, mains water, electricity and private drainage.
  • Outgoings: Wealden District Council (01323) 443322, Tax Band H.
  • Directions: From Heathfield going east leaving the town, turn right onto the Battle Road (B2096). Continue past Heathfield Community College and on through Cade Street, turning right opposite the Chapel, signposted Rushlake Green and Warbleton. Take the left turn to Rushlake Green and continue on, forking right into South Street, signposted Chapmans Town. Continue for another quarter of a mile and Thorrington House will be found on the right hand side.
  • EPC Rating = D
  • Tenure = Freehold