Firgrove Road, Cross in Hand, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 0QL | Property for sale | Savills
1,712 sq ft(159.05 sq m)
Guide price £1,650,000(€1,881,348)

Firgrove RoadCross in Hand, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 0QL

  • Recently sold

Key features

  • Sold in September 2023
  • Wonderful southerly views
  • Conveniently placed in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, approximately 14 miles equidistant Tunbridge Wells and Lewes on the south coast
  • Well presented and adaptable accommodation
  • Gardens and grounds of about 7 acres including 'wild swimming' ponds, fields and woodland
  • Buxted station (Southern Rail) approximately 6 miles, or Stonegate (South East Rail) approximately 9 miles
  • Cross-in-Hand and Heathfield for local amenities
  • Good choice of private and secondary schools in the area

A fine character farm conversion, with a separate holiday let and a large garage building, set in grounds of about 7 acres and offering fine southerly views.

About this property

  • A fine individual property comprising two character converted farm buildings, nicely set with a south-facing aspect to the rear, behind a walled frontage. There is also a garage building and the property sits within park-like gardens, with three ponds linked by a stream and with a large field, with areas of orchard, woodland, a paddock and two stables.

    The main house offers four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two reception rooms, one having a dramatic double-height ceiling and a tall feature window, making a fabulous dining hall straight off the kitchen. There is also a large kitchen/family room and the potential may possibly exist to enlarge the main house accommodation over two floors under the planning permission WD/2018/1313/F, which has been partially completed. Further advice is currently being taken to confirm the situation.

    Much of the house is naturally orientated towards the rear, with full height windows and a large balcony at first floor level, taking advantage of the sloping site with fine distant, rural views.

    The two bedroom holiday let is equally characterful, with the rooms open-pitched into the roof space providing mezzanine storage to the bedrooms above the en suite shower rooms. The property also has its own discreet private patio garden opening out from the spacious, open-plan kitchen/dining/living room.

    The large garage building comprises a single garage, studio and workshop, with a room above and is currently used for storage.

    These three buildings are set around the front parking area, with landscaped gardens, a wall and gates to the road and a landscaped turning circle.

    The accommodation is finished throughout in a rustic style, often making use of salvaged materials, with quality features and amenities, including underfloor heating in parts and period-style radiators elsewhere, and with attractive tiled and timber flooring. The main house has a combination of an older and newer style, double glazed windows and features a well appointed, central open plan kitchen. This is designed to take advantage of the outlook through its extensive windows over the garden and fitted with bespoke timber units, incorporating a large island with a double copper sink, a Rangemaster cooker with extractor over, decorative tiling, concealed fridge and freezer and limestone flooring throughout. The holiday let building is designed along similar lines, and each property has attractive, individual and well appointed bathrooms.

    The rear garden has mature trees, screening to the boundaries and three spring-fed ponds which provide a wonderful haven for wildlife and for 'wild swimming' with a waterfall, a decked jetty and a shallow bank used as a 'beach area'. The stream runs into the neighbouring Sussex Wildlife Trust's Selwyns Wood Nature Reserve and there is an extensive terrace overlooking the garden, with distant views and a separate terrace for the holiday let.

    The garden extends to about two acres and opens into an adjoining field of about five acres. This has been subdivided into three distinct areas, including an orchard, with apple trees, cherry, pear and plums, a natural copse and a woodland area, with oak, willow, hornbeam and silver birch. Finally, there is a paddock, two stables and a wood store behind.

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For me, a property with a great setting, features, character and potential and where there is as much to enjoy outside as there is inside.

Robert JacobsProperty agent

Local information

  • Hill Waters is located between the villages of Cross-in-Hand and Waldron (approx 0.9 miles and 1.4 miles), to the west of the market town of Heathfield (approx 2.6 miles) offering town shopping, cafes, restaurants and supermarkets, with the larger towns of Tunbridge Wells and Lewes, both approximately 14 miles, and Eastbourne on the coast within approximately 18 miles. Buxted station (Southern Rail) is approximately 6 miles, or Stonegate (South East Rail) is approximately 9 miles. Alternatively, Tunbridge Wells is approximately 14 miles.
  • There are village primary schools at Cross-in-Hand and Blackboys, with secondary schooling at Heathfield Community College, approximately 3.6 miles. Skippers Hill Manor preparatory school at Five Ashes is approximately 3.5 miles and Battle Abbey, which also has a senior school, is approximately 14.5 miles. For senior schools, there are co-ed options at Eastbourne, Brighton and Upper Dicker (Bedes), Mayfield for girls and Tonbridge for boys.
  • Cross in Hand has a well-regarded bakers, a private members health club, rugby and tennis clubs, whilst Waldron is a smaller village, offering a cricket club and with a very pretty centre, featuring a 12th century village church and the Star Inn, dating back to the 17th century. There are other villages around, set in fine countryside, with a number of good local pubs, country pursuits, golf at the East Sussex National and Piltdown and horse racing at Plumpton, Lingfield and Brighton.

Additional information

  • Services: Gas-fired central heating, mains water and electricity, private drainage.
  • Outgoings: Wealden District Council, Tax Band F. NB: the Old Stables is commercially rated as used as a holiday let.
  • Agent's Note: A planning application is currently retrospectively dealing with some changes on the ground to the original building. WD/2023/0811 (number to follow from Tony). It is possible that a recent planning permission ( WD/2018/1313/F) has now become extant rather than expired, with a significant start having been made. This would then provide the opportunity to expand the existing accommodation of the main house on two floors to the size shown in the drawings. Whether this is the case or not is currently being investigated by our selling clients.
  • The summer photograph was taken in 2021.
  • Directions: Take the A267 south from Tunbridge Wells, reaching Cross in Hand soon after passing through the village of Five Ashes. Turn directly right into the High Street opposite the Shell/Budgens filling station, just before David Salmon furniture and proceed past the bakers on the left, turning next left into Fir Grove Road. Proceed out of the village, along this road, heading in the direction of Waldron. Look out for the property on the left, just past the left turn called Brown's lane, in approximately 0.6 miles.
  • EPC Rating: D
  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Council Tax Band: F