Church House
3,722 sq ft(345.78 sq m)
Guide price £2,000,000

High StreetHurstpierpoint, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9TS

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Period rectory in a tucked away location just moments from the High Street
  • Carefully refurbished, with stylish and beautifully presented interiors
  • Landscaped garden with swimming pool and croquet lawn
  • Wonderful views to the South Downs
  • Hassocks railway station approximately 1.7 miles

Elegant and stylish Grade II listed William and Mary rectory, in the heart of the village with views to the South Downs.

About this property

  • Formerly the Rectory to the neighbouring Holy Trinity Church, Church House is ideally situated in a tucked away position in the centre of the popular village of Hurstpierpoint, only moments from the shops, cafes and pubs on the High Street. The house is believed to date from 1690 and is listed Grade II, its elegant symmetrical façade typical of the William and Mary era, fronted in red mathematical tiles with sash windows and a central front door with classical pediment over. Areas of exposed knapped flint both internally and externally are a nod to the landscape and local vernacular.

    The house was acquired in 2009 by the current owners, who undertook an extensive programme of refurbishment and remodelling whilst working carefully and sensitively with the property's listed status. The result is a stunning 3,722 square foot family home that is beautifully presented throughout: high ceilings, working fireplaces, some exposed timbers and sash windows with window seats and original shutters typical of the architectural period are cleverly combined with features such as partial under floor heating, modern bathroom suites, a bespoke hand-built kitchen and a stylish glass link between the kitchen and garden room.

    The accommodation is arranged over four floors, the full extent and layout of which can be seen on the floor plan.

    The front door opens to a welcoming entrance hall off which lies an elegant formal sitting room, featuring a marble fireplace and a charming curved alcove; windows to three aspects fill the room with light and frame views to the garden, church and South Downs. Lying across the hall is a good-sized study with woodburning stove, together with a large cloakroom.

    The kitchen and dining room are on the lower ground floor, overlooking the terrace and garden. The kitchen has been beautifully fitted with bespoke cabinetry, walnut worktops and a range of appliances by Falcon and Neff; it is served by a large utility room and an excellent shelved pantry. The dining room has French doors opening to the south-facing terrace and a handsome inglenook fireplace set with a Chesney's woodburner. Lying off the dining room is a fully-tiled wet room serving the swimming pool. A contemporary glazed link joins the kitchen to the versatile garden room, a modern addition to the house with bi-fold doors opening to the terrace.

    There are five bedrooms arranged over the first and second floors, including the master bedroom which has an elegant curved ceiling, fireplace with woodburning stove and a well-appointed en suite bathroom with suite including a bath and separate wet room style shower. Bedrooms two and three benefit from en suite shower rooms; the two remaining bedrooms are on the second floor and are served by a further shower room, forming an ideal guest suite.

    Gardens & Grounds
    Church House is set back from the High Street behind the church, accessed down a long private driveway leading to a parking area and the garage. The beautifully landscaped garden lies predominantly to the south of the house and is private and well-enclosed, bound by hedging, fencing and mature trees including a handsome copper beech. Adjoining the rear of the house is a large part brick, part stone terrace, ideal for entertaining and from which the wonderful view over the garden to the South Downs can be enjoyed. Beyond the terrace are rose beds and a well-stocked kitchen garden with raised beds; a pathway leads to the swimming pool which has an electronically operated pool cover and is fully enclosed by fencing and a flint wall.

    To the west of the house is a beautifully tended part-walled croquet lawn with a charming brick potting shed, and in one corner a decked terrace with summer house and beautiful magnolia. The remainder of the garden is largely laid to lawn, extending away from the house to the south. In all, about 0.64 of an acre.

    Agent's Note
    Church House owns the driveway to the property over which its neighbour, 3 Church Green Cottages, has a right of way to access its parking space. Church House has a reciprocal right to use its neighbour's turning area. Please refer to the Agent for details.

    View payable Stamp Duty for this property

This beautiful house is one of the best in Hurstpierpoint. Beautifully presented throughout, yet a real family home - it is easy to imagine sitting by the pool in the summer months enjoying the wonderful views to the South Downs, or cosying up by the roaring inglenook fire in the colder weather.

Rohan VinesProperty agent

Local information

  • Church House is situated behind Holy Trinity Church in a Conservation Area in the heart of Hurstpierpoint, a picturesque Sussex village surrounded by beautiful countryside, at the foot of the South Downs National Park. Hurstpierpoint has a good range of local amenities and the house is set just off the High Street where there are some lovely boutiques, cafes and restaurants, pubs and an excellent local butcher. Comprehensive shopping is found at Burgess Hill (4 miles), Haywards Heath (7 miles), Brighton (11 miles) and Lewes (12 miles).
  • There are many leisure activities available with walks across the South Downs, a variety of equestrian pursuits, sailing off the south coast and golf across the county. There is a vibrant cultural and arts scene in Sussex, with world-class opera at Glyndebourne, theatre at Royal Tunbridge Wells and the annual Brighton Festival presenting a huge programme of theatre, dance, classical music and literary events.
  • Transport links are excellent, with frequent services to London from Hassocks station (1.7 miles, London Bridge/London Victoria from 56 minutes). The A23/M23 is readily accessed to the west of the village (Gatwick airport 19 miles, M25 J7 30 miles).
  • There is a good selection of highly regarded state and independent schools in the area including St Lawrence CEP School, Downlands Community College, Hurstpierpoint College, Burgess Hill School, Brighton College and Lewes Old Grammar.
  • All times and distances are approximate.

Additional information

  • Directions: From Haywards Heath, proceed west on the A272 into Ansty and proceed straight over the mini-roundabout in the centre of the village. Turn right into Cuckfield Road; proceed straight over at the roundabout with the A2300 and straight over at the crossroads by The Sportsman Inn. In Hurstpierpoint, keep left on Cuckfield Road and then turn right at the mini-roundabout onto the High Street. The driveway to Church House is on the left, immediately after the bus shelter.
  • EPC Exempt