Attractive family home on the edge of the village, with far-reaching South Downs views.
Understood to date from 1920, Middle Lodge is an attractive chalet-style detached house, with rendered elevations under a tiled roof with large window gables. The house was substantially extended by the current owners and has been subject to ongoing improvements, resulting in a well-presented and comfortable family home arranged over two floors and extending to an impressive 4,196 square feet; the ground floor being particularly spacious with a pleasing flow between the living spaces. Features include some handsome working fireplaces, high ceilings, solid oak internal doors, and oak flooring through much of the ground floor.
The full extent and layout of the house can be seen on the accompanying floor plan. The front door opens to a welcoming vaulted entrance hall, off which lies the study, a ground floor shower room, a well-fitted boot room and a cloakroom; double doors open to a large drawing room, which features an impressive brick inglenook with inset woodburning stove and two sets of bi-fold doors opening to a south-facing veranda.
Across the hall from the drawing room, a further set of double doors open to the kitchen, dining room and timber-framed orangery, a large and versatile space ideal for day-to-day family life and entertaining alike. The kitchen is fitted with a range of wooden units and a central island, with black granite worktops and a range of appliances; it is served by the adjoining utility room.
Accessed from the kitchen is a lovely sitting room with views over the gardens and a brick open fireplace, and a dual-aspect sun room with French doors opening to a decked terrace.
There are six bedrooms on the first floor lying off a part-galleried landing, including a large principal bedroom with built in wardrobes and en suite bathroom, and a lovely guest bedroom with en suite bathroom and French doors opening to a balcony; the guest bedroom adjoins bedroom six creating an ideal suite for guests with children.
Bedroom five has a small en suite shower room; the remaining three bedrooms are served by a family bathroom.
Middle Lodge is accessed from Lindfield Road via high, electronically operated timber gates, screened from the road by mature laurel and rhododendron. The gates open to a large gravelled parking area between the house and the detached garaging. The heritage-style timber garaging comprises two open bays and an enclosed garage, a timber staircase rises to a first floor games room over.
The garden is predominantly laid to lawn and lies to the south of the house, bounded by beech hedging and with some far reaching views to the South Downs. In the south-western corner of the garden is a swimming pool with paved surround, timber pool hut and thatched breeze house. A decked terrace adjoins the western side of the house, an ideal spot for outside entertaining; a further sheltered terrace lies to the rear of the house together with an area of lawn planted with fruit trees.
In all, about 0.7 of an acre.
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Middle Lodge is quite simply a great family home, and is perfectly placed for some of the area's most popular schools including Ardingly College, Cumnor House Great Walstead and Worth.Hannah Riches