Attractive family home with paddock and outbuildings, in a private part-wooded rural setting.
Brentleigh is set in a wonderful rural setting, in very well-enclosed and private part-wooded grounds. It is ideally situated: rural and yet not remote, being within just seven minutes' drive of the bustling market town of Horsham and its many amenities.
Originally a much more modest house dating from the post-war period, the property was substantially extended in the mid-1990s by the current owners and further enhanced in 2004/5 with the addition of an elegant formal sitting room. The result is an excellent family house extending to nearly 2,800 square feet, the versatile layout creating a house that is both a comfortable family home and an ideal space for entertaining.
There are two reception rooms and a cloakroom lying off the entrance hall: a large triple aspect study (the original sitting room) with a tiled fireplace, and a cosy snug with a woodburner and a walk-in larder cupboard.
The wonderful kitchen and dining room has been beautifully fitted with a range of bespoke solid wood cabinetry and an Iroko-topped central island by Clive Christian, with granite worktops and a range of high-end integrated appliances including a two-oven oil-fired Aga; there is ample space for a large dining table. Lying off the kitchen is a useful utility room, a dual-aspect family room (which would also be an ideal playroom) and an elegant and superbly appointed formal sitting room, a sun-filled room with large windows and French doors opening to the garden and a stone fireplace in one corner, set with a woodburner.
There are five bedrooms on the first floor, including an excellent principal suite comprising a generous bedroom with lovely views, French doors opening to a large roof top balcony, and an en suite bathroom. The remaining four bedrooms are served by a family bathroom.
Built in 1996, the detached garaging comprises a tandem double garage with power connected, electronically-operated up and over door, fitted workbench and rafter storage, and an adjoining double carport.
Situated in the paddock and with a large area of hardstanding ahead of it, the 40' x 30' steel barn was built in 2006 to a high standard, with sliding double doors, a solid concrete floor and multiple power points.
The timber stable block lies between the house and the paddock and comprises three 12' x 12' stalls, together with an open lean-to store.
Gardens and grounds
Brentleigh is set in about four and a quarter acres, roughly arranged half as formal gardens and grounds surrounding the house, and half as paddock in which is sited the substantial steel barn. The property is a haven for wildlife, private and very well-enclosed by a natural screen of mature trees and hedgerows, with a meandering tree-lined stream and bluebell woodland to the south.
The house is set back from the lane behind substantial, electronically operated timber gates, which open to a sweeping beech hedge-lined driveway leading to the house and garaging; a further five-bar gate leads on to the barn, stabling and paddock beyond.
The formal gardens lie mainly to the south and east of the house, and have been attractively landscaped to create park-like grounds, dotted with woodland shrubs including rhododendron and handsome trees such as weeping willow and fir. A paved terrace spans the rear of the house, offering a sunny spot for alfresco dining.
The paddock extends away from the house to the east, divided from the formal gardens by way of post and rail fencing, with an open-sided tractor shed and a small pond.
In all, about 4.26 acres.
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The kitchen and dining room together with the elegant adjoining sitting room is what really makes the house for me. The space that it offers is excellent, a really family-friendly home.Rohan VinesProperty agent