Beautifully presented semi-detached Victorian house in glorious gardens.
1 New England Cottages is a beautifully presented, semi-detached Victorian home, situated in a lovely semi-rural position between the villages of Balcombe and Handcross. The house has recently been the subject of a sympathetic extension resulting in an excellent family home extending to over 2,200 square feet, with points of note including stylish classic-style bathroom suites and some underfloor heating, and period detail including high ceilings, attractive casement windows, stripped wooden floors and charming feature fireplaces. Sitting in a plot of about two thirds of an acre, the house also benefits from a modern garden room (built 2019), ideal for home working or outside entertaining, together with detached garage/store.
The floor plan gives a comprehensive overview of the full extent and layout of the house. There are two reception rooms on the ground floor: a dual-aspect sitting room with woodburning stove and French doors opening to the terrace, and a playroom/study. The kitchen is fitted with a range of traditional-style units with black granite worktops, two-oven Aga and ample space for a breakfast table; a useful utility/boot room and a cloakroom complete the ground floor.
There are five bedrooms arranged over the first and second floors. The dual-aspect principal bedroom has an en suite bathroom with roll-top bath; the guest bedroom on the second floor also benefits from an en suite shower room. The remaining three bedrooms are served by a fully-tiled family bathroom.
1 New England Cottages is approached from the lane via a gated gravel driveway and turning circle, offering ample space for several cars to park. A wide gate opens to the garden and on to a narrow gravel driveway leading to the double garage/garden store.
The wonderful gardens are of particular note, being well established and extending to three sides of the house, mainly laid to flat lawn and enclosed by mature silver birch. A sandstone terrace, part-covered by a timber pergola, extends out from the rear (west) of the house offering a lovely spot for alfresco dining; a pathway continues to the modern detached garden room which offers a variety of uses including an ideal home office, or games room. The remainder of the garden is laid to lawn, with some natural meadow areas and some raised vegetable beds. In all, about 0.66 of an acre.
The lane leading to 1 New England Cottages is owned by New England Farm, over which the property has a right of way and contributes 12.5% of the cost of upkeep.
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In my opinion this beautifully presented house is the perfect combination of period character and modern comfort, and the addition of the versatile modern garden room is a huge bonus too.Rohan Vines