Savills | Church Street, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9NR | Property for sale
341.88 sq m(3,680 sq ft)
Excess of £900,000(€1,041,907)

Church StreetHenfield, West Sussex, BN5 9NR

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Spacious family home offering excellent opportunity for further refurbishment
  • Substantial footprint and pleasing layout, with three south facing principal reception rooms
  • Pretty gardens and off street parking with potential for garaging (subject to consents and permissions)
  • Versatile accommodation with seven bedrooms and four bathrooms
  • Hassocks mainline station about seven miles.

Beautiful Grade II listed attached Georgian property in a central village position.

About this property

  • Martyn Lodge comprises a substantial attached period house of Georgian origin with later additions and alterations and historically being part of a larger house, outbuildings and grounds which were divided into three main dwellings (East Martyns, Lodge Cottage and Martyn Lodge) and with Martyn Lodge forming the principal and most substantial of the three. The impressive and tall three storey house includes a stuccoed white painted front and side painted brick elevations with modillion eaves cornice and string course. The impressive main facade is punctuated by deep sash windows in moulded architrave surrounds and with front porch with Doric columns to the front door with moulded panels and rectangular fan light over. The house historically sat in extensive grounds which stretched to the High Street.

    The handsome Georgian house affords extensive and very well proportioned family accommodation spread over three floors and with many of the rooms being south facing, initially looking over the property's garden and, from first and second floor levels, enjoying a more extensive outlook over surrounding village properties and rooftops including to the parish church and as well as rural views beyond Henfield. On the ground floor, the reception hall with its chequerboard tiling and access trap to cellar, forms an impressive entrance to the house with its fine staircase rising to the part galleried landing with side minstrel gallery accessible from the main bedroom. Part glazed doors lead into the reception rooms and kitchen/breakfast room. The South facing dining room includes a feature fireplace (now sealed) and two sash windows to the front as well as a further pair of double doors opening to the inner hallway, whilst the drawing room is formed from a later single storey addition and enjoys a double aspect facing south and west and overlooking the garden with deep sash windows plus French doors out, a feature fireplace fitted with a gas fire. A sitting room forms a third reception room, also with south facing sash windows and then with cloakroom off the inner hall with cloaks hanging space and separate downstairs WC with wash hand basin. Off the inner hall is the kitchen/breakfast room fitted with a range of light wood finish wall and base units with granite worktops with gas Aga, integrated dishwasher and fridge/freezer, recessed area providing further fridge/freezer space and part glazed door to small outside courtyard area.
    A fine staircase rises to the part galleried first floor landing. The principal bedroom suite is a bright, double aspect room with outlook to the church spire and with part glazed door to the roof terrace, further doors to a dressing room (fitted with a range of cupboards) and to an en suite bathroom with roll-top bath, pedestal wash hand basin, WC, bidet, shower cubicle and tiled floor.

    The remainder of the first floor includes double bedroom two, also south facing, and a nursery room or small bedroom eight with part split level floor, plus family bathroom one with bath with shower over, WC and pedestal wash hand basin. A staircase continues to the second floor past a half-landing to the main landing and with doors to double bedroom three facing south with en suite shower room with shower cubicle, pedestal wash hand basin and WC; family bathroom two with bath, WC, bidet and pedestal wash hand basin; plus double bedrooms four and five, both being south facing. Double bedroom six faces west and also enjoys extensive views, whilst single bedroom seven/study faces north and again with distant views.

    Outside, the property may be reached from Church Street by wrought-iron pedestrian garden gate flanked by yew hedging, or else by an electric gated driveway from Martyn Close to a parking and turning area with potential space and scope for a garage or traditional carport (subject to all necessary planning consents).

    The pretty garden is primarily south and west facing and including areas of lawn with mixed planting and climbers to the side of the house and with wider areas of lawn to the West side plus greenhouse.

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Local information

  • Situated with frontage to Church Street and a short distance from the High Street, Martyn Lodge occupies a residential area with a mixture of period houses and cottages, plus bungalows, houses and mews houses to Woodard Mews to the East. The ancient parish church of St. Peter is within convenient walking distance and is the bustling and thriving High Street of Henfield. The High Street has a wealth of local shops, trades and services and the village has a thriving community with many varied events taking place throughout the year and with facilities including a health and sports centre, library and churches of most denominations. In addition there are many varied countryside walks close-by.
  • Hassocks is approximately seven miles to the East which has a mainline railway station with services to London Victoria and Gatwick. The coastal city of Brighton is approximately 12 miles (sea front) to the south-east and Horsham is approximately 11 miles to the north. Both offer an excellent range of shops, trades, services and entertainment facilities. Henfield is situated between the A24 (approximately 5 miles to the North-West) and the A23 (approximately 5 miles to the East) both of which give good access to the major routes in the area including the M23/M25 and national motorway network. Gatwick is approximately 24.5 miles and Haywards Heath is within 11.5 miles. There is also a good range of state and independent schools in the Sussex area.
  • Sport and Leisure: Racing at Goodwood, Fontwell, Brighton, Plumpton and Lingfield. Golf at Singing Hills, Albourne and at Pyecombe, Devils Dyke, Worthing, Horsham, West Chiltington & Pulborough. Polo at Cowdray Park and Knepp Castle. Equestrian events at Hickstead, Pyecombe and Ardingly. Sailing at Chichester, Shoreham-by-Sea and Brighton Marina. Theatre at Brighton and Chichester.
  • All distances and journey times are approximate.

Additional information

  • Historically - and as commemorated by the blue plaque to the front of the building - the house was once the home of the late Canon Nathaniel Woodard, founder of the Woodard schools including Lancing & Hurstpierpoint Colleges and who lived in the house between 1862 until his death in 1891. The Anglican Canon was well known in the area and there is an interesting piece of local history in connection with the nearby thatched Listed cottage to the West, now known as the Cat House and situated at Pinchnose Green (so called because there used to be a tannery nearby and the process of tanning produced unpleasant owners) on the pathway to the Parish church. The cottage had once been owned by a Robert Ward who had a pet canary, but which was reputedly killed by a cat belonging to Canon Woodard. So incensed was Ward, that he painted his cottage - now known as the Cat House - with a picture of a cat holding a bird and which could then be seen by the Canon as he walked past the cottage on his way to church. Ward is also said to have rigged up a string of sea shells to rattle and a figure would appear at a small window called a Zulo hole when the hapless Canon was seen approaching. ‘The Cat & Canary' public house situated in West End Lane (beyond Church Street) was named as a result of this incident. After WWI, Misses Ethel & Hilda Dixon-Brown lived at Martyn Lodge and ran the first Henfield Guides & Brownies troop. From the 1930's until WWII, the house was used a grammar school run by Mr. Mayes tutoring local boys aiming for their university exams. In wartime, it was requisitioned by the Canadian Army who apparently invited local children over to watch films. In later years, the buildings had been a care home, before being converted into private dwellings at a similar time to the land to the East (which had historically formed part of the ornamental gardens to Martyn Lodge and then more recently a nursing wing) was being developed in 2001 into five mews houses. (Sources Wikipedia, ‘Henfield Hub', 'Hidden Henfield' and 'Henfield Then & Now').
  • Directions: From the north end of Henfield High Street, taking the west turning into Church Street. Continue down Church Street and then turn right into Martyn Close and immediately right into the entrance drive to the property.
  • EPC Exempt