Savills | Haywards Heath Road, Balcombe, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6NZ | Property for sale
239.78 sq m(2,581 sq ft)
Guide price £1,595,000

Haywards Heath RoadBalcombe, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6NZ

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Elegant and impressive Victorian family home in the heart of the village
  • Well-proportioned and versatile accommodation with classic period features
  • Detached single storey one bedroom annexe (about 448 sq ft)
  • Surrounded by well-enclosed and private gardens
  • Balcombe station within half a mile, with direct services to London Bridge/Victoria
  • Planning permission in place for further improvement (please see Agent's Note).

Elegant, classically Victorian detached house in the centre of the village.

About this property

  • Forest View is an elegant period family house, ideally situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the centre of the popular village of Balcombe. Understood to date from 1896-8 and formerly the estate doctor's house, the property benefits from a wealth of character typical of the late Victorian era, including high ceilings, a number of wide bays with sash windows, intricate coving, picture rails and handsome gable ends.

    The house offers well-proportioned and versatile accommodation over two floors, with the added benefit of a spacious, detached one bedroom annexe converted from the original garaging and stables.

    The floor plans offer a comprehensive overview of the layout and full extent of the house. The front door opens to the entrance hall, off which lie two of the main reception rooms: the drawing room and the dual-aspect sitting room. Both rooms showcase the house's Victorian architecture, with graceful proportions and impressive high ceilings, and feature attractive original fireplaces. The dining room fireplace set with a woodburner. Two sets of French doors open from the drawing room to the adjoining conservatory.

    The part-vaulted kitchen and breakfast room is fitted with a range of farmhouse-style wooden units and a central island with black granite worktops and appliances including an Everhot range. There is ample space for a breakfast table and the room is open to the formal dining room, creating an excellent space for every day family life and entertaining alike. Steps descend from the kitchen to the tanked cellar, which is currently used as a games room; a cloakroom and large utility/boot room complete the ground floor accommodation.

    There are four bedrooms on the first floor, the main bedroom having an en suite shower room and the others served by a family bathroom. A versatile fifth room is used as both a study and dressing room.

    The Stables Annexe
    With its own front door from the driveway and a private gated courtyard to the rear, The Stables is a single-storey annexe comprising an open-plan kitchen and living room, shower room and large vaulted bedroom. Adjoining the annexe is a store room with power connected, in need of some repair but with excellent potential for conversion to a home office (see Agent's Note below)

    Gardens Forest View is accessed from Haywards Heath Road via a five-bar gate, which opens to a block paved driveway. Double gates open to the annexe courtyard and a there is access via a covered storage area to the enclosed garden.
    There are two main areas of garden: to the north of the house is an area of lawn surrounded by hedging and trees, with a central wildflower bed; the garden to the south of the house is private and well-enclosed by a brick wall, fencing and hedging, and comprises two paved terraces lying adjacent to the house which lead out on to an expanse of level lawn. A vine clad pergola screens a secluded courtyard garden with box hedging, central water feature and outside lighting; to the far southern end of the garden is a timber stable.

    Total plot about 0.40 of an acre.

    Agent's Note
    Planning permission has been granted for “Replacement vehicle access into site from Haywards Heath road with proposed garage and log store. Replacement of existing conservatory to proposed orangery, part demolition of dilapidated outbuilding and replace with an extension to create a home office space, with associated landscaping alterations.” Approved plans can be viewed on Mid Sussex District Council planning portal ref DM/20/4553.

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This house has a wonderful feel, I really like the proportions and it is close to everything you need in the village, including the train station.

Oliver MackminProperty agent

Local information

  • Forest View is located in the heart of the village of Balcombe, in the village Conservation Area, within good reach of all village amenities and just half a mile from the station.
  • Balcombe is a thriving village in the glorious countryside of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and has a variety of village shops, a public house, a primary school and a village club.
  • Haywards Heath (four miles) and Crawley (five miles) offer comprehensive shopping and leisure facilities.
  • There are many leisure activities available locally, including local clubs for football, rugby, cricket and theatre; across Sussex, activities include show jumping at Hickstead, sailing at Ardingly and golf at one of the many courses across the county.
  • Sussex offers a vibrant cultural scene, with world-class opera at Glyndebourne, theatre at Royal Tunbridge Wells, and many highly regarded spas, hotels and gastropubs across the county.
  • Transport: Balcombe station is within half a mile and provides direct services to London Bridge, Victoria and St Pancras International. Fast and frequent services to the capital and the coast are available from Haywards Heath or Three Bridges (five miles). Balcombe has excellent access to the A23/M23, which links to Gatwick airport (eight miles) and the national motorway network.
  • Schools: There is a good selection of highly regarded schools in the area, both state and private, including Balcombe Primary School, Ardingly College, Worth School, Cumnor House, Handcross Park (a Brighton College school), Brambletye and Warden Park Academy. All distances and journey times are approximate.
  • All times and distances are approximate.

Additional information

  • Services: Gas fired central heating. Mains gas, electricity, water and drainage. Solar PV panels generate electricity for the house, and is also fed back to the grid.
  • The Stables Annexe has a separate electric boiler providing its central heating and hot water.
  • Outgoings Mid Sussex District Council. Tax bands G and A.
  • Directions: From our Haywards Heath office, proceed north down The Broadway which becomes Perrymount Road, and take the third exit at the roundabout into Mill Green Road. Turn left at the T-junction and follow the road for just over four miles into Balcombe village. Proceed straight over at the staggered crossroads by The Half Moon Public House, and Forest View can be found after a short distance on the left hand side.
  • EPC Rating = D