Portion of an elegant Grade II listed Elizabethan manor on a private rural estate, with both private and communal gardens.
Originally a hall house, The Farmhouse is understood to be the oldest portion of Stonelands, an elegant Grade II listed Elizabethan manor. Situated at the end of a long gated driveway, this impressive property was divided and sensitively restored in 1997, retaining the building's character with points of note including elevations of dressed Sussex sandstone, striking pointed gables with carved finials and stone mullions.
Arranged over three floors and extending to over 2,350 square feet, The Farmhouse is well presented and deceptively spacious, with a wealth of period features creating an inviting and comfortable home. The handsome solid wood front door opens to the entrance hall which is laid with a stone floor, and from which steps descend to a useful laundry and cloakroom, and to the spacious sitting room. The sitting room is dual aspect, features an attractive stone fireplace with large inset woodburner and adjoins a large study, which could be used as a third reception room and has a stable door opening to a raised, private west-facing terrace.
The dining room and kitchen lie to the rear of the house, both rooms with a lovely outlook over The Farmhouse's private terrace and garden. The dining room has a wonderful inglenook fireplace as its centrepiece, also set with a woodburner, to one side of which is a useful pantry area. The kitchen has space for a breakfast table and is fitted with a good range of wooden units, with granite-effect worktops and a number of integrated appliances; a door opens to a small central courtyard with space for plant pots.
Bedrooms one and two are both of a generous size and are on the first floor, lying off a spacious landing with ample space for a desk. Bedroom one has a large en suite shower room with an adjoining dressing room; bedroom two has a brick feature fireplace and a walk-in wardrobe, and is served by the family bathroom. Bedroom three is on the second floor.
Stonelands is approached via a sweeping gated driveway, which opens to a parking area ahead of the house, and continues on to the garaging; stone steps rise to The Farmhouse's front door.
The house's well enclosed and private garden lies to the rear (east) of the house. A door opens from the dining room to a York stone terrace, edged by well-stocked shrub borders; steps rise to the lawn which slopes up gently away from the house, dotted with mature fir trees and bounded by established beech hedging. A gap in the hedge opens to the adjoining Rose Garden, a further area of communal lawn shared by the four properties in the main house.
The communal gardens lie to the west of the house, and are laid to undulating lawn, with a pond and mature trees and shrubs to the boundary. They extend to about 2.84 acres in all, including the private driveway and parking area.
The communal grounds are owned by Stonelands Residents' Association of which every property has an equal share. There is a monthly service charge of c.£125 (reviewed annually) which covers the upkeep of the communal grounds, driveway and gates, shared private drainage and sinking fund.
Two footpaths run through the Stonelands estate.
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You can really sense the history of this property from the moment you arrive - the conversion is superbly sympathetic, and I like the period details.Hannah Riches