Elegant splendour: a spacious Grade II listed Neo-Classical house with South Downs views
Colwell House is an elegant neo-classical detached house, believed to date from about 1840, with white stuccoed elevations under a hipped slate roof. It was once the home of the Vicar of Wivelsfield Church and, having been in the same family for over 40 years, offers a rare opportunity to acquire one of Haywards Heath's finest houses.
The house is approached via an impressive central porch, with fluted Doric columns to either side of the steps. The accommodation is generously proportioned, extending to just under 5,000 square feet, the full extent and layout of which is identified by the accommodation list and the floorplans.
Colwell House retains many superb period features, including sash windows in moulded architraves with internal shutters, high ceilings, picture rails and beautifully carved wooden mantelpieces set with some working fireplaces. Its layout is flexible, being ideally suited to grand entertaining and to family life, with four separate reception rooms in addition to the large kitchen/breakfast room, and an office adjacent to the ground floor bathroom.
The dining room showcases a striking trompe l'oeil mural of a Venetian port scene. From the study and the drawing room, French doors open to the canopied terrace, framing the outstanding views across the gardens and paddocks to the South Downs.
An elegant turned staircase with stick balusters and an arched window at the turn leads up to the galleried landing. On the first floor are eight bedrooms, five of which have basins, served by two bathrooms and a shower room. A chairlift is fitted between the ground and first floors.
Outbuildings, gardens and grounds
The property is approached via a gravelled drive from Lewes Road, leading past The Coach House and round to the parking area ahead of Colwell House.
The Coach House is a two storey brick and timber building offering a two bedroom first floor flat over garaging and stables, with a brick paved stable courtyard with vehicular access from the drive.
There are a range of outbuildings (some with power connected) and a wood store sited to the north west of the house, beyond the enclosed kitchen courtyard. There is secondary vehicular access to the Lewes Road.
To the west of the house lies a covered heated pool, and beyond is a dilapidated tennis court.
The gardens lie mainly to the south of the house, with a box parterre with rose beds and a central pond, a lawn, and a larger pond.
The western paddock has access to the Lewes Road, and the southern paddock has access to The Coach House courtyard.
In all, about six acres.
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This is a fine country house with a good position on the edge of town - I particularly like the views to the South Downs.Mark Taylor