Colwell House
4,994 sq ft(463.96 sq m)
Guide price £2,000,000

Lewes RoadHaywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 7TB


    Key features

    • Ideally positioned with far-reaching southerly views
    • Gardens, paddock & stable
    • Heated indoor pool
    • Ancillary accommodation
    • Striking decor

    Elegant splendour: a spacious Grade II listed Neo-Classical house with South Downs views

    About this property

    • 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.

      View payable Stamp Duty for this property

    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 TaylorProperty agent

    Local information

    • Situated in an elevated positon on the south east outskirts of Haywards Heath, within good reach of local amenities.
    • Haywards Heath has a good range of shops, restaurants and a leisure centre, meeting day to day needs; comprehensive shopping and entertainment is found at Lewes (11 miles), Brighton (14 miles) and Crawley (14 miles).
    • Mid Sussex offers a wealth of leisure and cultural activities, including golf at Lindfield and Mid Sussex, walking and riding within the South Downs National Park, and the world renowned opera house at Glyndebourne.
    • The area offers excellent transport links; Haywards Heath mainline rail station is 2.5 miles by road or two miles by foot and offers regular services to London Bridge/Victoria, journey time from 42 minutes.
    • The A272 westbound joins with the A23/M23. Gatwick airport 15.2 miles, M25 (junction 7) 26 miles; central London 40 miles. There are many highly regarded state and private schools in the local area.
    • All distances and journey times are approximate.

    Additional information

    • Services Colwell House: Mains gas fired central heating. Mains electricity and water. Shared private drainage. The Coach House: Mains gas fired central heating. Mains electricity and water. Shared private drainage.
    • Outgoings Mid Sussex District Council, 01444 458166. Council tax band H.
    • Photographs taken summer 2018 & April 2019
    • EPC Exempt