Understated Grandeur: Elegant period home in an outstanding location.
Believed to date from the turn of the twentieth century, Swithewood is an elegant country house occupying a private position on the semi-rural outskirts of Horsted Keynes. Although now in need of updating, the house has an understated grandeur and is clearly a much-loved and comfortable family home, having been in the same ownership for over 40 years. Arranged over two floors and extending to an impressive 3,829 square feet, the accommodation is spacious and has a pleasing layout, with three formal reception rooms lying off a generous entrance hall in the western wing of the house, all with bay windows overlooking surrounding gardens and grounds. The main living areas are served by a kitchen and adjoining breakfast room, and a number of traditional utility rooms including a larder, pantry and large boiler room.
There are seven bedrooms arranged over the first floor, together with three bathrooms and a separate WC. The two principal bedrooms share a Jack and Jill' bathroom and have lovely far-reaching views to the South Downs.
The detached three bedroom cottage offers excellent ancillary accommodation to the main house. It has been regularly let on an AST, achieving a rental in the region of £1,300 pcm.
Outbuildings, Gardens and Grounds
Swithewood is approached via a gated in and out driveway, which leads to a parking area ahead of the property. The driveway continues along the side of the house, past the cottage, to a further area of parking and hardstanding around which are sited the various outbuildings, including stables, a dilapidated timber chicken shed and a variety of large steel-framed barns with adjoining garaging.
The gardens and grounds lie predominantly to the south and west of the house and are largely laid to lawn, dotted with trees and mature shrubs and with a small orchard area and a paved secret garden with raised ornamental pond. The tennis court, which is in need of some repair, lies to the north west of the house.
Two attractive fenced fields of about 3.5 and 8 acres, one with water laid on, extend away from the house to the west and south with gated access from the garden and yard respectively; a band of woodland extends away to the south east. Please refer to the site plan.
In all, about 16.3 acres.
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I drive past Swithewood most days and have loved this house ever since I was a little girl! Properties of this calibre don't come up very often; this is a prominent local house with enormous potential.Hannah Riches