Handsome Arts & Crafts style period house with detached cottage and separate home office/studio, in a superb semi-rural setting.
Rest Harrow is set in a wonderful, elevated semi-rural position with impressive southerly views over its own gardens and woodland to the South Downs in the distance. It is ideally situated: rural and yet not remote, being within just a few minutes' walk of Nutley with its many village amenities.
Understood to date from 1919, the property epitomises the Arts and Crafts style, with handsome elevations of local stone and timber framing, with replacement double glazing in the original timber frames. The accommodation in the main house is arranged over two floors and extends to nearly 3,500 square feet, with three of the reception rooms and four of the six bedrooms enjoying superb southerly views; the ground floor has a particularly pleasing layout, the spacious rooms creating a house that is both a comfortable family home and an ideal space for entertaining on a grand scale.
There are two formal reception rooms lying off the large entrance hall: a dining room with brick fireplace and inset woodburner, and an attractive drawing room with slate and marble fireplace, a wonderful triple aspect taking in the gardens, and French doors opening to an original, partially enclosed loggia.
The kitchen has been attractively fitted with a range of bespoke solid wood cabinetry and central island by Hartley Quinn Wilson, with granite worktops and a range of high-end integrated appliances; the kitchen also benefits from a walk-in larder, walk-in linen room, cosy seating area and an adjoining breakfast room: a sun-filled room ideal for more informal dining.
A cloakroom, and inner hall with space for coats and shoes, and a large study (which would also make a super playroom) complete the ground floor.
There are six bedrooms on the first floor, including a wonderful principal suite comprising a generous bedroom with stunning views, a fitted dressing room and a limestone-tiled en suite shower room. The remaining five bedrooms are all of a good size and are served by an en suite shower room to the guest bedroom, and a family bathroom.
Rest Harrow Cottage
The original garaging and stable has been converted to create a self-contained detached single-storey cottage, finished with modern fixtures and fittings, with its own private terrace, and ideal for staff or guests. Adjoining the cottage is a utility room serving the house, a separate store room and a lean-to greenhouse.
The Barn Garaging
Built in 2017, the detached oak-framed barn comprises a triple garage (with one enclosed and two open bays), an adjoining log store and a versatile home office /studio above, accessed via an external staircase.
Gardens, grounds and woodland
Rest Harrow is positioned at the head of just over five acres of fully enclosed landscaped gardens, grounds and woodland, with established trees and shrubs to the boundaries providing a natural screen.
The property is approached via electronically operated wrought iron entrance gates mounted on brick pillars, which open to a gravel driveway sweeping past the house to the parking area and garaging beyond. There is a gated exit from here back onto Bell Lane, also electronically operated.
The gardens are situated to the south of the property and have been beautifully landscaped to create park-like grounds, dotted with woodland shrubs including rhododendron and azalea, and handsome specimen trees such as Spanish oak and a tulip tree. A stone terrace spans the rear of the house, extending around to the west where there is a further seating area, an attractive parterre garden and an expanse of formal lawn (formerly a tennis court).
The land slopes gently away from the house to a wooded valley at the southern end of the property, which is carpeted in bluebells and snow drops in the spring months, and through which runs a small stream. Further areas of garden include a small orchard and an enclosed kitchen and cuttings garden.
In all, about 5.1 acres.
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I love the relationship the house has with its own grounds, it gives a sense of intimacy and privacy so sought after by a lot of buyersRohan Vines