Savills | Church Street, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4AG | Property for sale
5,444 sq ft(505.76 sq m)
Guide price £2,650,000

Church StreetHartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4AG

    Key features

    • A 'stand out' Grade II listed village house set in just over two acres
    • Wonderful family home for 33 years, now requiring updating and repair
    • Abundant character features throughout
    • Park-like gardens with a small paddock and outdoor pool
    • Positioned in the heart of the village with its excellent amenities in a no through road, with access to countryside walks
    • Detached barn with potential for use as a home office or gym
    • Detached single storey property with direct access from the garden available by separate negotiation
    • Well-placed for schools, including village primaries in Hartfield, Forest Row, Withyham and Groombridge and a choice of private and state secondaries
    • Commuter services to London Bridge, Cannon Street,

    A charming former Rectory, well positioned in this famous village on the Ashdown Forest.

    About this property

    • This fine Grade II listed house is steeped in history having been home for many clergy families right up until the late 1980s. It originally dates from around the seventeenth century, but notably there was a fine eighteenth century extension which has created the classic Georgian look and feel.

      Works did not stop there, as the house has moved on and evolved over time, adapting to new requirements. A Victorian extension followed, providing a grand drawing room and extra bedrooms and, finally, there were some early twentieth century additions, which completes the picture as The Grange is today; a fascinating, stand-out village house.

      Having been enjoyed as a wonderful private family home over the past 33 years, the house now requires considerable works going forward during the next phase of ownership. However, there are many incentives for an incoming buyer to undertake such a task, given such a fine house and an ideal location.

      The interior offers abundant character throughout, including panelling to the study, an impressive opening to the entrance hall and a gently rising staircase, as well as two formal, but contrasting, reception rooms - one intimate and one being very grand. The layout of the open-plan kitchen/breakfast/dining room, which opens directly into the home office, makes for a perfect informal arrangement suitable for modern day living. In addition, there is a good ratio of bedrooms to bathrooms, so any proposed alterations to the layout can likely be kept to a minimum in the refurbishment process.

      The park-like, lawned garden is interspersed with a good number of mature trees and enjoys distant country views. The boundary here has hedging, trees and rhododendrons and there is a pond with a feature fountain cited around to the side of the house, overlooked from the key reception rooms. There is a small paddock beyond the post and rail fencing, which has a field shelter and then a spinney beyond the boundary.

      Church Street is a no through road for vehicles, becoming a pedestrian track with access to good footpaths for walking.

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    They say everyone wants to buy a Georgian Rectory. I can see why with this house, especially as I have always been attracted to the delightful village of Hartfield.

    Robert JacobsProperty agent

    Local information

    • The Grange is located on the edge of the delightful village of Hartfield, at the end of Church Street, which leads up past the Church and the Anchor pub, turning into the High Street at the end.
    • The heart of the Ashdown Forest lies about three miles from the property, being one of the largest free public access spaces in the South East of England, made famous by A A Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories (Milne having lived just outside Hartfield). The Forest is an ancient area of open heathland occupying the highest sandy ridge within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and was originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times.
    • Hartfield village has a good range of local amenities including a general store, butchers/farm shop, the Anchor public house, the neighbouring church, a gift shop, tennis, cricket and football clubs, children's play area, as well as the medical centre and the historic Hatch Inn at Colemans Hatch is just 2.4 miles away.
    • The larger village of Forest Row is reached in about 4 miles and offers a wide range of small independent shops, cafes, galleries and services.
    • The nearest main towns are Tunbridge Wells (about 9 miles), East Grinstead (about 8 miles) and Sevenoaks which lies to the north (about 19 miles). Gatwick airport is approximately 17.5 miles to the west and the M25 providing links to the national motorway network is approximately 17 miles.
    • There are many public footpaths in the vicinity and sporting options include horse riding by permit on the Ashdown Forest, racing at Lingfield Park, the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club, Holtye Golf Club and Crowborough Beacon Golf Club are amongst the many in the area.
    • Mainline rail: Commuter services to London Bridge, Cannon Street, Charing Cross and London Victoria are available from Cowden (about 4.5 miles), Dormansland (about 8 miles), Tunbridge Wells and East Grinstead.
    • Private and State Schools: Church of England Primary schools in Hartfield, Forest Row, Withyham and Groombridge. Other highly regarded schools in the area include Holmewood House, (Langton Green), Brambletye (East Grinstead) and Cumnor House (Danehill) preparatory schools. At secondary level The Beacon in Crowborough, Uckfield Community College and Kent Grammar schools in Tunbridge Wells with entry by performance in the 11-plus examinations. In the private sector: the Michael Hall Steiner school in Forest Row, Bedes in Upper Dicker, Eastbourne College, Mayfield School for Girls and Ardingly and Hurstpierpoint Colleges.

    Additional information

    • Agent's Notes: I) On the drive, the two-storey detached barn with brick addition to the rear is currently used as a store/garage. A covenant with the Church restricts planning permission for residential accommodation, but not for other uses, such as a home office or gym, for instance. 2) The rear garden currently has a gate into Brookfield, number 11 Rectory Close, a detached single storey three bedroom property as designated in blue on the boundary plan. This property could be sold to a buyer together with The Grange, if desired. 3) Listed Building Consent is currently being sought by our selling clients for a comprehensive replacement of the roof.
    • Services: Oil-fired central heating, mains water, electricity and drainage.
    • Outgoings: Wealden District Council (01892) 653311, Tax Band G.
    • EPC Exempt
    • Tenure = Freehold