Handsome Edwardian family home with two bedroom annexe, set in mature gardens in a sought-after residential area, Burgess Hill station about half a mile.
Believed to date from 1904, St. Wilfrid's is understood to have originally been the Priest's house for its namesake Church in Haywards Heath. Bought by the current owners nearly 40 years ago, this handsome yet comfortable house is an excellent family home and is very well presented throughout, with modern additions complementing its Edwardian character including an elegant orangery overlooking the garden and a generous single storey annexe adjoining the northern side of the house.
There are three formal reception rooms on the ground floor of the main house: a sitting room overlooking the garden, featuring a stone open fireplace, a spacious dining room also with stone fireplace with coal-effect gas fire, and a large study with square bay window and granite coal-effect gas fire. The kitchen is fitted with a range of cream units and display cupboards, with granite worktops, a Rangemaster oven and further integrated appliances; the attractive period-style orangery, a useful utility/boot room and a cloakroom off the large entrance hall complete the ground floor accommodation in the main house.
There are four good-sized bedrooms, a family bathroom and a separate WC on the first floor lying off a split-level part-galleried landing, including the master bedroom which has an en suite shower room.
Known as St. Wilfrid's Cottage, the annexe was built in 1983/4 and renovated in 2012. It offers well-presented and spacious ancillary accommodation to the house, which can be completely self-contained and is ideal for family or guests.
St. Wilfrid's gardens are of particular note, extending to over half an acre and being private and well established. The house is accessed from Ferndale Road via a long driveway (resurfaced 2019) which opens to a parking area ahead of the house and annexe. Set back to the side of the house is a detached two-storey former stable building, offering a garage/workshop and a hay loft storage room over.
French doors open from the orangery to a large paved terrace adjoining the rear of the house, with ample space for a table and chairs and a decorative iron water feature. From here, an expanse of level lawn extends away from the house to the south east, edged by shrub borders and fencing. To the far southern end of the garden are a number of handsome oak trees; there is a further section of lightly wooded garden extending away to the west.
In all, about 0.62 of an acre.
The shelving in the study, wardrobes in the master bedroom and linen cupboard on the landing are not included in the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.
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What I love most about St. Wilfrid's is its connection to the past. It is believed to have housed one of the former priests to its namesake Church. It also has a superb 21st century self contained annex added by the current owners.Rohan Vines