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THIS HANDSOME 1930s-built five bedroom house, which is set on a 1.65 acre plot within Ashdown Forest and looks out over its lovely gardens to adjoining fields, has been tastefully extended to the side so it now includes four excellent reception rooms.

For sale in the village of Fairwarp through Fine & Country at a guide price of £1,475,000, the property features a newly created triple aspect drawing room around 20ft square with a vaulted ceiling and a fireplace with log burning stove.

This impressive addition to the accommodation has access to a front terrace and adjoins a 22ft by 13ft 6ins double aspect sitting room with inglenook-style fireplace and multi-fuel stove. Opening from the hall, too, is a 16ft by nearly 13ft family room with bookshelves, surround-sound wiring and a door to the rear.

Alongside is a dining room which, like the new drawing room and the hall, has oak flooring. A wealth of American Oak joinery and schoolhouse-style radiators further enhance the character of the house, while neutral décor adds an almost contemporary feel to the interior.

The well over 27ft by 20ft L-shaped kitchen/breakfast room has limed oak cabinets, Corian worksurfaces, a dresser unit and a slate floor. Room is provided for various appliances as well as a table with chairs.

A bespoke staircase with wrought iron balustrade rises from the hall to a landing with two windows, walk-in storage and loft access.

One entire end of this upper floor is given over to a stunning master suite. This brings together a more than 20ft by almost 17ft bedroom with a dressing room and an en suite shower room. The bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and timbered walls, while the dressing room has hand-made oak wardrobes and a dressing table. Both areas have wood flooring. A contemporary white suite with a double width shower cubicle is fitted to the en suite.

The remaining four bedrooms are all doubles. More oak flooring is laid to bedroom two and this and the fourth bedroom benefit from oak-fronted wardrobes. Bookcases are built in to bedroom five, which is currently used as a study/music room.

The family bathroom/shower room is nicely appointed with a second white suite with cast iron bath and similar oversized shower. Karndean flooring is laid here and in the en suite. A cloakroom is downstairs.

Screened by a tall brick wall, the Lampool Road property has electric gates to a large gravel parking/turning area with more room for vehicles beyond. The garage is double width, has an inspection pit and provides access to a boiler room.The attractively laid out gardens and grounds are a real feature and offer marvellous west-facing views. At the front and side of the house are lawned areas with shrub beds and bushes. To the south is a clematis and wisteria clad walkway of lined pillars. A series of pathways lead through to a lower section with a waterfall and five linked ponds, interspersed with mature trees and shrubs including azalea, camellia and daphne.

At the rear of the house is a York stone terrace with steps and two pathways running down through a middle garden with mature lawns, low stone walls and a gate to a further terrace. The lower garden has more lawns, trees, bushes, pathways and a small orchard.

There are two outbuildings. One is a chalet/office, the second is a brick-built structure upwards of 39ft by just under 14ft. Currently used as a workshop and mower store, this may offer potential for other purposes, subject to consent.Situated just south of Fairwarp, the property offers good road links to other villages, towns and the major regional centres of Haywards Heath and Tunbridge Wells.

To fully appreciate the style, size, quality and setting of this superb Ashdown Forest home, viewing is considered essential and arrangements can be made through Fine and Country’s regional office at Uckfield on 01825 767575.