STANDING in lovely grounds of around seven acres is this unique and highly versatile home, created in the 1960s from a conversion centred on a period barn.
Now for sale through Fine & Country, the four bedroom property has probable scope for further extension and comes with a sizeable detached outbuilding. Backing onto Selwyn Wood and Nature Reserve at Cross in Hand, it has delightful garden, field and woodland views.
Set well back and virtually hidden from Firgrove Road, the house stands at the top of a gently sloping, south-facing mature plot. Offering a haven for wildlife, this includes lawns, mature trees and shrubs, Yorkstone terraces, a delightful stone arch, a raised water garden and three ponds. Within the grounds are paddocks totalling about five acres and divided into three fields. There are also two loose boxes and a feed store.
The property, which would benefit from some updating, has a guide price of £825,000. The layout of the main house has two large reception rooms – a beamed sitting room over 24ft by 13ft and an 18ft by more than 17ft double aspect dining room with high vaulted timbered ceiling. The former has a corner fireplace, plus picture windows and glazed doors to the southern side, providing a superb outlook over the gardens. This charming living area and the impressive dining room – which has a high level window and a tall, wide feature bay with picture window and fitted bookshelves below – benefit from oak floors.
In the bright, double aspect kitchen are units, worksurfaces and space for appliances. This area is open plan to a side lobby with access to a family bathroom and a door to the outside. Off the lobby, too, is a side hall leading to a good sized ground floor bedroom. A wall here adjoins the bathroom, so with some alterations a suite could be created.
Stairs rise to a galleried first floor landing with picture window and a door to the roof of the sitting room. From this vantage point are views over the gardens to the South Downs in the distance.
Bedroom one measures well over 16ft by 12ft. is triple aspect and has a splendid outlook. Together with a bathroom it forms a master suite. Of the two remaining bedrooms, one has plenty of storage, the other another picture window.
The outbuilding is in the upper part of the grounds and consists of four rooms, two shower rooms, a lean-to potting shed, greenhouse and garage. In addition to the possibility of an extension to the main house, this self-contained structure offers significant potential for annex, studio or home office use.
Situated about a mile south of Cross in Hand village, the property is just a short drive from Heathfield and the mainline railway stations at Buxted and Uckfield. Viewing can be arranged by contacting Fine & Country on 01825 767575.