Herons Ghyll, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 - £2,200,000

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SOLD - Groveside forms part of the Temple Grove Estate, in an area of outstanding beauty, within easy reach of the Ashdown Forest with its 6500 acres of heathland and therefore having the most wonderful scenic walks over the High Weald.

ATTRUBUTES:   Set in historic walled gardens and enjoying grounds of circa 6.5 acres. Area of outstanding natural beauty. Terence Conran Designed contemporary home in a Modernist style
Completed in 2009. Extending to approx 4585 sq ft. Three reception rooms + Television room.
Split-level Kitchen/Dining Room + Utility Room
Six bedrooms – three en-suite + Two roof gardens
Variety of outbuildings + annexe
Access to adjoining 30 acre estate, hard tennis court and swimming pool
Ground source heating

Herons Ghyll enjoys a rural setting, offering convenient access to the neighbouring towns of Uckfield (5.5 miles) and Crowborough (3 miles). Both towns provide an excellent range of shopping facilities, supermarkets, leisure facilities and schooling for all age groups in the towns and surrounding areas in both private and state sectors.

The nearest village is High Hurstwood with its award-winning gastro pub 'The Hurstwood' and outstanding rated primary school.

Both towns offer mainline rail services to London Bridge (From Uckfield in 1hr 20 minutes & from Crowborough in 1hr 7 minutes).

Gatwick airport can be reached in approximately 40 minutes by car, whilst the coastal resorts such as Brighton, Eastbourne etc can be reached in around 30 minutes. The well-known Royal Spa town of Tunbridge Wells is 12 miles distant.


Groveside occupies a tucked away location within the estate, approached via a separate driveway from the main development, yet having direct pedestrian access to the stunning park-like grounds and all the benefits on offer. The estate has a long history with Temple Grove House being the former country house. Whilst the house is a fine example of late Victorian architecture built in a Jacobean style, it is understood to date back to c1700 and occupies a site which has been inhabited since the c16th.

In 1871 poet Coventry Patmore engaged the help of architect John Francis Bentley who was best known for designing Westminster Cathedral, to help design and create an estate with a stately feel coupled with landscaped gardens.

In 1930 Temple Grove became a preparatory school with a fine reputation, whose alumni included Harold Macmillan, Andrew Lloyd Weber and Sir Douglas Bader.

In 2004 the school closed and a developer took the opportunity to restore the house to its former glory.

The 30 acre estate includes walled gardens which surround the main house interspersed by mature trees and shrubs. Designed to maximise the colour and diversity of the changing seasons incorporating lichen mottled stone walls. The boating lake has been a feature for many decades and has become a main focal point.

Groveside has access and use of the refurbished, heated swimming pool and tennis court. The outdoor pool sits in a beautiful position within the grounds, enclosed by a small fence with a changing room and sun beds. The hard tennis court is situated adjacent to the rear garden boundary with direct access via a pedestrian gate.

The estate has a full time groundsman who is also a resident and has been on site since 1993.


Groveside is a stunning example of an imposing architecturally rich and environmentally responsible dwelling designed by Conran & Partner architects.

In 1982 Sir Terence Conran co-founded an architectural and city planning business together with a design consultancy in 1990, thereafter becoming Conran holdings where Conran and Partners was formed.

He was knighted in 1993 and in 2003 was given the Prince Philip Designers prize in recognition of his lifetime achievements in design. Conran & Partners are now recognised as an international urban design, architectural and interior design practice where " we design experiences, not just buildings or products" united in one belief that "intelligent design makes people's lives better".

It is clear to see that these attributes are reflected in the design and concept of Groveside whilst embracing its wonderful, unique setting.


An architecturally rich, imposing dwelling with light and airy accommodation due to the floor to ceiling windows which look out over the surrounding countryside. The large interior spaces are welcoming, ideal for entertaining, whilst energy costs are kept to a minimum with the advantage of high degrees of insulation and ground source heating.

Chosen for its timeless quality and natural material, copper has been used for the first floor elevations. The walls are finished with a lime based render and a chalky off white colour.


The split-level ground floor accommodation has a vaulted reception hall, sitting room, open-plan kitchen/dining room, study, television room and a side entrance with separate pantry, laundry room and cloakroom. Approached from the galleried landing are six bedrooms, three being en-suite and a family bathroom with laundry shoot. The main and third bedrooms also have access to roof terraces with a quite amazing outlook over the gardens.

The property has its own separate access and private driveway with turning area. To the right of the drive is a 5 acre field which is considered to offer potential as a pony paddock. Nearest the house there is also a pond.

To the front of the house is a detached double garage housing the heating system and hot water tank. There is also an adjacent timber store.

The formal 1.5 acre gardens wrap themselves around the property with the main area of garden to the rear having a southerly aspect. There are two decked areas one being accessed from the kitchen and the other extending to one side with a recessed hot tub and 'alfresco' dining area.

The remainder, is principally laid to lawn with a mature central oak tree, with to one side a defined vegetable plot area with raised vegetable beds and a 'Hartley botanic' greenhouse a pathway leading to the end of the garden and access to the tennis court and communal grounds. There is also a detached Victorian summer house currently fitted out with a kitchen/living/bedroom and en-suite shower. As a whole the gardens and grounds extend to approximately 6.5 acres.
Ground Floor
Reception/Dining Hall
19' 6" x 18' 11" (5.95m x 5.77m). A stunning entrance approached via a solid American Oak front door and having full width windows looking over the garden.

Drawing Room
24' 3" x 18' 6" (7.39m x 5.64m). Double aspect with views and access to the rear garden. Open fireplace with a raised slate hearth.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room
22' 2" x 17' 11" (6.75m x 5.47m). (Measurements wall to wall). Split level with the kitchen area and an extensive unbrushed granite work surfaces with inset five ring induction hob and concealed 'pop-up' extractor behind. Inset sink unit and two 'Siemens' double ovens under. Work surface with range of drawers under, space for appliance. American style 'fridge/freezer. Walk-in larder. Steps down to a breakfast area being dual aspect and with access to the garden.

16' x 9' 5" (4.88m x 2.86m). Double aspect and with access to the side.

Television Room
13' 3" x 9' 5" (4.03m x 2.87m). Approached via 'secret' oak panelled door. Window to the side.

Family Room
14' 8" x 11' 7" (4.47m x 3.53m). Approached from the kitchen and hall having doors to the garden along with built-in cupboards and shelves.

Utility Room
Work surface having inset sink unit, plumbing for washing machine, space for tumble dryer, laundry shoot and storage cupboard.

Having low-level WC, wash hand basin, tiled walls and fitted mirror.

Side Lobby
Door to the side.

First Floor
Galleried Landing
Full width glazed windows to front and rear. Display shelving and doors to

Master Bedroom
22' x 13' 5" (6.71m x 4.09m). Full width windows and door leading through to a roof terrace. Triple sliding door wardrobe cupboard in dressing area.

En-Suite Bathroom
'Philippe Stark Duravit' suite comprising a freestanding bath with side power jet. Walk-in shower cubicle, wash hand basin, low-level WC, tiled floor and towel rail.

Roof Terrace
20' 8" x 18' 10" (6.31m x 5.73m). Taking full advantage of the wonderful vista over the gardens and grounds.

Bedroom 2
14' 11" x 11' 2" (4.55m x 3.40m). Full width windows and door to roof terrace. Double wardrobe cupboard.

En-Suite Shower Room
Walk-in shower cubicle. Low-level WC. Wash hand basin. Fitted mirror, towel rail and tiled floor.

Roof Terrace
19' 9" x 18' 6" (6.03m x 5.64m). Enjoying fine views.

Bedroom 3
13' x 10' 8" (3.96m x 3.26m). Triple wardrobe cupboard. Window to the front.

En-Suite Shower Room
Walk-in shower cubicle. Low-level WC. Wash hand basin. Towel rail, fitted mirror and tiled floor. Window to the front.

Bedroom 4
11' 10" x 9' 6" (3.61m x 2.90m). Double wardrobe cupboard. Windows to the front.

Bedroom 5
11' 5" x 8' 6" (3.47m x 2.58m). Double wardrobe cupboard. Windows to the front.

Bedroom 6
11' 5" x 9' 10" (3.49m x 3.00m). Window to the front.

Family Bathroom
Comprising panel enclosed bath, mixer taps and shower attachment. Low-level WC. Wash hand basin. Fitted mirror, towel rail and window to the side.

Double Garage
Two sets of double opening doors. Power and light connected. Heating system and hot water tank.

Front Garden
Principally laid to lawn with gravel paths and trees. Timber shed to the side of the garage.

Rear Garden
Extensive area laid to lawn with mature central Oak tree, bordered to one side an attractive period brick wall with adjacent vegetable garden and greenhouse. There are a variety of trees and hedgerow including a Mulberry tree and Yew. Abutting the property and extending to one side is a decked area with hot tub. To the right hand side is a Victorian summer house currently converted into a self-contained annexe having an open-plan kitchen, lounge, bedroom and shower room.

To the front of the property beyond the driveway is a single field enclosure extending to approximately 5 acres with a pond to one corner, nearest to the house.

As a whole extending to around 6.5 acres.

Floorplan for Herons Ghyll, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22
EPC Graph for Herons Ghyll, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22

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