SOLD: A stunning detached former lodge, extensively refurbished and extended in 2013 by the current owner to create a family home of distinction set in approximately 2 acres (tbv) of gardens together with a southerly rear aspect over adjacent fields.
| DETACHED FORMER LODGE | PERIOD ORIGINS | EXTENSIVELY REFURBISHED AND EXTENDED BY THE CURRENT OWNERS IN 2013 | SET IN APPROX 2 ACRES OF GARDENS | OAK JOINERY | RECEPTION HALL | CLOAKROOM | OPEN-PLAN SITTING ROOM & FAMILY ROOM | HOME OFFICE | KITCHEN/DINING ROOM | UTILITY ROOM | FOUR FIRST FLOOR BEDROOMS | MASTER EN-SUITE | FAMILY BATHROOM | ELECTRIC SLIDING GATE TO A LARGE DRIVEWAY | DETACHED DOUBLE GARAGE | PHOTOVOLTAIC RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEM | NO ONWARD CHAIN |
SITUATION: The property is situated on a country lane approximately one mile from the village centre, with its broad range of local services and amenities. These include a highly regarded primary school, doctor's surgery, shop, public house, bowls & tennis clubs, church and a bus service. There are also some lovely walks to be enjoyed. Schooling includes St Bedes (Upper Dicker), Skippers Hill Prep (Five Ashes), Uckfield Community College and Cumnor House Sussex (Haywards Heath) The neighbouring towns of Lewes and Uckfield offer a more extensive range of shopping and leisure facilities, together with mainline rail stations into London, restaurants, supermarkets and cinemas. The coastal resorts of Brighton and Eastbourne are within easy reach as are the South Downs and the picturesque Ashdown Forest.
DESCRIPTION: A detached family home of distinction, set in a wonderful semi-rural location on the edge of this popular village. A former lodge to the Barham Estate, extended and refurbished by the current owners in 2013 to create a family home of distinction, designed to maximise the wonderful southerly aspect from the rear over its own two acres of gardens, which slope gently away from the house, backing on to open fields. Much care and attention to detail has gone into its improvement including the installation of a Photovoltaic renewable energy system (generating in the region of £800/£850 per annum from the grid), low voltage lighting and oak joinery throughout including, internal doors, architraves, flooring and fitted kitchen.
The spacious accommodation is approached via a welcoming reception hall with built-in cloaks cupboard, stairs to the first floor and a cloakroom. The main focal point is the fabulous open plan sitting and family room extension. The sitting area has a calor gas fire back to back with the dining area, shelving, cupboards and space for a TV. The family area is triple aspect under skylights, with double glazed windows having integrated blinds and concealed mood lighting above, taking full advantage of the views and with double doors to the side and rear. Approached from the sitting area is a home office with broadband connection and its own access from the outside. The impressive double aspect kitchen/dining room has 'Karndean' flooring throughout, fitted with an extensive range of oak fronted unit, in a contemporary style with 'Siemens' appliances. Work surfaces incorporating a breakfast bar, inset double bowl sink unit, moulded drainer, induction hob, extractor fan, concealed dishwasher and full height freezer. The dining area has fully retractable bi-fold doors opening on to a terrace, ideal for 'alfresco' dining. A separate bay-fronted utility room has a continuation of the 'Karndean' flooring and is fitted as per the kitchen with inset sink unit, space for a tumble dryer, plumbing for washing machine and a larder style unit. Built-in cupboards house the hot water system, plumbing, central vacuum system and space for an upright freezer. The galleried landing leads to four bedrooms with the main bedroom having fitted wardrobes across one wall and double doors opening on to a balcony with glass panels. There is also a generous sized en-suite shower room comprising an over-sized cubicle, 'his' and 'hers' wash hand basins, wc, ladder style radiator and 'Karndean' flooring, whilst all of the bedrooms are served by a family bathroom.
Approached via a recessed access and electrically operated sliding wooden gate, to a large driveway with detached double garage having twin up and over doors, work bench, power and light connected. Adjacent greenhouse. A pathway wraps it way around the front of the house bordered by hedgerow to the front boundary, leading in turn to a vegetable patch area arranged over two levels.
The two acre gardens enjoy a southerly aspect backing on to undulating fields. As the gardens slope gently away from the house, the property sits in an elevated position, principally laid to lawn, interspersed by a variety of trees and spring bulbs including Oak, Holly, Bay, Fir, American Ash and Daffodils. A pathway with shrub borders meanders down to a sitting out area and as mentioned previously there is a paved terrace next the house. To one corner of the plot is a large timber store for a ride on mower.