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Seller Insight This beautiful former coach house, parts of which are believed to date back to the 17th Century, enjoys a truly picturesque setting on the outskirts of the pretty East Sussex hamlet of Blackboys. Before moving here just over four years ago we were living in a lovely bungalow near Plymouth where we had stunning views across Plymouth Sound to Cornwall, so when we decided we wanted to be closer to our family the top of our wish-list was an open outlook. When we discovered the Coach House with its panoramic views over the rolling countryside that was it. It is really all about the views. The house was converted to a modern dwelling around fifteen years ago but it was done sympathetically so as to retain many of the period features. The basic layout is over two floors, however there are a number of half levels within the house that make for a very interesting and flexible layout, and was another attraction for us. Parts of the house retains original oak beams, and a huge ingle-nook fireplace in the main sitting room makes for a lovely cosy atmosphere. We enhanced the property further with the addition of the orangery, which takes advantage of the views, and by including bi-fold doors we have a wonderful connection to the outside space. We have landscaped the garden to blend in with the local topography, so again we have a patio and terraces at different levels, also there are a number of locations within the garden that make natural sitting spaces where we can take in the views. The Partly walled garden has been planted with mainly â€œcottage typeâ€? plants to be in sympathy with the house itself, but we have included some specimen plants and fruit trees as well. We made a further addition with a water feature, and overall the garden is a haven for wild life; in particular we have a significant number of different bird species for year round enjoyment as the seasons change. Our favourite room depends on the season. We love the orangery for much of the year, even winter sunshine allows you to sit in there in comfort during the days. However in the winter the sitting room with its log fire is very cosy indeed, and is a very relaxing space to enjoy. The layout of the house is very flexible. There are two completely separate kitchens; one at either end of the house, and the space between can be divided in a number of ways to provide two completely independent living spaces. Anyone with an elderly relative, or even a family that wish to employ a nannie can use the space as they desire. The setting is both picturesque and very peaceful. Whilst we are on the outskirts of the village we have never felt isolated. We are equidistant between Uckfield and Heathfield which are both great for shopping and transport links. There is an excellent doctors surgery in Heathfield so everything is within easy reach. When we move what we will miss most is the wonderful view over the garden to the countryside beyond, we will also miss our friendly and very helpful neighbours.* * These comments are the personal views of the current owner and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.
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The Coach House which originally formed part of the Brownings Manor Estate is believed to date back to the 17th Century but converted at the turn of the 21st Century. This home, offering exceptional and unspoilt southerly views of the South Downs, has been lovingly improved and extended to form the complete property which now stands. From the private driveway, with ample space for parking plus a closed English Heritage style double garage, you are greeted by the sight of the attractive Coach House. The entrance hallway, which has recently been sympathetically built to connect the office/guest suite to the main house, impresses with its partly vaulted ceiling and timber beams. This sets the scene for the rest of the home, a juxtaposition of the old and the new. The moment you enter the vast kitchen you realise what this home is all about: light; space & views! The fantastic kitchen is the heart of the home offering excellent social and entertaining space all with a beautiful backdrop. The Orangery has been recently built to make the most of the southerly outlook and really is an all year round space with bi-fold doors opening out onto the garden. Back through the kitchen you step down into what is now used as a formal dining room, and from here on the ground floor you access the snug, and a series of other rooms that can be used either as an independent annex complete with its own second kitchen, or incorporated into the main house if so desired. Back to the formal dining room, the main stairway goes up to the first floor landing from which you can access four of the double bedrooms, plus the upstairs bathrooms, and whilst the fifth double bedroom can be accessed on this level by passing through the Jack-and-Jill bathroom it is more easily accessed by a second flight of stairs from the other end of the house. The Coach House has oil fired central heating throughout, supplemented by electric under floor heating in the kitchen, dining room and snug. Wood-burning stoves are also fitted in both the dining room and snug. In addition, it is worth noting that the current owners have installed solar PV panels, which under the present operating conditions produces 105% of the annual consumption of electricity and includes the supply of hot water in the summer months.
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Outside, the garden can be accessed from the entrance hall, kitchen through the orangery, dining room and ancillary kitchen. The original walls remain in part to enclose the garden whilst still enabling views of the downs beyond. Having been landscaped it is complete with kitchen garden, water features and lawns as well as numerous sheds and the old boiler house providing something for everyone. The Coach House lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the east side of the village of Blackboys with its popular public house, village shop/café, C of E primary school and pre-school. The picturesque village of Waldron with its public house is about 2 miles. Uckfield provides an extensive range of restaurants, public houses, shops and recreational facilities, together with Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets and also an independent cinema. There is also a good selection of both private and state schools in the area. Uckfield has a mainline train service to London (London Bridge in about 1 hour 15 mins). The county town of Lewes lies approximately 10 miles to the south west and provides a range of individual shops, restaurants and regular food markets. The regional centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells, about 15 miles to the north/east, has a comprehensive range of shopping and recreational facilities. The nearby South Downs National Park and Ashdown Forest, together with the coast at The Seven Sisters Country Park provide wonderful opportunities for walking and recreation. ENTRANCE HALL Double glazed rustic oak windows and oak front door lead into the tiled hallway which has been built to connect the office, utility and shower room with the kitchen. Doors also lead out to the rear courtyard. The partly vaulted ceilings and timber framework coupled with the oak framed floor to ceiling windows create an excellent space to welcome guests. OFFICE 13’0” x 13’3” Beyond the hallway leads to what is currently being used as the office. A light and bright space with windows on the east and west walls this could double as excellent guest accommodation with shower room nearby.
UTILITY ROOM Between the office & shower room with wall and base units, sink and space for a washing machine and tumble dryer. SHOWER ROOM Shower cubicle, wash hand basin and WC. Window to side. KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 25’1” x 15’0” An exceptional space offering triple aspects. A range of cream wall and base units plus an island complete the fully fitted kitchen. The room is large enough to be used as the main dining area for the house if so desired, which can more than accommodate the whole family.
Stairs rise to the first floor from this room in addition to doors leading to the front and rear gardens. LOUNGE/SNUG 17’8 x 16’4” This dual aspect living space is just perfect for winter evenings with the fabulous inglenook fireplace inset with log burner. UPSTAIRS First floor landing is accessed from the stairs leading from the dining hall where four bedrooms plus the family bathroom can be reached.
ORANGERY 15’9” x 12’9” Double doors lead from the kitchen into the orangery which really does give unrivalled views of the garden and land beyond. Bi-fold doors allow the room to open up to the garden entirely, really making this an all year round space which makes you question why you would sit anywhere else!
MASTER BEDROOM 25’4” x 15’2” The spacious master suite is accessed up a half flight of stairs and benefits from a vaulted ceiling with velux windows overlooking the southerly views towards the south downs and an easterly view from the Juliette balcony. Plenty of built in wardrobes provide storage solutions to this principal room, complete with en-suite bathroom.
DINING HALL 23’4” x 15’11” Entering from the kitchen down a few steps sits the formal dining hall with fabulous features of exposed brickwork, timbers and log burner.
EN-SUITE TO MASTER Full en-suite with shower over bath, wash hand basin and WC.
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BEDROOM TWO 11’10” x 11’9” Double bedroom situated at the top of the stairs, with views over the downs. BEDROOM THREE 12’7” x 11’10” Further double bedroom situated at the top of the stairs, with views over the downs. FAMILY BATHROOM Complete bathroom suite with double ended bath, separate shower cubicle, his and hers wash hand basins plus WC. BEDROOM FOUR 10’9” x 10’6” Further double bedroom with window to rear which could be incorporated as part of the annexe if required as currently has access to the jack and jill bathroom. JACK & JILL BATHROOM Shower cubicle with wash hand basin and WC. Window to front. ANNEXE BEDROOM 16’7” 8’0” Stairs lead up from the ground floor and open into this large double bedroom which could equally be used as a further living space as part of the annexe if required. Windows to rear. ANNEXE GROUND FLOOR With its own front and rear doors, comprises of a full depth reception area with stairs leading up to the bedroom and a door leading through to the galley kitchen fitted with wall and base units. OUTSIDE REAR Wonderful wide partly walled garden with exceptional views to the rear. Landscaped gardens come alive in the spring and summer supplemented with water features and a variety of seating areas. In addition the kitchen garden will be of interest to those who are green fingered with a variety of sheds and the old boiler house in which to keep all your tools. OUTSIDE FRONT The Coach House shares an entrance off the road with Brownings Manor which quickly forks left onto a private drive which runs approximately 100 meters down to the house with ample parking space plus a large closed English Heritage style double garage.
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Agents notes: All measurements are approximate and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure. Copyright ÂŠ 2017 Fine & Country Ltd. Registered in England and Wales. Company Reg No. 06959315 Registered Office: Morgan Alexander Kent Ltd (formerly Fine & Country Kent Ltd.) 36 King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1BS. Printed 07.02.2018
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