Hollingwood, Chilsham Lane, Stunts Green, Herstmonceux
An imposing, recently refurbished, 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom Edwardian Country House in a tranquil setting, with a two bedroom detached Coach House, Triple Garage with Studio over and about 6.7 acres. Ideal for multiple generation occupancy or "Home and Income" as a boutique bed and breakfast.
This handsome Edwardian house is situated in a rural lane location, surrounded by beautiful countryside, yet only a 0.5 mile walk along pavements to the village of Herstmonceux, which has a primary school and provides several shops for everyday needs, including a post office, general store and pharmacy, together with pubs and restaurants. The market town of Hailsham is 4 miles distant and provides a more comprehensive range of shops and facilities. The historic town of Battle with its mainline train service (London/Charing Cross approximately 1 hour 30 minutes) is 9 miles to the east, whilst the coastal business and entertainment centre of Eastbourne lies just over 12 miles to the south.
Understood to have been built in 1904 for the Vicar of Hellingly, Hollingwood is approached over a sweeping "in and out" carriage driveway, which leads on to the Old Coach House and modern Triple Garage with an extensive parking area.
The double fronted house has grand proportions, with many of the principal rooms enjoying a southerly aspect. Extensively refurbished in recent years, the property retains many original interior and exterior features, including the original decorative tile floor to the reception hall, sash windows, original picture rails and some decorative plasterwork. The refurbishment works were undertaken with "Home and Income" in mind, not only from a rental income of the Old Coach House, but also by adapting the bedroom accommodation in the main house so that each bedroom has either an en-suite bath/shower room, or access to one.
This home could create an ideal boutique Bed and Breakfast wedding venue and our client has undertaken significant works towards this, with the creation of a bespoke website and domain name.
The property benefits from mains drainage, unmetered water and oil central heating, with a solar/thermal pressurised hot water system in the main house and fast fibre broadband. In addition, there is a bank of photovoltaic panels in the paddock feeding into the grid. The light and spacious accommodation benefits from a unique Crow's Nest look-out area on the roof, with panoramic 360 degree countryside and distant sea views. Double front doors lead into the entrance porch, with further double doors leading into the reception hall. There are four reception rooms plus an orangery with productive vine and fitted wood burning stove. The kitchen has been fitted with marble worktops over mahogany style cabinets, together with an Aga. There are three double bedrooms on the first floor, two with ensuite bath/shower rooms, plus a family bathroom. On the second floor are three further bedrooms, two with ensuite shower rooms, plus a further shower room.
The Old Coach House provides excellent self-contained accommodation, with surprisingly spacious rooms. Features include a large south facing window in the sitting room and an enclosed and secluded garden to the rear.
The triple garage has electricity, water and drainage connected, with exterior stairs leading up to a useful room above.
The principal gardens south and east and are mainly laid to lawn with some well stocked beds. There is also a wisteria covered arbour walkway and a sheltered stone paved seating adjacent to the conservatory. The garden is bounded by the paddock which has a barn and tack room. The barn has potential for conversion to form stabling. In all about 6.7 acres.
EPC Rating: Hollingwood = E The Old Coach House (Annexe) = E Wealden District Council Tax Band: Hollingwood = G (£3,294.40 2019/2010) The Old Coach House = C (£1,757.01 2019/2010)