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Northiam Road, Staplecross, East Sussex TN32 5RP

Guide Price Of £1,400,000

A splendid Grade II listed country house with guest cottage and excellent leisure facilities in a rural setting affording spectacular views
* 4 Reception Rooms * Kitchen * Master bedroom with en suite * 5 further bedrooms * 3 further bathrooms * Self contained cottage* Billiard room * Barn housing swimming pool * Tennis court * Versatile outbuildings * Circa 3 acres * Further land by sep neg.
                                          
Gate House Farm is a fine Grade II listed country residence dating from the 15th century and originally a Wealden hall house. The property was subsequently extended and today provides a substantial family home of immense atmosphere with excellent leisure facilities, in a lovely setting.

Internally, the property retains a wealth of period features including splendid carved oak beams and timbers, open studwork, exposed brickwork and impressive inglenook fireplaces. The extensive and welcoming accommodation is arranged on two floors providing generous family living and entertaining space. There is also substantial attic space above (where an original King post is on display) providing potential for further accommodation, subject to planning.

The Cottage is a detached single storey building offering charming independent ancillary accommodation. This is currently utilized as a guest cottage but would work equally well as home offices or a holiday let, affording income potential.

Features
o Drawing room
o Family room
o Dining room
o Office
o Kitchen with Aga
o Breakfast room
o Utility room
o Master bedroom with en suite
o 5 further bedrooms
o 3 further bathrooms
o Self contained cottage
o Billiard room
o Barn housing swimming pool
o Tennis court
o 2 greenhouses
o A range of versatile outbuildings
o Over 3 acres of gardens and grounds                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
o Further land by separate negotiation

Outside
The gardens and grounds at Gate House Farm provide a fitting setting for the house. They feature sweeping lawns, lavishly filled herbaceous borders, shrubberies, clipped box hedging and a range of majestic indigenous and specimen trees. The west facing walled garden is particularly delightful, orientated to take advantage of the afternoon and evening sun.

The swimming pool complex is housed within an unlisted period Sussex barn which was moved to the site by the current vendors. The magnificent beamed interior provides an impressive setting with a double height vaulted ceiling and galleried viewing area.

Amid the grounds are a range of further useful outbuildings providing potential for a number of uses. The property is approached via a lengthy driveway leading to a carriage sweep at the front of the house. The Weald of Kent provides a wonderful backdrop to gardens and grounds which amount to over three acres.

Location
Gate House Farm is set in an elevated rural location within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From the property far reaching views over The Weald of Kent may be enjoyed, incorporating the pretty smock windmill at Sandhurst.

Staplecross offers a good range of local services including a shop and Post Office, historic village inn, play group and numerous other societies and clubs. Nearby Robertsbridge provides a good range of further shops and facilities including two general stores, pharmacy, vets, a coffee shop and bakery, florists, Post Office and two historic village inns, (The George Inn has an award winning restaurant) as well as Robertsbridge Station. Battle, Tunbridge Wells and Hastings all provide further comprehensive shops and amenities. Set in the heart of 1066 country, there are numerous nearby leisure and tourist attractions at close hand and Battle, Rye and the coast are within easy reach. There are a network of public footpaths nearby, giving access to the 1066 Country Trail and further open countryside.

There are a selection of schools in the area including Staplecross MCP School, Salehurst Primary School in Robertsbridge and Robertsbridge Community College, Claremont Preparatory and Senior School and Vinehall Preparatory School.

Robertsbridge Station provides direct commuter services to Cannon Street and Charing Cross with journey times of about 1 hour 20 minutes. The nearby A21 gives access to the M25 for Gatwick and Heathrow Airports and to Ashford International.

Bodiam 3 miles
A21 - 4 miles
Robertsbridge 6 miles
The Coast 10 miles
Ashford 23 miles
(All distances are approximate)

Property Information

Agents Note: Planning permission RR/2002/1542/P has been granted for a new four bay oak framed garage and gardens store.

Services: Gate House Farm benefits from oil fired central heating, mains electricity and water, private drainage system, oil fired Aga, Calor gas hob and electric oven. The Cottage has an independent boiler and heating system. The barn has a TEC heating and dehumidifying system and inline heat pump.

Local Authority: Rother District Council. Gate House Farm: Tax Band H.   The Cottage: Tax Band C.

Fixtures and Fittings: Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.

Viewing: Strictly by appointment through Jackson-Stops & Staff. Tel: 01580 720000.

Directions (TN32 5RP)
From our office in Cranbrook, proceed up Stone Street to the High Street. At the War Memorial, turn left at the T junction onto the A229 south. Continue for about 4 miles passing through Hawkhurst village centre. When you reach the Moor turn left onto the A2244 towards Bodiam. After 2 miles turn left opposite the Curlew restaurant. Proceed through Bodiam village, and past the Castle. Continue for 2 miles and turn left into Northiam Road. Continue along the lane for about a mile to the sharp S bend. The entrance to Gate House Farm will be found on the left hand side, by the junction to Lordine Lane.



Estate agents Cranbrook

01580 720000

cranbrook@jackson-stops.co.uk

37 Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3HF


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