Malling Priory is one of the finest houses in Lindfield and sits in a wonderful and prominent position on the historic High Street. This superb property dates back to 1730 and is Grade II* listed, reflecting its importance. The current sale provides an opportunity to acquire an exceptional house that has very rarely changed hands over the last century. This extraordinarily elegant double fronted property with high central door casing has beautifully proportioned, very well laid out and light rooms, all of which boast high ceilings. With fabulous tall sash windows looking out over the village to the front, many of the rooms also benefit from either direct access onto or views out over the beautifully maintained mature gardens, which lie mainly to the rear but also to either side of the house. The accommodation comprises of a grand entrance hall with the drawing room and sitting room to either side, leading onto a study and dining room with a pretty bow window and door leading out onto the south facing terrace. The large kitchen breakfast room has doors opening onto the superb gardens. A further door leads through to the excellent boot/utility room which also serves as the daily access to the house from the drive and garage. There are two cloakrooms on the ground floor. The fine early 18th century staircase with high arched stair window lead up to the large first floor landing, off which lie four wonderful double bedrooms and three bathrooms (two ensuite). On the second floor there are two further double bedrooms. Ancillary accommodation lies above the property's double garage and consists of a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room. The house is well set back from the High Street behind a wall with wrought iron railings and is approached through a fabulous gateway, with grand pillars to either side. A large driveway to the side of the house provides parking for numerous cars and has a large garage and the ancillary accommodation on the far side. The wonderful gardens comprise of a large lawn, york stone patio, rose garden and the amazing range of beautifully tended mature trees and shrubs are also of particular note. In all about 0.64 of an acre. Whilst requiring some modernisation this exceptional property has incredible charm and elegance and an abundance of wonderful period features. These include sensational light oak panelling in the principal rooms, wide oak doorways and fabulous marble fireplaces. Once updated, to the incoming purchasers specific requirements, Malling Priory will ceratinly prove a truly magnificent family home. Lindfield "Lindefelda" was first named in 765 a.d when Ealdwulf, King of the South Saxons, gave Lindfield , Stanmer and Burleigh to endow a monastery at Malling In Lewes. The name Malling Priory therefore echoes the incredible history of the house and village. Since that time Lindfield has continued to grow to become not only one of the most wonderful villages in the South East of England but the fabulous thriving community that it is today. The village benefits from a very wide range of shops including a local store, butcher, grocer, pharmacy etc along with a great range of coffee shops, restaurants and pubs. Nearby Haywards Heath has an even greater range of shops and leisure facilities along with superb rail connections into central London (London Victoria and London Bridge circa 42 mins) Brighton (15mins) and Gatwick (11 Mins). Located in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the surrounding countryside provides a vast range of sporting a recreational activities. Glyndebourne, Goodwood, Ardingly Showground and Plumpton are all within easy reach. The local footpaths provide a vast network of stunning walks from the village, many leading towards the South Down and Ashdown National Parks. There are numerous excellent Golf courses nearby and reservoirs for watersports There are many highly renowned schools in the area both state and private including, Lindfield and Blackthorns Primary Schools and Oathall Community College. The local Prep schools Great Walstead, Cumnor House, Ardingly Prep and Brambletye are superb as are Ardingly College, Worth Abbey, Hurst College and Burgess Hill School for Girls.
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