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Dutton Homestall, Homestall Road, Ashurst Wood, RH19

Guide price £2,900,000

7 Beds 2 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: TON210079

PROPERTY FEATURES

  • Major portion of Grade II* Country House
  • Stunning Baronial Hall
  • Tudor Manor House dating from 1580's
  • Wonderful Rural Position
  • 6/7 Bedrooms. 4 Reception Rooms.
  • Private Gardens in all about 3 Acres (TBV)
  • Communal Grounds including 6 Hole Golf Course and Tennis Courts

THE PROPERTY

The major portion of this historic Grade II* country house set in wonderful private gardens and grounds. Reception Hall. Stunning Baronial Hall. Drawing Room. Dining Room/Kitchen. 2 Further Reception Rooms. Cellar. Stunning Master Bedroom. 6/7 Further Bedrooms. 2 Bathrooms. Private Gardens and Grounds of about 3 Acres. Courtyard. SITUATION Dutton Homestall is a substantial Grade II* country house situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty right on the edge of the village of Ashurstwood on the borders of East and West Sussex. The house, formerly one of East Sussex's finest country houses, occupies a beautiful tucked away position well away from roads at the end of a long private drive and is set in wonderful gardens and grounds. Ashurstwood provides a range of local shopping facilities. A wider range of shopping, facilities can be found at Forest Row, East Grinstead, Tunbridge Wells and Haywards Heath. The mainline railway station at East Grinstead provides services to Victoria/London Bridge. The M23 provides access to Gatwick, Brighton and the M25 and thence motorway network, Heathrow and Stansted, Channel Tunnel Terminus and Ports. Schools in the local area include Brambletye, the renowned Michael Hall Steiner School and Cumnor House. Nearby is Ashdown Forest and the Royal Ashdown Golf Course. DESCRIPTION Dutton Hall is the major portion of Dutton Homestall and comprises a substantial Tudor manor house that forms the south east corner and offers spacious family accommodation. The house is full of character and countless features including carved stone fireplaces one inscribed "This being made in the year of our Lord 1585", chamfered beams, wall and ceiling timbers, flagstone floors and stone mullion windows throughout. All principal rooms are well proportioned and provide a wonderful feeling of space. There are also about 3 acres of private gardens and grounds and courtyard. The Sale of Dutton Hall and The Homestall is the exciting first phase of the revival of Dutton Homestall into 21st Century country living. Once completed there will be the two houses with their own private gardens and grounds together with grand country house apartments and some new build town houses. All will benefit from access and use of about 25 Acres of communal grounds including a 6 hole golf course, 2 tennis courts and a swimming pool. HISTORICAL NOTE There has been a dwelling on site since the 14th century when John of Gaunt son of Edward III is understood to have used it as his hunting lodge. By 1830, there was a simple farmhouse on the site with no garden. By 1903 the house was derelict. In 1907 Lord Dewar bought and restored The Homestall, added a substantial service wing, re-modelled the gardens and bought in two farms to the north to create a grand estate. After his death in 1930 it was inherited by his nephew who used it as his country base while living at Claridges during the week. He married in 1932 and soon after his wife declared the house was not big enough for the lavish entertaining that she had in mind. He bought Dutton Hall, a large Tudor manor house in Cheshire dating from the 1580's, had it dismantled and then rebuilt alongside The Homestall. The grander and much larger house became known as Dutton Homestall. During the Second World War Dewar offered the house as an auxilliary hospital to the nearby Royal Victoria Hospital and it became a convalescent home for officers in the Guinea Pig Club. During the 1950's the house was bought by the owner of The Brunswick School and then in 1965 Stoke House School joined and amalgamated to become The Stoke Brunswick School. This closed in 2009 and since has once again become a private house. FEATURES An amazing Entrance Door understood to be about 1000 years old and from a monastery in France, opens to spacious Reception Hall with flagstone floor. Inner Hall with door to Courtyard. Stunning Baronial Hall open to full height with wonderful timberwork. Central stone fireplace. Central Hall with carved wood ceiling believed to come from the last man of war to sail into battle. Door to garden. Elegant Drawing Room overlooking the gardens with stone fireplace. Double aspect Kitchen/Breakfast Room (currently Dining Room) overlooking gardens. Door to Garden Porch/Sitting Area. Cellar and Kitchen both with original strong rooms. 2 Studies. First Floor approached by a wide oak staircase to spacious Landing overlooking the Baronial Hall. Master Bedroom overlooking gardens with a wonderful barrel ceiling and stone fireplace. Adjacent Dressing Room with potential for Bathroom. 6 Further Bedrooms. 2 Bathrooms. OUTSIDE Dutton Hall is approached over a long sweeping driveway to the parking area at the front of the house. The formal Gardens lie to the rear of the house and comprise formal lawned areas, bog gardens, ponds and water feature. In all believed to extend to about 3 Acres (TBV) DIRECTIONS From Tunbridge Wells proceed out on the A264 through Langton Green. After the village turn right and continue on the A264 for just over 7.5 miles passing Holtye Golf Course and Hammerwood Park. Turn left into Shovelstrode Lane, which after about half a mile and a sharp left-hand bend becomes Homestall Road. Continue for about 0.6 mile the entrance gates to Dutton Homestall (Homestall Manor) will be found on the right, just before the West Sussex sign. PROPERTY INFORMATION Services: All Mains Services. Local Authority: Wealden District Council Council Tax band: H Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation. Strictly by appointment through Jackson-Stops. Tel: 01892 521700