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Cuckfield Road, Ansty, West Sussex, RH17

Guide price £3,950,000

New instruction

9 Beds 6 Baths 5 Receptions

REF: MSX200030

An exceptionally elegant country house, with a coach house and flat with formal grounds in West Sussex.


West Riddens is a classically designed, Georgian inspired and well-proportioned house, believed to have been built in the 1930s with later additions. This beautiful house is coming to the market for the first time in over 20 years and offers elegant proportions throughout with a wonderful sense of light and space, with high ceilings, numerous stunning fireplaces and large windows taking maximum advantage of the southern light and views across its grounds. From the driveway flagstones lead to the porticoed entrance porch into the beautiful entrance hall with many original features retained, including pine panelling to dado level, pine architraves and doors and a stunning formal staircase leading to the first floor. Most of the principal rooms enjoy the southerly views across the gardens and grounds. There is a very elegant, double aspect formal drawing room with large sash windows on two elevations with original fireplace, a panelled dining hall with fireplace, well-proportioned family room, a study utility and boot room. A real feature of the property is the superb kitchen/breakfast room which is fitted with a beautiful range of walnut units with a four-oven oil AGA, Wolf built-in oven and sub-zero fridge. The ground floor accommodation is ideally arranged for formal and informal entertaining and is perfectly arranged for modern family life. Arranged over the first floor is a grand principal suite, comprising bedroom, dressing room and a well appointed bathroom. In addition, there is a guest suite with original 1930s bathroom fittings, one further bedroom with ensuite bathroom, two other bedrooms and a family bathroom. The house benefits from a secondary staircase and therefore the layout lends itself to utilise the second floor as an annex for ancillary accommodation within the main house. The energy for heating and hot water is supplied by two ground source heat pumps and an air source heat pump with an oil-fired boiler as back up. The property also features full fibre broadband. West Riddens is entered through an impressive formal stone gateway with electric wrought iron gates which lead across a formal gravel driveway to the northern elevation of the house. Forming magnificent views from the principal reception rooms and bedrooms below a substantial raised stone terrace with steps either end, the large gardens to the south of the house are mainly laid to lawns with herbaceous borders, mature specimen trees and a plethora of mature azaleas, rhododendron and camelias, cherry trees wisteria and oak woodlands. The house, gardens and grounds evoke a bygone era of elegance and privacy. To the south of the house is a large indoor swimming pool complex, there is a tennis court, kitchen garden, orchard, paddocks and woodland. There is a natural spring fed lake to the east of the house bordered by fine specimen trees including oak, willow, yew and maple with lovely woodland walks. Attached to the west of the principal house is a range of outbuildings forming an enclosed courtyard with a large garage block. On the first floor is a good-sized flat with kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and 2 bedrooms. In addition there is a three bedroom detached cottage enclosed by its own gardens and with separate entrance. The gardens, ground and woodlands at West Riddens provide a stunning and secluded setting for this incredible country house set in circa 28 acres. West Riddens is located just outside the village of Ansty which is surrounded on all sides by glorious countryside interspersed with footpaths and bridleways linking with the neighbouring districts and villages. The historic village of Cuckfield is also nearby with it's marvellous and renowned range of local amenities including independent shops and boutiques, a convenience store, a petrol station, medical centre, dentist, pubs, restaurants, cafes and the award winning Ockenden Manor Hotel and Spa. Comprehensive shopping can be found in Haywards Heath (3.5 miles) and East Grinstead (15 miles). Further shopping and an excellent range of leisure and entertainment is on offer in Tunbridge Wells and Brighton to the south. There are mainline rail services from Haywards Heath and East Grinstead to London Bridge and Victoria. There is an excellent range of educational facilities locally both in the private and state sectors. Private schools include Handcross Park, Great Walstead, Cumnor House, Brambletye, Ardingly College, Hurstpierpoint College, Brighton College, Roedean and Burgess Hill Girls. Local Authority: Mid-Sussex District Council Council Tax Band: H EPC Rating: D