Guide Price £845,000
Wineham Lane, Wineham,West Sussex
A Delightful Quintessential Country Cottage With A Contemporary Extension Providing A Stunning Kitchen/Dining/Living Room Set In Large Mature Gardens Of About Half An Acre In A Semi-Rural Setting But Close To Excellent Road Links
Situation - The property is quietly situated in the delightful rural hamlet of Wineham within walking distance of the renowned 'Royal Oak' pub and within a short drive of the A272 providing easy access to the A23/M23 and Gatwick Airport. Henfield village, about three miles away, has a vibrant community with a High Street of shops and inns together with churches, library, leisure centre, modern medical centre and primary school. Mainline stations are available at Hassocks, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath and Brighton, whilst the A24 is also within easy reach. There are a number of popular private schools within easy reach such as Hurstpierpoint College, Burgess Hill School For Girls and Lancing College. Theatres are available at Brighton and Chichester whilst there are excellent sporting and recreational facilities in the area including golf at Singing Hills, the Dyke and Mannings Heath, show jumping at Hickstead, racing at Goodwood, Brighton, Plumpton and Fontwell, whilst the South Downs National Park provides many miles of beautiful walks and bridle paths. The coast is about 9 miles distant.
Description - This cottage which is not listed, really does have a considerable amount of appeal and charm and the current owners have skilfully extended the property to create a perfect home for modern day living, whilst being sympathetic to the original period features. The charming accommodation has a bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor and two bedrooms and a shower room on the first floor, whilst a few steps from the back door is a guest suite of bedroom and ensuite shower room. The sitting room has a charming inglenook and there is a wonderful vaulted kitchen/dining/living room with woodburner and fine views over the garden. There is a garage with private driveway providing ample parking and gorgeous mature gardens backing onto countryside.
Step Inside - An old entrance door welcomes you into the delightful hall with window, lovely brick floor and some exposed timbers off which is the beautiful cosy bright sitting room with charming inglenook with multi-fuel stove and two south facing windows and brick floor. Off the hall is the ground floor double aspect bedroom and double aspect family bathroom with bath with old fashioned mixer tap and shower attachment, wash hand basin and low level w.c. The 'wow factor' is in abundance when you enter the stunning kitchen/dining/living room which is a beautifully light vaulted room. The kitchen area has a lovely cottagey feel and there is a Butler sink set in a work surface with grooved drainer and built-in dishwasher, 'Samsung' hob, extractor above and oven under; tall painted storage cupboard with three doors and central island unit with drawers, shelving and pine top. The dining area has 'Neptune' seating with storage under and the sitting area is two steps up with logburner. The whole room is light and spacious with an abundance of glass overlooking the gardens, velux windows, French doors and door to veranda.
From the hall, stairs lead to a delightful landing with window and beamed ceiling, off which there are two bedrooms, both being south facing and one having a pretty cast iron fireplace. There is a luxury shower room with large shower, pretty wash hand basin and low level w.c.
Step Outside - There are gates to a brick paved private driveway providing ample parking and leading to the outbuilding which at the front has a garage with light and power and recess for log storage. There is a useful utility/boot room with sink unit and work surfaces and space for appliances, and a Guest Suite seconds away from the back door which is double aspect with a ladder to a further sleeping area with window and an ensuite shower room with underfloor heating. The gardens are an absolute delight with many different areas but all enjoying a good degree of privacy and seclusion. To the front there is an old pathway with mature hedging and shrub beds which screen the property from the lane, and there is a gate to the lane. To the south there is a large lawned area of garden with roses and shrubs with cottage style planting and a terrace for al-fresco dining whilst adjacent to the cottage there is a lovely south facing veranda with timber posts and lighting. There are mature trees and a dry stone wall and a further terrace area with water butts whilst steps and a path lead to a further large area of west facing garden that was once a wild flower meadow but is now mostly grassed enjoying lovely views over surrounding countryside, and there is a feature sundial. Shed. In total the secluded and mature gardens which have a wonderfully tranquil feel extend to about half an acre.
What The Agent Says - "Wow Wow Wow was my first reaction as I entered the stunning modern kitchen/dining/living room with its lovely outlook. A cottage for 'all seasons' as there is also a charming south facing sitting room with inglenook and stove. A really charming English country cottage and within walking distance of a lovely pub!"
What The Vendors Say - "Our home here at Sheiling Holt has provided us with an antidote to the busy lives we were living in Brighton and Hove," say the current owners "With a feeling of getting away from it all, the cottage gives us the peace and quiet of a holiday house, but one we get to live in all year round!"
"We have built a vaulted oak framed extension inspired by the old tree in the garden, which perfectly contrasts with and complements the original 18th century cottage. The historic and modern parts of the house marry beautifully, with the spaciousness of the new open plan kitchen, dining and living area serving to enhance the cosiness of the existing chocolate box cottage rooms. The modern open plan living accommodation to the rear is where we spend much of our time in summer, with the doors thrown open to the garden, while in winter we enjoy the homely warmth of sitting by the fire in the old sitting room."
"The property is fantastic for gathering together with family and friends, come rain or shine! In the winter months, we have often hosted dinner parties, with the 8 seater dining table in the kitchen extended to seat 10 or 12. In the summer, we have had countless barbecues, with the doors thrown open to enable an easy flow between house and garden."
The well-established gardens, have had much love and care lavished upon them by previous owners, and boast a colourful array of magnolia, clematis and roses, as well as more open meadow area at the far end, looking out over an expanse of farmland and fields."
What they will miss most
"We have very much enjoyed living here, so we shall miss many things about it, not least the peaceful moment of coming home each day, closing the gate behind us, and feeling that nothing else matters in our own little oasis of calm."
"The cosy sitting room in the original 18th century part of the cottage is wonderfully warm and welcoming in winter, with the log burner blazing in the stunning old fireplace."
Best thing about the grounds/local area
"Despite the idyllic countryside setting, the cottage enjoys easy access to local towns and centres, with Brighton and Hove, Horsham, and various train stations all just 20 minutes' drive away."
"The property is fantastic for entertaining, both inside and out. In summer, we can have barbecues in the beautiful garden - including for a recent 40th birthday! - while in winter, we tend either to stay at home by the fire or wander down the lane to the cosy local pub, where we also eat Christmas lunch every year."
- Stunning Vaulted Kitchen/Dining/Living Room
- Delightful Sitting Room With Inglenook
- Adaptable Accommodation
- Many Period Features
- Ground Floor Bedroom & Bathroom
- Guest Bedroom Suite
- Garage & Ample Parking
- Well Stocked Large Mature Gardens Of About Half An Acre
- Walking Distance Of Country Pub