Guide Price £1,250,000
Mill Lane, Poynings, West Sussex
A Handsome Country House Quietly Tucked Away In Mature Gardens Of Over Half An Acre And Enjoying Stunning Downland & Countryside Views Situated In This Very Desirable Hamlet
Situation - The property is quietly situated in a delightful rural setting in the hamlet of Poynings which sits beneath the Downs in The South Downs National Park. The hamlet is very pretty with lots of delightful country walks and there is a Church and The Royal Oak pub. Henfield village is about 5 miles and has a vibrant community with a High Street of shops and inns together with churches, library, leisure centre, modern medical centre and primary school. The nearest mainline station is at Hassocks, whilst the A23 is about 2 miles drive giving easy access to the M23 and Gatwick Airport. 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 5 miles distant.
Description - The property is a handsome detached house believed to date from the late 1920's and sits at the end of a long driveway overlooking its mature gardens of over half an acre. The house has well appointed accommodation and enjoys stunning views from the first floor towards the Downs and over surrounding countryside. The property has many features including an Aga in the large kitchen/dining room which is an essential for any country kitchen!
Step Inside - The property is approached via an arched recessed porch with an oak entrance door to a hall with stairs to the first floor. Off the hall is a delightful family room which has oak flooring and a large bay window with a delightful outlook over the gardens and glimpses of the Downs. The sitting room which is approached from both the hall and inner hall is a magnificent triple aspect room with three windows, exposed flooring and a feature fireplace with cast iron woodburner and sliding patio doors to a conservatory which has an exposed stone wall, brick floor, windows and two sets of French doors leading to the garden. There is an inner hall off which there is a study with large storage cupboard and views over the garden, a cloakroom and a utility room with a stainless steel sink unit. The kitchen/dining room has a real 'wow factor' and is a feature of the house being double aspect having Amtico flooring and a feature oil fired Aga for cooking. There are extensive work surfaces and an inset stainless steel sink unit and integral dishwasher and pull-out bin. There is a tall larder cupboard and base cupboards and drawers and a 'Bosch' induction hob with pan drawers under. Oven housing unit with 'Bosch' double oven/grill. There are two double wall cupboards with glass doors and there is recessed lighting. The dining area has space for a very large table and there are drop pendant lights and a 'Bluetooth' sound system and French doors with full length side panels to the garden. This room also has three windows and a part glazed door to a porch which has lovely views and has a cloakroom off.
From the hall stairs with oak balustrade lead to the landing which has ample storage cupboards and lovely views. The spacious double aspect master bedroom enjoys breathtaking views and has built-in wardrobes and an ensuite dressing room with more wardrobes leading to an ensuite shower room. Bedrooms 2, 3, 4 & 5 all have stunning views and two of these bedrooms have built-in wardrobe cupboards. There is a refitted family bathroom with bath and shower cubicle and a separate cloakroom.
Step Outside - The property is approached through an electric gate to a long driveway that sweeps up to the house. By the entrance is a car-port and garage and there are mature trees with a tree house. There are extensive lawns and mature planting with many trees and shrubs and some gorgeous views. The main gardens afford a tranquil country setting and there is a pathway to a further area of garden where there is an enclosed heated swimming pool with jet stream surrounded by a paved area. There is then a further area of garden with a large timber Summerhouse and attached to the house is a brick store and a boiler cupboard housing the oil fired boiler. Oil storage tanks for boiler and aga. Mature trees, shrubs and hedging. Outside lighting. In total the gardens extend to over half an acre and they are very peaceful and enjoy some delightful Downland views and are a particular feature of Twitten Bend.
What The Agent Says - The house has a lovely feel and you get a sense of anticipation as you drive in that the property is something special being so tucked away and so peacefully situated, whilst the views from the first floor are just sensational!
What The Vendors Say - Tucked away at the end of a quiet lane in the delightful West Sussex village of Poynings is Twitten Bend, a large and beautifully presented family home that was originally built c1920. "My husband and I have always loved this village and Twitten Bend was a house that we'd always admired," says Sharon. "Our son played cricket with the owner's grandson, and we'd mentioned to her that if she ever wanted to sell we'd jump at the chance to buy it. She lived here for sixty-five years, but when it all became a bit too much for her to look after she did indeed give us first dibs, and we've since had ten extremely happy years here."
"The village is such a friendly place and there's always lots going on, but you can dip in and dip out or just keep yourself to yourself, it's that sort of place. The house sits in a very peaceful location just a short stroll from the pub, which is a real hub of the community, and we have open farmland on two sides of the property so the views are simply stunning. The house itself is spacious, light and bright, and it's not only a great family home but it's also extremely conducive to entertaining; our daughter had her 16th birthday party here, which was supposed to be outside, but it rained and so we ended up having around one hundred teenagers in the house! Over time we've made improvements by updating the kitchen and the bathrooms, and for us it's been absolutely perfect, but in my mind it's a house with an absolute wealth of potential."
"The garden was wonderfully mature when we came here and had been beautifully developed by the previous owner," continues Sharon. "She'd designed it in such a way that you can follow the sun throughout the day as there are lots of lovely seating areas to enjoy. We also have open lawns, lots of beautiful shrubs and trees that create colour and interest, and we have a 'fitness pool' that's covered and heated so can be used all year round. The garden as a whole is a gorgeous feature of the property and because of our tucked-away location, it's both very peaceful and extremely private."
Favourite Room: "The kitchen was fully refurbished just last year so it's now looking absolutely gorgeous, but it's always been the real hub of our home," says Sharon. "We have an Aga, which draws people in, and there's room for a huge table that seats up to fourteen so it's a lovely room for entertaining."
Favourite aspect of the grounds or surrounding area: "The real beauty of the location is the fact that we're right in the countryside, but by no means cut off. I can be in Hove or Henfield in around five minutes, Brighton in fifteen and we can catch a train at Hassocks and arrive in London Victoria in just under an hour."
Memorable event (if not another favourite room or unique feature): "As I mentioned before, this is a house with bags of potential and we actually have planning permission in place to build accommodation at the bottom of the garden, where the garage is currently situated. It could be used for guests or, given our fabulous location, as a little holiday let."
What they'll miss most / why they are leaving: "It's the setting that I know I'm going to miss most when we leave," says Sharon. "The simple pleasure of waking up to those spectacular views and the sound of nothing but birdsong has been something I've absolutely relished and never tired of."
Agents Note - Planning Permission was granted 11/01987/FUL (Mid-Sussex District Council & South Downs National Park) to demolish the existing garage and erect a new garage with store, workshop and room above. Commencement of works occurred in 2014.
- Stunning Views
- Sought After Rural Hamlet
- Large Mature Gardens Of Over Half An Acre
- Spacious Kitchen/Dining Room
- Feature Aga
- Triple Aspect Sitting Room
- Wonderful Master Bedroom Suite
- 4 Further Bedrooms
- Planning Permission for a new garage, workshop and store with room above ref 11/01987/FUL