Hempstead Lane, Uckfield
A unique opportunity to acquire a substantial, unlisted triple kiln oast house, set in grounds of nearly three acres, in a rural but not isolated position. Nevertheless, within walking distance of amenities and rail links. In addition, the adjoining barn is suitable for development, under permitted development rights.
For the first time in 26 years, we are pleased to offer 'Hempstead Oast'. It is an 18th Century farmhouse with three oasts, and elegantly proportioned rooms. It was converted into a dwelling in 1933, and retains many of its period features. Since then, it has been home to only four families. The house brims with a light atmosphere, charm and an individual character that offers country living with the convenience of town.
Set on the outskirts of Uckfield in a semi-rural, but not isolated position, the house is within walking distance of the town centre, Waitrose and the cinema. Rarely is such a magnificent property available in such an enviable and convenient location. It offers privacy and tranquility, while at the same time enabling family independence. An excellent selection of both private and state schools are a short drive away. The station is within 20 minutes' walk, where there is a regular train service to central london. It is easy to see, why this much loved home has been occupied by the same family for almost 26 years. But with retirement in sight, it is time to begin a new chapter.
The main house, is a south-facing Wealden long house that is thought to date back to the turn of the 18th Century. The three oast roundels, which were added in 1890 and are unusually fine examples of Victorian brick-work. Following country tradition, they are named as 'badger,' 'fox' and 'squirrel'. There is an adjoining open barn that currently garages cars. The property sits comfortably within 2 ½ acres of gardens, lawns and woodland.
Downstairs the accommodation briefly comprises of; a drawing room, dining room, sitting room, study, playroom and large kitchen/breakfast room, with utility and boot room. On the first floor there are currently five/six double bedrooms, including an exceptional master suite, which incorporates two of the roundels to offer a large dressing room, bedroom and bathroom en-suite. The third roundel forms the guest wing, which includes a dressing room and private bathroom. There are another three bedrooms.
Surrounded by fields, Hempstead Oast is approached by a long drive which rises up to the house and is flanked by finely clipped hedging. It sits comfortably within 2 ½ acres, which is made up of four garden-rooms, lawns and woodland.
Opening the gate to the walled garden, a stone path leads to the front door. Before entering the house through the large oak door, there is a pretty, light, stone porch. Stepping over the threshold, the hall opens out into an impressive atrium with wooden floors, carvings of hops and light oak beams. The banisters are of Japanese Maple that was especially imported in 1953. Turning left, the elegant 26ft long drawing room centres around a substantial marble fireplace and hearth, with light flooding through the large leaded-light windows. Beyond is a study occupying one of the roundels called 'Badger'. Its' connecting hall is now a wine cellar but was used in the 1950s as a proper cocktail bar with bespoke wooden shelving and hatch which have been retained.
Returning to the front door and now turning right, there is an elegant, formal dining room that can comfortably seat 12 people. Beyond is a proper east-facing morning/ sitting room with large leaded-light windows that look onto the courtyard and garden. Back towards the kitchen there is a cloakroom and inner hall.
Stepping into the spacious kitchen, you will find a set of original retro English Rose units along with a larder, and oil fired Aga that has been faithfully serviced twice yearly. The kitchen is also fitted with a gas hob and electric oven. There is space for a kitchen table that seats ten. The kitchen gives access to two roundels, 'Fox' and 'Squirrel'. The first was used as a playroom and the second is a utility room for refrigerators and deep freeze, leading to the boot room. The ground-floor is well appointed throughout, with solid brass window fittings, wooden floors in all rooms, and cast-iron radiators. There are working staff bells and many of the substantial doors are hand-made.
Climbing the wooden staircase to the first floor, there is a sense of space and light. Long windows overlook the magnolia tree and walled garden below. Following the atrium round to the right leads to two bedrooms. The first is a pretty bedroom with attractive windows and fitted cupboards. The second is called the 'stage room' so named because of its split level which resembles a stage. It is a large, unique, double bedroom with fitted cupboards.
Returning to the atrium a second corridor leads to two bathrooms and the guest's suite beyond. 'Squirrel' roundel faces both east and west to capture the sunlight in the morning and evening. It is preceded by a dressing room and bathroom. The second bathroom is a rare and complete example of a black and white vitrolite, Art Deco bathroom, with original bath, wash hand basin and telephone shower. There is a separate lavatory.
From the atrium and now turning left, the corridor leads to a fourth bedroom and the master suite which is composed of a large dressing cum sitting room, a roundel bathroom and a roundel bedroom. The dressing room could easily become a sixth bedroom.
The front of the house, which is south-facing is contained within an ornate walled garden with box hedging, roses and a magnificent magnolia. To the side is the west-facing fountain-garden that catches the afternoon sun. A sunny courtyard lies to the rear and is perfectly placed near the kitchen for summer lunches and barbecues. The productive herb and vegetable garden beyond, has a range of fruit trees including Gloucester apples, Victoria plum and quince, a fruit cage and culinary roses. It is set out in the style of a traditional potagere with box-parterre and is enclosed within beech hedging. To the west of the house is a large croquet lawn which is surrounded by a traditional yew hedge, a rose garden with box-parterre. Nearby are the stables with woodland and wild flowers beyond.
Outside is a full range of outbuildings. Adjoining the house is a substantial 44 foot timber-framed barn with an attractive slate roof. The traditional Sussex 'hovel' is currently used for garaging, but has potential for development under current, permitted development rights. Away from the house are modern stables constructed in 1988, with tack room and large workshop that could serve as a second lock-up garage. In addition there is a large green house and garden shed.
- T-shaped 18th Century Wealden Long House
- Three 19th Century Round-Kiln Oasts named �Badger�, �Fox� & �Squirrel�
- Adjoining Sussex Hovel/Barn used as a Garage, but with Development Potential
- Outbuildings inc. Stables, Tack Room, Workshop & Garden Store
- Master Suite with Dressing Room & En-Suite
- Drawing, Dining & Sitting Rooms plus Study & Playroom
- Large Family Kitchen/Breakfast Room with Utility & Boot Room
- Under Three Acres inc. Walled Garden, Fountain Garden, Vegetable Garden, Croquet Lawn and Woodland
- Walking Distance of Amenities and Rail Links
- No Onward Chain