Fixed Price £1,100,000
The Coach House, Blackboys
* Beautifully Converted 17th Century Coach House * Attached Annexe * Panoramic Views of the South Downs * Five Double Bedrooms * Spacious Kitchen/Diner * Lounge, Dining Room & Home Office * En-Suite to Master Bedroom * Period Features including Inglenook Fireplace * Double Garage & Ample Parking * Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
DESCRIPTION The Coach House which originally formed part of the Brownings Manor Estate is believed to date back to the 17th Century but converted at the turn of the 21st Century. This home, offering exceptional and unspoilt southerly views of the South Downs, has been lovingly improved and extended to form the complete property which now stands.
From the private driveway, with ample space for parking plus a closed English Heritage style double garage, you are greeted by the sight of the attractive Coach House. The entrance hallway, which has recently been sympathetically built to connect the office/guest suite to the main house, impresses with its partly vaulted ceiling and timber beams. This sets the scene for the rest of the home, a juxtaposition of the old and the new. The moment you enter the vast kitchen you realise what this home is all about: light; space & views! The fantastic kitchen is the heart of the home offering excellent social and entertaining space all with a beautiful backdrop. The Orangery has been recently built to make the most of the southerly outlook and really is an all year round space with bi-fold doors opening out onto the garden. Back through the kitchen you step down into what is now used as a formal dining room, and from here on the ground floor you access the snug, and a series of other rooms that can be used either as an independent annex complete with its own second kitchen, or incorporated into the main house if so desired. Back to the formal dining room, the main stairway goes up to the first floor landing from which you can access four of the double bedrooms, plus the upstairs bathrooms, and whilst the fifth double bedroom can be accessed on this level by passing through the Jack-and-Jill bathroom it is more easily accessed by a second flight of stairs from the other end of the house.
The Coach House has oil fired central heating throughout, supplemented by electric under floor heating in the kitchen, dining room and snug. Wood-burning stoves are also fitted in both the dining room and snug. In addition, it is worth noting that the current owners have installed solar heating, which under the present operating conditions produces 105% of the annual consumption of electricity and includes the supply of hot water in the summer months.
Outside, the garden can be accessed from the entrance hall, kitchen through the orangery, dining room and ancillary kitchen. The original walls remain in part to enclose the garden whilst still enabling views of the downs beyond. Having been landscaped it is complete with kitchen garden, water features and lawns as well as numerous sheds and the old boiler house providing something for everyone.
The Coach House lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the east side of the village of Blackboys with its popular public house, village shop/café, C of E primary school and pre-school. The picturesque village of Waldron with its public house is about 2 miles. Uckfield provides an extensive range of restaurants, public houses, shops and recreational facilities, together with Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets and also an independent cinema.
There is also a good selection of both private and state schools in the area. Uckfield has a mainline train service to London (London Bridge in about 1 hour 15 mins). The county town of Lewes lies approximately 10 miles to the south west and provides a range of individual shops, restaurants and regular food markets. The regional centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells, about 15 miles to the north/east, has a comprehensive range of shopping and recreational facilities. The nearby South Downs National Park and Ashdown Forest, together with the coast at The Seven Sisters Country Park provide wonderful opportunities for walking and recreation.
ENTRANCE HALL Double glazed rustic oak windows and oak front door lead into the tiled hallway which has been built to connect the office, utility and shower room with the kitchen. Doors also lead out to the rear courtyard. The partly vaulted ceilings and timber framework coupled with the oak framed floor to ceiling windows create an excellent space to welcome guests.
OFFICE 13' 0" x 13' 3" (3.96m x 4.04m) Beyond the hallway leads to what is currently being used as the office. A light and bright space with windows on the east and west walls this could double as excellent guest accommodation with shower room nearby.
UTILITY ROOM Between the office & shower room with wall and base units, sink and space for a washing machine and tumble dryer.
SHOWER ROOM Shower cubicle, wash hand basin and WC. Window to side.
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 25' 1" x 15' 0" (7.65m x 4.57m) An exceptional space offering triple aspects. A range of cream wall and base units plus an island complete the fully fitted kitchen. The room is large enough to be used as the main dining area for the house if so desired, which can more than accommodate the whole family.
ORANGERY 15' 9" x 12' 9" (4.8m x 3.89m) Double doors lead from the kitchen into the orangery which really does give unrivalled views of the garden and land beyond. Bi-fold doors allow the room to open up to the garden entirely, really making this an all year round space which makes you question why you would sit anywhere else!
DINING HALL 23' 4" x 15' 11" (7.11m x 4.85m) Entering from the kitchen down a few steps sits the formal dining hall with fabulous features of exposed brickwork, timbers and log burner. Stairs rise to the first floor from this room in addition to doors leading to the front and rear gardens.
LOUNGE/SNUG 17' 8" x 16' 4" (5.38m x 4.98m) This dual aspect living space is just perfect for winter evenings with the fabulous inglenook fireplace inset with log burner.
UPSTAIRS First floor landing is accessed from the stairs leading from the dining hall where four bedrooms plus the family bathroom can be reached.
MASTER BEDROOM 25' 4" x 15' 2" (7.72m x 4.62m) The spacious master suite is accessed up a half flight of stairs and benefits from a vaulted ceiling with velux windows overlooking the southerly views towards the south downs and an easterly view from the Juliette balcony. Plenty of built in wardrobes provide storage solutions to this principal room, complete with en-suite bathroom.
EN-SUITE TO MASTER Full en-suite with shower over bath, wash hand basin and WC.
BEDROOM TWO 11' 10" x 11' 9" (3.61m x 3.58m) Double bedroom situated at the top of the stairs, with views over the downs.
BEDROOM THREE 12' 7" x 11' 10" (3.84m x 3.61m) Further double bedroom situated at the top of the stairs, with views over the downs.
FAMILY BATHROOM Complete bathroom suite with double ended bath, separate shower cubicle, his and hers wash hand basins plus WC.
BEDROOM FOUR 10' 9" x 10' 6" (3.28m x 3.2m) Further double bedroom with window to rear which could be incorporated as part of the annexe if required as currently has access to the jack and jill bathroom.
JACK & JILL BATHROOM Shower cubicle with wash hand basin and WC. Window to front.
ANNEXE BEDROOM 16' 7" x 8' 0" (5.05m x 2.44m) Stairs lead up from the ground floor and open into this large double bedroom which could equally be used as a further living space as part of the annexe if required. Windows to rear.
ANNEXE GROUND FLOOR With its own front and rear doors, comprises of a full depth reception area with stairs leading up to the bedroom and a door leading through to the galley kitchen fitted with wall and base units.
OUTSIDE REAR Wonderful wide partly walled garden with exceptional views to the rear. Landscaped gardens come alive in the spring and summer supplemented with water features and a variety of seating areas. In addition the kitchen garden will be of interest to those who are green fingered with a variety of sheds and the old boiler house in which to keep all your tools.
OUTSIDE FRONT The Coach House shares an entrance off the road with Brownings Manor which quickly forks left onto a private drive which runs approximately 100 meters down to the house with ample parking space plus a large closed English Heritage style double garage.
- Beautifully Converted 17th Century Coach House
- Quiet and Non - Overlooked Garden
- Panoramic Views of the South Downs
- Attached Annexe
- Spacious Kitchen/Diner
- Lounge, Dining Room & Home Office
- En-Suite to Master Bedroom
- Period Features including Inglenook Fireplace
- Double Garage & Ample Parking
- Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty