Fixed Price £1,100,000
Cross In Hand, Heathfield
Built in 1790 this former Coaching Inn has been rebuilt from within by the current owners and now boasts six bedrooms arranged over three floors with expansive reception areas tastefully decorated throughout whilst retaining much of its period charm.
We are pleased to offer to the market 'Chillington'. 'The Belle View Inn' was a Coaching Inn for over a Century before becoming a private residence, however throughout the Twentieth Century little work had been done to ensure the building remained standing until the current owners set about rebuilding this lovely old lady from within including full rewiring and all new plumbing.
In a sizeable plot behind electric double gates set back from the high street in Cross In Hand within walking distance of amenities as well as the glorious Sussex Countryside, plus with easy access to A-roads and nearby market towns of Lewes, Heathfield & Uckfield.
As you approach Chillington passing through its gates and high hedging; a large turning circle with mature trees keeps the residence from view. The driveway sweeps round and you catch the first glimpse of this beautifully restored piece of local history. The former stables of the coaching inn have been converted into three garages which are attached to the side of the main house. An integral staircase provides access to a substantial studio room above which could also be converted into an annexe or for business use. Ample parking is provided without impacting the in and out driveway.
As you step through the front door you are immediately struck by the feeling of space and light which sets the scene for what is to come. The big quarry tiled entrance hall has plenty of room in which to greet family and friends; large patio doors provide access to the rear terrace and garden beyond and a well positioned wall mirror creates the illusion of bringing the outside in! The ground floor consists of an array of reception areas as well as a cloakroom and cellar access.
Beginning with the heart of the home the kitchen has been redesigned to ensure a welcoming and inclusive space. Features include the exposed brick wall with floating shelves, an island incorporating the sink and dishwasher with granite worktops, plus the new range gas fired cooker. It is from here you begin to notice the consistency in design and décor throughout the house with matching tiles leading through into the sun room/breakfast room. A wonderfully bright space with underfloor heating on the far side of the house running the full depth of the property with doors to the front garden and to the rear via the utility room. Care has been taken to ensure the maximum amount of light flows through the house which is evident by the bespoke wrought iron shelving in the sun room which provides storage solutions whilst not blocking the two small windows which lead into the main lounge.
At the front of the house the two primary reception rooms can be found. The old public bars sit either side of a small cloakroom and the cellar access. The main lounge features a fantastic inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove, and having been extended out provides a number of seating areas before a door leads through to the dining room. Ample space in which to entertain on formal occasions; the baby grand piano is testament to this.
A door leads back into the entrance hallway and the reclaimed tiles of the library provide continuity. This is a fantastic summer room which connects well with the rear terrace by way of bi-fold doors. A useful door lead through into the garaging from here so the current owners commissioned a bookcase running the whole length of the wall with the door hidden behind a swivel portion of the bookcase.
Stairs rise to the first floor where you will find the master suite, second bedroom and family bathroom. Sisal carpets from Belgium have been laid throughout the house and are especially evident on the first floor landing and through into the master bedroom. Wholly redesigned with wooden shutters adorning the double glazed wooden sash windows and large cupboards on either side of the chimney breast hidden behind a bespoke bird feature wall with little bird handles. Access to a small bedroom has been made to allow for a walk in wardrobe/dressing room and the en-suite is simply sublime. A glass door improves the flow of light through into the bedroom; rosewood shelving and wash basins are on the left with a toilet behind frosted glass, the walk in shower is on the far right beyond the bath.
The second bedroom on this level is a good double with windows overlooking the rear garden. Shaker style wood panelling compliments the built in double wardrobes. It is the occupants of this bedroom who have primary use of the family bathroom situated between this bedroom and the dressing room.
Traversing the final staircase you reach the top floor that has been completely reconfigured and now benefits from four bedrooms; two of which are home offices. The main guest suite occupies the space above the master bedroom and it also has its own en-suite shower room complete with 'Matki' shower, wash hand basin and WC. A velux window has been installed continuing the natural flow of light the rest of the house enjoys.
Oak flooring is found throughout most of the top floor in the guest room, twin room and separate loo. Finally two offices have been created from what was once one large bedroom; shaker style glass doors plus sanded pine floors enhance the light and airy offices which create an environment conducive with those who work hard at home.
Externally the garden extends out to the rear and borders agricultural land beyond. A variety of sheds and wooden stores assist with storage for lawnmowers, tools and garden furniture. The rear terrace which runs the full length of the house and connects the library, hallway and utility room has features which include an old well and water feature; plus a hot tub is found tucked behind the bushes.
All in all this is a fantastic home that is sure to appeal to numerous demographics. Whether a young family with bedrooms needed for all the children or an older couple who enjoy entertaining and having space for guests. One thing is clear the new owners will not have to lift a finger; the attention to detail goes far beyond the surface walls and the property really must be seen to appreciate all it has to offer.
Cross In Hand is a small village with its own Bakery, Public House and Spar. Situated about 3 miles west of Heathfield with a good range of shops whilst Tunbridge Wells and Lewes are both short drives away with more comprehensive shopping facilities and restaurants. The A267 is found close by and links Tunbridge Wells with Eastbourne. The A22 provides a direct route to the M25 which is just over 30 miles away. mainline stations for the commuter can be found at Buxted or Uckfield providing a service to London in approx. 80 minutes.
Both private and state educational facilities for all ages in the area are aplenty including Cross In Hand Primary, Mayfield Girls' School, Skippers hill Manor, Holmewood House plus a number of great Grammar School in Tunbridge Wells.
- Six Double Bedrooms
- Dressing Room & En-Suite to Master
- Gated Driveway plus Triple Garage
- Large Studio/Annexe Potential
- Inglenook Fireplaces, Old Well & Cellar
- Four Reception Rooms inc. Library
- Large Front & Rear Gardens
- Village High Street Location
- All Mains Utilities
- Complete Onward Chain