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Ashdown View is a stunning family home in a tranquil country setting in the sought after village of Ashurst Wood with breathtaking views to the Ashdown Forest. Set within 4 acres of delightful south facing gardens and woodland, this unique and beautifully presented 5 bedroom property, with self-contained annexe, offers 4,100 sq ft of versatile accommodation. A range of useful outbuildings brings the total to over 5200 sq ft and the property has the benefit of full planning consent to extend further.
Ashdown View is approached from a track leading off Cansiron Lane into a private gravelled driveway providing ample car parking, which in turn leads to the detached double garage and self-contained annexe. The front garden is landscaped with raised beds, mature trees and shrubs with close board fencing to the northern and western boundaries.
The property is a spacious and modern barn style conversion characterised by attractive Cedral weatherboarding to brick and timber frame elevations under a plain clay tiled roof. Immaculately presented accommodation spread over 2 floors offers well proportioned, light and bright rooms. Renovated, extended and interior designed to a high standard by the owners and fully compliant with current building regulations, the care and attention to detail is exceptional and clear to see throughout.
Ashdown View offers a wealth of living and entertaining space perfect for family life. The principal rooms face south, providing magnificent views over the garden, grounds and the beautiful countryside beyond. The accommodation, in both the house and annexe, offers great versatility, with flexibility to enable an extended family or staff to live within the property, whilst retaining a good degree of privacy. The annexe also offers a rental income opportunity or the option to work from home independently. The house benefits from double glazed windows and bifold/patio doors, fitted in 2015, with top rated U-Values and solar Four Seasons Glass to the south elevation. These doors open on to a large south facing terrace that runs the length of the property. There is a hot water under floor heating system to the ground floor rooms and electric under floor heating in the bathrooms with heated towel rails, all of which are thermostatically controlled. The guest suite has an independent radiator and the first floor bedrooms have flat panel radiators, thermostatically controlled. The Annexe has its own heating system. Ground floor ceiling lighting is recessed and directional Low Energy LEDs, on dimmers with picture lights in the sitting room and snug.
The property is approached through an impressive oak porch into a vaulted entrance hall with wonderful views through the sitting room to the countryside beyond and a turned staircase rising to the first floor. French doors lead you into the elegant sitting room with bi-fold doors opening out on to the Indian sandstone terrace, allowing an almost seamless flow to the outdoors. The room is further enhanced by a feature limestone fireplace, granite hearth and remote control gas fired wood burner, together with bespoke fitted bookshelves and low storage cupboards to each side of the chimney breast.
French doors open to the fabulous kitchen/dining room/snug, which is truly the hub of this home and an ideal room for all occasions. The well proportioned kitchen has been designed to blend into the room beautifully. Exceptional attention to detail is evidenced by the practical working layout that includes a raised granite breakfast bar, which cleverly screens the sink and surrounding work surfaces, integrated bin and dishwasher.
Fitted with a comprehensive range of wall and base units with painted wood doors, brushed steel fitments, under unit lighting and recessed directional down lights, complimented by granite work surfaces throughout. The breakfast bar has stylish glass pendant lights above, which accentuate the division from the kitchen to the dining and snug areas, whilst beautiful walnut flooring retains a flow between the areas.
Appliances include: Bosch dishwasher, wine cooler, Bosch wall combination microwave/oven/grill, Stoves induction 5 ring cooker (with 3 ovens, grill and warming drawer), integrated extractor hood above and a Samsung American style Fridge/Freezer with fresh water/ice dispenser. Useful design details include a pull-out integrated recycling bin, filtered tap and a floor to ceiling wine rack.
The cosy panelled snug/tv area centres around an open brick fireplace with aged oak bressumer beam and wrought iron fireback/grate on stone hearth. This contrasts with the dining area, which has bi-fold doors opening out to the south facing terrace and offers southerly views over your gardens and grounds and again to the glorious countryside beyond.
A further bright double aspect room is situated off the dining area, separated by glazed panelled sliding doors and has a bespoke fitted bookcase and low storage cupboard below. This makes for a perfect family room, playroom or study.
The quality of the home flows into the good sized L-shaped utility room, which has plenty of storage space with cream wall and base cupboards and travertine flooring. There is an integrated fridge, freezer, microwave, 2nd dishwasher, plumbing for washing machine and dryer and an airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder. It could also be used for pets (currently accommodates 2 guinea pigs!). The external access through a back door and a patio door into a covered porch means that it is ideal for use as a boot room for those wet days with muddy boots or dogs. The external oil fired boiler is sited on the eastern utility wall.
Conveniently there is a ground floor cloakroom/shower room situated off the hallway with T&G walls and granite vanity unit. There is also a good sized study, which could be used as a further bedroom given its proximity to the shower room.
The delightful south facing guest suite, at the western wing of the ground floor, includes a spacious bright bedroom with a full range of fitted wardrobes and lovely views through the patio doors, which lead directly to a separate south facing terrace. A dressing or study area with built in desk/dressing table with drawers below and cupboard with shelving leads to a beautifully appointed bathroom with vanity basin and built in cabinets, double ended bath and large shower cubicle. There is also good loft storage space above the study area with pull down ladder and lighting. This accommodation could alternatively be used as the Master suite or as an annexe as it has its own private access from the terrace and has a door leading from the hallway.
The galleried landing leads to the master bedroom suite with large picture window optimising the amazing southerly views over the gardens, grounds, Forest Row and Ashdown Forest beyond. The dressing room with extensive fitted/mirrored sliding wardrobes leads directly from the bedroom as does the luxurious marble tiled bathroom, which has a doubled ended whirlpool bath, marble vanity unit, walk-in shower and bidet.
A further 2 large bedrooms are served by the family bathroom with a double ended bath and separate shower cubicle, bidet, double vanity unit and Travertine floor/wall tiling and a linen/airing cupboard. Bedroom 2 also has a picture window with wonderful views and both bedrooms 2 and 3 have ample fitted/mirrored wardrobes. Bedroom 3 has a bespoke fitted desk with shelving between the 2 wardrobes. All first floor bedrooms have access to very useful eaves storage space and there is loft storage accessed from the landing with pull down ladder and lighting.
Location and Amenities
Ashdown View is situated off a quiet country lane in Ashurst Wood which is conveniently located between East Grinstead and Forest Row. The property has the enviable situation of being in a semirural setting yet enjoys the trappings of a traditional village with store, butchers, hairdressers, church, pub, recreation ground/tennis courts and a primary school within walking distance. Further shopping and facilities including health centre, vets, garage, cafes, pubs, restaurants, library, supermarket, tennis club and The Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club can be found nearby in the vibrant village of Forest Row, approx 1.7 miles distant. Being within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are many glorious walks from the property around the surrounding countryside without the need of a car, including the Ashdown Forest.
Communications: The major town of East Grinstead is approx 3 miles distant and has an end of line frequent rail service into Clapham, East Croydon, London Victoria and London Bridge within an hour. There is a Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Queen Victoria Hospital, a cinema, Chequer Mead Theatre and leisure centre. The M23 with its connections to both Gatwick Airport and the M25 orbital motorway can be easily accessed via the A22 and A23 linking to other motorway networks, heathrow airport and the coast.
Schools: There are many highly regarded schools in the area both state and private, including the close proximity to Brambletye Preparatory and Pre-Prep School (less than a mile), Ashurst Wood Primary School, Forest Row Primary School, Michael Hall (Steiner Waldorf School), Cumnor House, Ashdown House School, Lingfield Notre Dame, Greenfields Independent School, Sackville School and Ardingly College.
Annexe & Garaging
Within the grounds is a detached annexe and garage. The annexe is arranged over two floors with a kitchen and shower room on the ground floor and a spacious living/bedroom or office on the first floor with lovely southerly views and useful eaves storage areas. Within this building is a double garage to the front with lighting and power, work benches and electrical ‘up and over’ door.
There are 5 useful and easily accessible outbuildings located within the grounds including a summerhouse (currently used as a children’s den) and spacious boathouse, which has been used as a games room and gymnasium, both with lighting and power. 3 further good sized sheds provide useful storage space for garden machinery, logs etc.
Gardens & Grounds
Ashdown View sits in an exceptional plot, which extends to approximately 4.158 acres. The south facing gardens provide the most wonderful views over the land and beyond to the Ashdown Forest. To the rear of the property is a raised sun terrace with Indian sandstone paving and steps leading down to the rear garden.
The gardens are mainly laid to lawn and extend to approx 2/3 of an acre with established flower beds and a range of shrubs and trees including damson and apple. There is laurel hedging with post and rail fencing to the eastern boundary, and mature conifers to the western boundary with close board fencing behind. A post and rail fence runs the full width of the plot to the rear of the formal garden with a 5 bar gate leading to a vegetable patch with raised beds. Beyond is an idyllic and beautiful area of woodland and land totalling approximately 3.5 acres with an abundance of wildlife and variety of mature trees including oak. Your own private gate by the boat house provides useful access to a footpath that leads into the village of Forest Row in approx 15 mins.
Services: Mains Water and electricity, private drainage, oil heating
Local Authority: Mid Sussex District Council
Gardens and Grounds of 1.68 hectares (4.158 acres)
Annexe & Outbuildings
Guest Bedroom with En-Suite
Master Bedroom/Dressing Room and En Suite
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