Nestled at the edge of the Ashdown Forest and with a gate directly on to the bridle path and 8th tee of the Royal Ashdown Golf Course, Upper Quabrook was designed and constructed in 1938/9 as a special commission for the then head of Unilever. In the period just before the Second World War, modernist architectural principals were taking over from art deco, therefore the brief to architect Stanley Hall was to create a modern country house, ensuring to position the house to take full advantage of the location and blend the new sensibilities with local vernacular style. Formed of a central block with two pavilion wings, the house has exteriors of warm red brick with tile hanging to the front, large windows frame the views and outlook over the extensive grounds, whilst there is a balcony off the first floor drawing room and a wide roof terrace off one of the bedrooms. Accommodation is arranged over three floors plus cellars and extends to in excess of 4,700 square feet with the potential for extension subject to any necessary planning constraints. Room sizes are generous with tall ceilings and feature an elegant drawing room on the first floor, which has a marble fireplace and three sets of French doors on to the balcony and two further reception rooms on the ground floor. The kitchen/breakfast room is open plan to the family room and has been comprehensively fitted with a range of wall and floor cabinetry together with a four oven Aga. Beyond are the domestic offices with various store and boiler rooms, a staff sitting room and access to one of the garages as well as to the cellar.
Five bedrooms are flexibly laid out over the upper two levels, serviced by four bath/shower rooms. There is the potential to re-instate the staff accommodation if so required as there is a kitchenette on the first floor adjoining the secondary staircase.
In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, situated off a quiet private access lane, Upper Quabrook is just over two and a half miles from the picturesque village of Hartfield, which has local shops and hostelries and is famous for being the setting of the fictional 100 Acre Wood in the Winnie the Pooh stories. The wonderful open spaces and miles of walking of the Ashdown Forest are within easy reach, as is the small charming town of Forest Row, whilst the historic Royal Spa town of Tunbridge Wells is about 10 miles away with its excellent range of shops, department stores, restaurants, bars and coffee shops. East Grinstead is under six miles away and has a range of facilities. Both towns have fast rail links to London in under an hour. The surrounding area has lovely countryside ideal for walking and riding with many areas of outstanding natural beauty.
There are various educational choices in both the state and private sectors, at primary and secondary levels including Cumnor House at Danehill, Holmewood House Prep School in Langton Green, Hartfield Primary School, Brambletye Prep School in East Grinstead and Ashdown House at Forest Row.
The property is approached via an electric five bar gate on to a long drive that sweeps up the house and on to parking and turning areas in front of the house and garaging. To the rear is a large paved courtyard which is ideal for outdoor entertaining and access to the swimming pool – which is in need of some attention. Gently sloping, the grounds are simply and naturalistically planted with expansive lawns, majestic mature trees and hedging. A former kitchen garden is to one side with some fruit trees, whilst elsewhere is a tennis court.
The two garages are attached to the house with doors at both ends for ease of access. A picturesque brick built outbuilding has a tiled roof and would make an ideal summer house.
Viewing strictly by prior appointment only
Detached country house of character in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Adjoining The Royal Ashdown Golf Course
Private gate on to the Ashdown Forest
Fine prospect over its own grounds of approx 5 acres with views beyond
Expansive accommodation in excess of 4
700 square feet arranged over three floors
Potential to extend subject to building controls
Swimming pool and tennis court.