Arranged over three floors is this handsome double-fronted family home, which has been occupied by the vendor for the last 40 years offering a very rare opportunity to acquire a beautifully preserved Edwardian property in this sought-after village. Hillside is believed to have been built in 1902 and was previously a shop. The detached house offers spacious and flexible accommodation with generous proportions throughout, including the possibility to convert the lower ground floor into self-contained accommodation or extend the property to the rear. Many period features have been sympathetically incorporated, including Tudor Revival gables, mullion windows, original fireplaces and an attractive wood staircase. A further highlight is the exceptional views from the back of the house that overlook the garden and stunning Sussex countryside.
On the ground floor the property is accessed via a welcoming entrance hall leading to two generous reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room leading to a spacious balcony with views to the rear and a shower room. The lower ground floor further extends the living accommodation with a family room, bedroom/study and utility room.
On the first floor there are two generous double bedrooms and two singles, plus a study and a family bathroom. Many of the bedrooms offer far-reaching green views.
The sought-after village of Balcombe has a thriving community with a popular primary school, village shop, public house, church and village club. Haywards Heath offers more extensive shopping and amenities. Nearby is Ardingly Reservoir with opportunities for walking and water sports at the Ardingly Adventure Centre. The area is renowned for the standard of its schooling in both the private and state sectors, including Worth Abbey and Burgess Hill Girls School. Balcombe offers excellent road communications via the A23/M23 to the M25, the motorway network and Gatwick Airport. The mainline station offers direct services to London half hourly from 43 minutes and Brighton in 26 minutes.
The west-facing rear garden is a delight, featuring a timber balcony offering space for entertaining and lovely views over uninterrupted countryside to the rear – a wonderful space for enjoying breakfast or evening drinks on warmer days. The garden itself is of a very generous size and features areas of lawn with mature borders. A variety of specimen plants and trees can be found, including a mature spectacular wisteria climber on the rear elevation. There are a number of trees including apple, bay, magnolia and a weeping silver birch plus fruiting blackcurrant and gooseberry. There is also a paved patio and a summerhouse with power which is a real suntrap. To the front there is a private in-and-out tarmac driveway with space for several vehicles, a carport and a single garage.