Great Lywood Farmhouse is a superb example of a 17th Century timber framed Sussex farmhouse. The property provides the charm and history of its era but with the added advantage of generous ceiling heights and proportions, and offers a superb layout with a rich selection of living and entertaining space.
The property is approached by a private lane, owned by Great Lywood Farmhouse, with rights of way for the neighbouring properties.
A five bar gate opens on to a large parking area for several cars and the garage. The studio flat is reached from the courtyard behind the garage. A path leads through the front garden to the main front door. You are greeted by a bright and spacious entrance hall with a stunning open inglenook fireplace, with a woodburner. To the left is a charming and bright kitchen/breakfast room with Aga and handmade painted units, leading to a spacious and delightful conservatory. French doors from the conservatory open on to a terrace area for alfresco entertaining. On the right of the hall is the sitting room, also with a woodburner. At the end of the hall you enter the drawing room, a grand but relaxing room with a large open inglenook fireplace. A door leads into the dining room. At the end of the hallway is a spacious utility room, ideal for muddy dogs and wellies, with a larder and walk-in cupboard, and door to the garden.
The property benefits from two staircases both of which go all the way to the top floor, an ideal set up for guests and children to have their own space and access. The main staircase leads to the first floor and the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, four further bedrooms, family bathroom and cloakroom. On the second floor there are two very large bedrooms and a shower room.
This large timber- framed farmhouse was built at the beginning of the 17th century, and together with two adjacent barns and a dairy, continued to be a working farm until the 1980s. It is set in a stunning rural location between Ardingly and Lindfield and 3.9 miles from Haywards Heath Station. Ardingly has a village shop and an excellent bakery and Lindfield, in addition to excellent small shops also offers an extensive range of local facilities including a chemist, church, public houses, Health Centre and a supermarket. A wider range of facilities including a mainline station with fast and regular services to London (Victoria/London Bridge accessible within 45 mins) can be found in Haywards Heath. The M23 is just 8 miles away with access to the M25 and the rest of the motorway network, and airports at Gatwick and Heathrow. The property has excellent schools nearby with village schools in both Ardingly and Lindfield. Local private schools include Great Walstead, Brambletye, Cumnor House, Ardingly College, Worth Abbey, Burgess Hill School, Hurst College and Brighton College. Sporting and recreational activities are extensive: golf at Haywards Heath, Royal Ashdown and East Sussex National; sailing at Ardingly and Weir Wood reservoirs; and walking and riding locally, including the South Downs and the Ashdown Forest.
In total the property sits in 19 acres of which around 16 acres are farmland, tended to by the local farmer and adding a very generous boundary to the property and affording fabulous views of the South Downs.
The gardens that surround the property are an infusion of colourful displays throughout the year, designed and created by the current owners. Within the gardens are many different areas for relaxing and a Hartley Botanic greenhouse, vegetable patch, orchard and tennis court.
The property also benefits from a large barn which is ideal for storage or, subject to planning, a home office or further annexe.
Agent’s note: the property owns the track set low down just beyond the East side of the property which is also a public footpath.
Utility Room. Annexe: Bedroom
Kitchenette. Grounds 19 Acres