EQUESTRIAN - The majority of the main house is thought to date from the early 1800’s with later additions. The present owners have fully refurbished and extended the property to create a home with a wealth of spacious living and entertaining areas. Meticulous attention to detail has been taken using the very best fixtures and fittings to create a harmonious and calm environment for all generations to enjoy. The property has some notable features which include, high ceilings, sash windows, deep skirting boards, window shutters and Chesney fireplaces. Full details of the house can be found on the floor plan but in brief:There are two driveways to the property, the main is entered through wrought iron gates sweeping up to the front of the house with a full turning circle. The other driveway leads you to the rear of the property and provides ample parking for several cars. There are three entrances to the house, an entrance porch and substantial double doors are situated at the front of the house and lead you into the large and impressive reception hall with flagstone flooring. To the rear of the property entry is also provided via the boot room, ideal for muddy wellies and children, the last entrance takes you to the rear of the reception hall. The stunning Plain English kitchen sits at the heart of the house with warmth and ambience created by the four oven Aga. A generous island takes central position for further preparation and storage areas. The built in appliances are supplied by Gaggeneau including a full height fridge, freezer and combi steam oven, alongside a Quooker tap and double butler sink. The kitchen seamlessly blends with the dining area and sitting room offering a very impressive length of 46’2 which creates a magnificent room for entertaining whether this be for casual or more formal occasions. Underfloor heating runs through this room, the drawing room and reception hall. The present owners have also installed ground source heating which allows a house of such proportions to be run in a cost affective manner, details of the incentive scheme in place can be provided by the agent. Double doors lead from the kitchen to the drawing room, a wonderful room with striking full height sash windows and Chesney fireplace. There is excellent built in storage above and around the door ideal for use as a library. To the east wing you have the family room, again with full height sash windows and feature marble fireplace, generous study, cloakroom and stairs down to the cellar.
To the first floor the new wing that was created on the west side of the house provides the sumptuous master bedroom suite, with full width windows and French doors that open out to a balcony capturing the amazing views of the downs. There is a walk in dressing room and large en suite bathroom with separate shower and bath. Continuing on this side of the house are a further three bedrooms serviced by two bathrooms; one of which is en suite and an ideal set up for the children. To the other side of the house there are three further bedrooms and two bathrooms making an ideal guest wing.
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Beechwood House is located in the small and very popular village of East Chiltington, with its parish church and popular public house, The Jolly Sportsman. The property is situated at the foot of the South Downs and therefore lies in the South Downs National Park which provides outstanding countryside for riding, walking and cycling.
Mainline services: Cooksbridge station is just over a mile away with trains to Victoria/London Bridge in approximately 60 minutes. Haywards Heath station is about 10 miles away with trains to London in about 43 minutes and Lewes being about4 miles away offers trains to London in about 70 minutes. The bustling city of Brighton is about 10 miles away with the A27 providing fast access to the A23/M23, Gatwick Airport and national motorway network.
There is a large selection of excellent schools within the area, Lewes Old Grammar, Brighton College, Roedean school, Burgess Hill School For Girls, Hurstpierpoint College, Cumnor House, Great Walstead, Worth Abbey and Ardingly College.
Gardens and Grounds
The gardens and grounds have been beautifully landscaped over the years offering large expanses of lawn, clipped hedges and some magnificent specimen trees. There is a productive orchard with numerous fruit trees, including apple, pear, plum,
fig, quince and meddler. There is a walled kitchen garden within the grounds along with an all weather tennis court and one bedroom annexe fondly known as the Clock House.
In all about 30.759 acres. A paddock lies to the front of the property with then the remainder of the land being divided into two large arable fields which lie to the south west and north west of the house. Bordering the fields is an area of woodland
incorporating a picturesque lake which is stocked.
Rights of way: Beechwood House has a vehicular right of way over adjoining land, in order to access the property’s driveway and fields. Prospective purchasers should note that there are a number of public footpaths that cross the land, which are some distance from the house. The owners did have an agreement in place with the local farmer for him to tend to the arable fields and in return paid £4,000 a year. This is potentially an agreement that can be continued with the new owners if required.
The property enjoys the benefit of restrictive covenants over parts of the adjoining land in brief preventing the following:
• No change of planning use for the existing agricultural buildings and land.
• No farm or agricultural buildings to be erected.
• No specialist intensive farming to take place nor use of noisy agricultural machinery including grain dryers or cattle food mills on any of the land.
• A full copy of the restrictive covenants is available from the selling agents.