Historic country house - August 2010

Whiligh House near Wadhurst in East Sussex is the delightful major portion of a Grade II* manor standing in the heart of the original estate which is particularly known for growing the original timbers used for the roof of Westminster Hall when it was built, and again for its repair after World War II. Originally rebuilt in 1586 by the Courthope family, it was subsequently altered and extended between 1840 to the early 1900’s and then partly demolished after the Second World War before being divided in 1985 by the present vendors who have lived on the estate since 1967.

The proportion of the house now for sale is notable for its well-proportioned accommodation including large reception rooms and five bedrooms served by a grand staircase with a magnificent glass domed ceiling. Constructed largely of brick and stone the eastern elevation has unusual buff mathematical tiling and the whole is under a slate roof. In front of the house lies the formal terraced garden, bordered by a ha-ha to the adjoining farmland, and beyond there are extensive attractively laid out wooded gardens with many flowering beds. The whole extends to nearly 3.5 acres.

Stonegate mainline station is approximately 2½ miles going into London Bridge, Charing Cross and Cannon Street and Tunbridge Wells with its excellent and comprehensive facilities is about 8 miles. There are numerous highly regarded schools in the area and the A21 provides access to the M25 and the national motorway network, together with Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.

Tim Raikes, senior partner of RH & RW Clutton, commented “Opportunities to acquire historic houses of this nature do not arise often and together with the splendid features of this property we expect to see significant interest in it”.

A guide price of £850,000 is being given and further details are available from the East Grinstead office, tel : 01342 410122. JPBT Aug 2010.  








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