Viewing strictly by confirmed appointment with the joint sole agents:
RH & RW Clutton - 01342 410122
Knight Frank - 01892 515035
A fine listed Mill House with landscaped gardens, waterfalls, terraces and woodland.
The house lies off a quiet country lane a mile west of Cowden in a glorious rural location. Stations are available at Cowden and also at Edenbridge with its excellent local facilities. East Grinstead is 6 miles, Tunbridge Wells 10 miles, Gatwick/M23 14 miles and to the north Godstone and the M25, 13 miles.
Excellent sporting and recreational facilities are readily accessible including club tennis courts in Cowden, with golf at Holtye less than a mile away, Tunbridge Wells and Royal Ashdown. Good state and private schools are within easy reach.
The property would appear to have an extensive well recorded history which indicate the furnace was active in ordnance for the Commonwealth and may have been controlled by John Browne during the Civil War as he gave £1 to the poor of Cowden in 1645. The furnace had apparently been ruined by 1664. In Arthur Mee's Kent in the series "The King's England" it states "Centuries ago the hammers of the iron masters were clanging here; now all is quiet as a mouse. It is a little kingdom in a sleepy hollow, a veritable picture of a dream, and the winding lane that runs for miles to the Lingfield Road has been almost untouched by the enemies of loneliness and peace."
A driveway drops down through iron gates from Furnace Lane to a courtyard with a York stone rose island. A pathway edged with box hedging under a Mulberry tree leads up to the house. This former Mill of old ironworks has a central 16th Century timber framed core now much altered and restored. Having mellow red brick and blue header elevations with weatherboarding and hanging tiles above under a clay tiled roof, the house is arranged over three floors.
The front door opens to an extensive hall with doors off to a large sitting room opening out to the garden, kitchen and pantry, panelled dining room leading through to the drawing room, together with an study, two cloakrooms and a small laundry/boiler room.
Stairs lead up to a large gallery landing which has doors off to the master suite with dressing room/bedroom five and en-suite bathroom, three further bedrooms and a family bathroom.
The second floor is presently used as a separate open plan flat (although services are not separated) with its additional own pedestrian bridge access off Furnace Lane. It offers a studio gallery, a breakfast room, bathroom and bedroom with steps up to a vaulted sitting room with a hatch and steps down to a children's den.
The house has a wealth of fascinating and appealing features including hidden storage areas accessed by ladders, wood block and boarded floors, stone and Arts & Crafts fireplaces and from most rooms, stunning views across the gardens.
Beside the entrance courtyard there is a useful store cabin and beside the house extensive stone terraces. The landscaped gardens are a stunning feature to the property running away eastwards for over 350 yards. Kent Water, from the weir controlled mill pond on the other side of the road, forms both the northern boundary along most of its length with a second meandering tributary running through the main garden before the two meet at the end. There are tiered cascade rock waterfalls, weirs and natural pools, with overlooking terraces and patios, awash with waterlilies, iris and blue water plants. York stone pathways and various bridges together with an island all add to the magnificent appeal. A high bank of woodland with chestnut, oak, conifers and a yew walk runs along the southern boundary. The main garden is an extensive mown lawn with beech, silver birch, hazel, sycamore and oak trees. A clump of bamboo stands to one side and there is a particularly fine specimen Scots Pine. Banks of rhodedendron, magnolias, camelia shrubs, azaleas and roses provide a huge splash of colour.
Please note the adjacent outbuildings are excluded but are available with the house at £1.1 million together. See attached plan for further information.