Stone House is a handsome, substantial, period house, situated in a private, elevated and secluded position, in the heart of Bolney Village, and is within the Conservation Area. The house has been in the same family ownership for 100 years and was bought in 1923 when the Wykehurst Park Estate in its entirety came up for sale by auction. Stone House is believed to date from the first part of the 19th century, with evidence of many alterations and enlargements since then. Whilst being reasonably maintained over the years, it is considered the property would benefit from significant improvement, offering an amazing opportunity for an ingoing buyer to refurbish a stunning period home.
The striking accommodation includes much character and extends to about 4,956 sq ft (460.5 sq m) with many beautiful, period features including high ceilings, large leaded-light windows, lovely fireplaces, wooden flooring and wooden doors, with the main rooms having views overlooking the mature gardens and grounds. From the entrance drive, the front door opens into a beautiful reception hall, with the main staircase and with doors opening into the drawing room, morning room, and dining room, all with lovely period features. The floorplans show the other accommodation on the ground floor. On the first floor, there are 5 large double bedrooms and a door leading to a part of the house that has been utilised as a separate flat, but which could provide additional bedrooms, if required.
From Cherry Lane, the property is approached over a private, gravel entrance drive that leads to the front of the house, past Stable Cottage, with a timber garage to one side. Beyond the drive is a large, flat lawn, which leads on to a lower lawn, all bordered with a wide variety of mature plants, shrubs and trees. With various pathways and areas of lawn, the gardens and grounds, which are quite undulating in places, create a beautiful setting.
Accessed from the drive and also from Cherry Lane through its own garden, is Stable Cottage, which is a former stable building that has been partially converted into a separate 2 bedroom house, with part of the building remaining unconverted. In all extending to approximately 2.74 acres.
LOCATION AND AMENITIES
Bolney is a charming and attractive village with history dating back to mediaeval times. It is thought that the village name came from the Saxon word ‘Bolne’ meaning ‘a village (or high place) near marsh’. At the heart of the village is St Mary Magdalene Church, which partly dates from the 12th century. The tower houses the first ring of eight bells in Sussex, the oldest dating back to 1592. At the top end of the village in Top Street there is another place of worship, the Bolney Village Chapel. The last remaining pub in the village is called The Eight Bells in reference to the set of bells in the village church. In addition, there is a village hall, post office, Batchelors Field recreation ground, cricket club, community café and both preschools and a Church of England primary school. The local service station on the A272 also has shopping facilities. There is a very good selection of both state and independent secondary schools within easy reach, namely Warden Park Secondary Academy, Great Walstead, Handcross Park, Cottesmore School, Hurstpierpoint College and Ardingly College.
Cuckfield is less than 4 miles away and provides good local shops with Haywards Heath for a more comprehensive range of shops including Waitrose. For the wine enthusiasts, the award winning Bolney Wine Estate is just over half a mile away. For the culture seekers, Glyndebourne is just over 20 miles, and the annual Brighton Festival with theatre, dance, classical music and literary event is just half an hour away. Leisure activities include equestrian events at Hickstead, a mere 3 miles away, and a large choice of golf courses within easy reach. Also close by are Ockenden Manor and South Lodge country hotel and spas and the stunning Grade I listed Leonardslee House and gardens. There are many walking and cycling opportunities locally.
There is a mainline rail service from Haywards Heath (6 miles) with a fast service in to London Bridge and Victoria from around 45 mins. The A23 connects with the M23 providing access to Gatwick Airport (15 miles) and the M25 (28 miles) and central London (41 miles) beyond.
Mains electricity, water and drainage are connected.
EPC – Stone House – F (26), The Flat – E (45), Stable Cottage – E (44)
COUNCIL TAX – House band G - £3,371.90,
Flat band A - £1,348.76, Stable Cottage band B - £1,573.55
Follow the A272 in an easterly direction, through the village of Cowfold and after approximately 3 miles turn in to The Street, the signpost will say Bolney Village. Continue through the village for half a mile and turn right in to Cherry Lane. The entrance to Stone House is the first drive on the right hand side.
Strictly by appointment with the sole agent
RH & RW Clutton - 01798 344554