The cottage is situated on a quiet country lane backing onto farmland within walking distance of Hellingly, a small picturesque village situated just below the High Weald AONB with two primary schools and a church. Hailsham (approx 2 miles) and Heathfield (approx 7 miles) both offer a range of shopping and leisure facilities.
The Cuckoo Trail, a 14 mile green corridor for walking and cycling, runs through the Sussex Countryside from Eastbourne to Heathfield, via Hellingly.
Polegate train station (approx 6 miles) offers regular services to London and Brighton. The A22 (London to Eastbourne) is within easy reach and the M25 (Junction 5 - Sevenoaks), via the A21 and A267, is about an hour away. Gatwick Airport, from the A27 and A23, can be reached in around an hour.
There is also a Community Hub nearby offering social events and space for clubs, classes, associations and societies.
3 Shawpits Cottages is a deceptively spacious former farm cottage which has been extensively and thoughtfully refurbished throughout. The refurbishment has included a replacement kitchen and bathroom, reconfiguring disused space to create a cloakroom and installing a new oil fired central heating system.
The front door opens into a spacious entrance hall with doors leading off to a dining room/study and into a large double aspect sitting room with a fireplace and inset woodburner. The old kitchen has been replaced with cream shaker style wall and floor units with an oak effect worktop, metro tiled splashbacks, stainless steel sink and built in electric oven, ceramic hob and extractor hood. There are spaces for dishwasher, washing machine and a fridge freezer, with a useful larder cupboard and a door leading out to the garden.
The staircase from the entrance hall leads up to a large landing with doors leading off to four good sized bedrooms, three with wardrobe/cupboards, and a family bathroom with a modern suite including wc, wash hand basin, bath and separate shower cubicle. The loft is not boarded. The bedrooms at the rear of the property enjoy a picturesque view over farmed fields and towards Shawpits Farm.
The garden lies predominantly to the side of the property, enclosed by hedging, and is mainly laid to lawn with various fruit trees and a timber garden shed. A newly laid garden path leads out to an only recently created parking area infront of the open double-bay carport, beside the farm drive.
The property is to be let, unfurnished, on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy for an initial period of 12 months with a view to continuing monthly thereafter by agreement.
TENANCY APPLICATIONS & HOLDING DEPOSIT
Prospective tenants will be required to complete a preliminary application form should they wish to be considered for a tenancy. If you are successful in your initial application, RH & RW Clutton will collect the Holding Deposit (equivalent to one weeks rent) and will issue third-party referencing forms for completion.
REFERENCING & RIGHT TO RENT CHECKS
Prospective tenants will need to be credit-checked and fully referenced to include a financial and personal references and references from a previous landlord, if applicable. Copies of identification documents will be required as proof of identity to satisfy the Right to Rent Legislation and a utility bill will be required as proof of registered address.
A deposit the equivalent to 5 weeks’ rent will be payable prior to the commencement of the tenancy. This will be held by RH & RW Clutton and will be held in a designated account and registered with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS). The deposit will be refunded at the end of the tenancy, subject to the property being given up in a satisfactory condition and with no rent arrears or outstanding charges for which the tenant is responsible. The deposit may not be used in lieu of rent by the tenant.
Mains electricity, water and drainage. Water rates will be recharged by the landlord until such time as a submeter is installed to measure consumption. There is a newly installed oil fired central heating system to radiators.
Broadband: Fibre to the Premises. Speed approx 250 Mbps.
An Energy Performance Rating is Band D.
OUTGOINGS & OTHER CHARGES
For the duration of the tenancy, the tenant will be required to pay the Council Tax to Wealden District Council (Band D), Utilities, Communication Services (telephone etc), TV Licence and any Green Deal Finance charges either directly to the suppliers or to the Landlord or their Agent, or a proportion, if shared.
For a full scale of RH & RW Cluttons Tenant Fees, please visit www.rhrwclutton.com/informationfortenants.
The tenant will be responsible for maintaining the front border and the interior of the house. The landlord will be responsible for the lawn mowing, hedge cutting, the exterior and the structure of the house.
Pets will only be allowed with the landlord’s specific written permission and, if permitted, an additional rent of £20pcm per pet shall be payable in addition to the monthly rent.
A recently refurbished semi-detached former farm cottage with a large garden in a spectacular rural position within walking distance of Hellingly. Rent includes broadband and some gardening.