Lewes Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19
£3,250,000

Guide price

Bedrooms: 9
A substantial and superbly appointed Arts and Crafts country house built in 1875, surrounded stunning grounds encompassing delightful established gardens a lake and terraces some 1.5. miles outside of the thriving town of East Grinstead. The property has been subject to many alterations and improvements over the years and was partly demolished and rebuilt in the 1950s though many of its stunning original features remain having been sympathetically restored and incorporated into the modern-day home. The estate has a rich and diverse history and was first mentioned in the Domesday Book, before later passing to the ownership of the Hanbury family, who are largely responsible for the truly stunning grounds which still exist today. While much of the home's character remains, it has been extensively modernised and is a truly liveable country home affording fantastic opportunities for family life and entertaining.

Enjoying an elevated setting, the house has splendid views overlooking its own mature gardens and lake. Its period features are typically mid-Victorian and feature prominent stone gables, oak panelling, stone staircases and ornate plasterwork.

Internally the accommodation is set across four floors, with a wealth of bright and reception rooms on the ground floor and cellars on the basement level ideal for wine storage. The reception hall has grand proportions with its imposing fireplace, vaulted ceiling, coloured leaded light windows wide flagstone floors and minstrels' gallery, while the sitting room has two large bays, with one containing a handsome stone fireplace.

On the first floor there are seven double bedrooms, including a principal suite with superb en suite bathroom and dressing room. Three further bedrooms have en suite facilities and there is also a well-appointed family bathroom.

The property also benefits from an excellent selection of ancillary accommodation, including a suite of rooms on the second floor with a bathroom and kitchenette which is ideal for an au pair, whilst within the grounds there is a self-contained guest studio situated within an annexe and a separate two-bedroom cottage with kitchen, bathroom, reception room and roof terrace.

Outside

*Agent's Note

The gardens and grounds are registered under the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953 within the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens by Historic England for its special historic interest.

The magnificent Grade II*-Listed gardens were laid out in circa 1908 and set in 6 acres, separated into pleasure grounds, parkland and rock gardens on the south-west facing slopes of the estate. Many of the plants were taken from the gardens of La Mortola in Liguria, Italy, designed by renowned gardener and merchant Sir Thomas Hanbury who was the brother of owner Frederick J Hanbury.

Garage

The grounds are comprised of sweeping lawns flanked with a variety of specimen shrubs and fine trees including rhododendron, azalea, oak, yew, cedar and silver birch. Adjoining the front of the house is an extensive terrace enclosed by yew topiary, with steps leading down to a lower terrace which could accommodate a swimming pool (subject to consents). Paths lead through the gardens to a spring-fed lake where there is a timber boat house. To the rear of the house, a terrace fronts onto part of Hanbury's famed rockery and a pinetum, where some of the original trees remain.

A number of outbuildings provide garages, gardener's rooms and storage areas, and there is ample parking on a sweeping private driveway.

pSituation

Brockhurst is a glorious property situated in an elevated position with views over its own mature grounds and attractive countryside beyond. The vibrant town of East Grinstead is just 2 miles away which provides comprehensive shopping and entertainment facilities. Further shopping and leisure facilities can be found in the nearby Georgian Town of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

The area is well served for sporting and leisure pursuits with Racing at Lingfield Park, Epsom and Goodwood; Golf at Royal Ashdown, Forest Row, Crawley Down and Holtye; Sailing at Bough Beech and Weir Wood reservoirs and along the South Coast; and walking and riding locally including Ashdown Forest.

Mainline rail service: There are fast and frequent trains from East Grinstead railway station (1.1 miles) to London Bridge/Victoria from 57 minutes

Schools: There are many highly regarded schools in the area, both state and private, including Brambletye, Cumnor House, Worth, Sackville, Imberhorne, Lingfield College, Michael Hall School (Rudolph Steiner) and Ardingly College.

Communications: Gatwick (via A264 / M23) is just 10 miles distant. Both the A22 and the A/M23 link to the south coast and the M25 orbital motorway to the north, and in turn other motorway networks and Heathrow airport.

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