The East Sussex Commuter House

The East Sussex -- Commuter House

THE VICTORIAN TWO BEDROOM COTTAGE WHERE TOM AND SUE LIVED AS A SECOND HOME WHEN THEIR PRIMARY RESIDENCE WAS IN FRANCE. IT HAS A WALLED GARDEN OVERLOOKING PARKLAND, HALL, SITTING ROOM / DINING ROOM, KITCHEN / BREAKFAST ROOM, UTILITY ROOM, TWO DOUBLE BEDROOMS, LARGE SHOWER ROOM, WALLED GARDEN, STORESHED, DETACHED GARAGE AND OFF-ROAD PARKING.

APPROXIMATE DISTANCES: HEATHFIELD 1 MILE, ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS 15 MILES, STONEGATE MAINLINE STATION 7 MILES (LONDON CHARING CROSS/CANNON STREET 67 MINS.)

SITUATION:

· The property abuts parkland belonging to Heathfield Park, a substantial private residence, and boasts a delightful walled garden from which ancient oaks, beeches and a view over the parkland itself can be enjoyed.

DESCRIPTION:

Weald Cottage was built in 1873 as denoted by the plaque above the front door. Originally it is believed to have belonged to Weald House, perhaps used as servants’ quarters.

Externally the property presents mellow red and grey brick lower elevations and decorative tile hung upper elevations. The garden has been re-designed for low maintenance with a lovely capped sandstone wall allowing full views over adjoining parkland.

Internally the property has been refurbished under the guidance of an interior designer to include Christopher Moore reproduction wallpaper in the Sitting Room (see below), maple fronted kitchen units and a combination of renovated oak and pine flooring and new terracotta floor tiling.

HALL: Polished oak parquet floor in herringbone pattern. Windows to front and side. Radiator. Wall light point. Small latch door to understairs storage cupboard fitted with shelves and having a small front facing window.

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SITTING ROOM 12' x 11' (3.66m x 3.35m) / DINING ROOM: 12' x 12' (3.66m x 3.66m)Triple aspect room with terracotta tiled floor throughout. Pretty bay window to front. Fitted bookshelves with cupboard below to one side of chimney breast in dining area. To the other side an arched recess with fitted corner cupboard to house a T.V. below. Dining and sitting areas are divided by a wide opening. In the sitting room area is an open fireplace with carved wood surround. Arched recess complimenting that in the dining area with casement window and to the other side of the chimney breast a glazed panel with pine shutters affording a fine view over adjoining parkland. Further window to rear. The eyecatching wallpaper in this room is a reproduction of the original designed for Madame Pompadour at the Chateau Montretout by Pierre Frey and reproduced by Christopher Moore.

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KITCHEN / BREAKFAST ROOM: 14'6 x 9'3 (4.42m x 2.82m)Light, double aspect room having casement windows on two sides and terracotta floor tiles throughout. Exterior door to garden. Wall light brackets. Range of maple fronted floor units with inset double Belfast sink and mixer tap. Inset Rosieres electric oven with Rosieres four ring calor gas hob above. Wall mounted shelf on wrought iron brackets. Wall light points. Radiator. Ceiling access to loft space. Panelled door from kitchen to hall.

UTILITY ROOM: 10' x 7'6 (3.05m x 2.29m)Double aspect room with terracotta floor continuing from kitchen. Point for fridge/freezer. Domestic boiler and factory lagged hot water cylinder / immersion heater. Storage shelf above window.

Stripped oak staircase from Hall to First Floor.

BEDROOM 1: 13'3 x 10'6 (4.04m x 3.20m)Light double bedroom with window to side. Stripped and varnished pine floor. Original Victorian fireplace with white painted cast iron surround and black cast iron insert with duck’s nest fire basket. Central pendant light fitting. Radiator.

BEDROOM 2: 12'6 x 8'9 (3.81m x 2.67m)Double aspect double bedroom with two windows (one with internal shutters) creating a bright atmosphere. Original Victorian fireplace with white painted cast iron surround and black cast iron insert with duck’s nest fire basket. Radiator.

SHOWER ROOM: Spacious room benefiting from a lovely view of the Church to the front. Stripped pine floor. Access to loft space. White low level W.C. with wooden seat and tiled shelf behind. White Heritage pedestal wash basin. Large shower unit having two tiled and two glazed walls. Wall light point. Radiator.

OUTSIDE: The property is approached from the road via a picket gate and paved path to the tile roofed porch which has a low wall with decorative stone ball on either side. To one side of the property is a pair of oak gates opening into a brick drive edged by a sandstone retaining wall, a strip of garden planted with mature rhododendrons and a WOODEN STORAGE SHED being glazed to one side. The drive in turn leads to a DETACHED GARAGE of brick construction beneath a pitched, tiled roof. The garage has double wooden doors with inset glazed panels, two glazed and obscured panels in the roof and a leaded window pane to the rear. Concrete floor, personal door to rear and power and light connected. The garden lies to the front and side of the property. The side garden has been redesigned to allow for low maintenance and includes a gravel and brick walled terrace featuring a renovated well, lavender and fuchsia bed with glazed earthenware ‘rope’ edging and a mellow sandstone capped and ivy-clad wall which has been lowered to take advantage of the glorious view over the adjoining parkland. Mature oaks and beech trees belonging to Heathfield Park form a magnificent backdrop to the walled courtyard.

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