A Grade I listed period cottage forming part of one of the finest timber framed buildings in Sussex situated in the Conservation Area of this favoured village.
ROOMS Sitting room with open fireplace, Kitchen/breakfast room, First floor landing, Double bedroom, Family bathroom, Second floor bedroom 2 with en-suite wet room, Gas heating, Communal Garden, Former outbuilding used as a utility room and log store.
LOCATION The property is set back from the road and is situated within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to the centre of the pretty village of Sedlescombe, which has a local general store, primary school, church of St John the Baptist, Inn, doctor's surgery, long triangular green and Brickwall Hotel. The village is on a bus route to surrounding areas with the historic Abbey town of Battle within four miles offering a wider range of local shopping facilities with supermarkets, banks, and schools. Battle station is on the Hastings to London Cannon Street line offering commuter service of trains. The larger coastal town of Hastings is within 7 miles. Tunbridge Wells is about 35 minutes' drive inland providing a more comprehensive range of cultural and shopping facilities. 12 miles to the south east is the Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Rye, renowned for its medieval fortifications and fine period architecture. There are a number of state/private schools in the area including Claverham Community College and Battle Abbey at Battle, Vinehall School, Robertsbridge, Marlborough House and St Ronans at Hawkhurst and Claremont on the outskirts of Hastings.
DESCRIPTION 4 Manor Cottages forms part of a C15th property considered by English Heritage to be one of the finest timber framed buildings in Sussex, with close studded elevations set with leaded light windows beneath a pitched peg tiled roof incorporating a 'catslide' to the rear. Particular features include fine exposed timber framing, fireplaces of the period and high quality kitchen and bathroom fittings. The living accommodation is arranged over three floors.
GROUND FLOOR The property is approached via a front door opening into the sitting room which overlooks the front garden with massive timber framing including ceiling beams and studwork, an old internal leaded light window looking through to the kitchen and a wide inglenook fireplace with brick surrounds and returns, tiled hearth, fitted canopy and oak bressumer. From the sitting room an open doorway leads through to the vaulted kitchen/breakfast room which overlooks the rear and is fitted with an extensive range of high quality hand crafted solid oak units incorporating a bespoke dresser, larder cupboard, wall units and base cupboards and drawers beneath granite working surfaces and surrounds with a glazed Villeroy & Boch sink with chrome taps, integrated fridge and dishwasher, patterned tiled floor, exposed timber framing, downlighting and stable door to outside.
FIRST FLOOR On the first floor, the landing has a concealed door and stairs off to the second floor and a built in linen cupboard with a hot water cylinder. Bedroom 1 has a window to the front, exposed timber framing, a Victorian fireplace with a cast iron grate and painted outer surround. The bathroom has modern fitments comprising panelled bath with a shower attachment, low level w.c and pedestal wash hand basin.
SECOND FLOOR On the second floor, there is a below eaves bedroom with dormer windows to the front and rear and a vaulted ceiling with exposed timber framing. Adjoining is a fully tiled wet room with a small skylight window and contemporary fittings including a power shower, close coupled w.c and wall mounted wash basin.
OUTSIDE To the front of the property is an open plan communal garden held on a long leasehold basis set down to lawn with mixed flower beds, mature Yew tree and brick pathways. To the rear, is a small terrace which does not form part of the freehold but is used by long standing custom and consent. Beyond is an outbuilding of brick elevations beneath a slate tiled roof forming one of a row of similar buildings and currently used as a utility room/log store.
NOTE There is currently an annual contribution of £180 towards the upkeep of the garden.
Phillips & Stubbs