why you'll like it...
Guide price £1,250,000 – £1,350,000
Country equestrian retreat, in picturesque Small Dole, with 6 beds, 4 acres, sand school, stables, and annex potential.
The entrance and guest room
Big and bright this home brims with character. Outside looks very traditional, but inside, this original sheep’s barn has been transformed into a substantial family home with an easy, sociable flow. The entrance from the hard standing (which is large enough for several cars) has a sheltering porch and inside is an introduction to the expert design of the interior: a bright double hallway with French doors bringing in the garden at one end and at the other is the guest bedroom with en suite shower room, so your guests, or au pair, can come and go without disturbing the main house.
The living room
The elegant living room has gleaming wood beneath your feet and exposed oak beams above your head and at 28’5 x 15’1, provides plenty of space to unwind or to entertain. Twin sets of windows and French doors bring in the scents and birdsong of the garden in the summer, while in the winter the room transforms into a warm and welcoming haven when you close the energy efficient doors and windows and curl up together in the glow of the wood burning stove in the inglenook fireplace.
The family kitchen
Across the inner hallway, the family friendly kitchen opens into a paved courtyard for breakfast in the sunshine, although you could incorporate this space into the kitchen if you wanted to (subject to the usual consents). Inside, the smart oak units are topped by gleaming granite and a range of appliances are integrated for you. A central island doubles as a bar where the children, or your partner can finish home work as you cook.The ceiling is vaulted with 3 large windows in the roof slope.
Four family bedrooms and a bathroom
A door separates the sleeping areas from the bustling living rooms and also leads to the stairs up to the loft space which is currently a play room. Four generous double rooms line this part of the house, all with restful views of the garden, which can also be accessed from two of them. The stylish bathroom they share is large enough for both a roll top bath and a separate shower.
The master suite
At the far end of this block, with a high ceiling, and large windows, the luxurious master bedroom is all about relaxing with not one, but two dressing areas leading through to the sumptuous en suite with a fabulous Jacuzzi bath, a wet room style shower, twin hand basins, toilet and bidet.
The games room, sauna and utility
Designed for an easy flow, the door in the far wall of the master en suite takes you past a discreet laundry room to the cloakroom and sauna which in turn lead through to the large games room, which would also be a peaceful office for those who work from home, with triple sets of French doors embracing the garden. Alternatively, this whole section of the house could be used as a separate granny accommodation or annexe.
Outside, a paved sun terrace (broad enough for dining) runs along the south and east sides of the house and there is a large lawn with fruit trees bordered by mature shrubs , trees and hedges whilst plenty of bulbs ensure that this garden is full of the joys of spring and summer.
The equestrian facilities
Approx. 4 acres of paddocks can be found via a private, gated driveway at the side of the house. Post and rail fencing divides the acreage into 5 separate enclosures each with a water supply and metal swing gates.
A new, sand school with state of the art PVC granules spans 40 x 30m complete with lighting and post and rail fencing.
The large stable block has 6 stalls, a tack room and a hay barn. Set on concrete base, there is also ample parking for horse boxes and trailers.
A steel framed barn of 30m has lighting and water, a tool room and separate office space complete with small sink and kitchen area. All with wonderful countryside views.
“You can reach the city and schools quickly, picnic on the Downs or on the beach and wake up to birdsong”
bear in mind...
Although feeling very rural, you are in fact only minutes from the A2037 which connects you to the real world in no time at all!
where it is...
Shops: Henfield is under 5 minutes
Train Station: Shoreham, Hassocks or Haywards Heath at 15, 20 and 25 minutes
Seafront or Park: On the edge of the Downs, Beaches of Shoreham 15 minutes
Primary: Henfield, Upper Beeding, Steyning, St Peter’s
Secondary: Steyning Grammar
Private: Brighton College, Lancing, Christ’s Hospital, Hurstpierpoint, Burgess Hill School for girls
In beautiful West Sussex countryside, this substantial home is well connected with Haywards Heath, Brighton and Gatwick all within easy reach. Local independent shops, schools and a supermarket can be found in Henfield and in Steyning, each just a short drive and there is a bus route nearby. The thriving villages of Fulking and Poynings are around the corner, each offering bistro pubs and clubs for local entertainment. The coastal City of Brighton and Hove is within a 15 minute drive and for those needing to commute, the A23 is within easy reach, and stations at Hassocks and Haywards Heath with a service to Gatwick and London are readily accessible.