why you'll like it...
Set well back from the quiet road by a border wall and manicured lawns, stands the effortlessly elegant Glencove. Its Georgian inspired exterior is beautifully symmetrical, with classic columns around the door and an immaculate render in Farrow and Ball’s ‘Old White’. Although detached, it is certainly not isolated from the village or the station which are a short walk away, and the friendly and unpretentious community of Plumpton Green are ready to welcome all. Village life is abundant with social events, as well as a tennis club; a football club; a skate park and play areas, and a lovely nursery and primary school. With three excellent local pubs serving quality food and real ales, there is further opportunity to meet the myriad of fascinating and wonderfully down-to-earth people who live here. As you enter this beautiful home, it is immediately clear that it has been skilfully designed, with a refined eye for interiors, and only the finest quality materials and craftsmanship have been used. Taking centre stage is the bifurcated staircase which is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also creates a light well through the house from the galleried landings, and links the bedrooms with the living spaces.
The Sitting Rooms and Office:
Built for both family life and with entertaining in mind, the ground floor space has been reconfigured to make optimal use of every square foot, and to ensure movement between each room is fluid. First to the right as you enter is the graceful living room which has two sets of double doors to effectively make it triple aspect. Although generously proportioned, this room has a homely feel, with space for plush sofas to snuggle up on in front of the wood burning stove. Beneath the traditional styling in here lies hi-tech mastery, as the cables have been pre-installed inside the ceiling for a ceiling mounted TV projector, and behind the chimney breast for a specialist, discreet TV/wall mirror, so with a flick of a switch, this room can be transformed in to a cinema room for movie nights with the family. Across the hall is a sizable home office, again with a lovely vista to the south, while also facing the entrance so you can see guests as they arrive. It is double aspect, and although there are six bedrooms on the upper floors, this would work perfectly as ground floor bedroom too, if required.
The Family Room and Kitchen:
Outstanding in design and gloriously bright, the family room and kitchen almost double the footprint of the main house. Although it is almost fully glazed on three sides, natural light also streams in through two roof lanterns which have reflective glass to keep the room temperate during the summer months. There are separate zones for dining, cooking and relaxing, but the entire space is ultimately sociable, and perfect for both formal and informal occasions. There is a beautiful blend of contemporary design and home comforts in here, and the Schröder Kitchen provides exceptional storage and a full height fridge and freezer have been integrated alongside two mid-height ovens for easy access. The central island runs the length of the kitchen area forming a breakfast bar topped with Ceasarstone, into which the dual sink and gas hob have been seamlessly cut-in. As in professional kitchens, the tap has a flexi faucet, and as an added luxury you can switch between filtered and standard water depending on whether you are dinking it or washing up. Every occasion has been considered with the creation of this home, and as with the games room below it, this room is pre-wired with Sky TV, HDMi cabling, surround sound and ceiling speakers, so all you need to do is invite the party guests!
The Games Room:
Stairs from the seating area lead down to the games and entertainment floor, and whilst this appears to be lower ground, it leads straight out to the landscaped garden at the rear. It shares the same square footage as the family room and kitchen, but is formed into three rooms and a separate WC. Originally, the smaller room was to be a music studio, so it is soundproofed to a high level, including the glass, and with the gorgeous views from here, any artist would be understandably inspired. The largest of the rooms is used as a yoga studio and a games room to fit a full-size snooker table if need be, but with the addition of a kitchen and a shower alongside the WC, this has annex potential too, and has further double doors leading out to the garden. It is a teenager’s dream down here as it offers privacy and independence without isolation – and for parties, the sound system and disco lighting create the atmosphere of a nightclub which is sure to impress.
The Garden and Stables:
For such an attractive and generous garden, it is surprisingly easy to maintain. The lawns to the front and back take just an hour to mow on a sit-on mower, and the orchard trees provide a delightful spring blossom as well as apples, cherries and plums. The border hedges are peppered with bluebells in April and May, and children can safely play and explore. For dining al fresco, you have the raised eco-decking or the limestone paved terrace, and at night these light up atmospherically. With so much space, this land is ripe for further landscaping, to include a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi spa bath or garden office – all food for thought. There are two stable blocks and a paddock which are also ideal for horse owners looking for high-quality self-livery which could bring in a healthy an nual income. They have their own electricity and water supply too, to could have a plethora of uses once developed, and with separate access to the side of the house, the home owners would be uninterrupted by their use.
The Bedrooms and Bathrooms:
Returning to the house, you certainly get an air of grandeur as you climb the staircase to th e first-floor landing. Up here, light streams in from all sides and you can access the roof terrace above the extension, where you can drink in the breath-taking views. There are two large double bedrooms on the westerly side, and opposite is a smaller double and the exceptional master suite. This is wonderfully opulent with soft carpet underfoot and a feature wall of designer paper, and the polished finish continues in the luxurious en suite bathroom. With a freestanding roll top bath and waterfall taps you can while away the hours, bathed in candlelight, or be ready in a flash with the separate monsoon shower. Likewise, the family bathroom is of similar quality and design, so there’s no need for queues on busy mornings. The smaller bedroom is perfectly position ed should you wish to transform it in to a dressing room or a nursery, and this could be linked with the en suite so early risers need not interrupt sleeping beauties on their way out. There are two further double bedrooms and a shower room on the top floor; delightfully tucked away from the hubbub of family life, and each with a soothing décor and skyscape views so you can star gaze as you drift off to sleep – bliss.
"We feel so proud of what we have achieved with this house. It has been perfect for the family where, as the children have got older they can socialise in their own space, and we have entertained en masse here too - once with 150 guests. The village is a delight and has such a great community feel; we know so many people here so we will be very sad to leave."
bear in mind...
The road into the village passes to the west of the house, but this is not a cutthrough route, and is therefore very quiet. As many of the villagers use the train for commuting, traffic is insignificant even at peak times, and barely noticeable inside due to the draught-sealed and high quality, timber framed double glazed windows.
where it is...
Shops: local 10 minute walk, Haywards Heath or Lewes 10 minute drive each
Train Station: Plumpton station 10 minute walk: 60 minutes into Victoria
Seafront or Park :play area within the village, Brighton Seafront 20 minute drive
Closest Schools: Primary: Plumpton Primary School
Secondary: Chailey School Lewes Priory
Burgess Hill School
This stunning home is situated within some of the most picturesque countryside, and enjoys all the wonders of village life, yet it is superbly well connected to both London and Brighton, plus the country towns of Lewes and Haywards Heath. You can visit the coast within 20 minutes by train or car, and Gatwick Airport is just 30 minutes away for those who need it, so you really do have the best of both worlds here.