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Price £1,300,000

Chapel Cross, Heathfield

Once an agricultural barn, this unique four-bedroom home combines original details with eight acres of tranquil land. Nestled within a friendly community that pays homage to its rural roots in the High Weald AONB, it also features a stable block, barn, outside stores, and a detached annexe/garage.

The property originally belonged to Sky Farm before being converted in 1992 to a bright, airy residential home under Wealden Save Sussex Barns. Due to its association with Sky Farm, a local riding establishment until 1990, the building is ingrained in the memory of many local residents.

The current owners felt that the house should remain true to its rural heritage and have kept it well-maintained, updating the bathrooms in 2019/2020. Inside, neutral wall tones and high-quality tiling backdrop a treasure trove of beamed ceilings, feature cast-iron radiators, and solid oak internal doors – all waiting to be explored.

Warm and Inviting

Double electric wooden gates framed by brick walls reveal a sweeping driveway with ample parking space ending in the detached, two-storey garage, workshop, or annexe. Constructed with black barn cladding, red brick, leaded windows, and terracotta roof tiles, the house blends harmoniously into the rural landscape.

Enter through the solid wood latched front door into a slate-tiled hallway. This has direct access to a conveniently placed laundry/boot room with storage cupboards and work surfaces, space for hanging coats, a washing machine, and a tumble dryer.

Return to the hallway, following the slate flooring into the kitchen and breakfast area. A fabulous range of oak cabinetry complements the Impala granite worktops and ceramic and sandstone wall tiling, echoing the home’s country theme. Integrated appliances include a Samsung American-style fridge-freezer, a Rayburn 400 Aga, a discrete wine fridge, and a Smeg dishwasher.

Oak beams and trims bring yet more warmth into the space, which is heated by a modern log burner and an ornate cast-iron radiator and brightened by latticed windows to the front, side, and rear. Extra storage that cleverly utilises the pitched roofline and an entry phone system for the front gates with a video screen add a practical touch.

Meanwhile, French doors open onto the sunny front garden, allowing the easy transfer of food and drinks for al fresco dining and parties. You’ll also find a WC with contemporary tiling and wallpaper, a countertop basin with storage beneath, and a wall-hung toilet (Villeroy & Boch).

Welcoming Receptions

To the left of the kitchen, steps lead down into a large hallway with an adjoining boiler room and cleaning cupboard tucked out of the way. The high, beamed ceiling holds the natural light streaming in through the west-facing window, creating a lovely book nook or study area.

Wall lights, a chandelier pendant fitting, and a cast-iron radiator enhance the cosy and characterful atmosphere that continues into the formal dining room. In here, a latticed side window and matching French doors bring the garden in for mealtimes, while the sloped ceiling acts as a blank canvas for a wealth of exposed timbers.

Beyond, there’s a spacious living room that once again boasts gorgeous beams, wall timbers, and latticed French doors and windows. On quiet winter evenings, fire up the Clearview log burner on the stone hearth in the corner to draw the household together. Opposite, a bespoke open oak staircase rises to a landing crowned by a dramatic vaulted beamed ceiling with a hanging chandelier and a skylight.

Sweet Slumber

Before you head upstairs, return to the central hall to find access to the ground-floor master suite. Pale yellow floral wallpaper and neutral walls soften the exposed woodwork, which flows into a fantastic dressing room perfectly lit by big side and rear windows and a Velux on the sloping ceiling. Notice the exposed stonework, designer radiator, fitted mirror and walk-in wardrobe beside the dressing area.

There’s also a fully tiled en suite bathroom, which contains a sizeable walk-in Grohe rainfall shower with a smart control thermostat, Villeroy and Boch sanitaryware, Grohe taps to the vanity unit, a back-lit mirror, and a traditional cast-iron heated towel rail.

Upstairs, a massive latticed window floods the double-height landing with natural light. To the front, you’ll find a double bedroom and a single bedroom with typical pitched barn ceilings featuring beams and pretty latticed windows. The smaller bedroom also has in-built storage.

To the rear, another vaulted beamed ceiling and exposed wall timbers adorn bedroom two, where a deep-set window frames a leafy garden view. Two double in-built wardrobes with solid wood latched doors and sandstone tiling provide plenty of storage, while the neutral carpet underfoot complements the understated décor.

All three bedrooms on the top floor share a tiled bathroom lit by a Velux window and spots to the sloping ceiling. With a freestanding bathtub with Grohe taps and shower attachment, Villeroy and Boch sanitaryware, a chrome heated towel rail, and a backlit Bluetooth mirror above the vanity basin unit, it offers a slice of modern luxury you can’t resist.

Step Outside

The farm sits in around eight acres of land, including numerous summer and winter paddocks fed by a mains water supply. Beginning at the front, the south-facing garden is screened by tall fencing and mature shrubs, creating a private sun trap for meals on a large sandstone terrace with outdoor lighting that forms a path wrapping around the house.

To one side, you’ll find a covered barbeque area. Beyond, a gate opens to a log store and a well-established rear garden with a terrace, varied planting to the raised wood-chipped brick borders framing the lawn, fruit trees, a magnolia, wisteria, and a stunning red Acer on the lawn. The grounds are also home to numerous nesting birds, wild garlic and strawberries.

Options to Explore

The first paddock is on the other side of the driveway. Meanwhile, a five-bar gate at the back connects to a large courtyard, where you can access the double garage. Divided into two separate work areas with consumer units, water supply, sensor lighting, and a built-in workbench, it could easily be repurposed as an annexe, subject to approval.

A hidden staircase then rises to an office lit by two large front windows with blinds and spotlights and warmed by electric heating. White walls and laminate flooring backdrop the space, which features eaves storage, a high-speed internet connection, and an intercom so you can allow deliveries to enter through the electric gates without disrupting your workflow.

An Equestrian Paradise

Outside the garage, you’ll pass a brick mounting block with a tack room and rug storage behind. The massive American-style stable block lies on the opposite side of the courtyard. Brightened by skylights, it has its own water supply, power, and lighting.

Inside, you’ll discover a kitchenette and WC with a chemical toilet for workers; hay and feed stores; a tack room/tea room with built-in units; six bays with rubber matting, hay stores, and windows so you can see your horses from the barn; lockers and rug hanging fixtures. These flank a large central area with ample room for grooming and farriers to work.

Back outside, carry on up the slope to find a tool shed with ramped access, power and lighting, shelving and racking, and fitted work benches – perfect for storing gardening equipment. Beyond, 10-foot gates allow trailers and big vehicles through a secure track, which runs alongside well-drained winter paddocks with electrified fencing and three separate holding pens.

Up here, far-reaching views draw your eye across the spectacular rural landscape from the Weald to the South Downs. There is access to a barn for storing hay, feed, and vehicles, with a muck heap area to the side.

You’ll also find a large riding arena sheltered by the surrounding treeline. With a sand and rubber base and mirrors for observing technique, it’s safe and practical for teaching. The summer paddocks extend from the brow of the hill, providing lovely sloping views into the valley.

On Your Doorstep

Heathfield is a market town in the parish of Heathfield and Waldron, in the Wealden District of East Sussex. Historically, Heathfield lay on an ancient trackway connecting the South Downs with the Weald and still enjoys lush rural views from its ridge-top position.

The town lies near the A267 between Royal Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne and the A265 from Hawkhurst, making it almost equidistant (16 miles) from both popular towns. You’ll also find rail services at Crowborough, with trains to London Bridge in 70 minutes.

Heathfield town centre has a good range of shops and amenities, including a Co-op, Waitrose, and Sainsbury’s, and several independents – from a chocolate shop and cafés to a butcher and grocers and a smattering of well-reviewed restaurants, eateries, and pubs. The current owners particularly recommend Golden Rice Bowl, The Gun in Chiddingly, and The Middle House in Mayfield.

There’s plenty to do nearby, too. Heathfield Park Cricket Club is one of the most scenic in Sussex, while regular events include the Heffle Cuckoo Fair each April, the annual Heathfield Agricultural Show, the Anglo/French Le Marché market on the August Bank Holiday, and a visiting summer fair. The town is also home to army cadets, a popular silver band, and Heathfield & District Bonfire Society.

Year-round, you have a football field and playground, a rugby club for adults and children at Cross-in-Hand, a skatepark, a trampoline park, a local gym, and parks and gardens to explore. If you like walking or cycling, you’ll enjoy the picturesque 14-mile Cuckoo trail that follows the former railway line from Heathfield to Shinewater Park via Horam, Hailsham and Polegate. You can also take your dog for a runabout at Holmans Dog Walking Fields (c. 10 minutes by car).

On the other side of Chapel’s Cross, Punnett’s Town runs lots of events in the village hall and welcomes new visitors and residents at coffee mornings, country lunches, and groups such as crafting, sewing, Pilates, yoga, and parent and toddler playgroups.

Keep your eyes peeled for local points of interest, such as the Punnett’s Town windmill and the heritage chapel next door, which has a replica of the Martyrs’ memorial in Lewes. Near the Half Moon Inn pub and Cade Street garden centre, the Jack Cade Monument commemorates the place where the sheriff of Kent killed the leader of the 1450 Jack Cade Rebellion.

Punnett’s Town Community Primary and Nursery School is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and is just a short walk away, while Heathfield Community College is only a few minutes’ drive and is also well-rated. However, there are plenty of other options nearby, including independents like Mayfield School (Catholic) and Bede’s prep and senior schools.

Beyond all this, the home’s High Weald National Landscape location means you’re never far from beautiful scenery, reservoirs, fishing lakes, 6,500 acres of open land for walking and riding at Ashdown Forest, water sports at Bewl Water, outdoor sports at Bowles Rocks, and East Sussex’s famous dramatic clifftops, nature reserves, and coastline.

Home nuances

  • Detached farmhouse with stables 
  • Converted in 1991 
  • Four bedrooms and three bathrooms (one ensuite) 
  • Updated bathrooms in 2019 and 2020
  • Kitchen and breakfast room with wood burning stove
  • Living room with wood burning stove
  • Dining room leading to south facing garden
  • Approx 7087 sq ft inc. outbuildings
  • Private drive with parking for 4 cars

Grounds & locations

  • Garage/store and workshop
  • Office above garage
  • Large barn with 6 stables, kitchen, WC, tack room, hay prep area and feeding room
  • Quads/tools shed
  • Rug/trailer storage
  • Open barn
  • South-facing front gardens
  • Approx 8 acres of land including paddock 
  • 0.7 of a mile to The Half Moon Inn
  • 1.4 miles to The Star Inn
  • 1.5 miles to Tottingworth Farm Shop and Cafe
  • 4.9 miles to Horam
  • 9 miles to Buxted train station (1hr 16m to London Bridge) 
  • 9.7 miles to Buxted Park
  • 9.9 miles to Uckfield 
  • 1 hour drive to Gatwick Airport
  • Easy connection to M25

Services:

  • Mains water 
  • Mains electricity 
  • Mains drainage 
  • LPG central heating 
  • Two wood burning stoves 
  • Council tax band F

Schools:

  • 0.3 of a mile to Punnetts town primary school
  • 1.3 miles to Heathfield community college
  • 5.8 miles to Mayfield School, previously St Leonards-Mayfield School
  • 10.5 miles to Bede’s Senior School

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Details

Price : Price £1,300,000
Property Type : House
Purpose : Sell
Status : Available
Area : 7087 sq ft Sq Ft
Address : Chapel Cross, Heathfield
Property ID : 5175

Internal Structure

Bedrooms : 4
Bathrooms : 3