by Aspect County

Little Manor is a charming four bedroom house, situated in beautiful grounds on the southern edge of East Grinstead. The property has an interesting history; believed to date from 1904, it formed part of the Brockhurst Estate and was once the home of Baron Richard Beeching, who dramatically changed railways in the 1960s. Lying within the grounds of Little Manor are the remains of the Brockhurst Observatory, which in 1937 came under the directorship of 14 year old Patrick Moore.

The original portion of the property has beam and plasterwork walls under a tiled roof, echoing the Arts & Crafts trends of the period; internally, Little Manor retains some lovely period features including stripped wood doors with deep architraves in the study. In the sitting room a fireplace is the heart of the room.

Over the years, the ground floor has been significantly extended to give spacious accommodation comprising of entrance hall, three reception rooms, study, kitchen/breakfast room, conservatory, ground floor bedroom with en suite shower room, utility room and cloakroom. There are three further bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom, and a family bathroom situated on the first floor.

There is a parking area next to the house; an archway with a storage room opens to a courtyard and on the attached garage. Behind the garage is an open bay machinery store, and a greenhouse. There is also a striking nine-sided summerhouse connected with power, comprising a central room with a conservatory and garden storage rooms.

The gardens are a particular feature of the property, extending to about four acres; they have been beautifully landscaped to provide distinct points of interest. A terrace spans the south facing walls, with plenty of space for table and chairs; it has a wonderful ornamental pond surrounded by well-stocked herbaceous borders. Steps lead up to an expanse of levelled lawn which could be suitable for croquet. A wildflower meadow is situated to the west, with a brick pathway leading to the observatory remains. There is woodland to the east, south and west.

The agents are Savills. Telephone 01444 446 000