Naylands – Slaugham, High Weald
Naylands is a grand Grade II listed country house with a rich and varied history within the picturesque village Slaugham in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The property itself is believed to date back to around 1600, although there has been a dwelling on the site for many years before this date. Situated in the grounds to the south of the house is an interesting brick building known as The Roundhouse, which has a wonderful space to study, or create a home office. It has a fireplace, bookshelves, power and a 4G Wi-Fi antenna. This building also has much history, having once been used by George Orwell, who is believed to have written part of Animal Farm within its walls.
Set in the charming semi-rural location of the sought-after village of Slaugham, this well-appointed property has an extensive and versatile space that is ideal for family life, while also being suited to more formal entertaining. Naylands has a wealth of period features, like timber framed elevations with part brick and plaster infilling under a tiled roof, beam and plaster interiors, plus spacious and light accommodations.
The sitting room opens to the family room and has an impressive inglenook fireplace fitted with a wood-burning stove. The dining room, converted from the old conservatory, benefits from underfloor heating and French doors with direct access to the rear terrace. This creates a wonderful space for entertaining throughout the year.
These formal rooms are complemented by an open plan kitchen and breakfast room with an excellent range of painted wood wall-hung and under-counter units under Corian surfaces. There’s also an island fitted with a three oven electric Aga and a Miele oven. This is served by a larder complete with a cold shelf. In 2014 the house was extended to add a spacious boot room with access to the side of the house. Access to the wine cellar is via a trap door set into the kitchen floor.
On the first floor, the principal bedroom suite comprises a bedroom, bathroom and dressing room with three further bedrooms, served by a shower room and a bathroom. The second floor includes three additional bedrooms and a shower room.
Naylands is secluded and set in approximately 5.6 acres. It’s all hidden behind a tall brick wall and has an open outlook across the surrounding farmland. The property is approached via a pair of timber, electronically operated gates which open to a substantial herringbone brick-paved driveway, offering plenty of parking space in front of the house and the detached garaging.
The park-like gardens stretch away to the south, and are predominantly laid to lawn with mature trees, shrubs and seasonal bulbs including daffodils and bluebells.
A part walled kitchen garden lies to the east of the garage and pool, with a greenhouse, heated/insulated kennel and chicken coop/small animal enclosure. There are well-stocked, productive beds with a range of flowers and vegetables, and espaliered fruit trees against the wall.
Will Peppitt, head of residential sales for Savills in the south east, says: “This is a really special family home that’s full of character and has an abundance of space, both inside and out. The Roundhouse is a real haven too, with a brilliant bit of history attached to it. Whilst offering a semi-rural location, Naylands is near to local amenities and excellent schooling too, with many highly regarded state and independent schools in the area.”
Naylands is being marketed by Savills for £2.95m.
For more information, contact Will Peppitt on 0207 4095945.