New England Cottages, West Sussex
Positioned on a picturesque rural lane midway between the villages of Balcombe and Handcross, 2 New England Cottages is a beautifully presented semi-detached Victorian house. The property has been cleverly modernized and extended over time to create a light and spacious family home, with accommodation of about 2,419 sq ft arranged over three floors.
On the ground floor, the entrance hall sets the scene for the house, and gives access to the study and to the spacious sitting room. Previously two separate rooms which have been opened up, the spacious yet comfortable reception room has a woodburning stove. There are double internal doors to the kitchen/breakfast room, linking in turn to the conservatory which is currently used as a dining room. The reception rooms have a good flow and create a fantastic space for entertaining.
The L‑shaped kitchen/breakfast room has grey painted wood cabinets with wood and granite worktops, and there is plenty of space for a table and chairs in the breakfast area. There is also a utility room, which gives access to the side entrance, and a ground floor cloakroom.
Upstairs, the principal bedroom suite has fitted wardrobes, a spacious en suite with walk-in shower and dual basins, and French doors to the west facing balcony, which has a lovely outlook over the garden. There are two more bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor, and on the second floor is a further bedroom, currently used as an office.
The annex (bedroom five) is on the ground floor and is attached to the conservatory, which has underfloor heating. This versatile space with its own access from outside, offers an entrance lobby, vaulted bedroom with mezzanine and an en suite shower room, creating an ideal guest suite. An internal door to the conservatory means these rooms are readily incorporated into the main accommodation if required.
2 New England Cottages is approached from a private lane via a gate opening to the driveway, providing parking for at least three cars at the side of the house. A path leads through the cottage style garden to the front door and to the side access and rear garden.
The garden is about a third of an acre and is mature with well-stocked beds surrounding the lawns, a spacious paved terrace, a pond, a summerhouse, attached machinery store/ storage shed, and a wood store. A wrought iron pergola provides support for a grape vine, ahead of which are raised beds and a number of mature fruit trees.
2 New England Cottages occupies a semi-rural position in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, enjoying all the benefit of its countryside location while being equidistant of Balcombe, which offers a shop, pub, primary school and station, and Handcross, offering further schools, shops and a tearoom. Balcombe station has direct services to London Bridge, with a journey time from 41 minutes. Comprehensive shopping, restaurants and leisure facilities are found at Haywards Heath and Crawley, both six miles.
Hannah Riches of Savills Haywards Heath says: “This beautifully presented Victorian house is in a picturesque setting in the Mid Sussex countryside, yet it is well placed for local amenities and connections. I particularly like the airy feel this house has, and the conservatory linked annex and large garden makes it a great home for entertaining.”
2 New England Cottages, the beautifully presented semi-detached Victorian house, is being marketed by Savills with a guide price of £1,225,000. For more information, contact Savills on 01444 446004.