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Tanyard Manor House, Sussex and its 15th century medieval architecture

Tanyard Manor is a Grade II listed 15th century manor house set in 8.55 acres in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Believed to have been originally built by monks as a tannery, the property is a fine example of late medieval architecture.

Tanyard Manor has much charm and a wealth of period features including exposed beams and plasterwork, wood-panelling, leaded lights and inglenook fireplaces. Having been in the same ownership for more than 40 years, the property offers great scope for updating, subject to any necessary consents. 

The house and its adjacent annexe provide more than 7,000 sq ft of accommodation, home office, staff quarters, gym/games room and about 650 sq ft of covered parking for four cars. 

The main house has accommodation arranged over three floors, with three formal reception rooms, a study and a large kitchen/breakfast room on the ground floor. Of particular note is the drawing room with a bay window and working inglenook fireplace, and the sitting room in which a fresco, sometimes found in great 15th century houses, has been painted with natural pigments typical of the period by a recognised French artist. 

On the first and second floors are seven bedrooms, five with basins, and three bathrooms, one en suite to the principal bedroom, which also has a dressing room. 

Tanyard Manor occupies an elevated position within its grounds and is approached via a sweeping driveway offering a striking vista across the extensive, park-like gardens to the pond and stream at the eastern boundary. 

The property has good leisure facilities with a heated swimming pool, all weather tennis court and pavilion, and a nine-hole practice golf course. A detached annexe provides ancillary accommodation as well as office space, games room/gym, storage and parking.

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To the east is a well-stocked, walled kitchen garden with raised beds, two greenhouses and a vine house. To the north of the house is a paddock, with a path leading to the lake. In total, the grounds extend to about 8.55 acres.

The property is in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to the Ashdown Forest. The nearby villages of Sharpthorne and Horsted Keynes (about one mile and one-and-a-half miles respectively), both have a village store and two pubs. The village of West Hoathly also offers two pubs and Forest Row, about 4.5 miles, has shops and restaurants. Nearby East Grinstead and Haywards Heath offer a further range of facilities and amenities. 

There is a good range of schools in the area, both state and private, including West Hoathly Primary School, Horsted Keynes primary school, Cumnor House, Brambletye, Ashdown House, Handcross Park, Worth, Michael Hall and Ardingly College.

The Gatwick Express service is 12 miles by roads, with services to London Victoria for 30 minutes and there are further train services at East Grinstead, Balcombe, Three Bridges and Haywards Heath. 

Tanyard Manor is being marketed by Savills with a guide price of £3,950,000.

For more information, contact Savills Haywards Heath office on 01444 446004