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GUIDE PRICE £900,000 – £940,000. Please watch the video tour and interactive 3D virtual tour. Have you been searching for a beautiful, spacious and private family home, with plenty of space for the children, indoor and outdoor entertaining areas,
GUIDE PRICE £900,000 – £940,000. Please watch the video tour and interactive 3D virtual tour.
Have you been searching for a beautiful, spacious and private family home, with plenty of space for the children, indoor and outdoor entertaining areas, within easy reach of various excellent schools, and located in the heart of a thriving town? If so, Morley House may just be the answer.
A sizeable and highly versatile family home (spanning over 3,360 sq ft) located in the popular commuter town of Haywards Heath. Morley House has six double bedrooms, two bathrooms (1 en-suite), a sitting room, family room, snug/study, fully fitted kitchen/dining room, private rear garden, detached garage with home office above and workshop/store behind, with views over Lindfield and surrounding countryside beyond. A strikingly handsome home built in 1928, lovingly owned for the last 22 years, the property has provided much flexibility and versatility as the family have grown and expanded into it.
You enter the house under the canopy of a beautiful wisteria tree covering a large portion of the front veneer, through a useful covered porch and into the large entrance hallway with outstanding original exposed wooden boarded flooring.
To the right of the hallway is the principal formal sitting room. This room is double aspect and 21’ in length, with two large windows facing frontwards, one of which a full bay. As the room orientates in a south-westerly direction, it is bathed in sunlight for much of the day. The room has a feature brick built open fireplace with a wooden surround making it a wonderfully cosy space in the winter months.
Back into the entrance hallway, another door leads into the double aspect family room, with a window to the side and an enormous bay window facing the front, which again faces south-west. This room could either be used as a family room or a formal dining room if preferred. Another door leads to a room that could be used as a snug or a study. A glazed door leads out to the rear garden from the hallway and a downstairs cloakroom with a practical butler sink with storage underneath.
The kitchen is 19’4 in length and has three glass-paned doors that concertina back, creating a wonderful space in the warmer months, allowing ‘outside in’ living. The room has enough space for either dining room furniture or lounge furniture.
“Country-style” wall and base units provide plenty of storage and a fantastic walk-in pantry. A wooden stable door leads from the kitchen to a functional utility room with a further door to the house’s side. There is space for a dryer and plumbing and space for a washing machine in this room.
Back into the hallway is the staircase to the first floor. On this floor, you will find five double bedrooms and a family bathroom. Four of these bedrooms orientate in a south-westerly direction, making them incredibly light rooms throughout the day. The master bedroom is a good size room with double aspect windows facing the side and the front and a sink. The bedroom next door is another double with a sink. This room could, with relative ease, be converted into an en suite bathroom and/or a walk-in dressing room with access from the master bedroom if desired. There is another good sized double that faces the front of the house, again with a sink.
Back out onto the landing, a large window faces the rear of the house and provides views over the garden and beautiful views over the neighbouring village of Lindfield and open countryside. There is another double bedroom facing the back of the house which afford these same views. This bedroom benefits from direct access onto a balcony which offers incredible open-air, uninterrupted, elevated views over Lindfield and the open countryside. Quite simply a stunning space to relax and enjoy a morning coffee or an evening drink. This balcony could be converted into an en-suite for the double bedroom, as there is existing plumbing. Back out onto the landing again and there is the family bathroom which is generous in its size and offers a shower cubicle and a stand-alone roll top bath with handheld shower attachment. The window from this room also captures the view of the private garden and views beyond.
Back out onto the landing again, a door leading into an inner hallway with storage cupboards and access to another extremely light double bedroom with a large built-in storage cupboard/wardrobe and sink. The inner hallway has a set of stairs, with windows at the bottom and top, leading to the 2nd floor of the house. On this floor can be found three large storage areas and a double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. This space’s flexibility is vast as it could be used as a guest bedroom, teenage bedroom/den, playroom, games room, or even home office. It could also be used as a bedroom, with the bedroom at the bottom of this staircase becoming a living/kitchenette room or visa versa. Therefore, it could provide a great separate space for a family member who wanted greater independence or even a paying lodger.
Outside the front of the house is a large ‘in and out’ shingle driveway providing parking for many cars. There is a large tall hedge in the middle of the in-and-out driveway, which successfully shrouds the house from the road. The rear garden is exceptionally private, with a mixture of mature trees, hedges, flower, and shrub borders. Close board fencing and hedges surround the entire garden making it an excellent playground for children. In the winter months, when the leaves are off the trees, you can see the fantastic view, and in the summer, the leaves create a private oasis. There is a beautiful large stone terrace with plenty of space for various outside furniture, making it a fantastic entertaining garden whatever the season.
The garage is detached and measures 469sq ft. It has a 10’4 x 5’6 storeroom at the back, perfect for garden equipment and general storage. The garage itself measures 15’ x 10’ and has wooden double doors which open out onto the gravel driveway. On the 1st floor of the garage is a highly versatile triple aspect space that measures 26’8 x 9’4. It is currently being used successfully as a home office as it has full power, lighting and full internet connectivity. It could, however, be used as a home gym, games room or teenage den. There is significant potential also to convert this garage into an annexe or guest suite. The upstairs room could be a bedroom with an en suite (as there is existing plumbing in the garage). The downstairs garage and store could become a kitchen and a living room; so much space and flexibility offer many different ways of living aside from the main house’s flexibility.
From Morley House, the main high street of Haywards Heath is approximately a ten-minute walk. Haywards Heath is a thriving commuter town in Mid Sussex, with a range of High Street and independent shops, bars, independent and chain restaurants, schools, parks, library, leisure centre, and major brand supermarkets, including both Waitrose and Sainsburys. Haywards Heath is neighboured by attractive villages, including Lindfield and Cuckfield, both with popular High Streets, and the South Downs National Park is also close by.
There are four leading primary schools within walking distance of the house. The local area is well served by several other schools, including Oathall Community College and Warden Park in Cuckfield. There are also many private schools in the local area, including Great Walstead, Handcross Park and Cumnor House Preparatory schools, and Ardingly and Hurstpierpoint Colleges, Worth and Burgess Hill Girls. These and some of the counties other excellent schools, including Brighton College, Roedean, Lancing College and Bedes, all run a school bus service with pick up points close by. There is a sixth form college in Haywards Heath as well.
Further comprehensive shopping and entertainment are found at Lewes (11 miles), Brighton (15 miles) and Crawley (14 miles). The area offers excellent transport links; Haywards Heath mainline railway station provides fast and frequent commuter services to London Bridge/Victoria/St. Pancras International, journey time from 42 minutes. The A23 lies just over 5 miles to the west providing a direct route to the motorway network, with the M25 (junction 7) being only 26 miles away. Gatwick Airport is just over 13 miles to the north, the cosmopolitan city of Brighton and the coast is 15 miles to the south.
The town and its surrounding villages offer various leisure activities at youth and adult levels, including football, rugby, cricket, dance and local theatre. There are golf courses at Haywards Heath, Lindfield, Ditchling, Piltdown, Royal Ashdown, and many other courses across the county; horse racing at Goodwood, Lingfield and Plumpton, sailing at Ardingly reservoir and the coast.
The surrounding area is simply stunning, with the South Downs and Ashdown Forest national parks and numerous historic and picturesque villages close by. There are many footpaths and bridle paths across the South Downs and surrounding countryside, providing plenty of countryside walks and riding on Ashdown Forest by permit. The National Trust Gardens of Wakehurst Place and Nymans are both a short distance from the town. The Bluebell Railway (7 miles away) runs steam locomotive journeys on its 11-mile line between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead and is a popular local attraction.
The town has two hotels being The Birch Hotel and a newly opened 78 bedroom Premier Inn. Nearby spa and country house hotels include Ockenden Manor, Alexander House, Gravetye Manor and South Lodge. Lewes and the City of Brighton and Hove offer theatres, cinemas, shopping and restaurants, and there is the world-renowned Opera House at Glyndebourne.
Come and have a look around the much loved Morley House, and you will experience its charm and see its potential as a highly versatile home that will serve a growing family for many years to come. Modern life is constantly changing – this home can change with you and give you the perfect balance of a thriving town and all its conveniences, along with countryside living, both well and truly on your doorstep.
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