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GUIDE PRICE £675,000 – £700,000. Please view the virtual tour. A further video tour with commentary is available on request. Have you been searching for a wonderful and private family home with plenty of space for the children, indoor and outdoor entertaining space, within easy reach of schools and located in the heart of a thriving village? Chestnut Tree Cottage may just be the answer.
This simply stunning Grade 2 listed home with half clay tile hung frontage was built over three hundred and eighty years ago and is steeped in local history being one of the oldest houses in the village. Although Chestnut Tree Cottage is as historic and characterful as they come, the current owners have created a wonderfully light, practical and modern home which spans over 3,110sq ft. The house is located on the main High Street in the popular historic village of Ardingly. Chestnut Tree Cottage has five double bedrooms, one bathroom, two shower rooms (one is en suite), sitting room with incredible inglenook fireplace with log burner, fully fitted kitchen/diner with gas Aga, family room/dining room, snug/study with woodburning stove, downstairs cloakroom, large versatile basement with external door to the garden, private rear garden with gate leading directly onto Ardingly High Street, all of the village amenities and countless walks in every direction.
The house is entered through a lovely latched door into a useful entrance lobby with storage for coats and shoes. Another wooden door opens directly into the incredible sitting room with exposed original beams. The focal point of the room is a the huge original inglenook fireplace. There is a large efficient log burner with a great draw, making this a perfect cosy room especially in the colder months. The room is large enough for a range of living room furniture. There is another wooden latched door from the sitting room leading to the wonderfully fitted kitchen. This room has a large bay window to the rear, a window to the side and a useful stable door which leads down some steps to the garden making it an extremely light room. There are a range of wall and base units providing plenty of storage. There is a wonderful gas fired Aga with four ovens aswell as a four ring gas hob and electric oven, space for a large stand alone fridge and an under counter fridge, space and plumbing for a washing machine and sink with drainer which overlooks the garden. There is enough space in this room for a dining room table and chairs if desired. The kitchen leads directly into the family room / dining room. This room has two large windows and has a door to a downstairs cloakroom with useful shower cubicle. There is a small step up from this room to a snug or a home office. A door from the family room / dining room leads directly onto the High Street. This could therefore provide separate access to this space, which could be converted and used as a separate self-contained annexe as has the existing shower room with toilet already in situ. Perfect for an elderly relative, older child or perhaps even a paying lodger.
Back into the sitting room, there is a staircase which leads down into the extremely large basement which is tanked and damp free. This area is separated into three different areas and provides a huge amount of flexibility and versatility as to how this space could be used. It could provide uses such as a home office, games room or even a gym. There is a door from the basement which opens onto the garden providing another option for a self-contained annex. There is power, light and even plumbing already installed for the washing machine on the floor above, so could be converted to accommodate a kitchenette and shower room. A wonderful space that would provide plenty of uses throughout the years of ownership.
Back into the sitting room again, and there is also a staircase leading to the first floor. On this floor can be found four double bedrooms, one with an en suite shower room and a large family bathroom. There are three good sized bedrooms which face the back of the house and all have original sash windows with further secondary glazing. Two of these rooms have attractive feature fireplaces. The master bedroom faces the front of the house, again with sash windows, has two useful walk-in wardrobes, exposed beams and a feature fireplace. The master bedroom en suite shower room has a shower cubicle, wash hand basin, WC and window to the front. The main family bathroom is also on this floor and is generous in its size. It again has a feature fireplace, built in storage cupboards, sash window facing the front, exposed beams, and an attractive cast iron, Victorian claw-footed bath on a raised plinth. Back onto the landing, and there is a further staircase to the second floor, where another double bedroom can be found with a pitched ceiling and two velux windows. There is a small room to the right of the staircase which could be used a dressing area, currently used as a small bedroom. There is a loft which is currently larger than the second floor, which could be converted to provide an extra bedroom with potential en suite or a home office/studio.
The garden is private with a mixture of mature shrubs, flower borders, with an attractive brick built surround. There is a lawned area, York stone footpath, stone chipping seating area which faces due West, covered log store and exterior lighting. There is a gate from either side of the garden which leads onto the High Street. There is a magnificent Horse Chestnut tree in the garden which is where the name of the house originated. If there is a need for a larger open space for children to play, then the village recreation ground and Ardingly showground are only a few hundred yards away from the house, which provides a huge amount of open space for ball games, frisbee, running, walking and riding bikes, including a childrens playground. The village offers a plethora of public footpaths which radiate is every direction, including a walk to the neighbouring village of Horsted Keynes with a stop off at the popular Bluebell Railway en route.
Ardingly village provides a well-stocked village store, a renowned bakers, café and the Ardingly Inn public house which are all literally within a few yards walk from Chestnut Tree Cottage. The other pub in the village is the Gardeners Arms which is located opposite the Ardingly Showground approximately half a mile from the house. The surrounding countryside provides numerous delightful walks; leisure activities include golf and sailing/water sports, a well stocked café all at Ardingly reservoir. The well renowned South of England Showground with its many events and Wakehurst Place with the Millennium Seed Bank, the country estate of the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew which are all within the local vicinity. The larger village of Lindfield and Haywards Heath town are a short drive and provide a further comprehensive range of shopping and leisure facilities together with the mainline London to Brighton train station. Ardingly is therefore very popular with commuters as central London is accessible in approximately 1 hour via Victoria and London Bridge, Gatwick Airport 20 minutes with Brighton and its coastline some 30 minutes away by train.
Haywards Heath mainline railway station is 3.2 miles from the house, and nearby Balcombe train station is 2.61 miles away. The house is well positioned to three of the main local roads links; the A272 (4.5 miles away), the A22 (7.4 miles) and the A23 (9.6 miles). Brighton with all of its many amenities and attractions is 17.8 miles away and Crawley is 9.7 miles away. Gatwick airport can be reached in around 20 minutes.
There is a variety of excellent schools in the local area, both State and Independent. St Peter C of E Primary School is just round the corner, and St Giles Horsted Keynes C of E, West Hoathly C of E, Balcombe C of E and Linfield Primary Schools are all within 4 miles. Ardingly College is only 1 mile away and is a very well respected Independent boarding and day school which takes children from 3-18 including a very successful Prep and Sixth Form. The Independent Cumnor House and Great Walstead schools are also a short drive away. Oathall Community College (3.8 miles away) is a popular State Secondary School and Haywards Heath college (3.9 miles away) is a further education college which provides over 40 A Level and vocational courses.
Come and have a look around Chestnut Tree Cottage and you will experience its charm and see its potential as a versatile family home. Modern life is always changing – this home can change with you and give you the perfect balance of a thriving village and all its conveniences, along with countryside living, both well and truly on your doorstep.
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