A truly spectacular three bedroom, four storey semi-detached family home forming half of this grand historic Victorian building. The property spans over 2,200 sq ft and is set in an elevated positioned providing breath-taking countryside views.
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A truly spectacular three bedroom, four storey semi-detached family home forming half of this grand historic Victorian building, and set in an elevated positioned providing breath taking woodland and countryside views. This incredible house spans over 2,200 sq ft and is located in the beautiful village of Danehill. The property consists of; three double bedrooms, two modern bathrooms, 26ft living room, utility room with shower, separate toilet, cloakroom, extremely large and modern open plan kitchen / dining room with bi-fold doors opening out onto the garden, off road parking for four cars, EV charging point, outside home office/ studio/ workshop and a green house.
Richard Betram House was believed to be built circa 1850. It was built originally as The Vicarage for Danehill. In more recent years it has been split into two dwellings and is situated in an elevated position with spectacular easterly views towards Sheffield forest.
You enter the house through the main front door on the first floor. This enters into a small inner hallway which is perfect for shoes and coats, There is a door to a separate toilet directly infront and then a door leading into the main living room. This room measures a huge 26’3 x 17’3ft and is therefore large enough to accommodate a variety of living room furniture. It has a lovely high ceiling, two large windows facing the front and two large windows facing the rear providing not only a large amount of natural daylight into the room, but also wonderful uninterrupted views over open countryside beyond. The room has a fireplace with a wooden mantel and a large woodburner set inside which makes this room extremely cosy in the colder months. There is a door the other side of the living room which leads onto the staircase with stairs rising to the second and third floors and down to the ground floor.
Ascending the flight of stairs from the living room leads to the second floor landing with a large window overlooking the rear garden and views. The master bedroom is directly ahead and is generous in its proportions measuring 17’1 x 15’7. It is a light double aspect room with fitted his and hers double wardrobes, a window facing the front with wooden plantation shutters, and a window providing wonderful views over the rear. From the master bedroom is a door which leads to a bathroom which could be used either as a master en-suite bathroom or a Jack and Jill bathroom servicing the bedroom next door. The modern bathroom has been very recently installed by my clients, and has a window which faces the front with wooden plantation shutters. It consists of; grey tiled flooring, LED recessed spotlights, white WC, white wash hand basin with grey vanity storage drawers under, heated towel rail, white panelled bath with shower attachment and rain fall shower above.
Through the other door from the bathroom leads into another bedroom. This room has a window to the front with wooden plantation shutters. Although would likely be used as a bedroom, it could also provide use as a home office or dressing room to the master bedroom if desired. From this bedroom can be found another door which leads back out onto the second floor landing, thus a full circular motion can be made through the rooms on this floor.
Moving up the next flight of stairs can be found the third floor landing, which again has a window affording the wonderful views and allowing natural daylight to flood onto this space. To the left is another modern recently upgraded family bathroom. This room consists of; marble effect floor and wall tiles, heated towel rail, LED recessed spotlights, storage cupboards (one with the hot water tank in), huge deep white oval stand alone bath with waterfall tap, white WC, wooden marble top circular sink unit with vanity cupboard under, and a large walk in shower with glass screen and rain shower. This bedroom and bathroom on this floor could easily be the main master bedroom and en-suite if desired. It would also make for a great teenage or older child’s bedroom. This completes the second and third floors.
Back down the stairs and onto the ground floor can be found a truly impressive, recently fitted modern open plan kitchen / dining space. The room has been tastefully designed in modern sleek finishes of greys and whites with an impressive large quartz marble central island with inset sink at its heart. This beautiful room consists of; tiled flooring, LEC recessed spotlights, white shaker style wall and base units with under counter lights, quartz marble worktops, space and plumbing for an American Fridge Freezer, space for range cooker with extractor over, and an integrated dishwasher. The room has been extended by my clients to create a fantastic vaulted dining area with three large skylights, and bi-fold doors which concertina fully open to create a sensational picture window out onto the rear garden and uninterrupted breath taking views beyond.
Also on this floor can be found a useful utility room which has plumbing and space for a washing machine, space for a dryer, a sink with draining board, and a shower cubicle. There is also a vestibule slightly off from the main kitchen with a sliding door leading to the garden and to the cloakroom. My clients tend to use this area and the main entrance and exit to the house where the vestibule and cloakroom is perfect to remove and store muddy and wet shoes and coats.
To the front of the house is a shared gravel driveway which provides parking for four vehicles. There is a long gravel service road which runs behind the house and this also is used by my client and the adjoining neighbouring house as overflow parking if ever desired. There is an EV charging point by the parking area which is compatible for a Tesla car and also universal for other electric vehicles. The private gravel driveway for North Wing runs down to a pickett gate which opens out onto the rear garden.
The rear garden is on two different levels. The top level has a large stone terrace which is accessed from the kitchen / dining room. It has a substantial stone built fish pond with water features and houses many koi carp. There are external power sockets on the side of the fish pond providing power to the rear garden. The rest of the terrace is large enough to accommodate a variety of outside seating. This means that combined with the truly epic view you get from the rear garden, you will want to be spending as much time as possible out here in the warmer months.
There is a large outbuilding which measures 24’11 x 9’7, and has; two windows facing onto the garden, a good height, power, light and water running to it. It is double skinned and has a concrete base. It is currently being used a storage shed but without too much effort and money could be converted into an excellent home office, studio, gym or workshop. Next to this outbuilding is an attractive and yet practical green house which also has power and access to the water source which runs down to it. There is also a covered area by these two outbuildings which is dry and perfect to store wood for the wood burner.
The rest of this top level of garden is laid to lawn with a stone pathway and steps leading down the lower level which is also laid to lawn. There is enough room on this lower level to have a selection of outside furniture if desired. From this lower level there are steps which access the gravel service road where additional vehicles can be parked if required. This service road forms the start of a public footpath which then radiates into a plethora of other footpaths around the village. This means that a public footpath can be accessed on a lower level at the bottom of the garden making North Wing a perfect property for children and/or those with dogs.
From North Wing, Danehill C of E Primary School is a 2 minute drive or a 15 minute walk. Cumnor House Private Primary and Secondary School is again about a 2 minute drive or a 15 minute walk from the property.
The local area is well served by a number of secondary schools including Oathall Community College (a 15 minute drive) and Warden Park in Cuckfield. There are also a number of private schools in the local area including Great Walstead and Handcross Park, together with Ardingly and Hurstpierpoint Colleges, Worth and Burgess Hill Girls. These and some of the County’s 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.
Danehill has a bus stop in the village with regular services running throughout the week. Danehill village hall plays host to a variety of social, business and sporting events. It is currently used for a variety of activities including the popular village market, a community café, exhibitions, concerts, club and society meetings, pilates, karate, badminton and dog training.
Danehill has its own village pub called the Coach and Horses which is approximately a 20 minute from the house. It can be reached by the main roads or cross country via the many public footpaths that lead directly from the house and meander through open countryside. The nearby Red Lion pun in Chelwood Gate is a four minute drive or a 40 minute walk.
Nearby amenities and activities include; Trading boundaries which is a café/bar which hosts live music and weddings, and have boutique guest rooms. This is only a few minutes drive away. Bluebell vineyard is also just down the road with its wine tour and tastings and shop selling their produced on site red, white and sparking wines. Sheffield Park National Trust is a few minutes drive, as is the Bluebell Railway which runs steam locomotive journeys on its 11 mile line between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead and is a popular local attraction.
The nearby villages of Horsted Keynes, Newick, Nutley, Piltdown, Chelwood Gate and Lindfield with their village high streets and quaint pubs are all within 10 minutes drive.
The M23 road link to London is 9 miles away. Haywards Heath mainline train station with its fast services to London Bridge/Victoria/St. Pancras (journey time from 42 minutes), and Brighton is only a 15 minute drive away. Gatwick Airport is just over 16 miles to the north, and the cosmopolitan city of Brighton and the coast is 21 miles to the south.
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 Sainsburys, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer. 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. Further comprehensive shopping and entertainment is found at Lewes (12 miles), Brighton (21 miles) and Crawley (14 miles).
Haywards Heath town and its surrounding villages offer a range of 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. There is horse racing at Goodwood, Lingfield and Plumpton, and sailing at Ardingly reservoir and the coast. The surrounding area is exceptionally beautiful 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, as well as riding on Ashdown Forest by permit.
Haywards Heath 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 this much loved house of North Wing, Richard Bertram House, and you will experience its charm and see its potential as an extremely versatile home that will serve a growing family for many years to come. 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.
Front elevation of North Wing with parking for four cars to the left and rear garden and views beyond
View from the rear garden
North Wing rear elevation, rear garden and parking to the side
Open plan Kitchen / Dining Room
Open plan kitchen / dining room with bi-fold doors open to the rear garden
Large double aspect living room with elevated views
Large double aspect living room with elevated views
Rear terrace, fish pond and rear garden
Rear garden and views
Master bedroom with elevated views
En suite bathroom to Master or Jack and Jill bathroom depending on preference
Family bathroom with bath and walk in shower
Wood burner in the living room
Open plan kitchen / dining room
Vestibule with access to rear garden and storage cloakroom
North Wing rear terrace and elevation
Rear garden and views
North Wing Richard Bertram House
Elevated rear elevation view of Richard Bertram House
View from all of North Wing’s rear facing windows
Top bedroom with the best views in the house
Top bedroom with the best views in the house
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