GUIDE PRICE £1,250,000 – £1,300,000. NO ONWARD CHAIN. Have you been searching for a wonderful and large private family home oozing with character but yet packed with modern finishes of the highest standard, with plenty of space for the children, indoor and outdoor entertaining space, within easy reach of various excellent schools, and located in the heart of a thriving village? Bow Cottage may just be the answer.
A large and extremely versatile family home (spanning over 3,030 sq ft) located in the heart of the popular and desirable village of West Hoathly. Bow Cottage has five double bedrooms, four bath and shower rooms (3 en suite), sitting room, dining room, family room, snug/study, fully fitted kitchen/dining/family room, utility room, private off road parking for several vehicles, summer house/home office/studio/games room and a private rear garden totalling 0.9 acres.
Bow Cottage is a simply stunning Grade II listed home which was built in 1704, and is fine example of an oak timber framed house with red brick on the ground floor and clay tile hung above. The house is listed as being of ‘special historic and or architectural importance’.
Although Bow Cottage is as historic and characterful as they come, the current owners have created a wonderfully light, practical and hugely versatile home which is superbly appointed, stylishly presented and finished to an exceptionally high specification throughout.
In order to achieve this, the current owners have recently undertaken a comprehensive programme of refurbishment and extension, taking every care to enhance and retain the original structure and historic character of the building. The work undertaken has included; restoration of timber-framed sash and casement windows, a newly tiled roof, installation of partial underfloor heating, re-wire, re-plumbing, boiler, high density roof insulation, telephone linked alarm system, hard wired fire alarms, modern bathroom suites and an attractive shaker-style kitchen which all sit alongside a wealth of original timbers, doors and handsome original fireplaces.
You enter the house through a wrought iron gate and archway into a secluded high hedged front gravelled courtyard with side access to the rear garden and front door directly in front. The front courtyard is extremely private and is large enough for outside seating. The front door opens into the entrance hallway, although my clients currently use it a smaller sitting room, and has also been used as a dining room. There are Mandarin limestone floor tiles with underfloor heating beneath and a window facing the front. This room has a stunning large original inglenook fireplace with woodburning stove and inset back lighting.
To the right of the smaller sitting room is the dining room or extra reception space. This room has a sash window to the front and oak wooden flooring. It has served many different uses for my clients from a formal dining room to a study to a family and games room. A wooden latched door leads to the main sitting room with vaulted dining area. This simply stunning room has a window facing the front and two windows to the rear. There are also two original oak latched external doors leading to outside at both the front and the rear terrace at the back of the house. There are a plethora of exposed original beams in this room which can’t help but transport you to a bygone era. The room is wonderfully cosy and enhanced further with the incredible original inglenook fireplace housing a large and hugely efficient woodburning stove. At the end of the room the ceiling is vaulted with exposed timbers. This space has provided another dining option for my clients with Christmas dinners a particular favourite being regularly held in this space.
Back out onto the hallway is the downstairs cloakroom which is accessed through a wooden latched door. Inside this room can be found; Mandarin limestone floor tiles with underfloor heating, LED spotlights, grey wall tiles, a wall mounted white WC with soft close lid, white wash hand basin with soft close storage drawer under and a window to the rear.
Opposite the downstairs cloakroom is the snug/study/dining room. This room has a window to the side, a cupboard with latched door, exposed wooden beams including floor to ceiling vertical beams open to the hallway. This room is extremely versatile and has fulfilled the use of a snug, study and even dining room throughout the years my clients have owned the house. On from this room is the kitchen.
The kitchen/dining/family room is a spectacular room and is 25’9 ft in length and has a window to the rear and front, double patio doors leading out to the rear terrace and garden and three glass paned doors which concertina back and out onto the side brick paved terrace. This creates not only a fantastic light room all year round, but a wonderful space in the warmer months allowing ‘outside in’ living. The room has enough space for either solely dining room furniture or lounge furniture as well if you wanted to use this room as a kitchen/dining and living space. There is a door from the kitchen down to a useful cellar. The kitchen is fitted with shaker style soft close wall and base units throughout with under counter lights and deep pan drawers providing plenty of storage. The cabinetry is complimented by black leather-finish granite and white stone worktops and also a large inset ceramic butler sink. There is a useful and attractive central island with space for seating, soft close storage cupboards and an integrated wine cooler. There is space for a freestanding range cooker with extractor above. Integrated appliances include; dishwasher, bin and recycle drawers and a large double height fridge. This outstanding room is finished off with Mandarin limestone floor tiles, underfloor heating and LED spotlights, which all provide a modern look as well as an exceptional practical use.
A wooden latched door leads from the kitchen to a useful utility room (added with planning permission by my clients in 2016) with vaulted ceiling and two velux windows which allow a generous amount of natural daylight into this room. There is an exterior door to the front and stable door to the rear of the house, making this a perfect boot room. There is space for a dryer and plumbing and space for a washing machine, and sink with drainer top. The same shaker style cabinets continue through to the utility room with wall units and under counter lights, large double height storage cupboard and double height integrated freezer. This room mirrors the kitchen with mandarin limestone floor tiles, underfloor heating and LED spotlights.
Back into the hallway is the staircase to the first floor. On this floor can be found four double bedrooms (two with en suite), a shower room and a separate cloakroom.
The master bedroom is a good sized room with window to the front and impressive vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. There are useful his and hers storage wardrobes either side of the room. The large master en suite is accessed via a latched wooden door and is also extremely impressive with a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. The room comprises of; window to the front, Mandarin limestone floor tiles with underfloor heating, heated towel rail, wall mounted white soft close lid WC with LED light underneath, large white wash hand basin with soft close storage drawer underneath, grey tiled panelled white bath with inset LED lights and shower over, separate grey tiled shower cubicle with indented shelf and LED lights inset into the cubicle walls, grey wall tiles throughout.
Back out onto the landing where there are three windows facing the side, there is another large bedroom which faces the rear of the house and is not only a wonderfully light room but also overlooks the full extent of the magnificent private rear garden. In this room there are large windows overlooking the rear aspect and to the side, and also has the main loft access for the house. This room also has another superbly appointed en suite bathroom. In this room is a clear window to the rear overlooking the private rear garden, Mandarin limestone floor tiles with underfloor heating, heated towel rail, wall mounted white soft close lid WC with LED light underneath, white wash hand basin with storage drawer underneath, grey tiled panelled white bath with inset LED lights and shower over, separate grey tiled shower cubicle with LED lights inset into the cubicle walls, and grey wall tiles throughout.
There is separate shower room on this floor which is accessed through a wooden latched door providing access to; Mandarin limestone floor tiles with underfloor heating, heated towel rail, wall mounted white soft close lid WC with LED light underneath, white wash hand basin with storage drawer underneath, separate grey tiled shower cubicle with LED lights inset into the cubicle walls, and grey wall tiles and LED downlights throughout.
The separate WC on this floor has a wooden latched door and comprises of; window to the side, wall mounted white WC with soft close lid, wash hand basin with soft close storage cupboard under and LED downlights.
The other two bedrooms on this floor are both doubles. One bedroom faces the rear and is triple aspect with windows to the front, side and rear. The room is an extremely light room and affords wonderful views over the private rear garden. The other bedroom faces the front with original leaded windows, and a decorative fireplace with wooden surround.
Back out onto the landing, there is another wooden latched door which opens onto a staircase which in turn leads to the second floor top bedroom. This room is beautifully quaint with exposed beams and a window which overlooks the front of the house. It has a distinct feeling of being an extremely cosy room and very much ‘tucked away’ from the rest of the house. The bedroom has a wonderful en suite shower room which makes this a highly versatile space as a teenage bedroom, guest suite, home office or even a games room. The en suite shower room like all of the bath and shower rooms have been re-furbished to an exceptionally high standard and comprises of; Mandarin limestone floor tiles with underfloor heating, heated towel rail, wall mounted white soft closed lid WC with LED light underneath, white wash hand basin with storage drawer underneath, large separate grey tiled shower cubicle with LED lights inset into the cubicle walls, and grey wall tiles and LED downlights throughout.
Outside at the rear of the house are two terrace areas; one which is brick paved to the side of the kitchen and the other is a large Indian Sandstone terrace which extends the entire width of the back of the house. Because the terrace is so large, it provides plenty of space for a variety of outside furniture, making it a fantastic entertaining garden whatever the season. There is side access from this terrace which leads to the front of the house via a shingle pathway. There are steps which lead up from the main rear terrace onto the formal rear garden. The garden is wonderfully private with the village’s recreation ground running along the garden’s boundary and is well enclosed and screened by mature shrubs and trees. There is an attractive brick pathway which winds its way through the garden to a wrought iron gate, which in turn leads to the private parking area which can comfortably park numerous vehicles. This parking is constructed of shingle, is situated to the west of the house and is accessed via an unencumbered right of way over a private lane off North Lane.
Back into the garden there is a large 14’ x 13’ wooden summer house with wooden decking at the front. This space is hugely versatile and has provided various uses for my clients over the years including a home office, studio and even a games room. Alongside the summer house is a large shed with two doors and a smaller brick built shed with tiled roof. The garden has outside power and outside lighting.
At the end of the formal garden is a metal arched pergola which parts the mature shrubs and trees giving access to Bow Cottage’s second garden which curves gently to the right. This garden is less formal and yet provides a wonderful private space for various informal seating. There is a genuine opportunity to remove the existing line of shrubs and trees which border the rear of the formal garden, thereby opening up and substantially enlarging the formal garden. In all both gardens total 0.9 acres.
Bow Cottage is situated in the conservation area of West Hoathly, which is a pretty village surrounded by beautiful countryside in the high weald area of outstanding natural beauty. West Hoathly has a village primary school, various village sports clubs, two pubs (The Cat and The Fox both a within a 5 minute walk for the house) and Gravetye Manor country house hotel with its Michelin-starred restaurant. Nearby Sharpthorne has a village shop. There is a vast network of footpaths and bridleways which criss-cross their way over the nearby countryside of Bow Cottage, perfect for dog walking or running.
From Bow Cottage the main high streets of East Grinstead and Haywards Heath are only ten and twenty minutes’ drive respectively. They are both thriving commuter towns, 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 and Waitrose. Haywards Heath is neighboured by attractive villages including Lindfield and Cuckfield both with popular High Streets and East Grinstead by the villages of Copthorne, Crawley Down and Forest Row. The South Downs National Park is also close by.
The village primary school has an excellent reputation, and the local area is well served by a number of other primary schools. Nearby secondary schools include Oathall Community College in Haywards Heath, Warden Park in Cuckfield, and Sackville and Imberhorne in East Grinstead offer both secondary and sixth form education. There are also a number of private schools in the local area including Great Walstead, Handcross Park and Cumnor House Preparatory schools 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.
Further comprehensive shopping and entertainment is found at East Grinstead (5.5 miles), Crawley (8 miles), Lewes (17.4 miles), and Brighton (26 miles). The area offers excellent transport links; Haywards Heath mainline railway station offers fast and frequent commuter services to London Bridge/Victoria/St. Pancras International, journey time from 42 minutes. The A23 lies just over 10.4 miles to the west providing a direct route to the motorway network with the M25 being only 17 miles away. Gatwick Airport is just over 10 miles to the north, the cosmopolitan city of Brighton and the coast is 26 miles to the south.
The towns of Haywards Heath and East Grinstead and 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 nearby Weir Wood reservoir, and 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. The National Trust Gardens of Wakehurst Place and Nymans are both a short distance from Bow Cottage. The Bluebell Railway (3.6 miles away) runs steam locomotive journeys on its 11 mile line between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead and is a popular local attraction.
Haywards Heath has two hotels being The Birch Hotel and a newly opened 78 bedroom Premier Inn. East Grinstead has a Premier Inn and Travelodge. Nearby spa and country house hotels include; Ockenden Manor, Alexander House, Gravetye Manor, Ashdown Park 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 Bow Cottage 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.
Agents Note – Bow Cottage is featured in the November 2021 issue of Homes and Antiques
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