This residence stands out as an exceptional family home, showing off its historical elegance and modern comfort, with spacious rooms, splendid garden views, and a sought-after location only 7 minutes walk into the Ashdown forest and 7 minutes to the town centre. Chosen by Country Town houses as a best country home choice in the South East, this month.
Its rhododendron flanked gravel driveway, off of the sought after Goldsmiths Avenue, leads to a stunning view of this 1920s Connors house and front porch. Opening the oak door you are invited to step into the splendour of this extraordinary 6-bedroom detached family residence, still containing many of the original features of the Connors oak craftsmanship.
The ground floor of this elegant property features a convenient WC and a cloak room to the right of the front oak door before you walk into the grand hall way full of period charm with a fire place and majestic oak staircase - typical of a Conners Build home. The large, high ceilinged sitting room is a true showstopper, boasting large double aspect windows and an Edwardian brick and oak fireplace sympathetically updated with a log burner. The room is framed by breath-taking views of the beautiful gardens and is flooded by the evening sunset from the West; it really is the pivotal point of the home. The large central bay window encapsulate total grandeur. The front of the property faces true North with all rooms traditionally built on the South facing aspect. Continuing through the hallway, you'll find a spacious dining room, with ceiling cornicing and feature fireplace, providing the perfect setting for formal dining.
The tastefully fitted kitchen, in harmony with the house's timeless aesthetic, benefits from a triple aspect, offering an abundance of natural light and seamless access to the garden through a set of double doors. It's well-appointed with an AGA cooker, snug area and breakfast area with room for a 8 seated dining table. Additionally, there's a separate prep kitchen/utility room and an extra WC for added convenience. A second staircase on this side of the property provides effortless access to the upper floors as required by the ‘help’ this house would have employed when built.
On the first floor, 5 generous double bedrooms, most positioned on the South of the property, offer serene garden views. Notably, the principal bedroom features a unique Jack and Jill balcony connecting to bedroom 2, providing a delightful vantage point of the gardens. The principal bedroom also boasts a spacious modern ensuite bathroom and ample fitted wardrobes. There's a family bathroom, a separate shower room, and 2 bedrooms equipped with basins. Bedroom 5 offers an adjoining room, currently serving as a nursery, enhancing the versatility of this space. A staircase to the second floor, leads to the library landing with a dedicated office space off to one side, ideal for remote work or study and an expansive double bedroom. This attractive bedroom has walk-in access to a large area of eaves storage, ensuring ample room for your belongings. Throughout the upper floors, the home retains its period charm, with ornate features that add to its allure.
The expansive gardens cover a generous 0.74 acres of land, offering a magnificent outdoor sanctuary that basks in all-day southern exposure. This tranquil outdoor space is landscaped, with formal lawns, mature wooded area, play area, dining area, and functional areas. A thatched gazebo stands as a picturesque focal point, providing an idyllic setting for entertaining guests or simply relishing the outdoors. The gardens provide a beautiful rhododendron and azalea display in May, with some plants now nearly 100 years old. An ornamental lily pond adds an enchanting touch to the landscape, contributing to the serene atmosphere. Among the garden amenities, you'll find practical garden storage for your tools and equipment, to ensure a well-maintained outdoor environment. In addition to the stunning gardens, the property features a detached garage with room to accommodate 3 vehicles and driveway parking for another 7 vehicles.The due South facing garage roof supports solar panels, which are out of view and inside the garage is an EV charger. Also attached to the house, is a convenient flower room with direct access from the driveway, enhancing your gardening and storage options. These captivating outdoor elements complement the grandeur of the house and offer a perfect backdrop for enjoying the beauty of the natural surroundings, making this property a true haven for outdoor enthusiasts or those who appreciate the finer details of outdoor living.