2 Bedroom Apartment
Herstmonceux Place, Herstmonceux
For Sale £345,000
Have you ever had the longing to live in a substantial country house with superb rural views? Well this could be your chance to fulfil this ambition by purchasing this ground floor characterful apartment forming a component part of this Grade I Listed former Georgian Mansion, set amidst rolling Sussex Countryside. The subject home is noteworthy as inasmuch it has most of the provided accommodation with no neighbours overhead - an unusual feature for an apartment, a panelled and ovoid-shaped drawing room with impressive carved wood fireplace and dining room with french doors opening directly into the PRIVATE garden, belonging to this property. Many, thought to be, original features survive including deep shuttered windows, barrel-vaulted ceilings with ornate mouldings and oak flooring. It would be fair to say that this interesting and desirable home is in need of some sympathetic modernisation and intending purchasers are advised to research the obligations of the Grade I Listing prior to commitment. Also included in the sale are an adjacent single garage, workshop/garden store, driveway parking for three cars and a secluded sunny aspect patio for outdoor entertaining. We can also advise that this character home is available CHAIN FREE and that intending viewers must only go onto the property if they have booked an appointment, and NOT wander, at will, within the grounds that are privately owned.
- Grade I Listed
- Superb Rural Views
- Ground Floor Apartment
- Private Garden
- Ovoid Drawing Room
- Many Original Features
- Two Double Bedrooms
- Dining Room
- Garage & Driveway
Herstmonceux Place is situated along Church Road approximately 2 miles from the village that bears the same name. History relates that the Hare-Naylor family abandoned Herstmonceux Castle and moved to Herstmonceux Place in 1775. The house having been significantly enlarged by Samuel Wyatt a few years before. When the castle was sold to the Royal Greenwich Observatory, in 1946, by Sir Paul Latham and after he died in 1958 Herstmonceux Place was subsequently divided into apartments in 1960.
Herstmonceux Place is accessed from the public highway via a long driveway that passes two houses, to the lefthand side, and into the grounds proper. Intending viewers are advised to the take the righthand "fork" of the drive where almost immediately can be seen a sign saying "Flat 6". This denotes the beginning of the driveway belonging to the subject home. A high wall marks the end of this driveway and here can be found an arched private entrance gate opening into;
PRIVATE SUN PATIO
This useful outdoor entertaining space offers a high degree of privacy as it is bounded by a high wall, to one side, and an established hedgerow between this area and the rest of the private garden. At one end of this patio can be found;
6'10" x 3'5" Internally (2.08m x 1.03m Internally)
Being of part timber and part-glazed construction with a sloping roof. From this space an inner door opens to;
13'3" x 10'7" Max., (4.04m x 3.23m Max.,)
Presently fitted with a range of eye & base level units and work surfaces, arranged around all walls plus some built-in cabinets along the remaining wall. A noteworthy feature here (as in most of the accommodation) is the high ceiling height. Inset stainless steel sink with double drainer, space & plumbing for washing machine, fitted hob and built-in electric oven/grill (both untested). Side aspect window plus internal door opening into;
19'2" x 10'6" (5.83m x 3.21m)
This room has a magnificent barrel-vault ceiling with ornate mouldings, plus some wood panelling (presently painted). Considered to be oak floorboards, night storage heater. French doors opening "au jardin", return door to hallway plus another door opens to reveal;
13'3" x 9'0" (4.03m x 2.74m)
Window looking into private back garden, ornamental cornice with frieze under. Panelled walls (painted), built-in cupboard under window, night storage heater.
22'3" x 4'7" (6.78m x 1.40m)
This passageway connects the dining room with the stairwell vestibule, via an arch, leading to the drawing room. Side aspect obscure-glazed window, ornamental cornice with broad frieze under, part-vaulted ceiling with decorative plasterwork. Built-in cupboards, part-panelled walls (painted) Door opening to;
14'4" x 13'3" (4.37m x 4.05m)
Window, with cupboard under, looking into the garden. Panelled walls (painted) on two elevations, with one wall having Corinthian Columns and a geometric design panel between. Fitted bedroom furniture comprising dressing table and overbed storage lockers. Barrel-vaulted ceiling with decorative plasterwork plus ornamental cornice with frieze below. Night storage heater.
9'1" x 5'5" Max. (2.78m x 1.66m Max.)
This area links the lower level of the hallway to the elevated floor level of the drawing room, via a short flight of stairs. Noteworthy features are the glazed ceiling light, two archways plus dual part-glazed doors opening to the drawing room. Adjacent to the foot of the stairs is an internal door opening to;
16'6" x 4'0" Max. (5.03m x 1.22m Max.)
Presently fitted with a pastel-coloured suite comprising pedestal type wash hand basin, low-level wc, bath with side & end panels. Fitted shower valve and adjustable riser over bath, tiled walls, fitted mirror with illuminated electric razor point over (untested). In one wall there are two curtained alcoves, one to a storage cupboard whilst the other opens to the airing cupboard. Timber lined-ceiling.
24'7" x 16'0" (7.50m x 4.87m)
(Please note that the stated dimensions DO NOT allow for the curvature of the outside wall). Broadly speaking this room is an "ovoid" shape and is redolent of a bygone age with its wainscotted walls upto a height of about 7ft. A magnificent carved wood fireplace that would not look out of place in a "baronial hall" with marble inset and hearth. Above the main mantel shelf is an upper mantel complete with clock recess flanked by marquetry panels. A noteworthy point is that when the entrance doors to this room are closed they bear similar proportions to the built-in glass-fronted bookcase, situated to the right side of the fireplace therefore presenting a pleasing symmetrical appearance. We can also advise that this room is lit by three deep windows (complete with shutters - untested) that provide attractive views over the grounds and open countryside. It would also appear the flooring is oak and there is also a trap door that opens to reveal a "crawling space".
THE PRIVATE GARDEN
From the arched entrance gate a footpath leads down one side of the garden, from the aforementioned patio area, passing to the right side a former vegetable garden where a brick-built greenhouse base is also extant. The far boundary of this garden is marked by a stone balustrade and is laid to lawn. Immediately outside the dwelling, adjacent to the french doors, is a small flagged patio that also enjoys a sunny aspect.
17'3" x 8'10" x 5'3" (5.27m x 2.69m x 1.59m)
This useful outbuilding is situated next to the entrance gate (on the driveway side) and is accessed by a lockable door with natural light provided by an adjacent window. This space is best described as a "triangular shape" and we can also advise that electric power & light (untested) is extant.
18'0" x 8'6" Internally (5.48m x 2.60m Internally)
Up and over vehicle door, plus rear pedestrian door, roof storage void.
Is allocated to this property and can accommodate three cars.
NOTES ON LEASEHOLD
We have been advised that the original lease was granted in September 1960 but was subsequently extended in 2004 and now has an UNEXPIRED TERM of 124 years. The Ground Rent is presently £100 per annum but will rise incrementally with the next review being in 2034. The structure of the service charge has yet to be confirmed.