14 bedroom detached house
Nether Lane, Nutley, Uckfield TN22
- Three Properties: Pricketts Hatch, West Lodge & The Oast House
- Fourteen Acres of Gardens & Grounds
- Far Reaching Views Across the Forest and South Downs
- Business Potential inc. Events & Holiday Lets
- Equestrian Use - Stables, Barns & Paddocks
- Completely Refurbished to Exacting Standards
- A Wealth of Period Features Throughout
- Peace, Privacy & Seclusion in a Village Location
- A Haven for Wildlife inc. Deer, Boar & Birds of Prey
- Offered with No Onward Chain
Overview Pricketts Hatch is a collection of properties centering around an historic hunting lodge and original gate into the old hunting grounds of royalty now known as the Ashdown Forest.
Consisting of the Main House, the West Lodge & the Oast House and set within fourteen acres of gardens and grounds with spectacular views over the Forest and South Downs beyond. The estate offers fourteen bedrooms, fourteen reception rooms and thirteen bathrooms within over 10,000 sq.ft of accommodation and includes a leisure complex and stables.
Not offered to the market for fifty years the family have spent the past two years undertaking an extensive programme of works to ensure the estate is market ready. Over the years it has hosted many Weddings and other Functions, has featured in popular television programmes, been exclusively available for private holiday rentals and has continuously played a role in the local community by way of hosting Charity Events and assisting with parking for the Annual Nutley Village Fete.
Nutley itself is a small quiet village within the Ashdown Forest but with a fantastic community who enjoy the various restaurants, pubs, sports & social clubs on offer. Within three miles you have a number of private and state schools including Cumnor House and Danehill primary. The Forest itself plays host to a variety of social and sporting activities; whilst nearby there are Golf Clubs, Racecourses, Leisure & Health Clubs plus the most visited gardens in England by way of the National Trusts' Sheffield Park. The major towns of East Grinstead to the North, Tunbridge Wells to the East, Uckfield & Lewes to the South and Haywards Heath to the West ensure all amenities and rail links are within easy reach. Main house Parts of the main house are known to date back to the 1400's however it is believed that in reality the history stretches back further. There have been more recent extensions in the late 1900's at a similar time to the conversion of the cow milking sheds and stables into the residences they are today. Evidence can be seen of wattle and daub walls, ancient timbers and original fireplaces.
In brief the ground floor comprises of a large and open kitchen/breakfast room with further 'cooking' kitchen behind including a large cool larder and access via an inner hallway to a portion of the double garage which houses the utilities and is considered the laundry room. Five further reception rooms include the Day Lounge, Billiards Room, Formal Dining & Drawing Rooms as well as a further Breakfast Room. Additionally you will find a bedroom with private wet room created for those with limited mobility and a cloakroom by the front door. Underneath the Drawing Room is a substantial Cellar accessed externally.
The first floor is even bigger including the leisure complex complete with swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms. Due to the undulating landscape a terrace leads directly out from the pool area onto the rear lawns soaking up the views towards Eastbourne and Brighton. Six double bedrooms can be found, four of which benefitting from private en-suite bath/shower rooms, each with their own individual charm and character. A variety of split level landings and connecting hallways flow through the first floor connecting all the bedrooms passing by a further family bathroom, numerous cupboards and closets and through a wonderful library before reaching the pool area.
It is worth noting there is a staircase which leads up into the loft space which as you can imagine is huge and offers further scope for conversion should the need present itself!
The west lodge A single storey self-contained property which adjoins the main house. Primarily used to host weddings, banquet nights, charity functions and other events with live bands etc. It comprises of a substantial open plan kitchen/dining/living area with distinct degrees of separation. The smaller living area has double doors and a balcony overhanging a large natural pond full of hundreds of fish including goldfish, carp and ghost carp. Every day the pond is frequented by both ducks and heron in search of fish and food. The larger living area benefits from a full stretch of bi-folding doors which open out onto the rear terrace overlooking the lawns and forest beyond; a spectacular spot in which to socialise with the Forest & South Downs a natural backdrop. Completing the Lodge you will find the master bedroom with private en-suite bathroom and walk in wardrobe, an office, study/library as well as two additional living spaces, two bedrooms and two bathrooms; which have been utilised as staff quarters.
The oast house Constructed in the 1990's from the then near derelict stables, the oast house has become the primary building used for holiday rental for the last fifteen years. As a fully self-contained detached property it has been ideal for groups of up to eight holiday makers and on some occasions for small families and cabin crew who were catching flights from Gatwick the following day.
In brief it comprises of four bedrooms (two on the first floor, two on the ground floor), five bath/shower rooms (each bedroom has it's own en-suite) and then a vast open plan living area in addition to the kitchen/breakfast room. Features include the master bedroom with its vaulted ceiling and walk in wardrobe/vanity area.
Gardens & grounds Fourteen Acres of Gardens & Grounds in the main stretch away from the houses to the South & West and are bordered by the Forest & Agricultural land. Chestnut post and rail fences have been newly placed around the property clearly highlighting the boundaries and provide extra character. The fields have often been hired out to local farmers who graze their lambs and sheep; however the grounds are ideal for those with equestrian interests using the aforementioned stable block (which has been used as a catering kitchen). An attractive feature of the rear lawn is the piece pagoda which sits in the centre of a pond which is accessible by a small bridge; the waterfall then flows down the hill into three more ponds each at a lower level on the hill - an ideal and picturesque spot for weddings or people wishing to renew their vows.