An exceptional equestrian property ideally suited to competition training and livery with a five bedroom farmhouse and an extensive range of outbuildings including a one bedroom annexe, stabling, tack rooms, office, a large outdoor manège, together with formal gardens, grounds, paddocks and woodland.
Stunts Green is a pretty hamlet which is about a mile to the north west of the village of Herstmonceux on the southerly edge of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Herstmonceux offers a good range of local shops and services including village store, post office, public houses, restaurants and a medical centre; it is also renowned for its beautiful Elizabethan moated castle and The Observatory Science Centre. The larger market town of Hailsham is about 4 miles to the west with a good selection of shops and supermarkets.
The coastal town of Eastbourne is about 12 miles away and the Royal Spa town of Tunbridge Wells about 20 miles to the north.
The Comphurst Cross Country training facility is only 2 miles away. The Golden Cross Equestrian Centre is about 7.4 miles and The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead about 30 miles.
Battle mainline station (London Bridge/Charing Cross) is about 9.5 miles and Polegate station (London Victoria) some 8 miles.
State and private schools in the area include Herstmonceux primary school; Hailsham
Community College; Heathfield Community College; Claverham Community College; Vinehall preparatory school; Bede’s at Upper Dicker; Battle Abbey in Battle; Moira House and Eastbourne College in Eastbourne.
The attractive farmhouse is believed to date back to 1780 in parts and is of brick construction with a cream render façade under a slate and clay tiled roof. The current owners have considerably extended and refurbished the farmhouse which retains much of its original charm and character with notably many period features including fireplaces and exposed timbers.
The floorplans provide an excellent overview of the accommodation, which is arranged over three floors offering some 3,043sq ft of living space. Briefly, on the ground floor are three reception rooms – including a lovely sitting room with inglenook fireplace with log burning stove, dining room, oak framed garden room with vaulted ceiling and bi-fold doors out to terrace and gardens, a practical kitchen/breakfast room, office, utility room, shower room and cellar.
On the first floor there is a master bedroom suite, two further double bedrooms – one with an en suite shower room - and a family bathroom.
Finally, on the top floor, there are two bedrooms – one with en suite bathroom and a sitting area.
A good-size, one bedroom detached ‘cottage’ of brick, flint & blockwork construction with timber weather board adjacent to the house with en suite bathroom, kitchen/dining room.
There are two gated entrances to the property, one with set of electronic entry gates, which lead onto a parking area suitable for horse boxes and larger vehicles; this in turn leads onto the inner courtyard giving access to the various outbuildings, stabling, annexe and access to the main house. The house is set within well maintained gardens which are principally laid to lawn at the front with stone terraces to the rear and side providing excellent outdoor sitting and entertaining space. From the back of the farmhouse views can be enjoyed over the property and land. There is also a vegetable garden and greenhouse and several outbuildings.
There are an extensive range of buildings with lighting, power and water connected to most. The stabling totals fifteen loose boxes within two yard areas. The front yard comprises a steel framed barn (70’ x 28’)
with blockwork infill and Yorkshire boarding under a fibre cement roof, internally providing four purpose built stables with block walls off a concrete passageway. A lean-to (38’ x 45’)
of similar construction has two further block built loose boxes and feed storage with associated unloading area outside. A block built building (30’ x 14’) with timber cladding and pitched clay
tiled roof incorporates a tack room, groom’s/staff room with large store/attic room above accessed via an internal staircase from the staff room.
The rear yard provides a traditional ‘U’ shape timber stable block (34’ x 65’ max) comprising eight loose boxes and tack room and having a concrete apron to the front enclosed by post and rail fencing. Adjoining is a turnout pen that can be viewed from the farmhouse. Set behind the stables is a steel framed hay store with corrugated cladding and roof.
Additional outbuildings include a small, detached block which is also adjacent to the house providing further storage, tack room and wash facilities.
Significantly there is a large outdoor manège (60m x 25m) by Charles Britton, recently resurfaced by Bill Kear with all-weather sand and fibre and enclosed by a timber post and three rail fence with kick boards.
Lastly set away from the main buildings complex, set below the sand school at the end of the farm track that provides access to the land is a small livestock shed/implement store.
The land which affords fabulous views south over wooded countryside and to the South Downs extends to a total of about 10.55 acres and is set at the eastern foot of the property at the end of the farm track. There are about 6 acres of pasture divided into grazing paddocks with mature hedging and post and rail fencing. There is also approximately 3.6 acres of attractive bluebell woodland and two small ponds.
Mains water electricity. Oil fired central heating and hot water.
Wealden District Council.
Council Tax Band ‘E’.
Easements, Wayleaves & Rights of Way
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all rights including rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and electrical supplies and any other rights and obligations, easements and proposed wayleaves from masts, pylons, stays, cables, drains and water, gas and other pipes, whether specifically referred to or not.
Plans & Photographs
The plans provided are for identification and guidance purposes only. The photographs within this brochure were taken in May 2019.
Method of Sale
The freehold is offered for sale by private treaty with vacant possession on completion.
Strictly by prior appointment with the Vendor's sole agent, Samuel & Son.