Nestled at the end of a long, tree-lined driveway, in a rural position, this charming and beautifully presented timber-framed Sussex Farmhouse dates back in part to the 16th Century. Sympathetically and extensively renovated to a high standard, the property is a comfortable and adaptable family home, enjoying a rarely found setting, with an outlook over farmland and the surrounding countryside.
Barelands Farm. Bells Yew Green. TN3 9BD
Guide Price - £3,995,000
Barelands Farm is set in an idyllic, yet not remote, position at the end of a long private driveway, in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Bells Yew Green is under a mile away, with its village shop, public house and Frant mainline station, with regular services to London (Charing Cross/Cannon Street/Waterloo East/London Bridge) from 52 minutes.
The property retains many interesting period features and has the benefit of modern technology providing sustainable energy, by way of solar panels and a biomass boiler, which not only reduce the reliance on fossil fuels, but also provide a basis to manage the surrounding woodland, and generate useful income.
• Well-proportioned rooms, with good ceiling heights for a house of this age, and accommodation arranged over three floors;
• Leaded light and oak framed windows, aged oak wall and ceiling beams, fireplaces and character drop latch oak internal doors;
• 2 principal reception rooms in the oldest part of the house, comprising a dining room with stone inglenook fireplace and oak flooring, and a sitting room with stone open fireplace and built-in oak shelving;
• Separate study with built-in oak shelving and oak flooring;
• Drawing room over-looking the garden in a more recent part of the house, with double doors out to the terrace, a brick fireplace with a stone hearth and oak flooring;
• Rear hall with built in oak shelving and oak flooring with double doors out to the terrace:
• Modern country-style kitchen with an Aga, open plan to an impressive oak framed breakfast room with under floor heating and a high vaulted ceiling. This lovely family space enjoys a far reaching outlook through big windows over the garden and lakes to the rear;
• Practical domestic space including a utility room and boot room;
• 8 good-sized individual bedrooms, all enjoying a lovely outlook and arranged over the first and second floors;
• 4 well-appointed bath/shower rooms.
Formerly part of the original dairy unit on the farm, a converted brick and timber detached barn is conveniently located adjacent to the main house, accessed via a covered walk way and now offering excellent ancillary family space, currently including:
• An impressive 46’ leisure room, with a home cinema, a high vaulted ceiling and double doors opening out to a sheltered swimming pool area behind, together with a sauna, steam-shower and cloakroom;
• Gym with a small kitchenette;
• Snooker room.
A useful range of timber outbuildings lie away from the house, linked to the barn and including a workshop, double bay open garage, pool room and, for those with equestrian interests, three loose boxes.
Biomass Energy System:
A substantial agricultural barn of some 5,102 sq ft, located on the opposite side of the yard, provides a workshop and machinery store, in addition to the space required for the state-of the-art Heizomat
biomass energy system, installed by Nexus Energy in 2013 and under a 20 year contract. This high tech system utilises circa 90 tonnes of seasoned wood chip per year which is harvested from the farm’s
woodland, processed on site and fed directly into the fuel store. This heats the water and provides central heating for the house, swimming pool and barn. The heat produced is metered and Barelands Farm also supplies hot water to the next door Oast house, which is under separate ownership. The income generated from the Biomass system is in the region of £12,000 per annum.
Amounting to about 50 acres, arranged in several blocks and administered under a Forestry Commission management plan, in conjunction with the sustainable Biomass Energy System. Rides
have been cut through to facilitate the harvesting of the wood. The woodland is bordered by small streams and studded with wild flowers including orchids, primroses, wild garlic and bluebells.
Shooting and conservation:
The current owner has successfully managed an award winning small shoot and the farm is managed under the countryside stewardship scheme, creating a superb natural environment to encourage and sustain a wide variety of fauna and flora.
Lakes to the South East:
Located towards the southern boundary of the farm is a further large lake of about 3.6 acres, stocked with trout and carp and offering opportunities for fishing and water sports. A pretty established orchard lies on the east side with a variety of apples, plums, pears and cherries.
Gardens and Grounds:
Barelands Farm enjoys a glorious setting within pretty gardens, with rolling countryside comprising swathes of pastureland and woodland beyond, providing a superb unspoiled natural environment. A sheltered flagstone terrace spans the rear of the house, accessed from the kitchen/breakfast room, rear hall and drawing room, ideal for summer entertaining and the enjoyment of the outlook over three spring fed ponds and woodland beyond. A summer house sits in a secluded part of the garden overlooking the ponds, which are fox and child- proofed, and attract a wide variety of bird species. The front of the property has a more formal approach with brick paths and a parterre-style garden with low box hedging and rose borders.
Pool and Kitchen Garden area:
A roman-ended heated swimming pool lies within a pretty sheltered courtyard, with a vine and wisteria to the elevations, on the far side of the barn. A kitchen garden lies beyond, comprising enclosed raised beds, cold frames, a fruit cage and a substantial lean-to greenhouse against the dividing brick wall, also benefitting from heating.
The pastureland extends out to three sides of the farmhouse, amounting to approximately 120 acres in total and divided into several fields with swathes of mature woodland between. The majority of the fields have water connected, are stock fenced and bounded by high mixed hedging