A small residential and agricultural Sussex Estate located on the edge of the Ashdown Forest, within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Unlisted detached six bedroom farmhouse
- Detached three bedroom Colt Bungalow
- Pair of semi-detached farm cottages
- Modern and traditional farm buildings extending to around 20,000ft²
- Arable 98.96 acres
- Pasture 54.80 acres
- Woodland 51.17 acres
- Buildings and Sites 2.37 acres
- In all about 207 acres
Sweethaws Farm. Crowborough, East Sussex. TN6 3SS
Guide Price - £3,325,000
The farm has been in the same family ownership for more than sixty years and originally supported a herd of Channel Islands dairy cows and Simental beef cattle, when the dairy herd was dispersed. Cereal crops are the principal source of income now and the pastureland is let on a seasonal basis for grazing and haymaking.
The farmhouse origins go back several centuries and the dwelling was extended firstly in the 1930s and again in the 1960s to provide spacious six-bedroom accommodation.
A pair of farm buildings in the courtyard were converted to cottages in the mid-1960s and a detached Colt Bungalow was constructed for the Farm Manager on the south side of the lane.
The farm buildings are arranged in two yards. The western yard closest to the farm dwellings includes period buildings offering the possibility of change of use and to the south there are over 11,000ft² modern buildings including grain storage.
The farmland sits astride Sweethaws Lane and extends westwards and southwards from the farmstead with arable and pasture fields in gentle undulating valleys with woods and gills typical of this part of Sussex.
The farm comprises: -
The farmhouse is situated on the eastern side of Sweethaws Lane and comprises a six bedroom detached property of brick, sandstone and tile hung elevations beneath a peg tiled roof. The accommodation benefits from oil fired central heating and briefly comprises:-
Entrance Lobby with door leading to:
Entrance Hall with stairs to first floor, and doors leading to:
Drawing Room (22’10” x 19’9) double aspect, parquet flooring, built in storage cupboard, inglenook fireplace with bressumer beam and part sandstone surround. Door to rear garden.
Inner Hallway with doors to:
Sitting Room (17’3” x15’11”) double aspect, fireplace with exposed sandstone chimney breast. Door to front garden.
Kitchen (18’10” x 11’1”) double aspect, kitchen units with inset twin stainless steel sinks. Oil fired AGA, serving hatch to dining room, pantry, door to rear garden.
Dining Room (18’10” x 12’11”) double aspect, parquet flooring, serving hatch from kitchen.
Walk-in Wine Store
Boot Room and Cloakroom with washbasin and WC. Door to outside.
Stairs from the ground floor Entrance Hall lead to the First Floor landing with doors to:
Master Bedroom (17’4”x 13’4”) fitted wardrobes.
Bedroom 2 (18’9”x10’11”) double aspect, fitted wardrobe,
pedestal wash basin.
Bedroom 3 (16’9”x11’2”) fitted wardrobes.
Bedroom 4 (13’4” x13’) double aspect, fitted wardrobe, en-suite with panelled bath, wash basin and W.C.
Bedroom 5 (16’5”x9’) double aspect, fitted wardrobe, pedestal wash basin.
Bedroom 6(11’10”x5’8”)fitted wardrobe, pedestal wash basin.
Family Bathroom1 with panelled bath, washbasin and W.C.
Cloakroom with WC.
Family Bathroom2 with panelled bath and wash basin
Cloakroom with W.C
The well maintained gardens are predominately laid to lawn, interspersed with a variety of shrubs and trees.
Old Cottage is one of a pair of semi-detached single storey cottages, converted from a former agricultural building and set within a courtyard betwixt the farmhouse and the yard. The accommodation briefly comprises:
Front door leads to entrance hall, with doors to:
Sitting Room (16’2”x15’2”) with door to:
Bedroom 1 (15’2”x11’7”)
Bedroom 2 (12’x11’6”)
Bedroom 3 (12’x9’10”)
New Cottage adjoins Old Cottage and briefly comprises:
Enclosed Porch with Front door to:
Kitchen (12’6”x7’11”) with door to;
Sitting Room (16’1”x13’10”)door to inner hallwaywith further doors leading to:
Bedroom 1 (12’7”x11’10”)
Bedroom 2 (12’7”x10’4”)
The detached bungalowof ‘Colt’ design is located to the western side of Sweethaws Lane, and briefly comprises:
Front door leads to:
Reception Hall with door to inner hallway and further doors leading to:
Sitting Room (16’1”x12”) with open fire with tiled hearth, and exposed brick surround, French doors to rear garden.
Kitchen (16’1”x12’) double aspect, matching base and wall units and inset stainless steel sink. Space and plumbing for washing machine. Door to Boot Room with door to outside.
Bedroom 1(12’x12’) double aspect, built in wardrobe
Bedroom 2 (12’x8’5”) built in wardrobe
Bedroom 3 (11’.8x7’9”)
Bathroom with panelled bath, wall mounted washbasin and W.C
The garden is predominantly laid to lawn, with a terrace area to the western elevation.
The range of traditional and modern farm buildings have a separate access from the lane and are arranged in two parts.
These are the former diary buildings including the redundant milking parlour which is now an open cattle yard. The Farm Office adjoins this building on the southern elevation. To the north is the former dairy, milk tank room and a compressor shed and this area is now used for general agricultural storage.
Adjoining is a garage occupied at the moment by the tenant in Old Cottage and beyond the covered walkway there are two small store rooms. The eastern side of this complex is formed by a traditional brick and corrugated asbestos clad building formerly calf pens and now used as a lock up store. The central part of the yard is covered with an R & B steel frame cattle yard (33”x66”) and to the rear is a three bay steel frame lean to (45”x15”). Adjoining the eastern flank wall of New Cottage there is a further brick and tile store building extending to 40x20” and used for machinery storage.
This includes the following buildings totalling around 11,660ft². A brick store under a corrugated iron roof with a small lean to and adjoining outdoor bull pens. Opposite that is a range of two adjoining machinery store buildings measuring overall 104’3”x32’1”. Both buildings have a steel frame under a fibre cement roof. To the east there is a small concrete block bull pen and a machinery shed also used for storing hay constructed in a steel frame and measuring 60’2”x32’1”. Running parallel to the lane is a six-bay concrete frame Dutch Barn for hay and straw storage. The building measures 90’8”x20’ with (20ft² to the eaves) and is fully enclosed apart from two bays which open directly onto the yard.
The southern end of the yard is formed by a steel frame building with overall measurements of 77”x60’5”. The central span with sleeper walls was originally a covered silage clamp and is now converted to a 300-ton “on floor store for corn. The lean-to additions which are 20ft² in width are used for machinery store storage.