We are pleased to offer to the open market for the very first time in its current guise 'Southbank Farm'. An architecturally unique eco-friendly home built by the current owners in 2014 to extremely high standards throughout; this isn't just a home it's a way of life!
Situated off a little known quiet country lane in Vines Cross near Heathfield and accessed via its own private driveway lies this substantial former nursery offering five acres of landscaped gardens, grounds and paddocks with spectacular views towards the South Downs. Whilst the house in itself is impressive; there is so much more on offer here with more than just a nod to its historic and humble beginnings.
As you turn off Cowden Hall Lane and pass by a number of chocolate box cottages, the entrance to Southbank Farm beckons with a recently laid gravel drive wending its way through an assortment of mature trees, a vineyard and wildlife pond before reaching an open parking area in front of the property. Appearances can be deceiving as from the front you would be forgiven for mistaking the property for something much less than it is; this is due in part to it's North East Aspect and the owners resolve to ensure they maximised the light from the rear Southerly Aspect.
Upon entering through the front door it is clear to see there is much more than meets the eye; the natural light simply streaming through from all directions. The ground floor briefly comprises of the kitchen/breakfast room, drawing room and dining room/library. If we begin with the kitchen which boasts a wide array of sash windows overlooking the south facing garden beyond with doors leading out onto the rear decked terrace. The sociable kitchen, with ample space for a dining table, is bespoke with a wide range of wall and base units finished off with 'Corian' worktops. Features here include a range of 'Miele' and 'Neff' appliances and a boiling water tap. Beyond the kitchen you will find an ever useful utility/boot room with space for a washing machine which also offers access to the garden.
The drawing room is simply magnificent; and pays homage to the Georgian era with a twelve foot high ceiling and triple hung double glazed sash windows within the incredible bay looking out in a south westerly direction over the croquet lawn beyond. Each room benefits from individual thermostats and in the drawing room a substantial log burner complete with back boiler powers the underfloor heating.
Next we come to the formal dining room which can only be described as unique due in part to the mezzanine library complete with 'secret passage' to the first floor landing. A lovely place for hosting dinner parties or simply a place to read in the comfort of your favourite armchair.
As you would expect back by the front door, off the entrance hall with its parquet flooring and underfloor heating, you also have a large coat and shoe cupboard in addition to the cloakroom
To use the description 'first floor' for the level where three bedrooms and two bathrooms is situated is misleading. As you traverse the generous stairs from the entrance hallway you reach a number of landing spaces each offering something unique; I won't spoil the surprise! The first bedroom we reach is situated above the kitchen; a lovely double with large windows looking out to the South East and access to the South Facing Balcony from which you can soak up the South Downs. Next is the family bathroom which is a grout free zone complete with 'Corian' sink, Bath with filler and wc. The main guest bedroom also has a wonderful outlook and benefits from a private en-suite wet room, whilst the third bedroom also offers similar proportions but with dual aspects enjoying the gardens beyond.
Lastly we come to the lower ground floor which has been cleverly designed, in part due to the undulating landscape, to have direct access out onto the garden underneath the South facing balcony and offers a variety of multi-level paved terrace areas in which to enjoy the sunshine. Currently arranged in three rooms; bedroom, office and bathroom - but with flexibility for so much more. Easily convertable into a two bedroomed self-contained apartment with its own private access but currently utilised as further guest/home office quarters. The primary room currently houses a home office, the grand piano and the air circulation plant; off this is a freezer store. Large enough to be split into two rooms if required and benefitting from plumbing to enable the creation of a kitchen or extra wet room. The bedroom again is vast and includes plenty of lounge space which could be walled off again to create degrees of separation should that match your needs. There is also a wine cellar. Finally you will find the bathroom with a separate shower cubicle and plumbing for the washing machine and tumble dryer.
Externally I have already referred to the landscaped gardens and grounds which offer more than can be described; however in brief we have five acres of grounds split into three acres of formal gardens and a two acre paddock left wild to encourage butterflies but could easily be utilised for horses considering the three stables and field shelter which can be found close by. Other buildings include the barn which has three separate areas each offering over 1250 sq.ft of floor space; ripe for development, storage for classic cars or re configuring depending on the new owners desire. A studio has been created, which houses the solar panels and battery storage, in a different area of the garden for those who like to paint but this could easily become ancillary accommodation, a gym or games room. Other areas of interest include the numerous wildlife ponds, the woodland, the vineyards and fruit orchards which offer yields of quinces, greengages and plums.
Locally we are just a few minutes drive from the popular village of Horam which offers a fine range of independent shops and amenities including a doctors and vet's. Three miles distant the market town of Heathfield offers a wider range of shops & amenities including three supermarkets. The coast can be reached at Eastbourne about 12 miles away to the South and to the North, Tunbridge Wells is about 18 miles. Within 15 minutes drive you have access to three different mainline stations all offering differing routes to London, Gatwick or Brighton. The area is also well served by a range of both private and state schools