Surrounded by lovely, unspoilt countryside and with far reaching views over its own land and beyond, Willards Hill Farm is a delightful, nineteenth century, three roundel Oast house with attached former granary, which was converted to residential accommodation in the 1960s. Enjoying a rear southerly aspect and set in a peaceful semi-rural, yet well-connected location not far from Etchingham, the property extends to approximately 117 acres (47.68 hectares) and includes a detached, two bedroom cottage and various outbuildings.
External elevations of the Oast and cottage are of red brick with white weatherboarding, tiled roofs and replacement double glazed windows, the house and cottage display a pleasing combination of rural charm with country house elegance. Very well maintained by the present owners, accommodation in the Oast is arranged over two floors to include reception rooms and bedrooms within the roundels, whilst the sitting room, large kitchen/breakfast room and the master bedroom suite occupy the former granary. The principal rooms all enjoy beautiful views over the gardens to the lake beyond. Subject to the usual planning restrictions, it might be possible to create further accommodation in the expansive loft areas.
Ideal for staff, extended family or guests, the cottage is well presented and fitted out with a good sized living room, two double bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom.
Although in an unspoilt location, the property is not isolated and is just over a mile from Etchingham village and the station. The village has a vibrant local community with a local shop, butcher selling locally produced meats and a village hall providing all sorts of local talks and clubs. The Bistro at Etchingham Station has become extremely popular, picking up awards on the way. Set within the former stationmaster’s lodge, an enthusiastic group of locals formed the de Etchingham Community Interest Company and created a marvellous space for locals and commuters to meet for coffee, brunch and upper. The nearby larger villages of Hurst Green and Burwash also have local shops whilst the towns of Battle and Tunbridge Wells have extensive shopping, banking and entertainment facilities. Local schools include primary schools in Etchingham and Burwash, Marlborough House and St Ronans prep schools in Hawkhurst and Vinehall in Robertsbridge, Claremont School, Hastings, Uplands Community College in Wadhurst. The area is renowned for walking, sailing and equestrian facilities with the famous Bewl Water Reservoir and Bedgebury Pinetum close by, whilst golf courses nearby include Dale Hill in Ticehurst and Lamberhurst.
The gardens are a feature of the property and are landscaped to ensure year round colour with well -stocked herbaceous borders, roses of various varieties, azaleas, camellias and rambling climbing plants. Large expanses of lawn are peppered with mature trees and fruit trees, whilst an ornamental pond includes water plants and is surrounded by rhododendrons and swathes of spring flowering bulbs. To the side and rear of the house is a large, brick terrace with steps down to further terracing around the swimming pool, which is fully lined with mosaic tiles. A pool pavilion provides outdoor entertaining and showering/changing facilities and houses the filtration and heating for both the pool and the orchid greenhouse.
The land is compactly laid out around the property, providing protection and a lovely setting, forming a valley with a tributary of the River Rother running through it. There are views from the house and terracing to the lake, which is stocked with fish and has two islands. Beyond the lake lies the delightful, natural woodland with rambling paths and suffused with bluebells, wild orchids and wild garlic in the spring. The remainder of the land is divided in to fields and paddocks with neat hedgerows.
At the head of the drive and grouped within a courtyard area, is the snooker room with vaulted ceiling, bar area and WC together with a nearby detached barn with a workshop attached. Close to the house is a detached triple garage with storage to the rear, whilst in the rear garden is the afore mentioned pool pavilion and an orchid/greenhouse which has three phase variable temperature controls together with a further greenhouse. Stabling, storage, workshops and a hay barn can be found to one side.
Agent’s Notes – Full vacant possession is available. At present, there is a flexible farming and grazing partnership agreement with a local farmer who takes care of the majority of the land – details of this are available upon request.
A public footpath crosses the land.