Oldlands Hall • £1,195,000 • Herons Ghyll.
4 Oldlands Hall forms part of The Oldlands Hall Estate which is located down a long drive on the edge of Ashdown Forest with its superb walks. Number 4 boasts elegantly proportioned rooms with high ceilings and an abundance of period features including sash windows, decorative mouldings and ornate fireplaces. Painstakingly refurbished some years ago by the current owners, giving each principal room a distinctive character, it offers a rare combination of opulent grandeur and domestic comfort.
There is a garden room with a glass-panelled roof, patterned marble flooring and a lion’s head fountain with an Italian garden mural. The drawing room, believed to have originally served as the ballroom for the Hall has a fully sprung polished specimen wood floor featuring decorative inlay. A full-height bay window gives stunning views over the formal gardens and to the surrounding countryside beyond. Doors to either side of the bay lead out to steps down to the Yorkstone terrace. The walls are covered with silk panels above dado height with painted panelling below. Murals depict Italian garden scenes;
There is a first floor kitchen/breakfast room. The dining room with sash windows gives an exceptional vantage point from which to appreciate the beautifully laid out formal gardens.
The day room has delightful garden views. The study is fitted with Spanish Walnut panelling, thought to date from 1905 and incorporating hidden storage cupboards to either side of the Walnut fireplace.
The second floor rear bedroom features an alcove to either side of the dormer window with ornate mouldings, Art Deco mirrors and fitted Spanish Walnut dressing tables, one with a basin. There is a carved panel on inside of door and decorative coving and architrave, all with a Birds of Paradise theme;
The master bedroom has a dormer window and fitted wardrobes, a fireplace with a marble surround and an alcove to the side with display shelves and a cupboard below. A third floor bedroom/studio has an en suite bathroom. You have a stunning Art Deco bathroom with gilded ceiling, bevelled-edged mirrored tiles to the walls, some with etched decoration, and white marble tiled floor.
The communal grounds include a formal garden featuring a line of geometrical ponds with spring-fed fountains stretching down the length of the rear lawn and parkland with specimen trees and shrubs. The communal areas are maintained by staff employed by the Oldlands Estate Company.