Doleham Hill, Westfield, Hastings, East Sussex, TN35
- Beautifully located small farm
- 46.4 acres pasture and woodland
- Grade II Listed Farmhouse
- Oast with planning permission to residential
- Stables with planning permission to residential
- Available as a whole or in 5 lots
- Wonderful views over own land and nature reserves beyond
- Rye, Battle and the coast at Hastings within easy reach
**Guide Price £1,965,000 - £2,165,000**
Grade II Listed, Farmhouse in a rural location with panoramic views over its own 46.4 acres, the Doleham valley, Maxfield Nature Reserve and the Brede Valley in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Oast House, former Stables, both with residential consent. As a whole or in 5 Lots.
LOT 1 - DOLEHAM FARMHOUSE:
Doleham Farmhouse is Grade II Listed, dating from the 16th century and is of brick construction with part tile hung elevations beneath a tiled roof and with oil-fired central heating. There are many original features including exposed oak timbering and large inglenook fireplace. The majority of the rooms enjoy exceptional views over the surrounding countryside.
The accommodation is arranged as follows:
• Front door to generously proportioned vaulted reception hall with exposed oak timbering, quarry tiled flooring, oak staircase to the first floor. Cupboard under the stairs and a cupboard housing the boiler. Cloak/utility room with WC, wash basin and space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer.
• Drawing/dining room with impressive inglenook fireplace fitted with a wood burning stove, with oak bressummer beam above, quarry-tiled hearth, and three cupboards. Wood block flooring. A light, double aspect room with beautiful views over garden and farmland beyond. Part oak studwork with opening leading into the dining area where there are also beautiful views.
• The sitting room has a bank of fitted bookshelves with cupboards along one wall, triple aspect with lovely views. The study has fitted shelving, hatch to small cellar space and door leading down to the wine cellar fitted with purpose-made brick and concrete shelves for 2,000 bottles.
• The custom-made kitchen/breakfast room is situated to the west of the house, there is a 6-ring gas Rangemaster cooker with double oven and plate warmer and shelf below; twin butler sink inset into granite work surfaces with drainer to the side and integrated waste bins; range of oak eye-level units; space and plumbing for a dishwasher. Shelved larder cupboard.
• An opening leads through into the breakfast area with fitted oak peninsular unit with work surface and beautiful views of the garden and farmland beyond. Between the breakfast room and drawing room is a hallway with oak front door dating from circa 1967, leading to the garden.
• An oak staircase leads to the first floor landing where there is an airing cupboard and staircase to the second floor. The master bedroom has fabulous unspoilt southerly views, together with a brick former fireplace with brick hearth, now fitted with shelves. Door to en suite bathroom with panel-enclosed bath with mixer taps and shower attachment, shower cubicle, WC, pedestal wash basin. From the bedroom is a door to the dressing room which interlinks with Bedroom 3, which is a good sized double bedroom with southerly views and a bank of shelving on one wall.
• Guest Bedroom 2 is double aspect, has a built-in fitted wardrobe cupboard and eaves storage cupboard, along with shelving. En suite bathroom with panel-enclosed bath with shower attachment, pedestal washbasin, WC.
• The family bathroom has a panel-enclosed bath with mixer taps, WC, pedestal wash basin and cupboard.
• From the landing a narrow staircase leads to Bedroom 4 which has a lovely, vaulted ceiling with exposed oak timbering and an internal Elizabethan window. An original oak door via a Juliet balcony leads to occasional Bedroom 5.
LOT 2- DOLEHAM OAST:
Doleham Oast comprises a traditional twin roundel oast and barn of brick and weatherboard construction beneath a part clay peg tile and part slate roof. This has consent reference number RR/2014/1591/P to convert into a four-bedroomed residential dwelling with accommodation of:
• Stair Hall
• Drawing Room
• Kitchen/Breakfast Room
• Laundry Room
• Boot Room
• Master Bedroom with en suite Shower Room
• Three further Bedrooms (one with en suite)
• Family Bathroom
The property will have wonderful views, and gardens, paddock and a woodland plantation extending in all to about 6.77 acres.
LOT 3- DOLEHAM STABLES:
Doleham Stables comprises an attractive brick two-storey building beneath a slate-effect roof with planning consent reference number RR/2014/1592/P to convert into a spacious property with:-
• Entrance Hall
• Drawing Room
• Kitchen/Breakfast Room
• Laundry Room
• Master Bedroom with en suite Bathroom
• Two further Bedrooms
• Shower Room
• Garden of about 0.16 of an acre
To the west of Doleham Lane is an area of pasture and ancient bluebell woodland with an area of mainly oak and ash trees, planted in 1993/94 with two separate accesses onto the lane, and lovely views over the surrounding countryside. This extends to about 18.76 acres.
This can be approached from either Lots 1 or 2 but also with a separate access from the lane, and comprises a beautiful area of marshland adjoining Doleham Ditch, with two wildlife scrapes.
Doleham Farm is approached over a drive shared with one other property and then onto its own private driveway. Continuing on the gravel driveway leads to a large parking/turning area for a good number of vehicles with a circular turning point where there is a crab apple tree.
Doleham Farmhouse sits in a perfect elevated position with panoramic views. The gardens are principally laid to lawn, planted with mature herbaceous borders with clipped box, hawthorn, lonicera nitida and beech hedges and mature trees including silver birch, beech, cherry, lime, ash, alder and sycamore
To the west of the house is a York stone terrace surrounded by a brick retaining wall and there is an area of orchard with a selection of fruit trees. In the corner of the garden is an attractive pond.
To the north of the house is a brick, single storey outbuilding beneath a corrugated roof with 7.35kW of solar panels. This building was formerly used for agriculture and now for general storage, and extends to 1,053 square feet.
The land is divided into two pasture fields, one of which has been planted as a wildflower meadow, and there is an area of ancient bluebell woodland surrounded by planting in 1993-94 comprising a selection of deciduous trees including oak, ash, apple, hawthorn, hornbeam, maple, etc. Within this area is a lovely pond.
The gardens and grounds extend to about 13.15 acres.
From Westfield village proceed towards Northiam for about 0.8 of a mile and then turn right into Doleham Lane. Proceed down this beautiful lane for about one mile and the entrance to Doleham Farm will be found on the left hand side.
Local: The popular village of Westfield has a general store and Post Office for everyday needs, a public house, restaurant, doctors surgery and award-winning butchers. The nearby village of Sedlescombe also has a general store and public house.
Towns: For more comprehensive amenities and shops, the historic towns of Battle and Rye with their ranges of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and public houses are about 7.3 and 9 miles respectively. Hawkhurst, with its Waitrose supermarket, is some 12 miles. Hastings, with its charming Old Town, is about 7 miles. The larger centre of Tunbridge Wells is some 27 miles..
Transport: Battle station on the London Bridge/Charing Cross line; Doleham, Three Oaks and Rye stations on the Hastings to Ashford line with links to the Continent and high speed line to London via Ashford International. The A21 is within 4 miles enabling access to the M25, London and motorway networks.
Schools: Westfield Primary School; Sedlescombe Primary School; The Hastings Academy; Buckswood School at Guestling; Battle Abbey School at Battle; Claremont Preparatory on the outskirts of Hastings and Senior School at Bodiam; Vinehall at Robertsbridge; Marlborough House and St Ronans at Hawkhurst.
Leisure: Westfield is a rural village in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and there are several footpaths in the area. The Hastings Country Park is a nature reserve and coastal pathway with access down to beaches at Pett Level and Winchelsea Beach. Hastings itself has a fascinating Old Town. Golf at Sedlescombe Golf Club and Beauport Park Golf and Country Club. Sailing at Hastings Sailing Club. National Trust properties at Bodiam Castle, Batemans and Sissinghurst Castle Gardens.
Healthcare: Doctors surgery in Westfield. Conquest Hospital, Hastings; Eastbourne District General Hospital.
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