Udimore, Rye, TN31
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A superb, beautifully presented, Grade II Listed, country house with numerous period features and delightful views over the unspoilt Brede Valley. In addition, there is a range of outbuildings currently providing a large studio and office. The gardens and grounds, with pond, extend to 0.7 of an acre.
Float Farmhouse is a Grade II Listed, late 15th century, timber-framed building, a fine example of a Wealden Hall House with many existing notable architectural features still intact, re-faced in the 18th century with red brick on the ground floor and weatherboarding above, the first floor on the northeast front still oversailing on a moulded bressummer.
The main features are:
• Oak front door to hallway leading into the drawing room with impressive inglenook fireplace with high oak bressummer beam, stone hearth and fitted wood-burning stove, wide oak floorboards, good ceiling heights with exposed timbering. Dual openings into the dining room, again with wide oak floorboards and impressive exposed timbering.
• Sitting room with brick inglenook fireplace. This is a beautiful double aspect room with fitted units with shelving and cupboards below, a glazed door to the outside and exceptional views over the Brede valley.
• Kitchen/breakfast room with 4-oven oil-fired Aga inset into former fireplace, twin glazed sink with drainer to the side, range of work surfaces with cupboards and drawers beneath including integrated dishwasher. Central island unit with breakfast bar for casual dining; fitted dresser; walk-in larder with space for fridge-freezer. Superb views over the Brede valley.
• Large dining area with tiled flooring and part-vaulted ceiling, outlook over the garden. Utility room with plumbing for washing machine, oil-fired boiler and hot water cylinder.
• From the kitchen a door leads to the rear hall/boot room and cloakroom with WC, sink unit with cupboards beneath, and coat hanging above.
• A staircase leads to the spacious first floor landing with shelved linen cupboard.
• Guest bedroom with impressive oak timbering, cast iron fireplace, parchment en suite shower room with shower cubicle, WC and pedestal wash basin.
• There are two further bedrooms, one of which has a bank of wardrobe cupboards along the length of one wall and a room off.
• The staircase continues to the second floor where there is an impressive master bedroom suite, the bedroom having beautiful oak timbering, exposed beams and vaulted ceiling, double aspect room with views over farmland. Fitted shelving and deep storage cupboard.
• Newly fitted bathroom with bath and shower cubicle.
Float Farmhouse enjoys a superb location down Float Lane with the front door being approached via a brick pathway with lawn and herbaceous borders either side, and a shaped holly tree.
Adjacent to the house is the driveway which culminates in a parking/turning area for a number of vehicles.
To the rear and side of the house are terraces from where unrivalled and unspoilt views are enjoyed over the Brede valley. The gardens enjoy privacy and are principally laid to lawn with well-stocked herbaceous borders and mature trees and shrubs including cherry, oak, clipped boxed hedging, euphorbia, choisia, willows, silver birch.
On one side of the garden is a pond with floating duck house and an area of orchard, adjoining farmland. There is an arbour situated in a former piggery with some of the stone walls remaining.
Beautiful brick and tile former farm building, currently used as a studio with oak flooring and vaulted ceiling.
Adjoining is a cart lodge garage where a door leads into the office.
DIRECTIONS AND INFORMATION
From the crossroads at Broad Oak, head in an easterly direction on the B2089 towards Rye. Continue for 3.2 miles whereupon Float Lane will be seen on the right hand side. Continue down here for 0.7 of a mile and Float Farmhouse will be found on the right.
Local Authority: Rother District Council, Bexhill-on-Sea. Telephone 01424 787000.
Services (not checked or tested): Mains electricity, water. Oil-fired central heating. Private drainage.
Local: Udimore is a rural village on the outskirts of Rye between the Brede and Tillingham rivers in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and has two public houses, a farm shop and cafe, church and nursery school.
Towns: Historic town of Rye (2.5 miles) with a wide range of shops, supermarket, restaurants and everyday amenities; Battle (13 miles), Tunbridge Wells (28 miles), Ashford (25 miles)
Transport: Winchelsea station is within walking distance, also Rye station, both on the Eastbourne-Hastings-Ashford International line with further connections to London St Pancras and the Continent via Eurostar. The M20 at Ashford links to the M25 and motorway network.
Schools: Roadend Pre-School, Udimore; Primary Schools at Icklesham, Rye and
Winchelsea; Buckswood School; Rye College; Vinehall School at Robertsbridge.
Leisure: The beautiful ancient town of Rye with its cobbled streets and historic shops and houses; walking and bird watching at RSPB Rye Harbour Nature Reserve; walking, horse riding and water sports at Camber Sands; golf at Rye Golf Club; Rye Tennis and Squash Club.
Healthcare: Conquest Hospital, Hastings; Eastbourne District General Hospital; William Harvey Hospital, Ashford.
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