Wadhurst Place, TN5, houses from £815,000 to £1,695,000 and apartments and mews houses from £465,000 Freeman Forman and John D Wood

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Set in beautiful Sussex, Wadhurst Place is an exclusive development offering a luxurious lifestyle set around an historic building.

The Grade II listed manor house, stands in an elevated position with spectacular views of the Sussex Weald. It has been restored to glory and sympathetically converted into desirable apartments and mews houses.

Each apartment has been designed to retain the period details and to preserve the historic character. Period charms include Queen Anne ceilings, elaborate oak panelling, fireplaces and stained glass windows with the family crest.

Wadhurst Place kitchen

The 18 acres of parkland will house 26-detached luxury family homes, built in keeping with the local architectural style, as well as providing all amenities for modern day luxury living. The detached family houses are each individual and positioned to maximise views of the stunning surrounds. Shaker style kitchens, stone and oak flooring and muted colour palettes combine to achieve a style of country elegance.

Wadhurst Place view from window

Wadhurst Place is ideally located, with London only an hour away by train and close to prestigious Royal Tunbridge Wells. There is also easy access to the coast. Gatwick Airport is about 30 miles to the west and Ashford International Rail Station is 31 miles to the east.

The manor house was originally built as a mansion for John Bruce, a descendant of Robert the Bruce, in 1885. It was designed by Adolphus Croft in the Domestic Revival and Queen Anne style, with half-timbering and with ornamental red brick facings and carvings. The main rooms are in the Renaissance or Adam style, featuring oak joinery, ornate plastered ceilings and stained glass windows.

The house’s second owner was Arthur Croft, an artist who specialised in painting mountain scenery and exhibited at the Royal Academy.

In the 1930s the house became a boarding school for girls and was named Wadhurst College. Its numbers grew and other large houses were acquired to house the girls. The Legat Ballet School joined it in the 1980s and the building remained a college until its closure in 2001.

After that the buildings and lovely grounds fell into disrepair, until Newcourt Residential Ltd bought the site and began the extensive restoration project to bring the manor back to its former glory.

The small market town of Wadhurst dates back to the 7th century when a Saxon tribe, called the Wada, occupied the area.

Today the town has a good range of shops pubs and eateries, including a butcher and a baker’s and has become a sought after location. It is popular with people of all ages and perfect for those seeking a calmer paced lifestyle as well as with commuters and city-goers. Excellent state and private schools mean that Wadhurst is ideal for families and also with golfers who have a choice of eight local courses.

Buyers can also use Newcourt Residential’s bespoke luxury interior design service offering total ‘turnkey’ solutions, to individually design and tailor homes to deliver high quality and stylish finishes.

Read more about this luxury property on page 104 of London Property South Magazine

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