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London Property South picks two country family homes within easy reach of London and the City.

Malling Priory, High Street, Lindfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16, £3,000,000, Savills

In the heart of Lindfield village’s picturesque, tree-lined High Street, this Grade II listed exceptional period house dating from 1730, has six bedrooms and a double garage with a two bedroom flat over it.

There is a superb rear garden of more than half an acre and a courtyard terrace. Haywards Heath station is less than two miles away and trains take 45 minutes to London Bridge or Victoria.

Malling Priory is an important historical building. The Georgian style is characterised by an elegant double fronted façade, sash windows and front door with curved pediment and fluted pilasters. Internally there are high ceilings and a number of classic Georgian features including some beautiful light oak panelling. The tiled entrance hall leads to a beautiful turned oak staircase with intricately carved balusters. Wide oak doors open to two inviting formal reception rooms, the drawing room and sitting room, on either side of the hall.

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The elegant dining room has a marble feature fireplace and a full height bay window and doors opening to the courtyard; there is also a good-sized study. Beyond the reception rooms the former service wing has been converted into a large kitchen with a four oven Aga.

The staircase rises past a beautiful arched stair window to a spacious split level landing off which lie four large bedrooms and three bathrooms (two en suite). There are two attic bedrooms on the second floor. There is a large arched cellar.

Malling Priory is set back from the High Street behind wrought iron railings. The garage flat has an open-plan kitchen and living room, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a ground floor shower room. Outside there is a detached brick summer house, and light woodland to the south-eastern boundary.

Little Bardfield, Braintree, CM7, £985,000, Tucker Gardner

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With views over rolling countryside, this Grade II listed house enjoys privacy and historical features.

The stunning home has been beautifully refurbished. On the ground floor there is a luxury farmhouse-style kitchen with all built-in appliances, including a range cooker. The breakfast area looks out onto a beautiful, bright garden room overlooking the landscaped gardens.

country family home

An oak latch door leads from the kitchen to the dining room with a brick and oak fireplace. From there you are led into a delightful sitting room, with windows to the front overlooking glorious open countryside, along with a door to the garden. An attractive brick fireplace with timber mantle and woodburning stove takes centre stage. A spacious study/snug sits to the rear of the property overlooking the gardens and adjacent to this is a downstairs shower room. The study/snug and the shower room could be separated by the addition of an internal door to provide separate living accommodation.

On the first floor there are four double bedrooms with three of the bedrooms having glorious uninterrupted views across undulating countryside. On this floor there are also two luxury bathrooms, the main bathroom having a roll top bath. All rooms on this floor are accessed from a light and airy landing with exposed beams and wall trusses.

A third of an acre of glorious and idyllic gardens surround the property with lawns, mature trees and bushes, well-stocked flower beds as well as beautiful seating areas, and a large terrace from the garden room, ideal for alfresco dining and entertaining.

There is parking for several vehicles on the gravel driveway along with the detached double garage with space in the loft area for a study/work room. A character outbuilding provides utility space or studio room.

The house is near charming Saffron Walden, voted in the top 10 market towns in the country. Manor Cottage also benefits from excellent primary schools in the village along with much sought after private schools a short distance away. It is only 15 minutes’ drive from Audley End Station with trains into Liverpool Street. Cambridge is only 30 minutes by car.

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