Henfield Road, Poynings, Brighton
Grange Farm Cottage is a charming, red brick, detached property set on a substantial plot of land in Poynings. The house was once two separate dwellings, home to those working at Grange Farm. In addition to the main house, there are outbuildings and an additional plot of land that may be suitable for further development, subject to the necessary planning permissions and consents. There is an established cattery business “The Poynings Cat Boarding Hotel” based here, with the cattery in one of the outbuildings to the rear of the garden. The owner also has a furniture business that is located in the large brick double garage.
The house really does look beautiful as you approach, with red bricks and a double gable at the front, it is surrounded by gardens and mature trees, including majestic oaks. A rockery and pond at the front of the house are bordered by lawns and the two original entrances remain in place. Set slightly apart from the house is a brick-built double garage which also has a gable roof and includes a further room upstairs currently being used as a beauty treatment room. With three Velux windows, in addition to the two casement windows at either end, this space is lovely and light, and there are views over the garden. At the rear of this building, there is a covered walkway to the main house, making it easily accessible in all weather.
The lawned garden behind the house blends gradually into the surrounding woodland and has a water feature and mature planting. Close to the house, there is a flagstone patio area with generous space for outdoor dining. Brick pathways link the various areas and buildings; an old flint and brick building is said to have once been a bakery. Inside it has vaulted ceilings with exposed beams. At the rear of this building, a separate entrance leads to a kitchen that is used for the cattery business. The garden wraps around the main property, continuing down the side of the house, and further back under the trees, there is a secluded area where the cattery can be found. A total of 33 boarding spaces are available here.
Inside the house, the original character of the cottage remains, with exposed beams in many rooms. The living room has double doors onto the garden and a working fireplace, with ornate decorative tiles within a cast iron insert and a wooden mantle and surround. There is a separate dining room and the kitchen is located at the back with a door onto the garden. There is also a downstairs WC. Upstairs are three bedrooms including the master bedroom suite which is a lovely double-aspect room, with a walk-in wardrobe and a good size ensuite bathroom.
Grange Farm Cottage is just outside Poynings village, surrounded by the South Downs, with endless possibilities for walking in the Sussex countryside. The South Downs Way passes just south of Poynings and can be joined at Saddlescombe Farm. In the village of Poynings itself, which is a twenty-minute walk from the house, you will find the popular Royal Oak pub, while only slightly further afield, the thriving village of Henfield has a busy high street, that has local shops and amenities. Henfield also has four pubs and numerous cafes, its own school, and a public library. Brighton & Hove is a short drive away and there is easy access by road to the A23 and to Gatwick. Hassocks train station is a 15-minute drive, from where there are regular Southern and Thameslink services to London Victoria, London Bridge, Bedford, Brighton, Littlehampton and Worthing.
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