A beautiful Victorian 3-bedroom apartment with a separate garden annex/studio that has been sympathetically and lovingly restored, including an original Victorian clock and tower. The property has beautiful views of the South Downs and is situated close to the popular village of Cross In Hand.
This unique Victorian building was built to provide stables and servants accommodation to service nearby Possingworth Park. This apartment is most likely to have been for the Coachman, with the Stable boys housed in the big upper room.
Everything has been lovingly restored to retain the elegant features of the Victorian period. The clock was built around 1866 in order to regulate the activities of the big house and the current owner has had it completely restored to its Victorian splendour and is now an amazing historic and architectural feature.
The property is approached over a cobbled courtyard, which is owned by The Clock Tower, providing additional parking as well as the garage.
Accommodation is arranged over 3 floors with an entrance hall on the ground floor, with stairs leading up to first floor, which has a spacious living room, well-equipped kitchen, bathroom and 2 bedrooms. Further stairs lead up to the largest of the 3 bedrooms situated on the second floor. At present it is used as an office and has telephone and internet connections.
A separate annex/studio in the garden has a large veranda area leading into a kitchen/diner and living room with log burning stove and shower room. It has central heating. There is also a purpose-built heated Dunster Garden Office with telephone and internet. Also a large shed, tool shed and log shed.
A sympathetic restoration situated in a delightful courtyard setting of converted buildings, which were formerly part of Possingworth Park.
This lovely property is presented in excellent decorative order and is light and airy throughout.
The spacious sitting room with a Clearview Stove woodburner and wooden mantlepiece and incorporates an area for a dining table and chairs.
A well-equipped kitchen has attractive white painted wooden cabinetry with wooden worktops and features the original rounded Victorian fireplace. It also has a black Zanussi cooker and fridge.
The top floor of this apartment is a wonderful space, with exposed beams, velux windows and far-reaching views. It has internet and telephone points, so could easily serve as a bedroom, home office, studio or further living space.
All the original Victorian features have been maintained and restored including windows, pine doors, picture rails, Dado rails, wooden floors and pine staircase. Massive Pine beams in the upper room.
A separate garden annex has a large covered veranda leading into a well-equipped kitchen with white cabinetry and an area for dining. Views of the garden can be seen from the lounge area, which features a woodburner and vaulted wooden ceiling. New shower room with toilet.
The landscaped garden is mainly laid to lawn, with large pond, mature trees and shrubs and a large area of brick patio, perfect for relaxing and al fresco dining. Other features in this delightful garden include a tool shed and log store.
Purpose-built Dunster garden office, with telephone, Internet and electric heating.
Gas central heating with a new boiler with all carpets and curtains included.
Small loft area above the bathroom with hatch for storage.
The clock mechanism was restored by Thwaites and Reed and completed in 2016 and they consider the clock to be a rare example of un-spoilt Victorian workmanship.
Lynette Merrick, an Ecologist and wildlife illustrator is the current owner of the property. She purchased the property in December 2014 as a restoration project and has returned this derelict building and turret clock to its original Victorian splendour.
All invoices detailing this massive restoration project between January 2015 and 2017 are available for inspection.
The Clock Tower is situated close to the village of Cross In Hand, a bustling village with a bakery, public house, petrol station with shop, tennis, bowling and rugby clubs, this lovely area also benefits from the Isenhurst Country Club with its indoor pool. It is also conveniently situated for the larger towns of Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne. The local town of Heathfield is just under two miles away and provides a choice of leisure and excellent shopping facilities. Excellent state and private schools are within easy reach and include Cross in Hand primary school and Heathfield Community College. Buxted Station is under 4.5 miles away and has regular trains to Central London and Gatwick Airport is 31 miles distant. If you want to escape to the coast, then the lovely seaside town of Eastbourne is just 30 miles to the south.