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Parsonage House is an imposing Grade II listed Tudor manor house of “special architectural or historic importance” and provides substantial family accommodation of light, spacious and elegant proportions arranged over three floors. The classic symmetrical front elevation dates from the 18th century and is typical of the Georgian period. The elevations are principally of brick, under a part Horsham stone and part clay tiled roof with an imposing brick and stone three chimney stack on the northern elevation.
The accommodation is spacious and well-planned with three principal reception rooms leading from the entrance hall. The entrance hall and many of the rooms feature stripped period wood flooring. The sitting room has a large inglenook fireplace with a wood burner stove and there is an open fireplace in both the drawing room and dining room. The sitting room and drawing room both have a south-facing bay window. The kitchen/breakfast room features a 4 oven Aga, a former inglenook fireplace, an extensive range of built-in units and a walk-in larder. Off the inner hall is a utility room with a range of fitted units and cupboards, an inset butler sink, and spaces for a washing machine and tumble drier.
The property retains many period features of great historic interest including the approach to the indoor swimming pool which is through a very substantial former fireplace. One of the bedrooms is part panelled and incorporates a period fireplace and a concealed “priest’s hole”, in which a former owner of the property hid from the Parliamentarians during the English Civil War of 1642-1651.
On the first floor are 4 large bedrooms and two bath/shower rooms. The principal south-facing bedroom features stripped wood flooring, a roll top bath, and an open fire. A further south-facing bedroom also features stripped wood flooring and a shower room.
The second floor provides excellent additional bedroom/living accommodation. It currently features a bedroom, sitting room, study and shower room, but can be adapted as bedrooms or a self-contained suite as required.
A secluded enclosed courtyard adjoins the east elevation and provides access to a self- contained annexe which comprises an open plan room with exposed timbers and a vaulted ceiling and an adjoining wet room. From the annexe there is also access to the swimming pool.
The indoor swimming pool is set in a paved surround with sliding doors opening to the garden. Adjoining the pool is a gym room, hot tub, sauna and a shower room.
Sporting and Recreation
Golf at Singing Hills (Albourne), The Dyke (Brighton), or Mannings Heath; Cricket at Henfield Cricket Club or Preston Nomads Cricket Club; Football at Henfield Football Club; Tennis at Henfield Tennis Club; Rugby at Brighton Rugby Club; Show jumping and eventing at Pyecombe, the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead and Borde Hill, near Cuckfield; Sailing at Brighton Marina; Theatres at Brighton, Horsham and Chichester; Opera at Glyndebourne.
Parsonage House is situated just off the High Street in the heart of Henfield, a thriving village to the north of the South Downs. The village has many local shops, pubs, restaurants and services, and holds a large number of popular village events throughout the year. Other facilities include a leisure centre, sports clubs, drama and youth groups, a library and churches of most denominations. There is an excellent selection of schools in the area including Brighton College, Hurstpierpoint College, and Lancing College, all of which have dedicated bus services from Henfield, along with St. Peter's Church of England Primary School. In the surrounding countryside there are many miles of beautiful walks and rides, including the Downs Way which runs from Guildford through the village and the South Downs to the coast.
Hassocks is 7 miles to the east, from where the mainline railway station provides direct services to London Victoria and London Bridge (from 58 minutes). The coastal City of Brighton and Hove is about 9 miles to the south-east and Horsham is about 11 miles to the north. Both offer an excellent range of shops, trades, services and entertainment facilities. Henfield is situated between the A24 and the A23 both of which give good access to the M23/M25 and the national motorway network.
From the lane double wrought iron gates open to a gravel entrance drive providing parking adjacent to the front entrance porch. The gardens lie principally to the south and west of the house and are laid to lawn bordered by a variety of established shrubs and trees. A brick and stone terrace lies adjacent to the pool complex with an arcade of wisteria and rose clad brick pillars, and a fine old brick wall forms the northern boundary. In all the gardens extend to about three quarters of an acre.
Parsonage House was formerly the home of Henry Bysshop (1606-1692). He was Post Master General from 1660 to 1663, an office granted to him by King Charles II. He is remembered for introducing the first postmark, now referred to as ‘Bishops Mark’, which was used for over 100 years.
The Civil War (1642- 1651) was a time of unrest for the people of Henfield. In the campaign of 1642 to capture Lewes for the King, Parliamentarians occupied Henfield and Henry Bysshop is said to have hidden in a secret cupboard, known as a “priest’s hole” at Parsonage House to escape arrest.
(Source: ‘Henfield, A Sussex Village’)
7 bedrooms and 4 bath/shower rooms
3 reception rooms
indoor swimming pool
in all over 7000 square feet
mature gardens of about 0.75 acres
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