Situated in an elevated position on the edge of the village of Wivelsfield Green with wonderful views to the South Downs, The White House is a substantial and superbly appointed family home. Understood to date from 1959 with various additions, since acquiring the house in 2010 the current owner has meticulously refurbished the house to exacting standards, transforming the
house to offer fantastic versatile accommodation with an excellent mix of contemporary and classic style.
Externally, the house has been re-rendered, re-roofed and the windows replaced with sleek black-framed double glazing; two decked roof terraces offer attractive outside seating areas from which to enjoy the rural outlook and panoramic views of the South Downs. Inside the accommodation extends to nearly 5,400 square feet and has been thoughtfully re-configured to create spacious, light and bright rooms with high ceilings and classic finishes such as ceiling roses, coving and deep skirting.
The house offers an adaptable layout and the flexibility to cater for families spanning all generations; there is additional potential to form a self-contained annexe (subject to the necessary consents).
The floor plans give an excellent overview of the layout and full extent of the house. Of particular note is the stone entrance portico which has oak double doors opening to the grand two-storey reception hall, from which the staircase rises to the galleried first floor landing. There are three further formal reception rooms, including a dining room and an elegant drawing room with rococo-style fireplace; the music room with its adjoining study and bathroom allows the flexibility to form a generous guest bedroom suite. The beautifully appointed kitchen, breakfast and family room is a wonderful room, forming the heart of the family home. The kitchen is fitted with a range of bespoke shaker style units and a large central island with quartz worktops, a four-oven Aga and number of integrated appliances. The family room overlooks the rear terrace and garden and is flooded with light by way of an attractive roof lantern and full height windows to three aspects. Adjacent to the kitchen are a number of useful service rooms, including a rear hall with coats hanging, a utility room, cloakroom with WC, and a boot room with range of built in storage cupboards and a dog shower.
The bedroom accommodation spans two floors: there are two bedrooms on the lower ground floor served by a bathroom and separate cloakroom, an ideal space for guests or older children. The four remaining bedrooms, which are all en suite, lie off the elegant first floor galleried landing. They include the newly-created master suite which comprises a vaulted split level bedroom with French doors opening to a private roof terrace, a walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom.
The White House is situated in a rural lane in Wivelsfield Green, a small village between Ashdown Forest and the South Downs National Park, in the heart of Mid Sussex. It is well positioned for the local amenities which include a public house with restaurant, village hall, post office/general store, primary school, a recreation ground with playground and an 11th Century church.
The historic villages of Ditchling, Lindfield and Cuckfield are nearby with excellent hotels and restaurants, and recreational facilities are widespread including golf courses and sports facilities.
Wivelsfield Green lies almost equidistant between the towns of Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill (3 and 3.5 miles respectively), which both provide a good selection of shops, services and amenities. Lewes (9 miles) and Brighton (12 miles) offer a further range of shops and restaurants. Gatwick airport 17 miles. Mainline rail services are available at Haywards Heath (London Bridge/London Victoria from 42 minutes),
Wivelsfield (Burgess Hill) and Burgess Hill. www.southernrailway.com
There is an excellent range of state and independent schools in the area, including Wivelsfield Green Primary School, Chailey Secondary School, Great Walstead near Lindfield, Cumnor House in Danehill, Burgess Hill School for Girls and Ardingly, Lewes Grammar and Hurst College.
The White House is surrounded by mature landscaped gardens and grounds. It is approached via black iron gates, which are electronically operated and set within stone piers, opening to a long gravel driveway edged to one side by a wild flower meadow opens to a carriage driveway to the front of the house, offering ample parking for a number of cars. The driveway continues past the house to the outbuildings: : a range of garaging (six bays in total), two large period greenhouses and three store rooms. Beyond the outbuildings is a substantial detached games room, with three pairs of French doors opening to the surrounding garden, and a fitted bar area. A hatch and ladder provides access to a first floor storage room.
A large sandstone and shingle terrace spans the rear of the house, providing a number of outdoor seating areas overlooking the garden. Beyond the terrace the part-walled garden is largely laid to lawn, dotted with mature trees and shrubs. A pathway lined by young trees leads down the garden, past a small orchard to the fence-enclosed tennis court.