Vert House is a beautiful, detached, period property understood to date back to the mid 1850’s, built originally for The Earl of Chichester. The property is set in a semi-rural location, down a country lane, in gardens and grounds of approximately 5 acres, which include a 2.5 acre bluebell woodland. Prior to the current owners the house was the family home of highly decorated war hero Major General Robert ‘Titch’ Houghton who lived at Vert House for over 50 years. He was second-in-command of Royal Marine 40 Commando during the Second World War; captured in the Dieppe raid, he returned after 3 years as a PoW to take key roles in the Commandos in peacetime.
Since their purchase of the property, the current owners have invested into the refurbishment of this fine family home, giving much care and attention into its modernisation whilst retaining many period features typical of its age. Improvements include a new roof (under guarantee), newly replaced or re-conditioned sash style windows, a complete electrical re-wire, new hi flow water main and a brand new plumbing and central heating system. The heating system has been designed around a Gledhill “green” heat store, with the ability to take solar and other heat sources.
Approached from a country lane via electrically operated gates to a long sweeping driveway you realise instantly that the house has a certain amount of history, coupled with the fact that the garden wraps around the property with a paddock one side, gardens to the other and woodland to the rear and beyond. It is very secure, secluded and not overlooked from any direction.
The spacious accommodation is approached via an oak framed covered porch to a central hallway with stairs rising to the first floor. The hallway boasts a high quality ‘Karndean’ floor, which continues throughout much of the ground floor. The hall extends beyond the stairwell and in turn to a cloakroom. The large sitting room has full height bi-fold doors opening on to a South facing terrace with views over the garden, ideal for entertaining and alfresco dining. This enjoys a wonderful vista and really brings the outside backdrop of the garden and trees into this light and bright room. To one end of the sitting room is a fireplace with fitted woodburner with a brand new fully lined flue. A particular feature is the stunning open-plan kitchen/dining room with defined areas , extending to approximately 11 meters in length. The dining area is double aspect with a period fireplace whilst the beautifully fitted kitchen by ‘Blackrok’ based in Uckfield has a good range of handle-less units to base and eye level finished in Satin Pearl Grey. Complimenting the Black Star Gazer granite work surfaces are inset double bowl sinks complete with waste disposal unit and a built in concealed Siemens dishwasher. There is space for wine ‘fridge’ and a ‘fridge freezer’ along with two built-in ovens and a ceramic hob, all by Siemens. The central island/breakfast bar has a solid oak surface with a health conscious Gaggeneau VK230 Steamer and pan drawers under. Bespoke Double doors open to the side and give views over the paddock. There is a useful walk-in larder with oak shelving and a separate utility room fitted with a good range of storage cupboards, also by ‘Blackrok’, as well as granite work surfaces and housing for the highly efficient ‘Grant’ Blue Flame oil fired boiler. There is space for and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. The remaining reception room has a marble fireplace with cast iron insert and looks out to the front. As with the dining room the window has original pine secondary internal sash shutters. To the first floor are five bedrooms being served by a modern family bathroom with separate shower cubicle, whilst the master bedroom has the benefit of an en-suite shower room with double sinks sitting on a marble base. Both bathrooms benefit from large timer controlled stainless steel towel rails.
The gardens have been beautifully maintained and well designed with many herbaceous borders as well as a variety of roses, fruit trees and Bay. There are also a number of matures trees including 60-year old apple trees, hawthorn, oak and maple. The formal 1-acre gardens extend from the side to the rear with a garden pond and productive kitchen garden with an extensive range of soft fruits. A gate to one corner gives access to the private 2.5-acre bluebell wood, which is home to a broad range of trees. Beyond this is the 170-acre Vert Wood Community Woodland with fantastic walks and paths to the nearby village of Laughton with its Pub, Village Store and Post Office. There is a 1.5-acre fenced private paddock to the North. Attached to the property are two useful outside stores, both newly re-wired with power and lighting and with additional eaves storage. The out houses benefit from a new roof (under guarantee).
Situated in the hamlet of Whitesmith, nestled between the county town of Lewes and the town of Uckfield with their excellent range of shopping facilities, including a variety of supermarkets, schooling for all ages, both private and state, as well as mainline rail services to London. The area offers recreational facilities such as the East Sussex National Hotel, Health and Golf Resort. The coastal resorts of Eastbourne, Brighton and Seaford plus the South Downs National Park and Ashdown Forest are also easily accessible.
18' 4" x 5' 9" (5.60m x 1.74m).
24' 4" x 17' 4" (7.42m x 5.29m) maximum.
24' 3" x 12' 6" (7.40m x 3.80m).
15' 1" x 12' 6" (4.60m x 3.80m).
12' 9" x 9' 8" (3.89m x 2.94m).
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En-Suite Shower Room
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12' 11" x 11' 6" (3.93m x 3.51m).
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