Old Well House forms a stunning characterful family home, once two Victorian farm workers' cottages, the current owner purchased them at auction nearly fifty years ago and believed to have been built on the foundations of much older iron workers cottages. The property has now been skilfully altered, extended and modernised over time.
The Vendor fell in love with the views, which are extensive, and the peaceful location. Virtually all the rooms (with the exception of the hall, landing and toilets) have magnificent views over the valley and from the garden up to the recently renovated Argos Hill windmill.
The house is now fully double glazed, has propane gas central heating, a Mark Wilkinson farmhouse kitchen with a four oven Aga and enjoys three bedrooms and three bathrooms, with a fourth bedroom and bathroom being easily created from a plastered void above the kitchen. The house also has a Red Care burglar alarm system fitted.
The house comes with a partly walled garden and approximately an acre of woodland which has been preserved, natural springs with old watercress ponds as a nature reserve and they enjoy a great variety of wildlife.
The Victorian bake house has the original rare domed oven and copper brick frame.
One approaches the house by a centralised door, with small ornate porch to a reception hall, now with a fabulous reclaimed, partly curved staircase to a galleried landing and a matching staircase above.
The kitchen is a stunning double aspect room, being a Mark Wilkinson kitchen, with hand painted wooden units, polished granite worktops, wooden handles, integrated double ceramic sink with waste disposal and drainer, a four oven Aga with extra integrated 2 element ceramic hob, the integrated dishwasher, fridge and microwave are all Miele and the electric sockets under the table enable it to be used as a worktop. Windows and French doors to a small terrace with the views beyond. There is also a window overlooking the driveway and garage.
Off the kitchen is a tiled Cloakroom/Boot Room with door to driveway and further door to a shower room, comprising a shower cubicle with a hanger above for wet clothes and a further coat rail. Also off the kitchen are double doors leading to a family room/office, with window to front.
There is a utility room adjacent to the kitchen, again with a door to rear, wall mounted boiler, sink with drainer and space for appliances. Opposite the utility room is a cloakroom, with WC, basin and window to front.
The dining room is a charming room, with windows to rear with the views and a fireplace complete with an original Victorian solid fuel range and grate which are still in use.
The L shaped sitting room has magnificent views from all the windows over the fields, and woods of the river Rother valley below which three hundred years ago were part of the iron industry. The room also has electronically timed blinds and light switches. The original Victorian fireplace now has a modern log burner.
The first floor comprises a galleried landing with windows to front and ballustraded landing and stairs to the second floor and to the ground floor.
All the bedrooms have magnificent views and are all en-suite.
The master bedroom with stunning views and a triple aspect, built-in wardrobes, and a spacious en-suite bathroom, with a stand-alone bath, separate shower, WC, bidet and large cupboard unit with twin sinks atop, two windows to front, window to side and doors to a fitted cupboard.
There is a second bedroom with the views, former fireplace and an en-suite shower room. Also off this first floor landing is a door to an as yet unfinished void, which is plastered, and has a window to side and two velux windows to rear. There is a storage cupboard and access to plumbing for a bathroom.
The second floor is accessed via another stairwell, with window to side. There is an open landing/seating area which links a shower room to the rear, with shower, WC and basin, to a large double bedroom with fabulous views.
To the front of the house, steps lead down to the front door, with a little sunken paved approach. There is a brick garden wall providing screening and privacy from the lane, with a pedestrian gate to the left and electric gates to the right to a tarmac driveway providing parking for several vehicles and access to a triple bay Oak car port/garage with workshop.
A path leads to the side door, and the rear terrace, which in turn provides access to a rear lean-to former bake house/oven, now a garden store. Beyond is a stone balustraded paved patio, from which one gets the best views, and has direct access from the sitting room. The lawn from here sweeps around the house to the main area of lawn, enclosed by a hedge to rear, mature flowerbed and shrubbery to side and the brick wall to the front. There is a bench seat against the wall, from which one gets even more extensive views, and a sandstone paved terrace with a well and Liquid Amber tree.
The woodland is accessed direct from the garden via a small gate, and vehicular access to the woodland is obtained via a neighbouring five bar gate.
The house is located off a quiet country lane on the outskirts of Mayfield Village, with easy access to footpaths for walks into the countryside and direct access to the Route 21 cycle route.
The 16th Century beauty of Mayfield High Street includes facilities such as a small supermarket with post office, butcher, baker, pharmacy, florist, greengrocers and deli as well as GP surgery, dentist and hairdressers. There are also a couple of cafes and Period Inns, including the renowned Middle House Hotel. There are pretty churches of various denominations, a flourishing primary school and the well regarded Mayfield School secondary school.
For more comprehensive facilities Tunbridge Wells is 9 miles to the north. Railway stations can be found at Wadhurst (5 miles), Crowborough (6 miles), and Tunbridge Wells. These provide a fast and regular service to London Charing Cross, London Bridge and Canon Street. There is a regular bus service to Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne.
The area provides an excellent selection of both state and private schools. Nearby leisure facilities include tennis, bowls, numerous golf clubs, sailing on Bewl Water and at the coast. The area is criss-crossed with many beautiful walks through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.