PROPERTYDESCRIPTION The Old Convent forms a part of the grade 1 listed former St Margaret’s Convent. Built in the 19th century from local sandstone, this charming and sympathetic character conversion retains many original features including stone mullions, leadlight windows, wooden floors, stone and tile fireplaces, with original unpainted Canadian pine doors and beams.
Approached from a small private courtyard, the south facing accommodation includes high ceilings, generous open plan living, modern kitchen, separate cosy sitting room, three good sized bedrooms including master bedroom with ensuite, refitted family bathroom and on the second floor a large light attic space suitable for home working and studio activities.
All 31 houses which form the Old Convent conversion benefit from an equal share of the 13 acres of maintained, communal grounds, including extensive lawns with flowerbeds and bench seats, outdoor entertaining meadow with bbqs, the apple orchard, heated hedge-enclosed swimming pool, tennis courts and play areas, and wonderful natural woodland walks. The soaring chapel is used for Christmas carols, other communal events, and residents’ private events. There is also a snooker room with full sized table and lighting.
PARKING The house benefits from a private parking space adjacent to the pathway leading to the entrance door.
ENTRANCEHALL The house is approached along a path through the garden area in front of the chapel, into a small private courtyard. A wide wooden door opens on to a green slate tiled entrance hall. Space for coats and shoes, radiator, doors open on to the sitting room and to open plan living areas.
SITTINGROOM Original south facing stone mullion window, with decorative leaded windows and deep wooden window seat, Victorian cast iron fireplace with stone and tile surround, wooden laminate flooring, radiator, 3 metre high book shelves.
OPENPLANLIVING/DINING Double aspect gothic stone and leadlight windows, recessed into the depth of the walls, the front window with window seat, the rear with deep wooden window shelf. Original fireplace matching that in the sitting room, green slate floor, 2 radiators, large storage cupboard. Stairs up to first floor. Open to the kitchen:
KITCHEN A range of refitted wall and base units with ample amounts of birch bench tops, cast iron Kohler double sink with mixer tap. A 90cm Smeg cooker with 5 burner electric hob and full width oven, contemporary extractor fan, under cupboard lighting. Traditional overhead kitchen airer. Space for kitchen table and chairs to fit into a further recessed window seat with stone mullion leadlight window. Green slate floors and radiator. Opens on to:
UTILITYSPACE Continuing white wall and base units with birch bench tops, space for fridge/freezer, plumbing for washing machine and dishwasher, green slate tiled floor. Stairs to first floor
LANDINGANDHALL Wide hallway with wooden floor leads from stairs to bedrooms and bathrooms, original unpainted Canadian pine doors to all rooms, 3 metre high ceiling and beams. A large recessed stone and leadlight window, with deep wooden window shelf looks out to the back of the property on to the chapel and gardens. Stairs to attic, radiator.
MASTERBEDROOM Two south facing stone mullion and leadlight windows with wooden window seats, original cast iron, tile and stone fireplace, wooden floor, painted wooden dados, built in wardrobe and shelving, radiator. Original door to:
ENSUITESHOWERROOM Refitted suite, comprising full width limestone tiled shower cubicle, low level WC, corner wash hand basin with mixer tap and surround mirrors, heated ladder towel rail, bathroom cabinet. South facing stone mullion and leadlight window in recessed wooden window seat. Limestone tiled floor.
BEDROOMTWO Stone mullion window to front with wooden window seat, radiator, beamed ceiling.
BEDROOMTHREE Stone mullion window to front with wooden window seat, radiator, wooden floor.
FAMILYBATHROOM A unique space to relax in and enjoy, with leadlight and stone mullion window overlooking the chapel and tower, and an arched wall over the limestone tiled bath enclosure. The double ended ‘Bette’ enamel bath is filled by a side loading mixer tap, with overhead Grohe rain shower and folding shower screen. It is complemented by a corner mirrored wash hand basin with mixer tap and low level WC, heated ladder towel rail and original wooden door.
ATTICROOM Stairs to second floor. The property benefits from a large light and airy beamed attic. The apex is three metres high, with three sections separated by the original Canadian pine beams, and lit by two large north facing velux windows.
SECTIONONE is a useful shelved storage area.
SECTIONTWO is currently a home working office.
SECTIONTHREE is used as a studio with plenty of cupboards and shelving.
COMMUNALGARDEN Eleven acres of grounds that include a heated swimming pool, two tennis courts, children’s play area, multi purpose play area, fruit orchards, lawn areas and wooded area. In addition there is a Snooker Room with full sized snooker table situated within the Chapel. There is also ample visitor parking.
VIEWINGS Viewing by appointment with Cole’s Estate Agents East Grinstead – 01342 324616 www.colesestateagents.com