A rare opportunity to purchase a substantial and historic Grade II* Listed property, in need of modernisation, in a central location.
Former kitchen, Utility/former Scullery
6 Further bedrooms, Box room
Family bathroom, Shower room
Cromwell House, situated in a High Street which contains reputedly the longest run of timber framed Medieval and Tudor houses in the country, has a fascinating history. Records show that the house, and neighbouring properties, were bought by a local Iron Master, John Payne, around 1564. He gave the property to his son Edward and his wife Anne, and they rebuilt the house to their specification; having their initials and the date “1599” carved into a fireplace. The house remained in the Payne family until the end of the 17th century, and by the end of the 18th century it was known as the Great House and home to a local builder and auctioneer, Charles Smith. In the 1870’s records show that two dormer windows were added to the roof.
The first record of the house being called Cromwell House was in 1887, and it is speculated that the reason was due to Oliver Cromwell being born in 1599. A fireplace and all the oak panelling were removed and taken to London in 1913. In 1928 the property caught fire and was partially destroyed. Fortunately, it was painstakingly rebuilt with a third dormer window added to the roof, and solid oak doors, flooring and timbers replaced.
Arranged over four floors, the property still boasts a wealth of period features including exposed beams and timbers, wooden floors, period fireplaces, wood latch doors and leaded light windows complete with bespoke handles featuring the cockerel emblem of the Payne family. On the lower ground floor, the former kitchen has parquet flooring and a walk-in larder, whilst the scullery/utility room also has parquet flooring and a built-in dresser. The dual aspect drawing room on the ground floor has a superb stone fireplace and views overlooking the garden. The remaining three floors accommodate the seven bedrooms, box room and family bathroom.
Steps lead down from the rear of the property to the mature, delightful garden with a lawn surrounded by mature and well stocked flower and shrub borders. From the more formal garden, steps lead down to more lawn and borders, and a vegetable garden. Looking out is an uninterrupted view to Ashdown Forest, while, looking back to the house, the gable elevation boasts a beautiful wisteria and climbing rose. There are two garages, in a separate block, accessed from the High Street via a private drive to the left of the property.
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