Situation: The property is situated within a gated development off a quiet lane in a much sought after rural position just over a mile south west of the picturesque village of Burwash, which offers a good range of facilities for everyday needs, a primary school and church and is also well known for its association with Rudyard Kipling and the National Trust property, Batemans.
A wider range of amenities can be found in the market town of Heathfield, which lies approximately 6 miles to the west, and the regional centre of Tunbridge Wells is approximately 13 miles distant and provides a comprehensive range of facilities including the Royal Victoria Shopping centre, cinema complex and theatres.
For the commuter, the nearest mainline station is 2½ miles distant at Stonegate, which provides a regular service to London in just over an hour. The A21 is also within easy reach and links with the M25 and coastal routes.
Description: Built in 1887 and formerly a home for an order of monks and then a Catholic school for boys, Southover Place was converted into 15 individual luxury apartments in 1986. The property is a well presented and spacious penthouse apartment of approximately 1625 sq.ft/ 151sq.m, which has been much improved by the current owner and as well as a permanent home, is perfect as a lock-up-and-leave, weekend retreat or for someone wanting a low-maintenance home with beautiful surroundings, which benefits from enjoying extensive communal facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool and fully equipped gym with direct access on to a sun terrace, a tennis court, snooker room, laundry room and beautifully kept and maintained gardens and grounds.
The apartment has lots of light and is well planned and benefits from spacious and well kept communal areas, including a reception hall, which gives access to the apartment’s private lift, which also has a useful store room for The Penthouse. Arranged over two floors the accommdation includes: An entrance hall with a door to a store room and further room, which has plumbing for a wc. Stairs lead to the top floor, which has a spacious and airy landing with a large window overlooking the rear gardens and doors leading to: A lobby that gives access to the lift; a study (currently used as a store room); a well proportioned triple aspect drawing room, which extends to 23ft and has a feature fireplace and superb far reaching views over surrounding countryside; an open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room – the kitchen area having a range of wall and base units, wooden worktops, electric hob and oven, integrated appliances, large storage cupboard and wonderful views to the front; the dining/sitting room extends to over 27f and has plenty of space for a large table and chairs/sofas and has a large south facing window overlooking the rear gardens. Doors leads from the sitting room to two good-sized double bedrooms, which both have en-suites.
To the front the building, there is a large parking area providing plenty of parking for residents and visitors. The front of the building has a terrace with a rose garden and gives access to a laundry room and snooker room. The reception hall has doors leading to the rear garden and to the gym and swimming pool. The rear gardens are south facing and include seating areas, lawn, a sun terrace and an all-weather tennis court.
Local Authority: Rother District Council Current council tax band: E (£2,382.54 per annum)
Services: Mains water and electricity
Tenure: Share of Freehold
Term: 150 years from 24th June 1986
Ground rent: £25 per annum
Service charges: £3200 per annum
Current energy efficiency rating: E