Stablehurst is situated in a tranquil position on the borders of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to Ashdown Forest.
Sharpthorne has a village shop and the adjoining village of West Hoathly offers two public houses and primary school. Forest Row, with its shops and restaurants, is about 4.5 miles distant. East Grinstead and Haywards Heath offer a further range of facilities and amenities.
Railway stations: Gatwick, for the Gatwick Express service, is 12 miles by road (London Victoria from 30 minutes). Further train services at East Grinstead, Balcombe, Three Bridges and Haywards Heath.
There is an excellent range of schools in the area, both state and private, including Cumnor House in Danehill, Brambletye in East Grinstead, Ashdown House in Forest Row, Handcross Park, Worth, Michael Hall (Rudolph Steiner) in Forest Row and Ardingly College.
Believed to be over 150 years old, Stablehurst is a detached family home situated in a wonderful rural location on the southern side of Sharpthorne village. Understood to have originally been the stabling for the neighbouring Northwood House, the property was converted in the 1950s and has been further extended and improved by the current owners, resulting in a superb family home offering spacious, well presented and adaptable accommodation over two floors; the layout on the ground floor being particularly well thought-out with an excellent flow between the main living spaces. There are four formal reception rooms, including an elegant drawing room with Minster-style sandstone fireplace and inset woodburner, a further sitting room with modern Jotul woodburning stove, and a versatile triple-aspect family room. The kitchen is well-fitted with a good range of floor and wall mounted units and is served by a spacious utility room; there is planning permission to extend the kitchen to create a larger space with bi-fold doors opening to the garden.
There are six bedrooms on the first floor together with a small seventh bedroom or study, served by two en suite shower rooms and a family bathroom.
Stablehurst is approached from Horsted Lane via a long winding driveway, which leads onto the property's own private driveway and generous parking area ahead of its double garage. Lying adjacent to the south of the house is a large paved terrace and seating area, ideally placed for enjoying the view down the garden to the Bluebell Railway valley beyond. The terraced garden slopes away from the house to the north west and is largely laid to lawn, dotted with shrubs, fruit trees and featuring a large section of wall from the Victorian kitchen garden; the swimming pool is nestled into the upper terrace. In all, about 1.6 acres.
Formerly the groom's cottage, the detached cottage offers excellent ancillary accommodation to the main house, ideal for family or guests.
Planning was granted on 18 October 2017 for a ground floor kitchen extension with patio doors and orangery lantern. Mid Sussex District Council, ref DM/17/3182
From Haywards Heath proceed north on the B2028, out of town and though Lindfield. On leaving the village, take the second turning on the right into Stonecross Lane and then turn left at the t-junction. Follow this road towards the village of Horsted Keynes, and at the cross roads turn left into Cinder Hill. Follow the road for about 2 miles, then turn left into the drive signposted Northwood House. Continue as the drive bears sharp right, and Stablehurst is the last property.