DESCRIPTION A beautifully presented period village home offering versatile accommodation incorporating a skillfully arranged self-contained studio, set in 0.4 of an acre. This country house is located in the heart of the picturesque Sussex downland village of Amberley affording stunning views towards the Wildbrooks to the rear. The property was formally a 'Beer House' one of the last in the country having been altered to this fine home in the 1960's. Internally the accommodation is versatile and spacious comprising: beamed entrance hall, dual aspect sitting room with open fireplace, study, dining room/family room, cellar, superb re-fitted kitchen with Aga and 'NEFF' integrated appliances, ground floor cloakroom. The studio incorporated within the property has an open plan re-fitted kitchen/sitting room having French doors to patio area with mezzanine above and shower room. Upstairs there are three bedrooms, with the main bedroom, en-suite and separate family bathroom. Outside, the landscaped cottage gardens are beautifully kept with elevated terraces giving views across the Wildbrooks and countryside beyond, extensive driveway parking leads to a detached double garage. Early viewing recommended.
OAK ENTRANCE PORCH Door leading to:
ENTRANCE HALL Exposed timber and beams, radiator, understairs storage cupboard, door leading to:
CELLAR 14' 8" x 14' 4" (4.47m x 4.37m)
GROUND FLOOR CLOAKROOM Low level flush w.c., inset wash hand basin, part panelled wall, heated chrome towel rail.
DUAL ASPECT SITTING ROOM 21' 7" x 15' 10" (6.58m x 4.83m) Feature open fireplace with tiled inset, cast iron grate and carved wooden mantel over, double glazed windows with additional secondary glazing, two radiators, recessed area with built-in shelving and cupboards under.
STUDY 13' 8" x 10' 5" (4.17m x 3.18m) Radiator, double glazed windows.
KITCHEN 19' 9" x 12' 4" (6.02m x 3.76m) Superb range of re-fitted units with granite groove drainer working surfaces with drawers and cupboards under, Aga twin plate double oven, Butler sink with swan neck mixer tap, integrated 'NEFF' grill and twin electric hob, 'NEFF' dishwasher, recessed area suitable for housing fridge/freezer, tiled flooring, concealed spot lighting, double glazed windows, breakfast area, further granite working surfaces with storage cupboards below, double glazed Atrium, double glazed French doors leading to rear garden with delightful views across the gardens and towards the South Downs and farmland, square archway through to:
DINING/FAMILY ROOM 16' 2" x 14' 10" (4.93m x 4.52m) Exposed Maple solid wood flooring, built-in dresser unit, fireplace with mantel over, radiator, feature exposed oak window with surrounding beams and leaded light window, door inter-connecting through to:
ENTRANCE LOBBY Double glazed doors leading to gardens, steps up to:
UTILITY ROOM Butler sink, space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer, radiator, door accessing through to:
SELF CONTAINED STUDIO Dual aspect with views over the gardens and towards countryside, double glazed windows, part glazed casement doors leading to gravelled patio area, enclosed by pergola and Wisteria.
KITCHENETTE 10' 9" x 9' 3" (3.28m x 2.82m) Stainless steel single drainer sink unit with built-in storage cupboards below with drawers, double ring electric hob, panelled ceiling, concealed spot lighting, wall-mounted electric radiator, step down to:
FULLY ENCLOSED SHOWER ROOM Independent shower unit with sliding glass and chrome screen, fully tiled, low level flush w.c., wall-mounted wash hand basin, heated chrome towel rail.
MEZZANINE BEDROOM 15' 2" x 10' 3" (4.62m x 3.12m) Radiator, concealed spot lighting, wardrobe cupboards.
FIRST FLOOR HALF LANDING Exposed original oak beams, radiator, large walk-in linen cupboard with insulated copper cylinder with fitted immersion.
LANDING Door to:
MASTER BEDROOM 21' 5" x 11' 10" (6.53m x 3.61m) Dual aspect with secondary glazed windows, built-in wardrobe cupboards, radiator, door to:
EN-SUITE BATHROOM Fitted separate shower unit with glass and chrome screen, low level flush w.c., radiator, fully tiled, extractor.
BEDROOM TWO 14' 4" x 10' 7" (4.37m x 3.23m) Built-in wardrobe cupboards, radiator, secondary glazed windows, exposed ceiling beams.
SEPARATE CLOAKROOM High level flush w.c., part panelled walls.
FAMILY BATHROOM Fully tiled walls, folding Perspex and chrome screen, inset bath with fitted independent shower unit, radiator, pedestal wash hand basin, concealed spot lighting.
OUTSIDE The property is approached via five bar gates over a gravel driveway leading to a detached double garage with storage space and ample parking and turning area. Behind there is a greenhouse with power.
DETACHED DOUBLE GARAGE 17' 10" x 15' 10" (5.44m x 4.83m)
SUMMERHOUSE 15' 10" x 10' 3" (4.83m x 3.12m)
GARDENS AND GROUNDS The gardens are a particular feature of the property. A pedestrian gate and low brick walls lead through to the lovely landscaped and terraced rear garden, which has been re-planted in recent years and the mixed bulbs together with established shrubs and trees provide an array of colour throughout the seasons. The elevated terraces and lawn areas offer stunning views to the Wildbrooks nature conservation area, a favourite haunt of wild geese and swans.
The formal gardens are interspersed with York paving and there is an attractive central paved circle area and there is also a small pond/water feature. Winding paths lead down to a vegetable garden with soft fruits. There is a useful greenhouse with power. Along the western boundary the bank is planted with mixed bulbs and established trees. There rear boundary has a half wall topped with recently planted mixed hedging and inter-planted with apple trees. There is a side access gate leading to the Wildbrooks.
HISTORY OF THE PROPERTY The house, we believe, dates back to around the 1820's and was originally a beer house, which was closed in 1967 when the landlord Mr Walter Herrington then aged 86 and having been there for 56 years was deemed to be too old. Friary Meux who owned the property surrendered the licence and Mr Herrington was allowed to stay in the property rent free until alternative accommodation was found. Despite its name, the house is not thatched but instead takes its name from its former life as a beer house. The original cellar and steps down are still being used to this day and at the bottom of the step is a dip where the barrels would land and over the years has worn the brick accordingly. The cellar is dry and now houses the oil fired boiler and is now a useful multi-purpose space.
DIRECTIONS From our High Street office proceed along West Street to the TESCO Express Garage. Take the second turning on the left heading south west on the B2139 signposted to Amberley. On approaching Amberley turn right into School Lane signposted to Amberley village. Proceed along passing the school and take the second left into Hog Lane. The property will be found on the right hand side before the bend.