EPC - E. A rare opportunity to acquire a converted school of local historical interest nestled towards the end of a lane yet within walking distance of shops and amenities. The school was built in 1865 and sympathetically converted into living accommodation in the 1990s having been lovingly restored to retain its authentic features. The first surprise on entering the driveway is the original school bell tower on the roof and the magnificent apex to the front displaying the age of the property in brickwork and an imposing original window with ornate panes. The unusual accommodation has that ambience of stepping back in time with its original assembly hall which is now a breathtaking palatial sitting room/dining room. This room enjoys superb features such as the large front aspect ornate window, an amazing vaulted crown posted ceiling and access to a separate study to the side. The extremely generous kitchen/breakfast room is equally impressive and also enjoys a high vaulted ceiling, a central island unit, a range of matching units and original timber parquet flooring. A separate utility room has a door leading to steps down to the cellar and there is also a cloakroom, a family room/bedroom 6, bedroom 2 with casement doors to the garden and en-suite shower room and a very generous master bedroom with en-suite bathroom. On the first floor there is a double bedroom with en-suite cloakroom and 2 further double bedrooms, a mezzanine play area/study and a family bathroom.
The property is approached by elegant entrance gates to a large driveway providing ample parking for several vehicles. There is a detached triple garage with power and light plus store to the side. There is an attractive area of lawned garden to the front with pathway to the side leading to the rear garden. The rear garden enjoys a patio area adjacent to the back of the house which leads to a good size secluded area of lawn with numerous flower and shrub beds plus a further area at the end which has a traditional vegetable parterre, fruit trees and raspberry canes. The cellar can also be accessed from the side of the property which houses the hot water tanks and two new gas fired boilers supplying hot water and heating.
The property is pleasantly tucked away at the end of a private lane yet within easy reach of the High Street, the mainline railway station which provides train services into London/Victoria, leisure centre with its swimming pool complex and schooling for all age groups. The historic village High Street has a comprehensive range of amenities including butcher, baker, Post Office, pubs and eateries whilst further shopping facilities can be found in the larger provincial centre of Horsham which is approximately 7 miles away. Gatwick International Airport is 21.5 miles away.
Sitting/Dining Room 29'5 (8.97m) x 25'1 (7.65m)
Study 9' (2.74m) x 6'4 (1.93m)
Family Room/Bedroom 6 16'1 (4.9m) x 12' (3.66m)
Kitchen/Breakfast Room 21'7 (6.58m) x 19'1 (5.82m)
Bedroom 1 17'8 (5.38m) x 12'5 (3.78m)
Bedroom 2 18'9 (5.72m) x 9'9 (2.97m)
En-Suite Shower Room
Mezzanine Play/Study Area 12'10 (3.91m) x 8'11 (2.72m)
Bedroom 3 19'2 (5.84m) x 8'6 (2.59m)
Bedroom 4 11'5 (3.48m) x 10'6 (3.2m)
Bedroom 5 13' (3.96m) x 8'9 (2.67m)
Cellar 28'5 (8.66m) x 15'11 (4.85m)
Triple Garage 24'1 (7.34m) x 15'7 (4.75m)
Store 15'9 (4.8m) x 9'1 (2.77m)
Billingshurst is a thriving village with a welcoming community, a pretty high street and a wealth of shops and leisure facilities. It has a quaint mixture of old and new properties, including farmhouses, timber-framed buildings, thatched cottages and modern developments. The heart of the village is in a Conservation Area, which protects and preserves the character of The Green and the local buildings, such as the row of medieval terraced houses that are set back from the main road.Many later additions were designed to include features to reflect the medieval, Edwardian and Victorian homes in the area, such as the red brickwork and projected front gables, which add to the very distinctive style of this beautiful West Sussex village.