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6 acres, Bardown Road, Stonegate, Wadhurst, TN5, East Sussex
For Sale - Guide Price £3,950,000

  • Contemporary country house set in an elevated position within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • High specification with great attention to detail
  • Exceptional recreational facilities including indoor pool complex and tennis court
  • Established gardens including a walled kitchen garden and orchard
  • About 1.6 miles to Stonegate mainline station with regular commuter services to London

An exceptional Queen Anne-style country house, set in grounds of 6 acres, together with excellent leisure facilities, just 1.6 miles from Stonegate mainline station.


Abbey Lea is situated in an accessible semi-rural position in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The pretty village of Wadhurst (2 miles) offers a wide selection of shops, including a butcher, delicatessen, bank, hardware store, cafes, supermarkets and a petrol station, whilst Ticehurst (2.8 miles) also offers excellent local amenities, including The Bell Inn. More comprehensive amenities can be found in Tunbridge Wells (9.5 miles).

Stonegate village enjoys a thriving local community, with social groups including St Peter’s church, a choir, Village Hall, recreation ground, a pre school and a well-regarded primary school.   

Mainline rail: Stonegate (1.6 miles), Wadhurst (3.5 miles) and Tunbridge Wells (9.5 miles) with regular services to London Charing Cross and Cannon Street (via Waterloo East and London Bridge) from 50 minutes (Tunbridge Wells to Charing Cross).

State and private schools: Preparatory schools in Stonegate (Bricklehurst Manor), Hawkhurst (Marlborough House and St Ronan’s), Tunbridge Wells (The Mead) and Langton Green (Holmewood House), Uplands Community College in Wadhurst, independent senior schools in Benenden, Mayfield, Eastbourne, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks.

Communications: The A21 provides links to the M25 and thereby to the other motorway networks, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports and the Channel Tunnel rail terminal.


Designed by renowned local architect Stephen Langer, this elegant and traditionally-built contemporary home is situated in an elevated position with far-reaching views and a southerly aspect.

Inspired by the classic Queen Anne style of architecture, this exceptional country house has been built to a high specification with great attention to detail. High ceilings and large picture windows maximise the natural light and quality fixtures and fittings have been carefully selected in keeping with the historical style.

On entering the property, the superb reception hall with its polished marble floor immediately makes a statement, with a view through the heart of the house to countryside beyond. An oak balustrade staircase spirals up to the upper floors, with galleried landings and a high atrium ceiling. Further points of note include:

Attractive features include warm mellow brick work, decorative architraves, traditionally made sash windows, oak flooring, bespoke oak fittings including hand made doors, hand crafted Chesney fireplaces and slate and Italian marble tile flooring with under flooring heating in the main living areas. There is a remote controlled SONOS surround sound system to the majority of the house.

The two principal reception rooms comprise a formal drawing room with a high barrelled ceiling, a carved marble fireplace and triple doors out to the garden and a dining room with oak flooring and a marble fireplace.

The study is fitted with full-height oak book shelves and a carved marble fireplace and the family room has contemporary American walnut fitted cupboards with leather fixtures, incorporating storage for media systems, and featuring a stone fireplace.

The traditional double aspect “Morning Room” on the south side has a carved marble fireplace and views over the terrace to the valley beyond.

A formal cloakroom has a curved oak door, and there is a further cloakroom with a shower.

The bespoke oak-fitted family kitchen/breakfast room opens out to the garden, has a slate flagstone floor, under floor heating, cupboards, granite work tops and an oil-fired Aga. Integrated Miele appliances include a dishwasher, twin fridge/freezers, an electric oven and a hob. There is a walk-in larder on the north side, and a separate utility room with space for white goods. A substantial wine cellar below is fitted with brick storage cubicles.

Six excellent double bedrooms (three with dressing rooms) and five bath/shower rooms are arranged over the first and second floors around the central light-filled galleried landings. A magnificent master suite spans the two levels, with the principal bedroom enjoying a panoramic view from the first floor, and an adjacent wet room.   A fitted dressing area and an impressive Porcelanosa bathroom lie above, accessed via a private staircase from the first floor.

Leisure Wing:
The exceptional recreational facilities lie alongside the main house, easily accessible from the utility area and the garages   The 37’5” first floor games room would be ideal for use as a self-contained suite, as the store room on the same level has plumbing in place to create an additional bathroom.

Below is a glazed walk way enjoying a lovely outlook over a long pond, with a wisteria covered pergola, and to the gardens, giving access to a light and spacious swimming pool complex, with big arched windows. The 39’4” heated pool has an electric retractable cover, with a Jacuzzi alongside, all served by a Heat Star environmental system. Doors open out to the terrace which spans the South side, ideal for summer entertaining and enjoyment of the gardens.

Gardens and Grounds:
The house commands an elevated position with a superb backdrop of about six acres of well stocked gardens which stretch down to the South West. A large area of level lawn merges into a pretty wild flower meadow and an orchard to the rear boundary, with several other distinctly individual “rooms” creating a relaxing and picturesque environment.

An all weather tennis court is located to the East of the swimming pool complex, together with a delightful South African-style Braai/barbeque house, offering wonderful scope for families and entertaining. Further areas of the garden include:

A delightful tucked-away corner on the East side of the garden, comprising sandstone rocks and crevices with a water course and an Azalea walk, with borders of spring flowers, including cyclamen, hellebores and bluebells.   

A sheltered part-walled parterre-style rose garden is situated close to the rockery.

Walled garden:
This traditional-style kitchen garden was created at the same time as the house and laid out in a parterre style. Comprising several raised beds, including asparagus, with gravel walkways in between, espaliered fruit trees to several walls and a substantial greenhouse with cold frames alongside. The walled garden provides a sheltered oasis for the keenest of gardeners.

An enclosed oak framed wired fruit cage, together with a two bay oak framed garage for garden machinery and storage is sited beyond the walled garden. A further gardener’s workshop and w.c. with machinery storage can be found on the boundary above the walled garden.

In keeping with the style of the house, a coach house-style garage block, with a courtyard, forms an attractive approach, lying to the side of the property and comprising 3 garages, one integral to the main house.

At the top of the drive, there is a useful area of hard standing, ideal for overflow parking space.

Square Footage: 8731 sq ft
Acreage: 6 Acres


From Tunbridge Wells proceed South out of the town on the A267, passing through the village of Frant. Take the left turn towards Wadhurst on the B2099 and continue through Wadhurst village. After about 1.2 miles, turn right signposted Stonegate and Burwash (Bardown Road). Keep on this road, passing Bricklehurst Manor school on the right-hand side and Abbey Lea is the second property on the right-hand side.


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