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East Sussex - Turnpike Court, Ardingly

Two bedroom penthouse with roof terrace - 425,000

Turnpike Court has been built using local Midhurst sandstone. The courtyard is in the grounds of Ardingly‘s Hapstead House, a highly individual Victorian mansion, standing opposite the village playing field. Near to the village is the South of England Agricultural Society Showground and beyond that the Royal Botanic Gardens at Wakehurst Place, known as ‘Kew in the country‘ and home to the Millennium Seed Bank. The reservoir valley is also a local beauty spot and a haven for angling and boating.

English Courtyard architecture is rooted in tradition and compliments the character of its surroundings. It creates a collegiate space where residents are at liberty to be independent and feel secure, achieving a comfortable balance between privacy and community. Ardingly in West Sussex provides an excellent location for life in retirement. A ‘best kept‘ village within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where, local amenities include a Post Office, bakery and oak beamed pub/restaurant.

Ardingly is about seven miles from Junction 10A of the M23 motorway with Gatwick being about a twenty minute drive. Haywards Heath is six miles away from where there are frequent trains to London (Waterloo) taking about an hour.

For further information telephone: 01491 615961


 

Oxfordshire, Woodstock, Upper Brook Hill

Two bedroom ground floor flat with underground garaging - 330,000

Upper Brook Hill is set in an outstanding location with lovely views over the Glyme valley yet only yards from the centre of the town and is in reach of the shops, local amenities and magnificent Blenheim Palace. There are 11 town houses and 16 apartments, all with garages or carports, set in their own private grounds and built in natural cotswold stone.

The mellow stone built town still retains much of the appearance and atmosphere of its historic past; from the middle ages survive the broad central streets shaped to accommodate busy markets and fairs. From the prosperous 18th Century survive the tall coaching inns, the Georgian town hall, the church tower and elegant Park Street leading to one of the finest landscapes in England.

The town itself was founded by Henry II who, for the love of ‘Fair Rosamund‘ (his mistress Rosamund Cifford), allegedly made such regular visits to Woodstock that extra lodgings were needed for his retinue and guests. So new Woodstock was laid out on vacant land at the park gate. Trade flourished through the royal connection and Woodstock, a market centre, prospered and expanded. A charter was granted by Henry VI in 1453. In time, as other towns recieved royal patronage, Woodstock‘s castle and park became neglected and the decline facing the town was only averted in 1705 when Queen Anne presented the park to the nation‘s military hero, John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, recent victor over the French at Blindheim in Bavaria.

For further information contact Anita Pemberton at The Beechcroft Trust on 01491 821022

 

 

Suffolk - Hassells Courtyard, Long Melford

Two bedroom end cottage with patio and garage 250,000

Hassells Courtyard is on the road to Clare by the Westgate, a short walk from Long Melford‘s beautiful ‘cloth‘ Church and Village Green. It is one of English Courtyard‘s smaller schemes with the courtyard manager‘s cottage just across the road from the development. Altogether there are nine two bedroom cottages.

Long Melford is an exceptionally attractive village with a number of good shops along its wide street nearly a mile in length. There are some very good restaurants and hotels. Before the conquest the manor of Melaforda, the mill on the ford, was held by the Abbey of St Edmundsbury and no mention of sheep has been found before 1066. Interestingly, the Domesday description records 300 sheep and ultimately Long Melford became one of the country‘s richest villages. As a result the village is now famous for having one of the finest parish churches in the country. It is set on a ridge above the green overlooking The Hospital of the Holy and Undivided Trinity. Today The Hospital is still managed by a board of Trustees and is able to house ten people -all of whom must be born within the Long Melford district.

The village is about four miles north of Sudbury long by-passed by the A134. It is about thirteen miles south of Bury St Edmunds. Trains from Sudbury to London (Liverpool Sreet) take a little over an hour and a half.

For further information telephone: 01491 821022

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