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The Belle Of The Ball

02.04.19

Newcourt Residential has launched The Ballroom, an exceptional two-bedroom apartment designed for entertaining. Set within the Grade II Listed former manor house at Wadhurst Place, East Sussex, The Ballroom is ideal for those seeking a unique home with character and history, yet which provides all the modern finishes expected in a stylish new apartment.

Steeped in history, The Ballroom has been the focal point for Wadhurst Place during its illustrious history. English theatre producer and manager of the Old Vic and Sadlers Wells, Lilian Baylis played her violin at the opening of the original manor in 1885 and sets an inspirational place for creative urges. It was previously home to notable artist Arthur Croft, who painted mountain scenery in Britain and the Alps and exhibited his work at the Royal Academy from 1868. The Ballroom also enjoys ceiling heights of 6.5 metres and measures 2,000 square foot, making it the perfect place for entertaining.

In 1885, the interior of the residence was described as being ‘admirably appointed with no expense spared' and Newcourt Residential has honoured that legacy. The property was in a state of disrepair and as such Newcourt undertook extensive laser scanning to capture the exact size and proportions of the original historic features to produce bespoke moulds which were then replicated to an exacting standard. The restoration process took three years with every detail considered.

Anouar Elkhadraoui, Land & Sales Director at Newcourt Residential commented: "As with many of the projects we undertake, a restoration as intricate as The Ballroom requires careful curation and a specialist team as such it took years of painstaking work to create this stunning residence.

“The Ballroom presents an exceptional and extremely rare opportunity for someone to live in a truly unique setting. Boasting fantastic views across the Weald, beautifully restored historic details and all the mod-cons expected in a new home, this apartment really does have it all."

Winner of the Sussex Heritage Award, the apartment has been impeccably finished to showcase its fully restored historic details whilst also offering beautiful luxury modern finishes. The ground floor features a generous entrance hall with plenty of storage and a secret door into the guest WC. Complete with its own beautifully restored grand fireplace and oak parquet flooring. The apartment offers a grand space for entertaining and parties or even a grand piano. The state-of-the-art luxury kitchen provides bespoke cabinetry with solid stone and oak worktops, Siemens appliances and concealed LED lighting, overlooking the vast reception space, where all the historic details can be fully appreciated.

Leading to the mezzanine level, this space is ideal as a third bedroom, games area or snug. An exciting and unique addition to this apartment is the Minstrel Gallery, accessed via a spiral staircase which would have once been the place for musicians to perform and entertain guests and would now be ideal as a study area or reading room.

The grand master bedroom suite offers fitted wardrobes and luxurious carpeting alongside a luxurious en-suite bathroom providing a combination of stone and porcelain tiling, Villeroy and Boch sanitaryware and polished chrome fittings with a generous bath, separate shower and WC. The second bedroom with its own en-suite shower room also benefits from a luxurious finish and generous proportions.

The imposing Grade II Listed manor house has been restored to its former glory to offer 13 apartments set within the original historic building. The development features four mews houses (formerly the stables), and 34 new build family homes, sit within private, gated grounds within 18 acres of unspoilt parkland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Designed originally for John the Bruce (descendent of Robert the Bruce) by renowned architect Adolphus Croft, the house was built in the Domestic Revival and Queen Anne style, half-timbered with ornamental red brick facings and carvings. The Renaissance style rooms include oak joinery, ornate plastered ceilings and stained-glass windows, all of which have been painstakingly restored by Newcourt’s specialist team.

Formally closed in 2001, buildings and grounds sadly fell into a state of disrepair. In 2016 Newcourt Residential purchased the site and began the extensive restoration project to bring the manor back to life.

The Ballroom is on the market for £1,245,000. For further information please contact Savills on 01892 576 583. For more information about Newcourt Residential please contact them Tel: 01372 237888 or visit www.newcourt.co.uk

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