LOT 5

Rowfant House, Wallage Lane, Rowfant, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 4NG

A FREEHOLD, GRADE II LISTED SUBSTANTIAL MANOR HOUSE AND ANCILLARY BUILDINGS, SET WITHIN GROUNDS EXTENDING TO APPROXIMATELY 22.5 ACRES

Result: Sold for £2,200,000 Guide price: £2,000,000 plus*

Auction Date

Thursday, 20th February 2020 12:00pm

Upon the instructions of the joint administrators and the Strettons receivership team

Rowfant House is located in the hamlet of Rowfant which lies to the immediate east of Crawley and south east of London Gatwick Airport. East Grinstead is also quite close by to the east. Situated on the north side of Wallage Lane to the immediate east of Horsepasture Wood. The location is thus very convenient for the large nearby centres of Crawley and East Grinstead as well as access to the M23 motorway leading north towards London or south towards Brighton and of course Gatwick Airport. Rowfant House is a mixture of 15th, 16th, 18th and 19th century architecture, with various modern extensions and a separate single storey building comprising stores, a workshop, a boiler room and other ancillary accommodation to the rear. The main house was most recently used as a wedding and function venue. Access to the main house is via a long driveway from an imposing entrance on Wallage Lane. The driveway runs across the main lawns to a gravelled car park area in front of the archway entrance, also providing access to the rear yard. In addition to the main house, there is an extended building, which was originally a stable block and this was converted around 20 years ago into a residential care home with nineteen bedrooms. This building is laid out on ground and an attic style first floor surrounding a central paved courtyard area. There is also a modern conservatory adjacent to the courtyard. There is also a small church or chapel with adjacent anteroom located next to the main house. Surrounding the main property are extensive grounds; comprising areas of lawn to the south and west, a large fishing lake and streams to the west, whilst to the north are areas of higher ground and the remains of a substantial, semi-derelict, walled garden, the remaining standing walls of which are understood to be of considerable architectural merit and of particular interest to English Heritage. Within the grounds there are two cabins, which we understand are occupied by way of licences. Prospective purchasers should refer to the legal pack for details.

Accommodation

The accommodation in the main house is arranged on three floors with the ground floor currently providing a number of large rooms which were used for function or dining room purposes together with associated offices and staff room, a catering kitchen and various areas of toilet accommodation, store rooms etc.

The first floor of the property is arranged with nineteen bedrooms of various sizes. The majority of the rooms do not have any en-suite facilities and there are a number of shower rooms, toilets, bathrooms, etc. at various points around the floor.

There is a second floor within the attic space, comprising four bedrooms, bathroom and two store rooms.

Attached to the east side of the main house is a single storey extension which comprises the chapel and adjoining anteroom, and the former coach house. This building has a kitchen, resident’s lounge and conservatory, ten resident’s bedrooms, staff room and office and toilet on the ground floor and ten resident’s bedrooms, additional lounge, staff bedroom and various assisted bath and shower facilities and toilets at first floor level. The first floor is fully accessible by lift.

Note

The small square of land shaded red does not form part of the title and is excluded from the sale

Status

Sold for £2,200,000

Addendum

The property is elected for VAT

Accommodation

Unit Accommodation Tenancy Rent pcm EPC Rating
Description Accommodation Sq m Sq ft
Rowfant House Main house used for function purposes and ancillary kitchens, staff rooms, offices and toilets on the ground floor together with ancillary occasional letting, residential and staff accommodation on the first and second floor levels 1,527 16,437
Chapel and Hall Lutheran Church building attached to the side of Rowfant House but not connected internally and which is occasionally used for church purposes, together with adjacent church anteroom 97.74 1,052
Care Home & Original Coach House Original stables or coach house building on ground and attic style first floors with internal lift access, extended and converted into a 19-bed residential care home 702.32 7,560
Total 2,327 25,049

* The Notice to Bidders, which can also be seen on the inside front cover of the hard copy catalogue, includes a definition of Guide Price [section #17] Note that in addition to the purchase price there is a buyer’s administration fee [section #13] and there may be additional non-optional fixed or variable fees and costs [section #8]. To establish the full cost of purchasing a property, please inspect the legal documentation/special conditions. Please also check strettons.co.uk for updates.