THE PROPERTY: Higham House in East Sussex was part of a large estate known as Iam, and its history spans over 400 years. The original house was razed to the ground in 1603, and its current iteration was rebuilt in 1619 and extended three times, most recently in 2000. The playfully blue-shaded house is surrounded by 70 acres of verdant gardens and grounds with formal lawns, paddocks and woodlands.
THE LOCATION: The 10-bedroom property is less than a mile from Salehurst, a Saxon settlement mentioned in the Domesday Book. It is also believed that the illustration on the Bayeux Tapestry of Saxon homes being destroyed was based on events surrounding the Sussex village. Today, it embodies quintessential English country charm, with a local pub (the Salehurst Halt, which has a traditional cellar brimming with real ales) and a farm shop (Buster’s Farm Produce offers a range of traditionally produced meat and locally sourced deli foods). The property is also just two miles from Robertsbridge, where trains take you into central London in just over an hour.
THE INTERIOR: Reception rooms with period features meet a spectacular modern extension, which houses a 12-metre indoor swimming pool overlooked by a large open-plan kitchen and an equally spacious library. The property’s first-floor bedrooms are accessed by an impressive cantilevered staircase rising from the reception hall to the galleried first-floor landing. And the master suite doesn’t disappoint, generously comprising a bedroom, two dressing-rooms and two bathrooms.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Higham House is a bright period home adapted for 21st-century living, blending historical charm with modern-day grandeur. Rumoured to have once hosted Henry VIII, this pastoral paradise is still very much fit for Royalty.
BUY IT NOW: £5,000,000 with Knight Frank.