St Raphaels, Church Lane, Danehill, Haywards Heath, East Sussex, RH17 7EZ

What: This Grade II listed former care home set in 55 acres of stunning countryside has plenty of charm as well as space and potential near Haywards Heath. Built in 1827 as a private residence, it has a cellar and comes with two extra properties – a cottage and a bungalow on the estate.

Great British Life: There are two large living roomsThere are two large living rooms (Image: Batchellormonkhouse)

Inside: With 50,000 sq ft of accommodation, there is scope to create a dream home – or three! – in the heart of the Sussex countryside. The main house has three floors, plus the cellar, with a self-contained two-bedroom apartment on the first floor and 43 bedrooms with a staff annexe on the ground and first floors. There is a commercial kitchen, with small galley kitchens throughout the property and two living rooms.

St Michaels Cottage is separate with 10 bedrooms, a rear garden and parking for two-three vehicles. The one-bedroom bungalow has a small garden to the front and rear, and off road parking.

Great British Life: St Raphaels was built in the 19th centurySt Raphaels was built in the 19th century (Image: Batchellormonkhouse)

Outside: There is 50.6 acres of parkland, woodland and agricultural land, and a 1.4 acre walled garden to the north, which is currently overgrown with bramble and shrubs. Just beyond the garden is a large pond. The land is currently let out on an Agricultural Holding Act tenancy which began in November 1959.

Guide Price: £4.5m


Great British Life: St Raphaels was built in the 19th centurySt Raphaels was built in the 19th century (Image: Batchellormonkhouse)Great British Life: There's an impressive staircaseThere's an impressive staircase (Image: Batchellormonkhouse)


This relatively modern town was, as its name suggests, a rural heathland in times gone by. But everything changed with the arrival of the London to Brighton railway in 1841. Haywards Heath has subsequently become the quintessential mid Sussex town.

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Despite the glorious West Sussex countryside being just on its doorstep, London can be reached in less than two hours by car via the A23 and M25, while Brighton is about half-an-hour down the A272 and A23. Chichester is just over an hour away, and Gatwick airport is only 30 minutes up the road. The town’s railway station forms part of the Brighton main line and is served by regular direct trains to both London Victoria and London Blackfriars, getting you to the capital within an hour.

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