Moonside, near Staplecross, East Sussex. 2.71 acres of superb Ancient Woodland with a small pond for £38,000 (freehold) [#S1169]
An exceptional woodland consisting of oak, ash, hornbeam and mixed broadleaf. Featuring a seasonal pond, half an hour from Hastings.
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 199
Ordnance Survey Grid References:
- Roadside gate: TQ 796 218
- Centre of wood: TQ 790 221
Nearest postcode: TN32 5RS
This postcode will take you to the local area but may not take you to the woodland. You will need to use the location plan and directions as well.
Standing atop a broad wooded hillock in the rolling countryside of East Sussex, Moonside is a distinctive Ancient Woodland coppice. This lovely amenity wood lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within an hour’s drive of the M25.
Moonside is accessed from the northeast corner via soft track that encircles a large seasonal pond, shaded by tall English oaks and willow shrubs. The mature woodland continues around to the west, primarily of veteran oak with hornbeam coppice. With hollows and interesting topography typical of this region, there are signs of deer and even a possible wild boar wallow.
Other tree species include ash, birch, sweet chestnut, rowan and hawthorn especially at the edges of the wood. A vibrant mix of bluebell, orchid and primrose pepper the ground layer, looking particularly pleasant during spring.
The rich wildlife of woodland mammals, birds and insects will appeal to those interested in conservation. There is a Forestry Commission thinning licence in place ideal for modest harvesting of wood fuel by re-establishing a coppice rotation. Opportunities for recreational enjoyment of this natural oasis are endless.
This woodland offers total peace and tranquillity away from the hum of cars, a rarity in the south of England. It has good access and is serviced via a hard surfaced track to the northeast corner, suitable for a 2WD car.
If It Were Mine
I would firstly yield myself a good stock of wood fuel for the winter. I would also clear an area near to the pond for summer barbequing and possibly some overnight stays. Installing some bird and bat boxes would be a good idea, and generally enjoying this delightful copse would be a pleasure.
To View This Woodland
You are welcome to view this woodland at any time during daylight hours. We do ask that you download a copy of these particulars and take them with you, mainly so you can correctly identify the boundaries and access points.
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
- Take the A21 northwards from Hastings, after around five miles take the B2244 signposted Sedlescombe.
- Continue through the village of Sedlescombe and for around 4 miles passing Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard on the left.
- At the junction take the righthand turn B2165 signposted Staplecross, at the village follow the road round to the right after a mile you pass Chalk Down Lime builders supplies.
- Take the immediate right down Ellenwhorne Lane, continue down the lane for ½ a mile and turn right at the farm track (indicated by a yellow X marked on a tree), crossing over a stream (point A on the plan below).
- Open the gate (please close behind you) and continue along the track through the field to a locked gate (point B), and park on the left being careful not to obstruct the track.
- Climb the gate, (sorry we do not supply keys for viewings) and follow the track for 400 metres passing a turn on the left (point C).
- Turn right (point D) and continue up the hill.
- Pass a shed on the right and take the right hand track at the three-pronged junction (point E).
- Continue along the track passing under some power lines (point F) and into mature woodland.
- After 260 metres the hard track turns left, Moonside is accessed on the apex of the bend (point H).
- The northeast boundary is the outside of the track indicated by white paint on wooden posts.
- The east boundary is the outside edge of the track indicated by blue paint on wooden posts.
- The south boundary is indicated by red paint on a wire fence, trees and wooden posts.
- The northwest boundary is the inside edge of the ride indicated by green paint on wooden posts.
Whilst the land was copyhold land (which may mean certain sporting rights historically belonged to the lord of the manor) we believe the sporting rights do come with the land. No third parties currently exercise any such rights over the land.
Whilst the land was copyhold land (which may mean certain mineral rights historically belonged to the lord of the manor) we believe the mineral rights do come with the land. No third parties currently exercise any such rights over the land.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way for all times and all purposes marked ABCDEFG on the plan.
- A right of way is reserved between point GHI for the benefit of the woodlands beyond.
- A shared maintenance clause covers all of the rights of way with liability according to use.
- There are no public rights of way within the woodland.
There are no known fencing obligations.
There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.
How To Buy
This woodland is being sold on a fixed price basis. We require the following information in writing before we mark a woodland as sold and take it off the market:
- The name and price of the woodland
- Confirmation you have viewed the woodland
- The full contact details (full name, address & phone number) and date of birth of the legal purchaser(s)
- The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed
Please click on the button below for more information.
Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. They have been carefully checked by us but we cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves, and we will give as much help as possible with all information we have available.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.