Rural property for Sale in Sussex

Country House Front ViewCarylls Country House provides a unique opportunity for the discerning buyer to acquire an exceptional 15th century rural property for sale, with superb potential and far reaching, panoramic views across the Arun valley.

This imposing historical rural property for sale on the Surrey/Sussex borders, is just 6.8 miles from Gatwick airport (but not under the flight path), in a much sought after location just 3 miles equidistant from the towns of Crawley and Horsham, close to the M23 and M25 commuter routes.

Carylls has recently undergone extensive renovation work with no expense spared, and has been converted into a self-catering hotel with self-catering rooms. It has potential for conversion back to a family home, or is ideal for a range of alternative uses, such as country hotel or other institutional use, or as an rural property.

Carylls faces south-west in grounds concealed from the road by trees, and is approached along a gravel drive, ending in a forecourt. The property is mainly built of Ashburnham brick with partially timbered elevations and a tiled roof. The character of the rural property for sale is evident throughout with wood panelled corridors, exposed oak framed walls and ceilings, varnished oak floors and carved oak mantles.

Carylls Country House comprises:

  • 27 en-suite bedrooms with kitchenette
  • 3 flatlets, each with 1 en-suite bedroom and lounge
  • Stable conversion into a 2 bedroom bungalow
  • 3 reception rooms
  • Over 5 acres of landscaped gardens
  • Sweeping gravel drive with large parking area for 31 vehicles
  • Freehold


Carylls Country House is located in the hamlet of Faygate in West Sussex, close to the Surrey border. Faygate is centrally located between Horsham and Crawley, approximately 3 miles from each. Junction 11 of the M23 is 3 miles east of Faygate and Junction 7 of the M25 is 16 miles to the north. Gatwick Airport is just 6.8 miles away, and Heathrow Airport is 40 miles away. Faygate also has its own station with links to London Victoria. Horsham, Crawley and Three Bridges stations (each approximately 3 miles distant) offer further links.


Carylls is currently used as self-catering hotel. Over the ground and first floors are the guest bedrooms. Additionally, there are 3 studios, each with one bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and sitting area. There is a large lounge, with an oak fireplace with carved inscription and carved panel above, along with vaulted ceiling with stout beams, solid oak doors, oak floors and panelled walls. The large farmhouse kitchen has an oak beamed ceiling and wood burning stove. The dining room (originally the scullery) has a brick and stone inglenook fireplace with oak mantelpiece and carved oak doors. The stables have been converted and are currently used as accommodation, but the original cast iron stable partitions with trellis work have been preserved.

Gardens and Grounds The gardens and grounds comprise approximately 5 acres. The rural property for sale is approached from the road along a short gravelled drive which is flanked on one side by mature trees. To the front, side and rear of the property are gardens, mainly laid to lawn. The lawn at the rear of the property is enclosed by a low fence, allowing views over the surrounding fields and woodland. The mature woodland is interspersed with rhododendron bushes and ornamental shrubs. The flower-beds are planted with evergreens, maple trees, heather, moss and thyme.

External Buildings

There are two sheds and a large barn.

Historical Background

Carylls Country House is one of West Sussex’s oldest country houses, with many parts of the building dating back to the 15th Century.

The farmhouse kitchen is the oldest part of the property and dates from around 1510, when the original wooden-framed dwelling was built. The house was part of a large estate owned by John Carylls, a local armaments manufacturer. The kitchen at Carylls features huge oak beams, allegedly brought from Elizabethan Galleons.

During World War II, Carylls Country House was used as a temporary place of worship when nearby village of Rusper Church was damaged.


Carylls is just 3 miles from the lovely historical town of Horsham which began as a Saxon village. It was first mentioned in the 10th century. By the time of the Doomesday Book in 1086AD, it was a large village. By the 13th century, Horsham had grown into a small town. For the first time it was described as a borough. However Horsham, was tiny by today’s standards with a population of only several hundred people.

Horsham in the 20th century:

Christ’s hospital school moved to Horsham in 1902. Also in 1902 Horsham gained electric street lighting. the first cinema opened in 1910. A war memorial was built in 1920. The first public library and museum opened in 1929. A swimming pool was built in 1935. During the second World War Horsham suffered several bombing raids. The worst was in November 1940 when 7 pople were killed.

Modern day Horsham:

In the commercial centre of Horsham is an open square known as the Carfax. This contains the town’s Memorail to the dead of the two world wars, a substantial, well used bandstand and a Saturday market.

Gatwick Airport:

Although Faygate is a select area where by a 3 bedroom period property is currently for sale at 850,000:00, one of the main advantages is its proximity to the airport.

The airport grew into a flying club in 1931 and the aircraft which Ronald Waters owned and flew his aircrafts to include an Avro 504, Avro Avian and a de Havilland Gipsy Moth. By 1931, the Surrey Aero Club saw an increasing number of jockeys and racegoers arriving by air for meetings at the adjacent Race Course and a small hangar and clubhouse were built.

London Gatwick airport is now the UK’s second largest airport and the world’s tenth busiest international airport, carrying more than 35 million passengers each year.

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