Former Ashwood Nursing Home, Burwash Common

Burwash Common, East Sussex

Site Description

A large Victorian former nursing home, set in grounds of approx 0.35 Hectares (0.875 acres).  The site occupies a prominent corner position fronting Heathfield Road with a return frontage to Swing Gate Hill. It slopes gently from South to North and is well screened with mature hedging


The site is situated in a pleasant rural position, backing  onto a cricket ground and playing fields with far reaching views across the valley. It is in an area within the High Weald Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty and lies within the Upper Rother Valley Landscape Character Area. The small village of Burwash Common is within easy access, providing shops, garden centre/café, church and recreational playground.  The larger historical village of Burwash is approx. 2.8 miles distant with its beautiful High Street having many listed buildings set in a conservation area. The village provides various shops for everyday needs, 2 public houses, 3 churches and primary school.

Batemans, now a National Trust House, is famous for being the former home of Rudyard Kipling and is just a short distance away. It is s a popular tourist attraction set within acres of beautiful gardens..

The larger market town of Heathfield is approx.6.5 miles distance, providing excellent shopping facilities, schools for all ages and sporting facilities. There are many beautiful country walks through High Weald area. Etchingham railway station being approx. 3 miles distance provides a main line service to London going North and Hastings going South.

The main A21 road giving access to London & coastal towns is approx. 5 miles distant.


Detailed planning consent was granted by Rother District Council under application nos. RR/2021/1608/P dated 20th December 2021 for the demolition of the existing building and redevelopment of the site to provide 12 residential units, car parking, cycle & refuse facilities, and subject to various conditions and section 106 agreement. As part of the application 2 detached houses were for self build both of which will be retained by the owners.

The scheme to be sold will be for 10 dwellings.  As the consent was granted for the whole site, ie.12 units,  the owners will discharge the conditions that directly affects the marriage between the two  sites and will submit applications pursuant to the consent to discharge such conditions.

Proposed Scheme

The site to be sold will comprise a separate access from Swing Gate Hill and provide 4 apartments (2 of which will be affordable) a terrace of 3 x 3 bedroom houses, a pair of 3 bedroom houses and a four bedroom detached house.



Contact : Peter Randall