Darwell Retreat - Sold

Details for this wood

Guide price: £45,000 - Freehold
Size: About 4 acres

Location: Darwell Hill, Netherfield, nr Battle, East Sussex
OS Landranger: 199
Grid ref: TQ 701 193
Nearest post code: TN33 9BF

Contact: Richard Scholfield
Phone: 07811 818 277
Email: [email protected]

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Description It was a real treat to go back to Darwell after an absence of 20 years and see on my walk up to Darwell Retreat how the woodland has grown and developed. At the wood you can 'hear ' the silence, punctuated by the song of a robin, the colours are vibrant, the strong scent of damp conifers especially the cypress greets you as you near the bright greens of their fronds.

A High Weald  mixed woodland of oak, beech, Scots and Corsican pine, western hemlock, Norway spruce,  Lawson cypress, birch, holly and rhododendron growing on the gentle slope to the southwest overlooking the Weald countryside. Now the trees have blocked this view from the ground but a small tree platform on the north side of an internal clearing would be well worth-while to experience the fine views. In spring bluebells abound.  Occasionally deer, badgers and other wildlife are to be seen in the wood, sometimes making use of the small pond. There is a clearing which is perfect for family recreation, camping and all sorts of woodland activities. The wood is totally private and very secluded; there are no public or other rights of way across it.  The mineral rights are reserved to a previous owner but could only be exploited by underground working from afar.

Locality The Netherfield area was a very important region for the mining of iron ore and the production of iron from about 1600 to 1800. The local furnace, called Beech, was a source of the iron used in many of the cannons produced over this period. The charcoal produced from local wood was an important part of the iron smelting process.

It's said no part of England has escaped human intervention here is a historical report showing some of that activity, click to open   Archaeological report.

Boundaries  are the inside of the track around this woodland, 2½ metres in from the track centre.

Access  from the public highway is along a forest track up to Darwell Retreat, there is a right of way at all times with maintenance being according to use made. This right of way extends all round this wood.

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Darwell Retreat at Darwell Hill is about 5 miles north west of Battle and next to Netherfield in East Sussex.

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Park by the double wooden gates, there is a Forests For Sale sign on the gates and another for sale sign up on a tree at the roadside. Climb the gates and walk straight ahead along the track, over the stream, the track turns right here,  up the hill (don't take the left fork). After a left and a right bend you will arrive at Darwell Retread dead ahead, where there is another sign and a wood name.


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