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West Stoke, West Sussex PO18 9BP
Guide Price Of £2,500,000
In one of the best locations in the South Downs National Park, a lovely mid-Victorian rectory of elegant proportions providing extensive accommodation of some 4,900 sq.ft. set in about 16 acres of mature gardens, paddock and bluebell wood.
Entrance Hall, 4 Elegant Reception Rooms, Study, Cloakroom, Kitchen with Dining & Utility Areas, Wine Cellar, 7 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Shower Room En-Suite. Formal Gardens. South Facing Studio with Consent for a Replacement 2 Storey Outbuilding. Paddock & Woodland. In All approx 16 acres. Good Riding Countryside, Easy Access to Chichester, Close to sailing clubs in Chichester Harbour.
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This classic Victorian rectory was built in 1875. It commands an elevated position looking out over the tranquil setting of its own grounds to the woodland and countryside beyond. The house is approached by way of a long tree-lined driveway and the visitor cannot help but be impressed by the well-proportioned entrance hall, with its original patterned tiled floor and moulded ceiling. Three elegant reception rooms dominate the ground floor, looking south, east and north towards Kingley Vale. Each has the classic lofty proportions of the period with high corniced ceilings, impressive fireplaces and 3/4 height windows and casement doors flooding the rooms with natural light. The kitchen is divided into dining and utility areas and has double casement doors opening south onto the garden with views to the bluebell woods. t has been carefully modernized to keep its traditional charm with oil-fired Aga and Victorian fitted dresser. The utility area provides additional working space with a slate shelved kitchen larder. It also has access to the barrel-vaulted wine cellars beneath. A study lies alongside, leading back to the drawing room. Adjacent to the kitchen is a south facing small dining room, which could easily be incorporated into the kitchen. The generous bedroom accommodation in total comes to seven bedrooms and four bathrooms. It has a highly adaptable layout approached by way of three staircases, allowing part of the accommodation to be used as a semi-independent guest suite or annex if required.
The long driveway approaches the house from the east, leading to a broad gravelled sweep in front of the house, with further parking area to the north where there is an open-bay garage. From the garage, a gate leads through to a partially walled courtyard, providing an ideal secure area for dogs, and there is a south facing garden studio with planning consent for extension (ref. FU/03/02986) granted in 2003 and carried out in part to provide a most attractive 2 storey outbuilding.
To the south and east lie lawned gardens of some 1.5 acres with deep raised borders and many mature trees. The adjacent post and rail paddock to the east has two loose boxes and comes to some 2.63 acres. To the south the gardens open onto 13 acres of bluebell wood, a traditional English broad leaf wood of oak and chestnut leading to miles of beautiful walks through this most unspoilt part of West Sussex.
The Downland village of West Stoke lies some 5 miles to the north west of Chichester. A particularly pretty hamlet, houses are seldom available here and are much sought after. The parish church of St. Andrew's lies nearby, as does the ancient yew forest of Kingley Vale, the reputed sight of a great battle between Viking invaders and Saxons in 874. From here walks lead up to the crest of the South Downs, with panoramic views over the Sussex Weald. The surrounding countryside is home to many pretty villages and country pubs, an ideal place for country walks, horse riding and mountain biking. This area has some of the richest countryside in the county and is also well placed for access to the waters of Chichester Harbour. Bosham and its famous sailing club lie only 4 miles distant, and there are further clubs at Itchenor and Chichester Marina, providing access to The Solent and some of the best sailing within convenient travelling distance of London. The coastline attracts many visitors, particularly the sandy beaches of East and West Wittering which have facilities for windsurfers, kitesurfing and landboarding.
A few miles to the east lies the Goodwood Estate, already famous for its internationally known racecourse, but also now host to the Festival of Speed and the Revival of its historic motor circuit, which are now prominent events on the social calendar. Goodwood has a private members club, The Kennels, and a country club providing tennis courts, golf courses, gym and indoor swimming pool. The airfield at Goodwood also provides facilities for private aircraft.
The cathedral city of Chichester is the county town of West Sussex and has a vibrant city centre, with a wide choice of shopping facilities, bars and restaurants. The cathedral plays host to the annual Arts Festival and Pallant House Gallery houses one of the most important art collections in the south of England. Chichester Festival Theatre continues to attract large audiences and this year celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. There are a number of excellent schools in the area within convenient travelling distance of The Old Rectory, these include Westbourne House, Oakwood, Bedales and Seaford College.
Communications are good, with the A27 giving ready access to a number of towns and cities along the south coast, including Brighton, Worthing, Portsmouth and Southampton. To the west, the A27 joins the A3, providing access to Guildford and London. This facility has been greatly improved by the recent opening of the Hindhead Tunnel. Mainline stations at Chichester and Havant provide rail services to London Victoria and Waterloo respectively.
- Chichester 5 miles
- Bosham 4.5 miles
- Goodwood 6 miles
- London 60 miles
Reception Hall 15'5" (4.7m) x 6'10" (2.08m) plus 14'6" (4.42m) x 10'5" (3.18m) Beautifully restored Victorian tiling throughout, high corniced ceiling, wall light points, radiator.
Sitting Room 19'10" x 15'9" (6.05m x 4.8m) High corniced ceiling, 3 sets of double doors providing access out onto the front and side gardens, working shutters, open fireplace with marble surround and mantle with flagstone hearth, flanked on one side by a range of built-in bookshelves and display alcove, radiator. Archway leads through to
Small Dining Room 11'10" x 10'4" (3.6m x 3.15m) Double doors out onto side garden, working shutters, period fireplace with decorative tiling and cast iron grate, fitted bookshelves to one side, radiator, further built-in cupboard.
Dining Room 19'10" x 15'9" (6.05m x 4.8m) High corniced ceiling, exposed wooden flooring, radiator, open fireplace with marble surround, cast iron grate and stone hearth, 2 sets of casement doors to the east, working shutters.
Drawing Room 24'9" x 15'10" (7.54m x 4.83m) A charming double aspect room with casement doors to the east and far reaching views to Kingley Vale, working shutters, stripped wooden flooring, fitted log burning stove with tiled hearth and timber surround and mantle, part-tongue & groove panelling to walls, TV point, wall light points. High corniced ceiling.
From the Drawing Room, a door leads to the
Rear Lobby with a second staircase rising to the First Floor. Radiator, attractive stained glass window, door to rear.
Cloakroom Equipped with low level WC, hand basin.
Study 11' x 10'10" (3.35m x 3.3m) Radiator, telephone point, inset ceiling lighting.
Utility Area 17'8" x 16'9" max (5.38m x 5.1m max) Tiled and wooden flooring with some exposed brickwork, radiator, access to cellar and door to rear courtyard. Sink unit with storage cupboards below, plumbing for washing machine and dishwasher, third staircase rising to First Floor.
Cellar 16' x 14'8" (4.88m x 4.47m) Approached by way of steps from the Utility Room. Barrel vaulted with original wine bins. Divided into 3 areas with light and power.
Walk-In Pantry 9'11" x 4'11" (3.02m x 1.5m) Slate shelving and tiled flooring, electric meters.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room 13'3" x 13'10" (4.04m x 4.22m) Fitted dresser unit, oil fired Aga, sink with storage cupboard below and part tongue & grooved walls.
From the Reception Hall, turning staircase to
Split Level First Floor Landing Radiator, large roof light.
Master Bedroom 19'10" (6.05m) max. x 15'10" (4.83m) max Dual aspect room, wall light points, built-in wardrobe cupboards.
En Suite Shower Room close coupled WC, wall mounted wash hand basin with drawers beneath, mirror with light, part tiled walls with walk-in shower and glazed shower screen, tiled floor, heated towel rail.
Bedroom 7/Dressing Room 10'11" x 10'11" (3.33m x 3.33m) Period fireplace, fitted wardrobe cupboards.
Bedroom 2 15'11" x 10'2" (4.85m x 3.1m) Period fireplace with tiled surround, radiator, wall light points.
Bathroom 2 Part-tiled walls and equipped with low level WC, bidet, pedestal hand basin, panelled bath, radiator, extractor fan, strip light with shaver point, inset ceiling lighting, door leading to
Bedroom 3 15'10" x 12'2" (4.83m x 3.7m) Varnished wood flooring, inset ceiling lighting, built-in storage cupboard, hand basin with cupboard below.
Bedroom 4 12'2" x 11'10" (3.7m x 3.6m) Exposed wooden floorboards, built-in wardrobe cupboard, fitted hand basin, period style radiator.
Cloakroom comprising low level WC.
Bathroom Equipped with panelled bath, hand basin and low level WC. Heated towel rail/radiator, wall light points.
Bedroom 5 10'11" x 9' (3.33m x 2.74m) Double aspect room, radiator, exposed wooden flooring.
Bathroom Equipped with low level WC, hand basin, panelled bath with period style mixer tap and hand shower attachment, built-in linen cupboard and heated towel rail. There is also a maid's cupboard with butlers' sink.
Bedroom 6 With Separate Sitting Area
Bedroom 15'6" x 13'10" (4.72m x 4.22m) Period fireplace, hand basin, built-in wardrobe cupboard, archway leading to
Dressing Room/Sitting Area 15'9" x 11'11" (4.8m x 3.63m) Period fireplace, radiator, range of built-in wardrobe cupboards and glazed display units.
A long gravelled driveway flanked by post and rail fencing and mature trees leads to a substantial carriage sweep to the front of the property. There is a further driveway that leads to the rear.
Covered Parking 19' (5.8m) x 15'3" (4.65m) (irregular shape). Oil tank. Attached outhouse housing oil fired boiler with central heating controls and hot water cylinder. Archway through to rear courtyard garden.
Courtyard Garden Predominantly laid to brick and stone paving with central gravelled area, well.
Brick & Tiled Artists Studio/Garden Room 15'9" x 9'9" (4.8m x 2.97m) Fully insulated with folding doors, partly vaulted with some exposed brick walls, power and light, outside lighting.
Gardens and Grounds The immediate formal gardens are laid mainly to lawn adjacent to the house on the east and southern sides. To the east there is a paddock of approximately 2.36 acres, surrounded by post and rail fence, with stabling comprising two looseboxes 11'8 x 11'7 and 12' x 12' with outside lighting. A number of mature trees surround the gardens, with views to the north towards Kingley Vale. A southerly walk across the lawn leads to the neighbouring ancient woodland. This provides many beautiful walks covered with bluebells in spring and includes a mixture of deciduous and evergreen trees with traditional chestnut coppice. In all the woodland comes to some 13 acres, gardens and grounds together amount to approximately 16 acres.
Services Mains electricity. Oil fired central heating. Private water supply. Private drainage.
Local Authority Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, Chichester. Tel. No.01243 785166
37 South Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1EL
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