Guide price £650,000
An imaginative conversion of an 18th century former farm building, situated in the midst of the South Downs National Park in a most tranquil location and surrounded by some of the richest countryside in the county. Originally dating from the 18th century, Old Byre is part of a range of farm buildings in an attractive courtyard setting which was skilfully converted in the 1980's. Great care was taken to preserve the original character of the buildings and the main reception rooms all have impressive vaulted ceilings with original exposed beams and timbers. The sitting room is over 23' in length, with sliding doors on to a sheltered courtyard garden, whilst an impressive focal point is created by the attractive fireplace with its full height chimney breast, currently fitted with a wood-burning stove. Directly alongside, lies the kitchen/breakfast room also leading on to the secluded courtyard garden and opening immediately on to the spacious dining room. This room also has an impressive vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, lit by a sky light and remote controlled lighting. A staircase rises to a most attractive gallery which leads to a first floor galleried studio of some 28' in length. The bedroom accommodation is arranged to one side, away from the living accommodation and is approached via a separate hallway. The principal bedroom suite is approached by way of a galleried dressing area which provides access to the en-suite bathroom and looks out on to the spacious vaulted bedroom. A second double bedroom opens onto the front patio. There are two further bedrooms, one of which can be used as a study. The spacious family bathroom has a large airing cupboard. Lordington Court has a discreet approach, by way of the private road owned by Lordington Farm. Turning off this road, the visitor enters a sheltered courtyard with ample casual parking to the front of the property. Immediately alongside is a double garage with automatic doors, providing secure parking and storage. A pathway from the parking area leads up to Old Byre through a pretty garden with a terrace alongside the building looking out over a neat lawn, with neatly clipped hedging, well-stocked borders and a white birch tree providing an attractive focal point. From the sitting room and kitchen/breakfast room, doors also open on to a west-facing courtyard garden which is entirely paved with attractive raised borders planted with a variety of neatly trimmed shrubs, roses and ferns. Other traditional English border plants such as fuchsias, anemones and agapanthus provide plenty of colour and interest. Lordington Farm once formed part of the Stansted Estate and is surrounding by some of the best countryside in the South Downs National Park. The Lordington hamlet is served by the beautiful 12th century church at Racton, part of the Octagon rural parish. Despite these idyllic surroundings the area is highly accessible to Chichester and the South Coast with good road and rail links to London with a choice of stations on the Waterloo line at Rowland's Castle, Petersfield or Havant. The neighbouring Adsdean Estate provides an organic butchers, whilst at Funtington to the south there is a farm shop and public house. Iain Nairn was particularly impressed with this part of the South Downs, writing in the Sussex edition of the Buildings of England, he says "scenery majestic and utterly unspoilt..... Portsmouth, incredibly is only 15 miles away from these lost places, it might as well be 150". The cathedral city of Chichester to the south provides more comprehensive shopping facilities, arranged partly within a pedestrianised centre and is only some 6.5 miles distant. The surrounding countryside of the South Downs National Park provides many opportunities for walking, riding and mountain biking. Chichester Harbour and the waters of The Solent provide some of the best sailing facilities within easy reach of London and Bosham is only some 5 miles away. The coastline provides many other facilities for water sports whilst Goodwood some 8 miles to the northeast is internationally known for its horse racing, golf course, the annual Festival of Speed and the September Revival meeting at its historic motor circuit.
Enclosed Entrance Porch
Tiled floor, radiator, coats cupboard housing circuit breakers.
Sitting Room 7.20m x 4.50m (23'7" x 14'9")
Exposed beams and roof trusses. Handsome full height brick chimney breast fitted with wood-burning stove, fitted book/display shelves to one side. Sealed unit double glazed sliding door and picture window looking out over a sheltered courtyard garden, 2 radiators, 4 wall light points.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room 4.57m x 3.76m (15' x 12'4")
A good range of floor mounted and eye level cupboards and drawers and display cabinets. Fitted worksurfaces. 1 1/2 bowl stainless steel sink and drainer with tiled surround, electric cooker with 4-plate ceramic hob, oven and grill set in a recess with attractive brick chimney breast surround and decorative tiled cooker hood above. Recesses for low level fridge and freezer, recess and plumbing for dishwasher. Tiled floor, radiator, skylight and partially glazed door to courtyard garden. Opening to
Dining Room 4.83m x 4.57m (15'10" x 15')
2 radiators, sky light. Attractive brick & flint wine rack, telephone point, overhead light on dimmer. Radio controlled lighting. Stairs rising to Gallery and loft studio room.
Radiator, 2 skylights. Original bull ring feature.
Walk-in Utility/Store Room
With plumbing and space for washing machine. Wall-mounted shelving, extractor fan. Separate cupboard housing Vaillant calor gas fired combi boiler.
Principal Bedroom Suite
Galleried Entrance/Dressing Area
Close coupled WC, pedestal wash hand basin, panelled bath, power shower with mixer unit. Tiled surrounds, radiator. Electric towel rail, wall-mounted mirror, wall light/shaver point.
Vaulted Bedroom 1 4.47m x 4.20m (14'8" x 13'9")
A good range of matching recessed wardrobes, 2 wall light points, radiator.
Bedroom 3 3.35m x 2.26m (11' x 7'5")
(to include wardrobes). Radiator, fitted wardrobe.
Bedroom 2 3.40m x 2.74m (11'2" x 9')
(to include wardrobes). 2 fitted double wardrobes, partially glazed double doors to front terrace and gardens. Radiator.
Bedroom 4/Study 3.40m x 2.64m (11'2" x 8'8")
Radiator, telephone point.
Close coupled WC, bidet. Pedestal wash hand basin, panelled bath with mixer tap and shower attachment. Fully tiled walls, radiator, mirror and wall light/shaver point. Large wall-mounted mirror, airing cupboard with radiator and slated shelving.
Stairs rising to
Galleried Area & Studio 8.53m x 1.90m (28' x 6'3")
(measured to within 3'10 of floor level). With sky lights and exposed beams, 2 radiators, access to large loft storage area which is fully boarded and houses a foam insulated hot water cylinder.
A shared gravelled approach leads to the courtyard and a private parking area to the front of Old Byre.
Double Garage 5.18m x 5.05m (17' x 16'7")
With 2 up and over doors, one of which is remote controlled, power and lighting.
As described above.
Mains electricity and metered water. Calor gas central heating. Shared sewage treatment plant. Discrete satellite TV dish on wall mounting.
Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, Chichester Tel: 01243 785166Council Tax Band: G
View a selection of our similar properties
Guide price £745,000
Guide price £695,000