Guide price £1,600,000
In a no-through lane within an attractive village setting close to the South Downs National Park. An 18th century former farmhouse with self-contained annexe and extensive outbuildings, set around a courtyard approach with gardens and grounds of just over 6 acres. Meadow Cottage is a principally 18th century house, built some 200 years ago, with later extensions in both the 1920's and late 1970's. More recently the house has undergone further extension by the present owners in 1995/96 and a comprehensive programme of refurbishment. The light, well-presented interior creates a welcoming family home. A generous reception hall leads to well-proportioned reception rooms, lying on the southern side of the house looking out over the gardens to the fields and woodland beyond. A light and spacious kitchen/breakfast room has bi-folding doors opening onto a conservatory with views over the sheltered gardens to the heated swimming pool. A large utility room with garden hall and second cloakroom provides useful additional space. The first floor accommodation has been well planned providing both principal and guest suites with two further bedrooms served by a third bathroom. Most of the bedrooms enjoy lovely views over the adjacent countryside. Meadow Cottage is approached by way of a long driveway leading from Sandy Lane and opening onto a gravelled courtyard approach and parking area. A further turning circle lies adjacent to the front door of the house, set against an attractive Sussex Granary on traditional staddle stones. A well maintained range of outbuildings includes a self-contained annexe or guest suite with its own entrance hall, studio room/bedroom 5 and bathroom. There are two well equipped workshops with fluorescent lighting, power, water and cloakroom. Adjacent lies a secure garage, garden store and open-fronted barn-style double carport. The formal gardens lie to the south and east of the house. Doors from the two main reception rooms and conservatory open onto south and east-facing terraces. Lawned gardens beyond have a number of well-established trees and boundaries hedged by laurel, fir and beech. Flower beds and shrubberies are stocked with traditional perennials and variegated shrubs providing colour and interest all year round. From the southern lawn a five bar gate provides access onto the adjacent paddocks and low post and rail fencing allows far-reaching views over these to the woods and farmland beyond. The village of East Ashling is surrounded by rich and varied countryside close to the southern slopes of the South Downs, crisscrossed with miles of footpaths and bridlepaths as well as many pretty villages with good country pubs and farm shops. Chichester itself provides a wide range of facilities, including the internationally known Festival Theatre, Pallant House Gallery, and excellent shopping facilities arranged within its ancient city centre, now a pedestrianised area. A mainline railway station at Chichester provides a regular service to London Victoria in about 1 hour 40 minutes and there is also a slightly faster service available from Havant to London Waterloo in about 1 hour 16 minutes. Road access to London is provided by the A3(M) trunk road at Havant whilst the coastal A27 connects with Portsmouth and Southampton to the west, and Worthing, Brighton and Eastbourne to the east. The coastal towns of Portsmouth and Southampton provide ferry services to the continent and Southampton Airport is within easy travelling distance by car. Recreational activities are numerous, many of them centred on the Goodwood Estate, famous for its horse racing at Glorious Goodwood and more recently the prestigious Festival of Speed and the September Revival of its historic motor circuit. There is also a country club at Goodwood providing tennis courts, squash courts, swimming pool and gym. Chichester Harbour, some 5 miles to the south, has long been popular with sailors and there are many well established clubs, but notably at Chichester Yacht Basin, Bosham and Itchenor. The coastline, and particularly the sandy beaches at East Head, provide many opportunities for bathing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
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