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Westlands Estate, Birdham, Chichester, PO20

Guide price £2,900,000

4 Beds 3 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: CHI190028



  • Outstanding Harbour Views
  • Direct Frontage to the Main Channel
  • Slipway
  • Mature Gardens of approx: 1.5 acres
  • Sitting Room Dining Room Study
  • Panelled Games Room
  • Kitchen/Breakfast Room
  • 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Garaging/Workshops


Commanding perhaps one of the best views of any harbour-side property over the main channel of Chichester Harbour to Itchenor and Portsdown in the west, Bosham Hoe and the South Downs to the north. An extensive family house set in gardens and grounds of some 1 1/2 acres with a slipway and direct frontage to the water. Little Copse was originally built in the 1930's, then significantly redesigned and extended by the present owners in the 1980's creating a well-proportioned family house of some 4,500 sq.ft. with a highly adaptable layout. The property enjoys an extremely private and sheltered setting, reached by way of a discreet entrance from the Westlands Private Estate. The house itself has some remarkably proportioned rooms including a sitting/dining room of over 42' in length, a 26' long panelled games room and indoor swimming pool. On the first floor, generous bedroom accommodation includes both principal and guest suites. The principal suite is reached by way of its own hallway and having a 24' long bedroom with 16' wide window bay looking directly out over the main channel with far-reaching views to Itchenor, Portsdown Hill, Bosham Hoe and the South Downs. The guest suite is also similarly well-proportioned with access on to a roof terrace with further impressive harbour views. Two further bedrooms both of which enjoy water views are served by a well-appointed family bathroom. The driveway and approach provide generous parking to the south west of the house. The immediate gardens are lawned with mature trees and border open farmland to the south east. Two sets of double gates provide access to the gardens and an adjacent yard with workshop/garaging to one side. A generous garage with roller door is built into the southern side of the house. Sealed unit double glazed doors from the sitting room and pool room open on to the gardens and a terrace with covered sitting area taking full advantage of the breath-taking harbour views. The garden is simply designed for ease of maintenance, laid principally to lawn with borders planted with hydrangeas and an attractive display of ground cover plants and heathers. A gated gravelled access leads past a screened storage area with two garden sheds and double gates provide access to the footpath. Beyond this a further area of garden and light woodland has direct frontage to the main channel with access to the water by way of its own private slipway. Little Copse is situated in the sought-after Westlands private estate, in perhaps one of the best locations on the south bank of Chichester Harbour. The village of Birdham is some 5 miles to the south of the cathedral city of Chichester and has a parish church, village primary school and shop. The Westlands Estate has its own private hard for the use of residents and together with the nearby facilities of Birdham Pool and Chichester Marina, it is close to some of the best sailing facilities within convenient travelling distance of London. The nearby waters of the Solent are particularly popular with sailors and the area has a wide choice of sailing clubs and marinas. The National Trust Reserve of East Head some 4 miles to the south, has perhaps the most picturesque sandy beaches in West Sussex and the award winning coastline of the Witterings in general provides many opportunities for swimming, windsurfing, kite surfing, surfing and land boarding. Nearby Goodwood also provides facilities including its internationally known racecourse, golf course, country club and airfield. It also plays host to the annual Festival of Speed and the Revival of its historic motor circuit. The rich countryside of the South Downs National Park provides exceptional opportunities for walking, horse riding and mountain biking. There are several choices of vehicle access to London including the M27/A3 or the A285 via Petworth to the A283 joining the A3 at Milford. A mainline station at Chichester provides a regular service to either London Waterloo (via Havant) or London Victoria in about 1 hour 45 minutes and to Gatwick in about 1 hour 10 minutes. Southampton International Airport is approximately 35 miles to the west.

Entrance Hall
2 radiators.

With understairs cupboard housing electricity meters and fuse boxes.

Separate WC
Corner wash hand basin, low level WC.

Study 3.43m x 3.05m (11'3" x 10'0")
Radiator, 3 wall light points.

Dining Room 4.75m x 3.78m (15'7" x 12'5")
Radiator, 4 wall light points, sealed unit double glazing. Opening to

Sitting Room 9.14m x 5.70m (30' x 18'8")
(into bay). Reducing to 11'8 average. Attractive brick fireplace with bressumer beam mantel and woodburning stove. 2 radiators, sealed unit double glazed doors to garden, stunning views to the main channel and Bosham Hoe. 8 wall light points. Double casement doors to

Snug 4.27m x 2.74m (14'0" x 9')
Radiator. Return door to Kitchen/Breakfast Room.

Oak Panelled Games Room 8.08m x 5.08m (26'6" x 16'8")
With hardwood parquet floor, 8 wall light points, casement door to

Pool Room
Tiled floor. Heated swimming pool with mosaic tiled lining. 6 sets of sealed unit double glazed doors opening on to the surrounding gardens. Shower mixer, access to terrace with covered sitting area.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room 7.04m x 5.13m (23'1" x 16'10")
(reducing to 9'4 x 8'). L-shaped. Tiled floor, partially glazed door to garden. Matching oak fronted cupboards and drawers, fitted worksurfaces, tiled surrounds. 1 1/2 bowl stainless steel sink and drainer. 4-plate electric hob, eye-level electric oven and grill. Kenwood dishwasher. Hotpoint low level fridge, Samsung frige/freezer. Radiator, cupboard concealing Trianco Red Fire oil-fired boiler. Plumbing and space for Zanussi washing machine.

From the entrance hall, turned staircase to

First Floor Landing
2 radiators, access to eaves space. Airing cupboard housing foam insulated hot water cylinder with slatted shelving, linen cupboard.

Principal Bedroom Suite
Private hallway with dressing area. 2 wall light points, radiator.

Bedroom 1 7.57m x 4.88m (24'10" x 16'0")
With stunning views across the main channel to Portsdown Hill, Bosham Hoe and the South Downs. 2 radiators, 16' wide window bay with fitted dressing table, drawers and storage. Glazed door to roof terrace.

Dressing Room/Walk-in Wardrobe 3.20m x 1.70m (10'6" x 5'7")
Radiator, fitted shelving and hanging rail.

Close coupled WC with concealed cistern. Bidet set in tiled vanity recess with mirrored medicine cabinet. Panelled bath with mixer tap, shower cabinet, fully tiled walls, radiator.

Guest Suite

Bedroom 2 6.55m x 3.45m (21'6" x 11'4")
increasing to 13'7. Sealed unit double glazed sliding doors to roof terrace with far-reaching views over the main channel. 2 radiators, 5 wall light points, fitted wardrobe.

En-Suite Bathroom
Close coupled WC, bidet, pedestal wash hand basin, mirrored cabinet, panelled bath with mixer tap and shower attachment. Fully tiled walls, radiator.

Bedroom 3 6.38m x 3.35m (20'11" x 11')
With views to the main channel, deep walk-in recessed wardrobe, 2 radiators.

Bedroom 4 4.95m x 2.74m (16'3" x 9')
(increasing to 13'2 into recess). Harbour views, access to eaves and loft storage.

Family Bathroom
Close coupled WC, pedestal wash hand basin, tiled surround and mirrored cabinet. Panelled bath with mixer tap and separate shower mixer. Shower screen, tiled surround, tiled floor, vertical radiator/heated towel rail.

As previously described.

Garage 6.10m x 6.05m (20'0" x 19'10")
max (16'10 x 20' min). Roller door, power, loft storage, 2 log stores.


Workshop 1 6.10m x 3.35m (20'0" x 11')
Tiled floor, double doors, lighting and power.

Workshop 2 7.32m x 4.88m (24'0" x 16'0")
Tiled floor, double doors, power and lighting.

Mains electricity, water and drainage. Oil-fired central heating.

Local Authority
Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, ChichesterTel: 01243 785166 Council Tax Band: H