Guide price £4,950,000
One of the best houses on Chichester Harbour. An elegant Edwardian house, set in some 2.5 acres of gardens and grounds with slip-way and direct frontage to the upper reaches of Chichester Harbour. The property commands far-reaching views over the harbour to Birdham Pool, surrounding farmland and woods. Such an elegant harbourside house is itself a rarity, but to find one which is so private and yet within a few minutes of Chichester is surely unique. Apuldram House offers complete privacy being surrounded by its gardens and grounds of some 2.5 acres, which directly face the upper reaches of Chichester Harbour to the south and west with far-reaching views over the water to woodland. To the east, the house borders open farmland with no other buildings in sight. This is also a very special opportunity as the house has not been on the open market for some 60 years. The discreet entrance opens onto a long driveway passing through surrounding gardens to the turning circle immediately to the north of the house. Built at the turn of the last century, Apuldram House has an elegance reminiscent of properties more usually found on the continent or Channel Islands. The interior is very much of the period with high ceilings, fireplaces and large windows making the most of the spectacular water views to the south. A spacious reception hall leads through to three reception rooms and study with a drawing room and family room looking down the main channel of Chichester Harbour to Birdham Pool. The first floor accommodation is approached by way of two staircases leading to a total of six bedrooms including a principal suite and two further family bathrooms. Four bedrooms including the principal suite on the south side of the house all enjoy impressive water views. Outside The converted stable building adjacent to the approach provides garaging for up to three cars and storage for boats, sails and other equipment. There is also a home office on the first floor. The surrounding gardens are completely private with lawns and well-stocked borders which reach down directly to the shores of the harbour. A slipway provides access to the foreshore. Slightly to the south east of the house is a well-screened hard tennis court and nearby heated swimming pool which has been completely enclosed for the safety of any small children. Agents note: The house currently has the use of a deep water mooring close to it. Moorings are allocated by the moorings officer of the harbour authority which has a duty to find moorings as close to an applicant's waterside property as possible. The Location The quiet hamlet of Dell Quay lies on the north eastern shores of Chichester Harbour, just over 2 miles from the Cathedral City of Chichester with views over the water to the South Downs. For many years this picturesque hamlet has been a popular location with yachtsmen and was a place of considerable importance being specifically described in a 1584 Act of Parliament as 'the best haven between Portsmouth and the Thames'. Hundreds of years before this, however, it may have been a place of even greater importance as it formed the port of the Roman town of Regnum. Over the years the channel gradually silted up and as a result the original port has now vanished, being replaced in the 17th century by Dell Quay very much as it can be seen today, a pretty group of boatyards, houses and cottages centred around its own public house and sailing club, both within a short distance of Apuldram House. The cathedral city of Chichester lies some 2.7 miles to the north and provides a comprehensive range of shops, bars and restaurants arranged partly within the ancient walls, now a pedestrianised area. The arts are well catered for, as the city is home to the internationally known Festival Theatre, the Minerva Theatre and Pallant House Gallery, which houses one of the most significant modern art collections on the south coast. The nearby waters of the Solent are particularly popular with sailors and the area has a wide choice of sailing clubs including West Wittering, Itchenor, Bosham and nearby Chichester Marina. The National Trust reserve of East Head is some 7 miles away, having perhaps the most picturesque beach in West Sussex and the nearby shoreline of East Wittering provides opportunities for swimming, wind surfing, kite surfing and land boarding. Other attractions include Glorious Goodwood with its internationally known race course but also providing many other facilities including a private country club, golf course and airfield. Goodwood also plays host to the annual Festival of Speed and the Revival of its historic motor circuit, both of which have become prominent annual events. The newly created South Downs National Park is criss-crossed with many footpaths and bridleways providing excellent facilities for mountain biking, horse riding and walking in some of the richest countryside in the south of England. There are several choices of vehicle access to London including either the M27/A3 or the A285 via Petworth to the A283 joining the A3 at Milford. The mainline station situated at Chichester provides a regular service to London Victoria in about 1 hour 40 minutes and to Gatwick in about 1 hour 5 minutes. An alternative slightly faster rail service to London is also available from Havant in about 1 hour 20 minutes to London Waterloo.
Mains water, electricity and drainage. Oil-fired central heating.
Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, Chichester Tel: 01243 785166 Council Tax Band: H
Full Postal Address
Apuldram House, Dell Quay, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 7EE
Strictly by appointment through either Jackson-Stops & Staff (Tel: 01243 786316) or Knight-Frank (Tel: 0207 629 8171).
Fixtures and Fittings
Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.
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