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Elsted, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29

Guide price £1,950,000

5 Beds 3 Baths 3 Receptions

REF: MID070197


  • 4 Reception rooms
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Terrace
  • Lawned gardens
  • Listed Grade II
  • In all about 0.55 acres


Formerly an attractive Victorian village school thoughtfully converted creating an inspirational living space set within beautiful South Downs countryside. Ground Floor Entrance hall, Dining/garden room, Drawing room with spiral staircase to mezzanine study, Sitting room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Boot/utility room, Snug/bedroom 5, Large double bedroom, Downstairs shower room/cloakroom. First Floor Guest bedroom with bathroom en suite, Family bathroom, Master Bedroom, 1 further double bedroom. Gardens and Grounds Flagstone, south facing sun terrace, Lawned gardens interspersed with mature shrubs and trees, About 0.55 acres. The Property The School House is a substantial, former village school believed to date from around 1890 which was enhanced as a residential dwelling around 10 years ago having closed down in the mid 1980s. The property is Grade II listed and located at the centre area of Elsted, a pretty South Downs village close to the popular market town of Petersfield and Midhurst at the heart of the South Downs National Park. The School House sits in the heart of the highly sought after South Downs village of Elsted and is located within the village Conservation Area. The village of Elsted is widely known for its outstanding public house, the Three Horseshoes, an immaculate recreation ground with an amazing cricket green and its proximity to another excellent village, South Harting not more than a few minutes up the road. Converted 10 years ago the property now exhibits a wealth of charming character features including striking stone and red brick elevations, and magnificent large windows under a clay tile roof. The layout lends itself to a variety of lifestyles, with the large, light reception rooms offering flexible accommodation. The property boasts 3 generous reception rooms, the first of which is the large light drawing room, which has a magnificent vaulted ceiling, exposed timbers and brickwork, and a beautiful open fireplace. A spiral staircase to one corner of the drawing room rises up to a mezzanine area currently set up as a home office. Next to the drawing room is the dining room/garden room which was originally an outside terrace, but was integrated into the house by the current owner, and now provides a superb dining area with a glazed ceiling and exposed brickwork, ideal for casual entertaining. Accessed through double doors from the drawing room is the family/sitting room currently used as a home studio, but could be used as a beautiful formal dining room as it can also be accessed directly from the kitchen. The substantial kitchen/breakfast room has a range of fitted units, an electric Aga, dishwasher and integrated combi oven. French doors lead out to the south facing terrace and mature gardens which wrap around the house and enjoy glorious views towards the South Downs. A substantial boot room and a cloak/shower room complete the ground floor. From the entrance hall, the main staircase leads up to two of the bedrooms, including the master bedroom which has a vaulted ceiling and adjacent bathroom. A second staircase leads from the family/sitting room at the rear of the house up to the guest bedroom, another double with a large bathroom en suite with a freestanding bath set below a picture window and exposed beams. The remaining bedrooms are located on the ground floor and could easily be used as further reception rooms if required. Gardens & Grounds Whilst the property is located in the heart of the village, the entrance is found on the small lane which leads down to the village church, with the driveway leading up to a parking area at the front of the house.The gardens are mainly laid to lawn beyond a flagstone south facing terrace and are interspersed with brick paths around the house with flower beds and mature shrubs. The Location The School House sits in the heart of the highly sought after South Downs village of Elsted and is located within the village Conservation Area. Elsted has a popular pub, church, a village hall, tennis courts and a cricket pitch with one of the best views in West Sussex. The village is situated within the South Downs National Park between the market towns of Midhurst and Petersfield, and has wonderful views over agricultural land to the Downs and huge scope for walking and riding. South Harting is 2 miles distant and has a post office, shop, public house and a church. The towns of Midhurst and Petersfield are close by and provide for most everyday needs, whilst Guildford in Surrey and the Cathedral city of Chichester, both with renowned Theatres, are within easy reach and have more extensive shopping and leisure facilities. The A3 provides fast access to London, the motorway network, Gatwick, Heathrow and Southampton airports, whilst the mainline station at Petersfield provides a fast service to London Waterloo. The surrounding area has much to offer with Polo at Cowdray Park, racing at Goodwood and Fontwell, golf at Cowdray Park, Goodwood, Pulborough and Liphook, motor racing at the Goodwood circuit and sailing out of Chichester Harbour and other centres along the South Coast. The local schools present a wealth of excellent choices with Conifers, Ditcham Park, Churcher's College, Bedales, Westbourne House, Seaford College, Highfield, The Royal School, St Edmund's and Amesbury all within easy reach. By Road: London 56 miles, Midhurst 41/2 miles, Petersfield 5 miles, Chichester 13 miles, Guildford 32 miles By Rail: Haslemere to London (Waterloo) from 53 minutes, Petersfield to London (Waterloo) from 1 hour