A beautifully restored and extended thatched house surrounded by gardens of some 0.7 acres with a useful range of outbuildings and having views over the surrounding countryside of the South Downs National Park. History Carbon dating of some of the beams in this historic house suggest that the original building may have dated as far back as the 11th Century. Originally it is thought that this is likely to have been a hall house with one large room downstairs having a central hearth and a ladder to one sleeping chamber above, complete with a hole in the roof to allow the smoke to escape from the fireplace below. A good example of a similar house can been seen at Baytree Farmhouse located at Singleton Weald and Downland Museum. Most of what can be seen today is likely to be 17th Century as can be seen from the date of 1643 carved into the beam above the fireplace in the dining room. At this time the house was significantly extended creating the outline of the building much as it could be seen today before its recent extension. This area of the countryside in eastern Hampshire, only 15 miles from Portsmouth and the many coves and inlets of Chichester Harbour, was once overrun with smugglers and highwaymen. The house was well known as a haunt of smugglers using the nearby Shipwrights' Way. The Castle Inn at the neighbouring village of Rowlands Castle was also known as the headquarters of a particularly notorious gang of smugglers. The Property Set in a quiet country lane in the South Downs National Park, Thatched Cottage is in many ways the quintessential English country cottage, but extended by the present owner to create a spacious and adaptable home of enormous character and charm with a beguiling blend of historic character and contemporary style. The original house includes two reception rooms and has everything you might expect to find in such an historic building with exposed timber frame, beams and handsome large fireplaces. Nevertheless the ceilings are of a comfortable height and the recently restored windows allow plenty of natural light. The kitchen/breakfast room has been sensitively fitted with an excellent range of matching oak cupboards and drawers including a matching dresser. Polished granite worksurfaces contrast nicely with exposed feature brickwork and there is a cosy, three oven electric Aga. Alongside the utility/bootroom provides a well-designed storage space for all the coats, boots and kit of country living together with fitted worksurfaces and second kitchen sink for vegetable washing. To the western side of the house the owners have created an entirely new wing. The exposed green oak timber framing and vaulted ceilings are an acknowledgement of the building's earlier origins, but there are dramatic contemporary features with large picture windows, glazed gable end and modern comforts such as underfloor heating. This part of the house also provides two ground floor bedrooms and a well-appointed shower room allowing this to be used as an annexe or guest wing if required. There is a large loft storage area over the garden room accessed by way of a concealed access panel. On the first floor a vaulted landing shows off the exposed timber frame and leads to three bedrooms including the principal bedroom with its dramatic vaulted ceiling and exposed brickwork of the 17th Century chimney breast. This and two further bedrooms are served by a well-appointed bathroom. Outside Decorative brick walls with lighting flank the entrance to a block set paved courtyard approach and parking area, the entrance to which is secured by a remote controlled Sussex five-bar gate. A thatched two bay barn style open fronted barn/garage provides covered parking and has an attractive exposed timber frame and decorative herringbone brickwork. The building is equipped with lighting and power. Gardens lie predominantly to the south of the cottage. Semi-circular brick steps flanked by roses and pencil yew trees lead from the courtyard to a brick pathway passing across a broad sweep of lawn to the cottage itself. Further brick pathways lead off to two terraces set either side of the house. To the west, upper and lower terraces have beautifully stocked planters edged in contrasting flint, brick or railway sleepers with the upper terrace having a fountain water feature. The lower terrace is approached by way of double doors from the vaulted garden room. To the east, brick steps and a gently sloping pathway lead to a second terrace enclosed by a decorative low brick wall planted with roses, catmint and geraniums. Designed as a barbeque area this has a purpose-built covered cooking space complete with granite worksurface, lighting, power and log/charcoal storage for a barbeque. Further east is an area of garden formally used as a paddock with a second vehicle entrance and brick built stable building providing two loose boxes/storage rooms, gardeners WC and rear store room. A greenhouse and garden shed are both situated nearby. Location Thatched Cottage lies in the rich countryside of the South Downs National Park on the Hampshire/West Sussex border. It is a short walk to the small hamlet of Finchdean with its pretty village green, public house and even a village pound where stray animals would have been locked up until their owners paid for their release. The neighbouring village of Rowlands Castle to the south provides a good choice of local shops, a popular golf club and a railway halt with regular services to London Waterloo in approximately 90 minutes. 6 miles to the North lies Petersfield with further shopping facilities, a choice of wine bars and restaurants and a mainline station to London Waterloo in approximately 64 minutes. There is a good choice of schools in the area. Churchers College and Bedales are both independent secondary schools being 11 and 10 miles away respectively. Ditcham Park is an independent prep school some 3.7 miles away. The cathedral City of Chichester lies some 11 miles to the east with an alternative train service to London Victoria in about 1 hour 45 minutes. The surrounding South Downs countryside and the nearby Queen Elizabeth Country Park provide miles of footpaths and bridle paths passing through some of the best countryside in the county with many opportunities for walking, horse riding or mountain biking. To the south the waters of Chichester Harbour and the Solent provide some of the most popular sailing facilities within convenient travelling distance of London and there are a number of sailing clubs along the south coast. The A3 provides easy vehicle access to London via the Hindhead Tunnel and to the south joins the A27 providing access to Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton with its international airport
tiled floor, wall light point, stained glass window.
Dining Room 4.93m x 4.20m (16'2" x 13'9")
exposed timber frame and beams, fireplace with exposed brick chimney breast, bressumer beam carved with 1643, wood burning stove, deep recessed cupboard to one side, radiator, stairs rising to first floor.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room 6.27m x 3.05m (20'7" x 10'0")
an excellent range of matching oak cupboards and drawers, matching fitted dresser with illuminated display cabinets,granite worksurfaces and returns, tiled floor, 1 1/2 bowl composite sink with mixer tap and granite drainer, bin drawer, fully integrated low level fridge, full height larder drawers, electric three-oven Aga, concealed cooker hood above with lighting and tiled surround, decorative exposed brickwork, radiator, stable door to
Utility/Boot Room 4.01m x 2.00m (13'2" x 6'7")
tiled floor with good range of matching oak cupboards and drawers, fully integrated dishwasher, 1 1/2 bowl composite sink and drainer, fitted worksurfaces, tiled surrounds, feed bin drawer, recess and plumbing for American style fridge/freezer, recess and plumbing for stacked washing machine and tumble dryer.
with coats and storage, radiator, tiled floor, recessed shelved cupboard.
close coupled WC, wash hand basin with cupboard beneath, radiator/heated towel rail, tiled floor.
Sitting Room 6.25m x 3.00m (20'6" x 9'10")
exposed beams and timber frame, deep inglenook fireplace with exposed brickwork, bressumer beam and wood burning stove, herringbone brick hearth, deep recessed drinks cupboard to one side, 2 radiators, 4 wall light points.
Glazed and Vaulted Link 2.80m x 2.08m (9'2" x 6'10")
exposed oak beams and brickwork, sealed unit double glazed doors to terrace and garden.
deep walk-in recessed storage cupboard housing circuit breakers and manifolds for underfloor heating.
Vaulted Garden Room 5.33m x 3.23m (17'6" x 10'7")
an impressive triple aspect room with large sealed unit double glazed picture windows in green oak frames and double doors opening onto adjacent terraced sitting areas with decorative planters and fountain. Vaulted ceiling, exposed green oak frame, concealed generous loft storage, fitted oak bookcase.
Bedroom 5 2.74m" x 2.36m increasing to 3.02m into recess
Bedroom 4 3.05m increasing to 3.7m into recess x 2.97m
close coupled WC, wash hand basin set in marble vanity surface with cupboard beneath, large wall mounted mirrored surround, marble sills, large shower cabinet with deluge style mixer and hand held spray, fully tiled surround, sliding glazed door, vertical radiator/heated towel rail.
Turn staircase to a vaulted landing, exposed beams and timber frame, radiator, two wall light points.
Bedroom 1 4.98m x 4.88m (16'4" x 16'0")
dramatic vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and timber frame, exposed brick chimney breast, 2 radiators.
Bedroom 2 4.22m x 3.10m (13'10" x 10'2")
vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, an excellent range of matching 3/4 height oak fitted wardrobes with shelving and high level cupboards, radiator.
Bedroom 3 3.18m x 3.10m (10'5" x 10'2")
radiator, vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and timber frame.
close coupled WC, inset wash hand basin with mixer tap in polished stone vanity surface with cupboard and drawer beneath, panelled bath and separate shower mixer unit, tiled surround and shower screen, vertical radiator/heated towel rail.
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Guide price £1,250,000