Guide price £1,300,000
Owned by the same family since it was built in 1927 and the first time on the market in 92 years, a beautiful Arts and Crafts house designed by a pupil of Sir Edwin Lutyens. The property is surrounded by beautiful gardens and grounds of some 2.5 acres with stunning views to the South Downs and Sullington Conservation Area. Fred Harrild, a distinguished pupil of Sir Edwin Lutyens, designed Little Stor as his much loved family home and the property was completed in 1927. Fred was inevitably very much influenced by his mentor and also had a great love of Italy which is reflected in many unique features to be found throughout the house. The entrance porch has a decorative stone archway with a plaque set in the wall above bearing the inscription Da Amico - As A Friend. A vestibule beyond opens onto an impressive octagonal reception hall with Italian marble floor bearing a star motif and a domed ceiling with concealed decorative lighting. The symmetry of the front and back doors create open views directly through the house to the South Downs if both doors are opened at the same time. The well-proportioned drawing and dining rooms both have high ceilings, original cornices and south facing stone mullion window bays affording superb views to the nearby South Downs. The drawing room has a particularly impressive Italianate fireplace with marble slips and stone overmantel decorated with scroll work, bows and marble medallions, flanked by elegant display niches to either side. A similar stone fireplace with herringbone brickwork decorates the dining room but it is of a slightly simpler design featuring a pedimented display niche above the mantel shelf. Double arched glazed casement doors from the drawing room lead to a bookcase lined lobby that in turn leads to the study which was designed to give Fred Harrild a lovely view to the South Downs as he worked from his drawing board. This room also has its own independent access to the driveway so clients visiting him did not need to call at the front door. The kitchen/breakfast room has been refurbished by Fred's grandson with an extensive range of matching units, polished white stone worksurfaces and returns. An oil-fired Rayburn has been fitted in a pretty chimney breast recess providing not only cooking facilities but also zoned central heating and hot water. The kitchen has retained a north facing walk-in larder complete with slate shelving. To the east of the kitchen/breakfast room lies an annexe added in 1973 which includes a sitting/garden room and adjacent bedroom with bathroom en-suite. This part of the house has not been modernised, affording the new owners numerous possibilities. The bedroom accommodation is arranged over two floors and the second floor suite of rooms, which have their own shower room, could be used as an ideal wing for teenagers or extended family members if desired. On the first floor three of the bedrooms, including the principal suite enjoy far reaching views to the South Downs and the surrounding countryside. The principal bedroom has its own bathroom and in addition to the family bathroom, bedroom three has its own shower en-suite. Both bathrooms have been recently refurbished in a sympathetic style appropriate to the house whilst the family bathroom has retained its original Italian stone tiling. A five-bar gate opens onto a stone shingled approach and parking area to the north of the house. Decorative stone walls planted with box balls and yew hedging have stone steps leading up to a half-moon shaped area of garden planted with an orchard of fruit trees, enclosed by a semi-circular crescent of beech hedging. A detached garage is located just to the east with a pitched and hipped tiled roof topped with a decorative dovecote and sliding timber doors. There are two rooms to the rear of the garage, one currently used as a workshop and the other as a coal store. Terraced lawns to the south enjoy spectacular views over surrounding countryside to the South Downs. Steps from the central Italian style loggia are flanked by decorative pilasters and open onto a random stone terrace with carved sun dial. Rose bushes are planted either side of the central stone steps leading down to a lower level of lawn with decorative stone walling and borders planted with geraniums, penstemon and ladies mantle. To the west a former Italian style sunken garden is enclosed by clipped privet hedging with decorative stone and brick walling. Two flights of steps lead to a central stone roundel surrounded by herbaceous borders whilst a lower area to the south is planted with lily of the valley, forget-me-nots and strawberries. To the east the lawned garden has a decorative lavender bed to the south and a pergola covered sitting area approached from the garden room/annexe. A beautifully stocked herbaceous border is planted with a colourful display of traditional English garden perennials including peonies, hollyhocks, catmint and ladies mantle. Behind this is a dramatic display of climbing roses on a pergola frame with gladioli and crocosmia lucifer providing an interesting contrast. To the south a lightly wooded dell provides a shady sitting area planted with oak, sycamore and silver birch. There is a timber summerhouse. A manageable vegetable garden is situated just behind the rose walkway and includes a Royal Horticultural Society greenhouse by Gabriel Ash with power and water. The northern boundary of the property is protected by a bund and screened by laurel hedging with a line of handsome well-established horse chestnut trees. To the south of the formal garden lies a paddock, its southern boundary marked by impressive oak trees. Post and rail fencing surrounds the paddock and there is a sizeable recently built stable building/store room providing useful secure storage space together with an additional tool shed.
with bench seats.
close coupled WC, pedestal wash hand basin, vertical radiator/heated towel rail.
Octagonal Reception Hall
marble inlaid floor with star motif, sealed unit double glazed door to loggia with far-reaching views to the South Downs, two coats cupboards, turned staircase to first floor, understairs cupboard.
Drawing Room 5.94m x 4.27m (19'6" x 14'0")
sealed unit double glazed window bay with stone mullions and views to the south downs. Handsome italianate fireplace with stone mantelpiece and decorative overmantel carved with shell motif, ribbons and marble medallions. Jetmaster woodburning stove with polished stone reveals and hearth, arched display niches to either side, each with low-level cupboards. Oak sprung floor designed for dancing, two radiators, corniced ceiling with decorative moulding, arched double casement doors to bookcase lined lobby leading to
Study 4.47m x 3.02m (14'8" x 9'11")
with Downland views, 2 radiators, sealed unit double casement door to driveway and approach.
housekeeping closet with plumbing for washing machine, large capacity unvented hot water cylinder, electricity meter, circuit breakers.
Dining Room 4.78m into Bay x 4.27m
south facing window bay with stone mullions and sealed unit double glazed windows with far-reaching views to the south downs. Fireplace with stone mantelpiece, Jetmaster stove and herringbone patterned hearth, display niche above, radiator, picture rail.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room 6.10m x 4.93m (20'0" x 16'2")
oil-fired two oven Rayburn in chimney breast recess with mantelpiece above, shelved cupboard to one side. A good range of matching cupboards and drawers, polished stone worksurfaces and returns, 1 1/2 bowl sink with mixer tap, ceramic hob with integrated touch controls, cooker hood above, fan assisted oven/grill, eye-level microwave, space and plumbing for American style fridge/freezer. A second set of matching cupboards and drawers, 1 1/2 bowl stainless steel sink, dishwasher, glazed display cabinet, radiator, door to covered porch, walk-in north facing ventilated larder with slate shelf.
Sitting Room/Garden Room 3.66m x 3.66m (12'0" x 12'0")
with sealed unit double glazed sliding door to a pergola covered sitting area overlooking the garden, 3 wall light points.
Bedroom 3.66m x 3.66m (12'0" x 12'0")
Dimplex storage heater, sealed unit double glazed picture windows, 3 wall light points.
close coupled WC, pedestal wash hand basin, panelled bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, tiled surrounds.
An attractive turned staircase with barley twist balusters, carved hand rail and newel post.
First Floor Landing
radiator, linen cupboard, stairs to second floor.
Bedroom 1 5.49m x 4.24m (18'0" x 13'11")
south facing window bay with stone mullions and fabulous Downland views. Radiator, open fireplace with decorative tiling, fitted wardrobe, recessed cupboard.
close coupled WC, inset wash hand basin with mixer tap set in stone vanity surface with cupboard beneath, tiled surround, panelled bath with shower mixer, tiled surround, folding shower screen, radiator/heated towel rail, eaves storage, return door to landing.
Bedroom 2 4.32m x 3.96m (14'2" x 13')
radiator, open fireplace with decorative tiling, wash hand basin in vanity unit, downland views, fitted wardrobe.
Bedroom 3 4.88m into window bay x 4.57m overall
south facing window bay with stone mullions, far-reaching downland views, open fireplace with decorative tiling, corner wash hand basin in vanity unit, recessed cupboard with shelving, recessed cupboard concealing fully tiled shower recess with glazed door. Radiator.
Bedroom 4 3.66m plus dormer window x 3.35m
radiator, eaves storage.
pedestal wash hand basin, panelled bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, decorative Italian stone tiled surrounds, radiator/heated towel rail.
high-level cistern, wall mounted wash hand basin.
Stairs to second floor.
Sitting Room 2.92m x 2.60m (9'7" x 8'6")
eaves storage, radiator.
close coupled WC, corner wash hand basin in vanity unit, shower cabinet with mixer unit and sliding glazed door, vertical radiator/heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2.95m x 2.80m (9'8" x 9'2")
radiator, dormer window,fireplace.
Bedroom 2.82m x 2.54m (9'3" x 8'4")
radiator, access to boarded loft storage area.
as previously described.
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