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Bosham

PROPERTY FEATURES

  • Beautiful Georgian house, Listed Grade II
  • Within yards of Bosham Sailing Club, the Raptackle and parish church
  • Views to the Bosham channel and Chichester Harbour over the Millstream and Quay Meadow
  • Sitting Room and Study
  • Dining/Family Room/Kitchen
  • 4 Bedrooms including Principal Bedroom Suite with Dressing Area and Bathroom
  • Courtyard Approach and Parking Area
  • Detached Double Garage with Sail Loft/Storage
  • Boat/Dingy Laying Up Area
  • Walled Garden With Terraces

THE PROPERTY

The Property Brook House is believed to have been built in 1780 and is located on Quay Meadow, one of the most historic and sought after locations in Bosham with impressive views over the meadow to the main channel of Chichester Harbour. Formerly the location of an Anglo-Saxon Benedictine monastery, this site has had some distinguished owners including the early Archbishops of Canterbury, King Edward The Confessor, Earl Godwin, King Harold and William the Conquerer. The site is also mentioned by the Venerable Bede who records that an Irish monk, Dicul, had a small monastery there in 681 AD, making it one of the earliest monasteries in Britain. The house is located within yards of Bosham Sailing Club and the parish church of The Holy Trinity, famous for being depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry and one of the most painted churches in the south of England. Houses are rarely available in this location and are keenly sought after. Ian Nairn in the Sussex edition of the Buildings of England refers to Brook House and continues "the walk back from the Quay is quite delightful, whether down the High Street or around the foreshore: there is nothing else quite like it in Sussex". The light and welcoming interior has two reception rooms either side of the central entrance hall. Both looking out over The Meadow to the water, each with open fireplaces and corniced ceilings. There are panelled arched display niches and sash windows with working shutters and window seats. A spacious open plan family room adjoins the kitchen and provides the focus of everyday living with impressive water views over Quay Meadow and a full height double glazed window bay with doors leading onto the sheltered walled gardens. On the first floor a light, galleried landing with exposed timber frame has an arched window looking out to the water. There is also an attic space with a small window looking towards Bosham Channel. The two bedrooms to the front of the house have impressive views over Quay Meadow to the Sailing Club and Bosham channel. One is fitted out as a home office/guest bedroom with extensive fitted bookcases and desk units with storage. The family bathroom on the east landing serves three bedrooms whilst a private hallway leads to the principal bedroom suite which enjoys views both over Quay Meadow and south towards Shore Road. A dressing area has extensive light oak matching wardrobes with chest of drawers and dressing table. Outside Double gates from the High Street open onto a generous cobbled set courtyard approach with parking area and space for the laying up of dinghies or boats. A large detached double garage provides ample secure parking with a loft storage area for sails, etc. The walled gardens lie mainly to the east and south of the house. These are surrounded by ancient brick and stone walls including what is thought to have been a doorway to the monastery. Some have wondered whether the Romans might have had an even earlier presence on this site. The Millstream flowing passed the front of the house is believed to date back to Roman times and in 1853 a larger than life sized stone head was discovered in the garden, now thought to be that of the Emporer Trajan, who ruled from 98 AD - 117 AD. This head is now on display in The Novium Chichester museum. The surrounding garden walls mean that although the house is located in the very heart of the village, the property has exeptional privacy whilst still enjoying breath taking views of Bosham Church and the water. Bi-folding doors from the family room open onto a sheltered terrace looking out over the lawns and colourful well stocked borders planted with climbing roses, flowering shrubs, ground cover plants and evergreens. The beds are watered by a recently installed irrigation system with holding tank which draws its water from the Millstream. Two further terraces and a shady sitting area sheltered by a copse of trees look out to Bosham church, whilst the raised stone terrace to the front of the property affords westerly views over Quay Meadow itself and the Millstream to the Bosham channel and open farmland beyond. Location This is one of only a handful of houses on Quay Meadow. The historic High Street lies within a short walk as is Bosham Sailing Club which has perhaps the largest fleet of classic day boats in the country. There are a number of shops and galleries in the old village centre, together with the Anchor Bleu public house and a short walk along Bosham Lane brings the visitor to the Millstream Hotel, with its popular restaurant and brasserie. In Delling Lane there is also a village post office/store with ample parking. About a mile to the north lies Bosham Station, together with a collection of further local shops. The station provides a convenient railway halt providing services to either Havant or Chichester, which in turn provide regular services to London Waterloo or Victoria respectively. There is also convenient vehicle access to London with the A259 connecting to the westward bound A27 which joins the A3 at Havant. This access to London has been considerably improved recently by the opening of the Hindhead Tunnel. Other sailing clubs in the area are located at Itchenor, Dell Quay, Chichester Marina and Emsworth. The estuaries and channels of Chichester Harbour provide one of the most picturesque sailing environments within easy reach of London and are ideal for dinghy sailing or day boats. As the main channel reaches the sea, it passes the famous National Trust Reserve of East Head with its sandy beaches and opens out into the Solent and beyond to the Beaulieu River, Cowes and the English Channel.