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Honer Lane, South Mundham, Chichester, PO20

Guide price £3,250,000

6 Beds 6 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: CHI200500

PROPERTY FEATURES

  • Secluded Rural Location
  • Chichester City 5 Miles
  • Crab & Lobster Walking Approx 1.3 Miles
  • Views of Pagham Rife and Harbour
  • Flexible Accommodation
  • 2 Guest Cottages
  • Hard Tennis Court
  • Approximately 2.5 Acres
  • 6 Bedrooms

THE PROPERTY

This beautifully appointed country house has a delightfully secluded setting surrounded by open farmland with views to the upper reaches of Pagham Harbour. The interior has some particularly impressive features, one of the most memorable being the beautifully proportioned reception hall of some 30 ft in length which is surrounded on three sides by a galleried library landing, reached by way of a gently curved and elegant staircase. The layout of the rooms flows easily, adapting readily to modern family living but at the same time providing self-contained areas if required, including a dedicated guest wing. The focus of everyday family living is a well-proportioned kitchen/dining/family room of some 32 ft in length with a cosy sitting area, well-equipped kitchen with four oven oil fired Aga, and south facing dining area with doors opening onto the terrace looking out towards Pagham Harbour. The nearby sitting room of some 22 ft in length leads to the adjacent dining room. A south facing garden room and studio also have access to the terrace, the latter having fitted storage and a washdown area for boating equipment, muddy boots and dogs. The guest wing, lying to the west of the main reception hall, has its own hallway and south facing sitting room with kitchenette, spacious double bedroom and bathroom. The elegant library landing is lit by a central lantern light and fitted with full height bookcases on three sides. This leads to extensive bedroom accommodation including five bedroom suites each with their own or shared bathrooms. The majority of the bedrooms face south making the most of their far reaching views over the upper reaches of Pagham Harbour, whilst two of the suites have access to a south facing balcony. On the second floor there is also a large studio room ideal for use as a home office or study/play area with fold out balcony looking towards Pagham Harbour. Honer House is approached by way of a long, shared private lane passing through open farmland to a secluded and private setting. In addition to the main house there are two guest cottages, one of which has been rebuilt and now comprises a well-appointed two bedroom house with sitting room and stylish kitchen/dining room. Both properties are ideal for creating a home and income opportunity as holiday lets or assured short hold tenancies. Alternatively they are useful self-contained accommodation for guests or extended family members. The property is approached by way of a driveway to the north of the house and this also leads to a detached double garage and adjacent tractor mower store. An off shoot from the main driveway also approaches the house from the west and leads to a larger area of casual parking. The house is set back from its approach behind neatly clipped hedging with a brick set pathway flanked by small espaliered crab apple trees leading to the front door. Lawned garden lies either side of this with brick set pathways surrounding the house. To the south a broad paved terrace runs the length of the building, approached by way of doors from the sitting room, garden room, dining room, studio and guest wing. There is a central area of lawn surrounded by a knot garden of symmetrically planted box hedges in a diamond pattern enclosing formal borders planted with perennials and bedding plants. Beyond the lawn is a semi-circular raised bank with ornamental pond and an oak framed pergola with bell tower creates a covered sitting area and attractive focal point. From here a cotton lavender lined walkway leads back to the main terrace and house. To the east lies a further area of garden with hard tennis court overlooked by an oak framed glass sided summer house with decking providing an ideal area for outside entertaining. There are impressive views from various parts of the garden across open farmland to Pagham Rife and Harbour. Further gardens adjacent to the secondary driveway are laid mainly to lawn planted with a number of well established trees including silver birch, oak and wellingtonia. In all some 2.5 acres. South Mundham is a pretty rural hamlet lying in the midst of rich open farmland some 6 miles to the south of Chichester. This tranquil area is criss-crossed by a number of footpaths providing attractive rural walks across the coastal plain and down to the shores of nearby Pagham Harbour and Nature Reserve. There is a local farm shop in the adjoining village of Runcton and the Cathedral City of Chichester is within easy travelling distance by car. Chichester itself provides comprehensive shopping facilities in a pedestrianised centre. Cultural amenities include the renowned international Festival Theatre and Pallant House Gallery and Chichester is also famous for its annual Festivities centred on the Cathedral. There are many opportunities for sporting activities in the area with several golf courses, the nearest being at Hunston, horse racing at both Goodwood and Fontwell Park, sailing on Chichester Harbour and walking and riding in the South Downs countryside.