Guide price £1,999,500
A Grade II Listed, 17th Century and possibly earlier manor house of great character, occupying a 1.3 acre prime plot in the heart of the South Downs National Park. The most important and striking village house, untouched for several decades, with many traditional West Sussex features, has been well-maintained and is now in need of modernization. The property has huge potential to create a magnificent country home. Internally, the house has interesting accommodation, somewhat unorthodox on the first floor, and offers the ability for a discerning buyer, with flair, to create six bedrooms, subdivide bathrooms to create en-suites and create beautifully flowing ground floor accommodation. The glorious grounds stretch to 1.3 acres with gently sloping lawns leading to arable fields with stunning views of the South Downs and Stoughton Down. There are two barns within the grounds, both of which are attached to neighbouring properties. The Manor House lies in the centre of Stoughton village which is one of the prettiest downland villages situated in the very heart of The South Downs National Park. Lying to the north west of Chichester and still within easy reach of Havant, Rowlands Castle and Petersfield, providing good rail links to London Victoria or Waterloo via either Havant or Petersfield stations. The village itself has a parish church, dating from 1050 AD, a popular family run pub and a village shop/cafe is available in nearby Compton. The surrounding area also has a variety of farmshops with a butcher located in nearby Adsdean and farmshop in Funtington. Stansted Park, with extensive accessible parkland and attractions, is within walking distance through the downs. More comprehensive facilities are available in Chichester which provides a good range of shops and restaurants arranged partly within a pedestrianised centre. Sporting and recreational activities in the area are numerous. Kingley Vale, in the surrounding South Downs countryside, provides many opportunities for walking, riding and mountain biking. To the south, the waters of The Solent and Chichester Harbour are very popular with sailors and provides some of the best sailing facilities within convenient travelling distance of London. The beaches along the south coast, and in particular The Witterings, attract bathers, windsurfers and those interested in kitesurfing and landboarding. Goodwood is already internationally known for its famous race course but also plays host to the annual Festival of Speed and The Revival at its historic motor circuit. There are a number of golf courses, the closest being located at Rowlands Castle. Road communications are good with the Hindhead Tunnel significantly improving travelling times to London via the A3.
With seats and decorative Victorian floor tiling, and door opening to
Reception Hall and Corridor Original floor, exposed beams, double radiator and two wall-light points. Doors to front and back gardens.
Drawing Room Two spaces within, with two large windows, allow lovely views to both sides of the gardens. Stripped pine flooring, open fireplace with marble surround, working shutters and exposed beams. Radiator.
Sitting Room Stripped pine floor, open fireplace with range of book shelving and night storage heater.
Dining Room Cathedral quality York flagstone floor, Victorian fireplace and fitted book shelving.
Utility Room/Cloakroom WC and wash basin, painted brick floor, deep storage cupboard with upgraded oil fired boiler. Side door to garden.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room South facing and light filled from two windows. Door to courtyard and garden. Original flagstone floor worn through the ages. Oil fired Aga, original West Sussex oven hatches and range of cupboards and drawers. Wide butler sink, wooden drainer.
Three Pantries and Larders Three useful deep rooms off the kitchen serving as utility room, pantry and larder. All with windows, original brick flooring, fitted period cupboards and oak counter.
- From the Entrance Hall, mezzanine staircase with split landing leading to a large and spacious
Cloakroom/WC With low level unit.
Main Landing With radiator, deep walk-in linen cupboard, additional storage cupboard and door to
Bedroom 1 A double room, with Victorian fireplace and lovely downland views. Single wardrobe.
Large Bathroom With suite comprising panel enclosed bath, wash basin with cupboards beneath, airing cupboard with hot water tank.
Bedroom 2 West facing double with built-in corner cupboard.
En-Suite Bathroom Particularly spacious, with roll top bath, wash basin. Interconnecting door to an inner lobby with airing cupboard and hot water tank and door to
Bedroom 3 Double wardrobe and further interconnecting door to Bedroom 1. Loft hatch.
Bedroom 4 A lovely double bedroom with west facing window seat overlooking the front garden. Radiator, fireplace and double aspect. Storage cupboard.
- From the first floor landing staircase to
Second Floor Landing Two eaves storage cupboards and door to
Studio/Bedroom 5 Original flooring and corner cupboard.
Attic/Bedroom 6 Original flooring with amazing views of the South Downs, farmland and grounds.
Outside The gardens are a particularly beautiful addition to the house, stretching to 1.3 acres and backing directly onto farmland with beautiful views of Stoughton Down. Approached via a wrought iron pedestrian gate with large slabbed York path leading to the porch and front door, with planters and lawn on either side. The main garden extends to the side with a croquet lawn and range of mature trees, attractive shrubs and plants and then leading to a gentle inclined lawn and on to the eastern boundary with lovely views of the South Downs. The garden is mostly lawn with terraces, some topiary, mature trees, old espaliered fruit trees and clipped hedging. There is a kitchen garden and raised lawn with further South Down views. On the grapevine covered south side is a terrace/courtyard benefitting from evening sunshine. There are two outbuildings of age and character. One, in the garden, is a pretty three room brick and flint garden building providing good storage space with great potential. The other, on the front boundary is a barn with two pairs of double sliding doors, opening onto the road and with additional doors leading to the courtyard and garden.Note both barns are attached to outbuildings belonging to other property. (NB The local landowner may be interested in selling the additional parts of the barn, please contact the office for further information.)
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