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Bell Lane, Earnley, Chichester, PO20


Under offer

6 Beds 3 Baths 4 Receptions

REF: CHI210357


  • Far Reaching Views over Neighbouring Farmland
  • Adaptable Period Property with Detached Self-Contained Annexe
  • House: Entrance Hall, Sitting Room and Kitchen/Dining Room
  • Utility Room and Cloaks/Shower Room
  • 4 Bedrooms and Bathroom
  • Self-Contained Annexe: Sitting/Dining Room/Kitchenette 2 Bedrooms, Bathroom and Utility Area
  • Former Mill (Listed Grade II)
  • Oak Framed Barn Style Garage, Car Port and Ample Casual Parking
  • Well-Established Gardens with Farmland Views


The Property This adaptable period property has a lovely rural setting with far reaching views over neighbouring farmland and includes a main house of some 1,715 sq ft, detached self-contained annexe and former mill which could provide potential for further accommodation, subject to the necessary consents. The main house has an attractive brick and flint construction and has been skilfully converted to create a pretty rural home with many interesting features. The millstone edged entrance porch with attractive oak front door opens onto an entrance hall with exposed brick and flint work and stained glass port hole window. The west facing sitting room is some 24 ft in length with beamed ceiling, attractive open fireplace with wood burner and sealed unit double glazed doors opening onto the garden. The kitchen/dining room has impressive rural views together with exposed brickwork, north facing pantry and a dining area with fitted dresser, exposed brick and flint work and access to the garden. The utility room keeps the white goods away from the main living areas and a ground floor shower room provides useful facilities when returning from a day on the boat. On the first floor, four bedrooms include a principal bedroom which has been designed to reflect the octagonal design of the mill allowing plenty of natural light and making the most of the impressive rural views. Three further bedrooms and a family bathroom complete the first floor accommodation. The detached annexe provides completely self-contained accommodation with the main reception room of over 18 ft in length having a vaulted ceiling, kitchenette and stable door onto a sheltered courtyard garden. There are two bedrooms, a bathroom and separate utility area. Previous owners have used this building as a holiday cottage to generate additional income and this proved to be very popular. Earnley Mill, Listed Grade II, dates back to the late 18th Century and was a working mill right through to the end of the Second World War when it ceased trading. Work has been carried out to the building over the years to maintain the structure and the interior still retains much of its original workings. Conversion of this building could provide a unique and characterful annexe with potential for further income, subject to the necessary consents. Outside Well-established gardens surround the house. To the west a neat area of lawn has well-stocked borders with a pretty ornamental flint and stone wall and pathways. Evergreen trees and shrubs provide plenty of shelter with traditional perennials providing colour and interest around the central lawned area. A door from the kitchen/dining room opens onto a broad terrace which also looks east over the neighbouring farmland and has a raised sitting area to make the most of the rural views. Borders and stone edge planters have a colourful display of evergreen shrubs, roses, fuschia and bedding plants. Double gates from Bell Lane open onto a gravelled driveway and parking area to the south of the main house. Here an attractive oak framed barn style garage and car port have been built providing covered parking and secure storage with light and power. To the south a further area of sheltered garden is laid to lawn with a decked sitting area enjoying the farmland views. Location Earnley Mill lies in the hamlet of Somerley, just to the south of Birdham and within a few miles of both Chichester Marina and the sandy beaches of East Head. There is a village store in neighbouring Birdham and a wide range of shopping facilities in East Wittering including butcher, fishmonger and banking facilities. There is also an infant/junior school, GP surgery, chemist and dentist. A regular bus service runs from Bracklesham Bay or East Wittering to Chichester city centre and there is a bus stop near to the property. Earnley Mill is conveniently located for access to many of the south coast's best sailing and coastal facilities. The waters of The Solent are particularly popular with sailors with a number of sailing clubs nearby including Itchenor Sailing Club and Chichester Marina being 3 and 3.5 miles respectively. The National Trust Reserve of East Head has perhaps the most picturesque beach in West Sussex and apart from bathing attracts many beach sports enthusiasts enjoying windsurfing, kitesurfing and landboarding. The Harbour Way private health club, just north of West Wittering, provides indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts, restaurant, bar and gym. Chichester itself is some 6 miles to the north and provides a comprehensive range of facilities arranged around a partly pedestrianised centre. Whilst sailing is inevitably the premier pastime in the area, other leisure activities are well catered for including a number of golf courses and the many facilities of the Goodwood Estate including its internationally known racecourse, private health club, motor circuit and airfield for light aircraft.

Main House

Covered Porch With millstone decoration.

Entrance Hall Tongue-and-groove panelling, exposed brick and flint work, 2 radiators, views to farmland. Stairs to first floor, shelved cupboard housing circuit breakers.

Cloaks/Shower Room Close coupled WC with concealed cistern, corner wash hand basin with cupboard beneath. Shower recess with mixer unit, fully tiled surround and glazed door, radiator, tongue-and-groove panelling.

Sitting Room 7.32m x 3.66m (24'0" x 12'0") Attractive beamed ceiling, open fireplace with wood burner and bresummer beam, fitted cupboard to one side with shelving above, 3 radiators, sealed unit double glazed doors opening west onto the garden. Circular stained glass window.

Kitchen/Dining Room 7.32m x 3.28m (24'0" x 10'9") With far reaching views over neighbouring farmland, partially slate tiled floor, matching pine cupboards and drawers, roll top hardwood worksurfaces, butler sink with mixer tap, recess and plumbing for washing machine, ceramic hob, concealed cooker hood above, tiled surround, recess and plumbing for washing machine, recess for low-level fridge, double oven/grill, recessed microwave above. Fitted coats cupboard and shelving. Deep larder cupboard with tiled surround.Dining Area with fitted dresser, exposed brick and flink work, radiator, door to garden.

Utility Room Roll top worksurface, space and plumbing for washing machine, Atag LPG gas fired boiler, radiator, tiled surround, tiled floor, space for upright fridge/freezer.

- Stairs rising to first floor landing.

Bedroom 1 3.50m x 3.43m (11'6" x 11'3") Radiator, feature stained glass window, far reaching views over open farmland.

Bedroom 2 4.06m max to include wardrobe x 3.66m Radiator, tongue-and-groove panelling, fitted wardrobe.

Bedroom 3 3.58m x 3.10m (11'9" x 10'2") Radiator.

Bedroom 4 3.60m x 2.08m (11'10" x 6'10") Radiator, recessed wardrobe, far reaching rural views.

Bathroom Close coupled WC, wash hand basin with cupboard beneath, panelled bath with shower mixer, tiled surround, tongue-and-groove panelling, radiator, large linen cupboard.

Self-Contained Annexe

Hallway With hatch to roof space.

Sitting/Dining with Kitchenette 5.64m x 4.62m (18'6" x 15'2") Vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, 2 radiators, stable door to garden, kitchenette with matching cupboards and drawers, tiled surround, tiled worksurfaces, 2 plate electric hob, electric oven, recess for fridge.

Bedroom 1 4.65m x 2.74m (15'3" x 9') Radiator.

Bedroom 2 3.35m x 2.50m (11' x 8'2") Radiator, cupboard housing circuit breakers and meters. Cupboard housing LPG gas fired combination boiler.

Bathroom Close coupled WC, pedestal wash hand basin, panelled bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, tiled surrounds, vertical radiator/heated towel rail, tiled floor.

Utility Area With plumbing for washing machine.

Outside As previously described.