Guide price £1,395,000
A particularly fine, detached Victorian country house and annexe with accommodation stretching to around 6,000 sq ft and with fabulous views to the east and west across the South Downs National Park. The house is believed to date from 1863 and was formerly part of the Stansted Estate. The house is now offered for sale in need of some need of renovation and refurbishment, and presents a wonderful opportunity to create a grand and spacious Victorian country home. The main drawing room and study both retain their original window shutters and other features of the period include a grand staircase and spacious landing with original glazed capolar, flooding the landing with light. The kitchen would benefit from relocating to the current dining room which would then provide a lovely family room with doors onto the garden. On the first floor there are 5 very good size bedrooms with a walk-in dressing room and smaller 6th bedroom, both of which a prospective purchaser may wish to look into converting into en-suite bathrooms. The annexe was formerly used as nursing home accommodation, housing 7 bedrooms, a large office, shower room, cloakroom and kitchenette. This is a much sought after rural setting with access to many acres of beautiful walking countryside including the long distant paths of Monarch's Way and the Sussex Border Path. Nearby Stansted House hosts a variety of events during the year and is the home of Ivan Hicks Garden in Mind. The hamlet of Forestside has a village hall and church. The nearby village of Rowlands Castle, with its own railway station, can be found approximately 1.7 miles away. The surrounding areas are now part of the South Downs National Park and designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Emsworth town centre can be found within 4 miles and has a superb range of local shops, pubs and restaurants and also a mainline railway station. The cathedral city of Chichester lies some 7 miles to the south east and provides a comprehensive range of shopping facilities arranged within its partly pedestrianised centre, together with a wide choice of bars and restaurants. The arts are well catered for with the internationally renowned Festival Theatre and Pallant House Gallery.
Front door opening to
Entrance Hall Original flagstone floor, step hearth and door to
Reception Hall Particularly spacious, with double radiator, telephone point and doors to
Drawing Room A beautifully proportioned room with large Victorian windows and bay overlooking adjacent farmland. Original working shutters, marble fireplace and French door to the garden. Wide range of bookshelving, storage cupboards and 2 double radiators.
Downstairs Cloakroom Low level WC and pedestal wash basin.
Study With ample bookshelving, double radiator and sash windows with working shutters, radiator.
Dining Room A lovely spacious room with door to the garden, double radiator, sealed door to the study (which could be reinstated), door to cellar.
Kitchen Porcelain sink unit, range of worksurfaces, cupboards and drawers, door to the garden. Kitchen needs relocating and refurbishing.
Play Room With shelving and radiator.
Utility Room With back door to the garden, oil boiler and worksurface with single drainer sink unit. Storage cupboards.
- From the reception hall grand staircase to cupolared galleried first floor landing with doors to
Master Bedroom Bay window, double radiators and dressing area with door to
En-Suite Bathroom Large bathroom with panelled enclosed bath, low level WC and wash basin inset to marble vanity surface.
Bedroom 2 Westerley farmland views, double radiator and double radiator, doors to
Dressing Room/6th Bedroom Single wardrobe and return door to the landing.
Bedroom 3 Double radiator.
Inner Hallway With doors to
Bedroom 4 Victorian fireplace and double radiator.
Bedroom 5 Double radiator.
Shower Room With shower cubicle, wash basin and airing cupboard. Low level WC.
- From the rear hall there is a glazed passageway leading to the
Annexe Building This is currently arranged as 7 bedrooms, a 26' x 12' office, kitchenette and shower room. The annexe would significantly benefit from refurbishment and rearrangement to create either a self-contained annexe for dependent relatives, an Airbnb unit (subject to planning consent) or a good sized office/workspace.
Outside The house sits in a plot measuring just in excess of half an acre with a circular in-and-out driveway and ample parking leading to a detached double garage. The back garden is almost entirely lawn and from the front and rear there are fabulous views across farmland forming part of the South Downs National Park.
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