5 bedroom detached house for saleDuke's Hill, Thakeham, Pulborough, West Sussex
Guide Price £6,000,000
• Automated Smart Home controlling heating, lighting, audio, TV, and AV providing programmable integrated home automation and mood settings all via i-pad or i-phone. CCTV remote viewing security control via i-pad or i-phone for those who travel
• Triple air source heat pump providing energy efficient zoned time and temperature controlled heating and hot water
• Mediterranean style gardens and extensive summer terracing inset with aged olive trees and palm trees with formal parterre topiary box garden with central fountain and pleached hornbeam, parasol pine flanked drive and floodlit specimen trees
• Trout Lake
• Golf Green
• About 16 acres (6.5 ha)
An impressive country house of substantial proportions. The property was commissioned by the current owners, using high quality natural materials combined with modern technology to provide a generous family home of handsome architectural design with Horsham stone elevations and cut stone quoins, brick buttresses and slate roof. Internally the property comprises 5 suites, the triple aspect master suite enjoying stunning views from its luxurious bathroom in the central stone tower and benefiting from a vast wardrobe area with further attic room beyond. Each generous bedroom has en-suite bath and shower, all fitted with limestone or marble. The ground floor accommodation comprises 6 principal reception rooms off a central hallway. The large kitchen/family room with open fireplace, granite hearth and smooth limestone floor is situated to the West with French doors to the terrace and sensational panoramic views to the North. The kitchen is fitted with bespoke units and centre island with black granite worktops, electric range cooker with induction hob, “Sub-Zero” fridge/freezer, wine chiller, coffee machine, boiling water tap, microwave and dishwasher. Adjacent to the kitchen is a snug/cinema room which could also be used as a private study or childrens’ play room. The dining room with barrel-vaulted ceiling and programmable mood lighting is ideal for sumptuous entertaining. It benefits from engineered oak flooring, an open fireplace for a wood burner and French doors to the terrace. At the Eastern end of the property is a large entertaining/ music room with feature backlit circular ceiling and steps down to the majestic sunken lounge with vaulted ceiling, minstrels’ gallery and walk-in inglenook fireplace. Gothic style windows add to the individuality of the design. Off the hallway is a further reception room, ideal for older children but offering versatile use. The modern build design provides the comforts expected today by the discerning purchaser, with extremely high insulation and energy efficiency, computer programmable control and security with server room and data recording. The Smart Home automation can also be managed remotely via i-phone or i-pad. The triple air source heat pump units provide zoned underfloor heating throughout the property and all windows are double glazed hardwood units. Audio speakers have been ceiling fitted in all the principal rooms, three rooms wired for surround sound.
GARAGE BLOCK AND ANCILLARY ACCOMMODATION
The triple garage block currently provides garaging for two cars, a gymnasium, laundry room, cloakroom with WC and staircase to the well-appointed office on the first floor. The third garage bay could be easily re-instated as a garage.
Thakeham Manor is situated on the northern edge of the village of Thakeham, with its Norman Church, Public House and village school. Less than a mile to the South and West respectively are the Five Bells country pub in Smock Alley and the Queen’s Head public house in the heart of the old village of West Chiltington. The historic village of Storrington with a comprehensive selection of shops and amenities lies less than 3 miles to the South. The property has good access to the A24 and A29, and lies approximately 4 miles south of the A272. London is about 52 miles by road and Battersea Heliport can be reached from Thakeham Manor in 25 minutes.
SCHOOLS AND RECREATION
Of particular note is the proximity to Goodwood which lies 18.5 miles to the south west and hosts numerous sporting highlights such as Glorious Goodwood (horseracing), The Festival of Speed – automobile and aviation exhibition and The Revival – classic vintage motor racing with warbird aviation display, and the luxurious Goodwood Hotel and Waterbeach Spa, Golf club and Aero Club. The West Sussex Golf Club and the West Chiltington Golf Club are both within 5 miles distance. The area provides an excellent selection of state and private schools, notably Steyning Grammar, Windlesham, Lancing College, Dorset House, Pennthorpe and Farlington.
Solid timber gates set in stone piers with curved stone walls form the entrance to Thakeham Manor. The property is discreetly screened from the entrance by a cluster of mature trees and the sweeping gravel drive, flanked by an avenue of parasol pines, weaves through the grounds past the tennis court to the large parking and turning area in front of the house. The parkland is extensively floodlit as is the lake with summer house and golf green beyond. To the East of the property is the elaborate parterre with fountain and backlighting. The Indian sandstone terrace with outside speaker system and lighting, wraps around three sides of the property and provides wonderful Summer entertaining space with a granite table, covered barbecue area, numerous exotic plants and topiary, and direct access to the heated swimming pool with decking surround and sub-terrain plant room. Backlit stone steps flanked with pillars and coping stones lead down from the terrace to the lawns beyond. The land is principally laid to lawn, with a children’s play area to the West of the property visible from the kitchen. The Helipad is well located to the North. The original planning permission for the house included the erection of 5 stables
in a horseshoe formation, with hay/feed store and tack room to be sited in the North-East corner of the land, an area currently well screened and protected by mature trees. In all the gardens and grounds extend to approximately 16 acres.
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