7 bedroom detached house for saleLavant, West Sussex
Sold STC £1,100,000
An impressive family house, Listed Grade II, in the midst of this popular village just to the north of Chichester with views across neighbouring countryside towards Trundle Hill and Goodwood. The house has been beautifully renovated by the present owners and is currently trading as a very successful AA 5-star rated Guest House, including two self-contained apartments. The adaptable layout of the house means it is equally suited as a full time family home or as a home and income opportunity, as either a guest house or family home with self-contained letting accommodation.
Reception Hall Cloakroom Drawing Room Kitchen/Breakfast Room Garden Room Home Office Utility Area Sitting Room 5 Bedroom Suites including 2 Bathrooms and 3 Shower Rooms En Suite
2 Self-contained Apartments each with Sitting/Dining Room Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom or Shower Room
Ample Parking with Driveway to the main House and Residents' Parking to the south Sheltered Wisteria Clad Courtyard Garden opening onto Sheltered Lawns with Further Sun Terrace and Detached Barn/Workshop In All some 0.4 Acres
This handsome 5 bedroom with 2 additional self-contained apartments village house, Listed Grade II, is believed to date back as far as the 17th century. The house has great character with mellow brick elevations and flintwork, with many exposed beams and a handsome open fireplace in the Drawing Room. The present owners have taken considerable care to renovate the building in such a way as to preserve its period character whilst still making use of stylish, contemporary colour schemes and decorative finishes. Despite its exposed timber frame and character, the house has a light and airy atmosphere with comfortably high ceilings and large windows allowing plenty of natural light. Double doors from the Drawing Room open onto a beautifully sheltered wisteria clad courtyard garden, facing west, with steps up to a well established lawned garden with well stocked borders and a number of mature trees. There are five bedroom suites in total, all with en suite bathrooms or shower rooms. In addition to the main house accommodation, the property includes two completely self-contained ground and first floor apartments, located to the south side of the house, with their own vehicle access and casual parking. The layout is therefore incredibly flexible, allowing the main house to function as simply a private house with self-contained flats, or as at present, a working guest house with family accommodation and additional apartments. The floorplans included in the brochure show the two self-contained apartments coloured brown and mauve.
N.B. For those who would like more details of the guest house business, trading figures are available on request.
The property lies at the heart of this popular Downland village, just a few miles to the north of Chichester and ideally situated for access to many of the county's leisure and cultural facilities. The internationally known Festival Theatre lies just over a mile away in Oakland Park, and there are views from the house itself over the neighbouring South Downs National Park as far as Trundle Hill and Goodwood Racecourse. Goodwood has become a particular centre of attraction in the immediate area, providing also a private country club, its already internationally known racecourse together with its private airfield and racetrack, now home to the Revival of its historic motor circuit and the annual Festival of Speed. To the south, the waters of Chichester Harbour and The Solent provide some of the best sailing facilities within convenient travelling distance of London. Sailing clubs are located at Bosham, Itchenor, West Wittering and at Chichester Marina at Birdham. The coastline also has many attractions including the National Trust Reserve at East Head with its famous sandy beaches, and the adjacent coastline of East Wittering and Bracklesham Bay has now become popular with windsurfers, kitesurfers and more recently landboarders. The rich countryside of the South Downs National Park is home to many picturesque villages and hamlets, many with pretty country pubs. The numerous footpaths and bridle paths provide many opportunities for walking, riding and mountain biking. The cathedral city of Chichester is the county town of West Sussex and has for a number of years had a pedestrianised centre, providing a wide choice of nationally known shopping names together with more individual businesses and a number of bars and restaurants. Pallant House Gallery houses one of the best modern art collections in the South of England, and the city plays host each year to its Arts Festival centred on the cathedral. Communications are good with a mainline station providing a regular service to London Victoria whilst a slightly faster service is available to London Waterloo from either Havant or Petersfield. The A27 provides good vehicle access to many of the towns and cities along the south coast, including Brighton, Worthing and Portsmouth. The A3 provides good vehicle access to London and has recently been improved by the opening of the Hindhead Tunnel. In all, West Sussex has many attractions within easy reach of the capital, and is therefore a popular destination for those looking for a full time home or simply to visit for long weekends and holidays.
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