7 bedroom detached house for sale

Ecclesden Lane, Angmering, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN16

Guide Price £2,950,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II* Listed Medieval Country House
  • Distant views to the South Coast
  • Fascinating period features
  • 5 reception rooms & 7 bedrooms
  • John Brookes designed formal gardens
  • Lake, paddock and woodland
  • Garaging & outbuildings
  • In all 10 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Medieval Manor House surrounded by beautiful gardens and distant views to the coast.

Location

Ecclesden Manor occupies a delightfully secluded and elevated position along a country lane within a mile to the east of Angmering village. Surrounded by its own extensive park-like grounds this impressive and historic Manor House offers the most appealing sylvan hideaway whilst being within easy reach of necessary amenities and communications. Located on the southern edge of the South Downs National Park, Angmering is an ancient settlement with origins dating back to Roman
Britain and earlier. Today, with its attractive collection of period buildings, town square, parish church, schools and pubs, Angmering really is the archetypal English downland village. It provides a good selection of local convenience and speciality shopping whilst a wider choice of services is available at nearby Worthing and Littlehampton or a little further afield at Brighton and Chichester.

Communications are good. The main A27 coastal trunk road is within easy reach and connects with the principal A283, A24 and A23 routes for access to London, the airports and the national motorway network. Angmering has its own train station with frequent connections to Brighton, Chichester, Portsmouth and London (Victoria).

The area is blessed with a good selection of schools. These include the village primary and secondary schools as well as Dorset House, Slindon College, Our Lady of Sion and Lancing College among several others in the private sector. Recreational opportunities include racing at Goodwood, Fontwell Park and Brighton; motor racing and flying at Goodwood; sailing at Chichester as well as country sports at a number of venues in the area. There are several sport and leisure centres within easy reach and the sea is less than 2 miles away. Walkers and cyclists are well provided for with access to the rolling South Downs directly from Ecclesden Manor.

Description

The historical significance of Ecclesden Manor is confirmed by its grade ll* listing and the comments in Pevsner's Architectural Guide as "the most imposing building surviving in the Angmering neighbourhood." With origins as early as 1324, the manor was rebuilt in the 15th century with further enlargement and re-roofing in 1634 to create the core of the present house. Later additions in the 19th and 20th centuries created Ecclesden Manor as it comes to the market today for the first time in twenty-five years. Ideally suited to entertaining, the property comprises an impressive vaulted reception hall with a magnificent oak staircase rising to a galleried landing whilst the four principal reception rooms all enjoy attractive southerly views. Internally Ecclesden Manor benefits from a wealth of original period features. These include the medieval 'screens' passage, oak panelled walls, impressive stone fireplaces and the superbly painted walls and ceiling in the dining room complete with gold leaf frieze. Stone mullioned windows with seats and original black-iron latches testify the authenticity of the period. Modern family living demands practicality which is provided by a superbly appointed Poggenpohl kitchen and the adjoining 'garden' family room with French doors to the garden terrace. A modern and wellappointed utility room and spacious butler's pantry provide the domestic back-up.

First floor accommodation presently comprises a master bedroom with adjoining dressing room and three further principal rooms, one of which benefits from a small sitting or reading room above the rear porch which is believed to have been a private chapel or oratory. The second floor potentially provides up to four further bedrooms, or an internal apartment if required, although this would require some restructuring.

Outbuildings
The former kitchen is used as a flower room, whilst the attached garage provides parking for up to three cars and there is also a covered carport in front. A two storey garden house, two story barn, potting shed / workshop, brick outbuilding and timber framed orangery all have potential for a variety of uses.

Gardens and Grounds
The superbly landscaped gardens are a key feature of this property having been professionally designed by John Brookes. Ecclesden Manor is approached from the lane via a charming circular drive leading to the main house and garage area. Mixed borders and paving adjoin the house to the front with some magnificent climbers for a variety of colour. The remainder of the grounds are laid out mainly to the east and south of the house and with the land falling gently with distant views over the grounds and adjoining countryside as far as the coast. Level lawns adjoin the house and from here steps descend to the lower garden with two formal parterres of lavender and clipped box hedges. Along the eastern side of the formal gardens are three rectangular lily ponds with pumped water features. Neatly maintained beds and borders brim with a variety of planting while steps lead up to a small copse where a woodland path meanders through banks of spring flowers in season. Below the formal gardens the land opens out and slopes gently down to a large lake bordered by bulrushes and a magnificent weeping willow. It is understood the lake supports a wide variety of coarse fish. To the east the land rises to the highest point and best views. Here is the paddock, several yew hedges enclosing circular 'rooms' and an orchard with a variety of fruit trees.

In all about 10 acres (4.07 ha).

Square Footage: 9,708 sq ft
Acreage: 10 Acres

Directions

Directions

From London follow A24 road south towards Worthing and at Findon take the third exit from roundabout onto A280 towards Clapham. After 3.5 miles take the second exit to continue on A280 and at the next roundabout continue on the A280 towards Angmering. After 1.4 miles pass under a footbridge and then immediately turn left into Ecclesden Lane. Bear left and follow the track for a short distance when the entrance to Ecclesden Manor will be found on the right hand side.


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09 August 2017

Nearest stations

  • Angmering (1.2 mi)
  • Goring-by-Sea (1.8 mi)
  • Durrington-on-Sea (2.7 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Angmering (1.2 mi)
  • Goring-by-Sea (1.8 mi)
  • Durrington-on-Sea (2.7 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

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33 Margaret Street London W1G 0JD

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