7 bedroom detached house for saleChurch Norton, Chichester, West Sussex
Guide Price £1,800,000
- Stone Flagged Reception Hall
- 4 Reception Rooms
- Kitchen/Breakfast Room
- Cloakroom, Home Office, Utility Room/Flower Room
- 6 Bedrooms
- 4 Bathrooms (3 En Suite)
- Home Cinema Room, Playroom
- Courtyard with a range of Outbuildings including Garage, Open Fronted Barn-Style Covered Parking Beautiful Walled Gardens, Meadow, Arboretum, Gardens & Grounds in all approximately 6.5 Acres
An imposing Georgian country house, Listed Grade II, set in beautiful walled gardens with paddock and arboretum. The property is surrounded by rich open farmland within half a mile of the West Sussex coast and Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve.
This is a country house of impressive appearance, built of stone with a classic 6-bay facade, and central entrance porch. The house is predominantly Georgian in character but has earlier origins dating back to the 14th century. The extensive accommodation has all the graceful proportions of the Georgian period with elegant sash windows, many with windowseats and working shutters, stone flagged floors, impressive fireplaces and ceiling mouldings. The well proportioned reception hall has an impressive inglenook fireplace and provides an ideal area for receiving guests, with the drawing room lying immediately to the west. A significant addition to the house has been the orangery approached by way of double doors from the drawing room, and having a dramatic central lantern light, stone flagged floor and double doors opening onto the beautiful walled garden beyond. The kitchen/breakfast room lies on the southern side of the house communicating easily with the neighbouring dining room and vaulted library. Close by lies a home office, conveniently located near to the kitchen. For quieter moments, a panelled family sitting room is situated on the eastern side of the house close to the dining room and reception hall. The bedroom accommodation is extensive and highly adaptable, arranged over two floors, including a principal bedroom suite and two guest suites. On the second floor there is also a playroom and home cinema room.
The beautiful walled gardens provide an appropriate setting for the house, lying to the south and approached by way of doors from the orangery, library and kitchen/breakfast room. Enclosed by old brick and flint walls, these gardens have beautifully stocked herbaceous borders. To the south west lies a pretty brick and flint thatched summer house with vaulted ceiling. A heavy oak and iron studded arched gate opens from the first walled garden into a poplar lined walkway, leading to the paddock and beyond to a beautifully planted arboretum which runs behind both walled gardens, the centrepiece of which is a 300 yard long avenue lined by poplars and evergreen oaks, leading to a circular glade surrounded by silver birch.
Historical Note: Although the present house is predominantly Georgian in character, earlier properties have been recorded on this site as far back as the 14th century. The first written evidence of the house appears in 1303 when Robert the Priest paid for a lock for a door of "The Grange at Celeseye", costing him 1 1/2d. A later passage refers to Sir Lewis Lewknor who claimed ownership under the Great Seal of England in 1589. Heron Allan's book 'History of Selsey' makes several references to The Grange, referring to the discovery of Saxon stonework in parts of the property. In more recent times a prolific mulberry tree, once close to the front porch, inspired the naming of the Mulberry Harbours, used to such great effect in the D-Day landings during the Second World War.
Church Norton is a most attractive hamlet, surrounded by open farmland on the western edge of the well known Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve. The nearby coastal town of Selsey provides a good range of local shops and facilities, catering for many everyday needs. The cathedral city of Chichester some 7 miles to the north provides a more comprehensive range of facilities, arranged partly within its pedestrianised centre. A mainline station at Chichester provides a regular service to London Victoria in about 1 hour 40 minutes and there is a slightly faster service to London Waterloo from Havant in about 1 hour 20 minutes. The A27 provides good vehicle access to various conurbations across the south coast, including Brighton, Worthing, and Portsmouth. The surrounding area provides a wide range of sporting and recreational facilities. In particular, nearby Goodwood is home to some of the best facilities in the country including golf, horse racing and its country club which includes gym, tennis court and swimming pool.
In recent years Goodwood has become increasingly well known for its annual Festival of Speed and the Revival of its historic motor circuit. The opening of The Kennels at Goodwood, its new members club, provides an elegant restaurant and clubhouse serving food from its own organic farm. The nearby South Downs provides many footpaths and bridlepaths and opportunities for mountain biking. Elsewhere the waters of Chichester Harbour and the nearby Solent have many sailing clubs and provide one of the most popular sailing venues within easy reach of London. The sandy beaches of East Head and West Wittering are popular with bathers and windsurfers and have recently become a centre for landboarding and kitesurfing.
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