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8 bedroom detached house for sale

Church Norton, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20

Offers in Excess of £1,800,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 6 Bedrooms & 5 Reception Rooms
  • 4 Bathrooms (2 en Suite)
  • Beautiful Walled Gardens & Arboretum
  • Home Cinema, Games Room
  • Cottage available by separate negotiation
  • EPC Rating = F

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Beautiful Georgian country house within half a mile of the West Sussex coast, surrounded by rich open farmland.


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 1hour 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.


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 play room 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 two circular glades surrounded by silver birch.

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 mulberry tree which used to grow 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.

The Grange is set behind a walled garden to the north of the house with a semi-circular driveway having both entrance and exit gates onto Grange Lane. To the east of the house there is a second driveway, the entrance to which is secured by a remote controlled gate. This leads past the guest cottage (which is available by separate negotiation) to a courtyard with a range of outbuildings.

The garden and grounds lie mainly to the south and west of the house with three walled gardens, tree lined walkways, post and rail paddock and arboretum to the south. In all some 6.5 acres. From the Orangery and Kitchen/Breakfast Room doors open onto a sheltered south facing stone terrace with ornamental brick dressings. A symmetrical display of 4 box lined borders stocked with lavender and ladies mantle creates an attractive focal point. The immediate garden is walled with beautifully stocked borders, supporting a colourful variety of traditional perennials including foxgloves, poppies, geraniums and other flowering shrubs designed to create colour and interest all year round. To the southern boundary there is a brick and stone range of garden stores. A wrought iron gate set into the western wall opens onto a pergola covered terrace, planted with roses, honeysuckle and clematis. The borders of this second walled garden have been planted with a different variety of shrubs of varying colours, planted to shoulder height against a backdrop of well established trees, including fig, Indian bean tree, magnolia, walnut and monkey puzzle. In the south west corner lies a thatched and stone built octagonal summer house complete with fireplace and a pretty French-style enamel stove. Double casement doors open onto the garden, and the building is connected with light and power. To the south an arched gate with decorative wrought iron hinges opens onto a poplar lined walkway. This leads westwards to a fenced meadow with a water trough and access to Grange Lane. Beyond this the walkway leads to a small copse of trees bordering open farmland and to the south a small natural pond with sheltered sitting area. In turn, the visitor walks past the pond to a beautifully planted arboretum. Here a central walkway lined with poplars and home oak leads to a circular glade surrounded by silver birch. Other trees include eucalyptus, willow and a variety of apple and plum trees.Behind the parking facilities is a small manageable kitchen garden with raised beds, and nearby a gardeners cloakroom and tool shed. Adjacent to the courtyard there is an enclosed childrens play area with ancillary storage nearby.

Square Footage: 7,897 sq ft
Acreage: 6.5 Acres


From the A27 proceed south on the B2145 Selsey Road. After approximately 8 miles and having passed through Sidlesham and past the Pagham Harbour Visitors' Centre, turn left into Rectory Lane. Take the next turning right into Grange Lane and the Grange will be found on the right hand side.

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