4 bedroom detached house for saleDell Quay Road, Dell Quay, West Sussex
- Chichester 2 miles Portsmouth 23 miles London 76 miles
- With far-reaching views over the main channel of Chichester Harbour to the South Downs in the distance and having pedestrian access to the foreshore. A unique harbour-side house of conte (truncated)
- Reception Area Atrium/Garden Room Dining Room Kitchen Study/Bedroom 4 Cloaks/Shower Room Self-Contained Ground Floor Wing including: Hallway Studio/Bedroom 3 Shower Room (truncated)
With far-reaching views over the main channel of Chichester Harbour to the South Downs in the distance and having pedestrian access to the foreshore. A unique harbour-side house of contemporary design with highly adaptable layout, discreetly located in beautifully presented gardens of some 3/4 of an acre within a short distance of Dell Quay Sailing Club.
Orchard House is discreetly located at the heart of this small harbour-side hamlet, entirely screened and reached by way of a long driveway close to the water at Dell Quay. The house has been specially designed to create as much light and space as possible and to take full advantage of the impressive harbour views which can be enjoyed from many parts of the property. A central atrium/garden room has a vaulted glazed roof flooding the interior with natural light. A turned staircase rises to a mezzanine galleried landing looking down on to the atrium and, to the north, glazed doors open on to a decked balcony looking out over the gardens towards the main channel of Chichester Habour and the South Downs beyond. The first floor drawing room is over 19' square with an impressive 12' high vaulted ceiling and large picture windows looking out to the water.
Back on the ground floor, the dining room looks out over the sheltered gardens and heated swimming pool with a hallway leading to the fourth bedroom or study whose window bay looks over the gardens towards the water. An adjacent, well-appointed shower room means this room can be used as a bedroom suite if required. To the west side of the entrance and atrium, a hallway leads to a spacious self-contained annexe suite with shower room, providing direct access to the garden.
On the first floor, two bedroom suites complete the accommodation including a principal suite with impressive water views.
A long gravelled driveway provides a discreet entrance to the property and leads to a parking area and approach to the north side of the house. An open-fronted barn-style garage provides covered parking and a hatch leads to a large roof storage space above. To the north, a lawned garden has deep borders planted with architectural grasses and succulents together with traditional flowering shrubs and a number of well-established trees. A board walk with lighting leads through these borders to steps rising up to a brick set terrace with garden cabana taking full advantage of the panoramic views over the main channel to the South Downs in the distance. The cabana makes an ideal space for outside entertaining being provided with lighting, power and underfloor heating. To the south, doors from the atrium/garden room open on to a brick terrace looking out over a water feature to a sheltered south-facing lawn surrounded with well-established hedging, shrubs and borders. A walkway flanked by architectural plants leads to a sheltered lawn and small orchard. A gravelled path from the driveway leads to a secondary parking area and studio/boat store/workshop of over 19' in length with lighting and power. A further decked sitting area with power operated sun blind is approached by way of doors from the studio/bedroom 3 and has steps leading down to the sheltered south-facing heated swimming pool which has a paved surround.
The quiet hamlet of Dell Quay lies on the north eastern shores of Chichester Harbour, just over 2 miles from the Cathedral City of Chichester with views over the water to the South Downs. For many years this picturesque hamlet has been a popular location with yachtsmen and was a place of considerable importance being specifically described in a 1584 Act of Parliament as 'the best haven between Portsmouth and the Thames'. Hundreds of years before this, however, it may have been a place of even greater importance as it formed the port of the Roman town of Regnum.
Over the years the channel gradually silted up and as a result the original port has now vanished, being replaced in the 17th century by Dell Quay very much as it can be seen today, a pretty group of boatyards, houses and cottages centred around its own public house and sailing club, both within a short distance of Orchard House.
The cathedral city of Chichester lies some 2.7 miles to the north and provides a comprehensive range of shops, bars and restaurants arranged partly within the ancient walls, now a pedestrianised area. The arts are well catered for, as the city is home to the internationally known Festival Theatre, the Minerva Theatre and Pallant House Gallery, which houses one of the most significant modern art collections on the south coast.
The nearby waters of the Solent are particularly popular with sailors and the area has a wide choice of sailing clubs including West Wittering, Itchenor, Bosham and nearby Chichester Marina. The National Trust reserve of East Head is some 7 miles away, having perhaps the most picturesque beach in West Sussex and the nearby shoreline of East Wittering provides opportunities for swimming, wind surfing, kite surfing and land boarding.
Other attractions include Glorious Goodwood with its internationally known race course but also providing many other facilities including a private country club, golf course and airfield. Goodwood also plays host to the annual Festival of Speed and the Revival of its historic motor circuit, both of which have become prominent annual events. The South Downs National Park is criss-crossed with many footpaths and bridleways providing excellent facilities for mountain biking, horse riding and walking in some of the richest countryside in the south of England.
There are several choices of vehicle access to London including either the M27/A3 or the A285 via Petworth to the A283 joining the A3 at Milford. The mainline station situated at Chichester provides a regular service to London Victoria in about 1 hour 40 minutes and to Gatwick in about 1 hour 5 minutes. An alternative slightly faster rail service to London is also available from Havant in about 1 hour 20 minutes to London Waterloo.
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