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7 bedroom detached house for sale

Lavant Road, Mid Lavant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18

Guide Price £1,275,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Established 5 Star AA rated B&B
  • Edge of the South Downs
  • Separate private residence
  • Convenient location for access to Chichester
  • Self contained apartment
  • Attractive gardens and terrace
  • Ample parking
  • EPC Rating = D

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

This immaculately presented Grade II Listed 17th century country house includes 5 star AA rated income producing B&B.


Lavant village is located to the north of the cathedral city of Chichester, and nestles within the South Downs National Park.
The whole area is largely protected from development through the historic ownership of large landed estates, such as nearby Goodwood Estate, home to horse racing at "the world's most beautiful racecourse", the global motorsports events, Festival of Speed and Revival with golf and aviation also catered for.

This historic stewardship, along with the areas recent inclusion within the South Downs National Park, helps to protect the beauty and tranquillity of the local landscape. Close to hand are the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum and West Dean Estate.

Chichester is just over three miles distant with the Festival Theatre, leisure centre, plus a very good range of high street stores together with restaurants, cafés and bars. Chichester Harbour affords facilities for marine enthusiasts.

The West Dean Estate is known notably for its college, offering a wide range of courses on an extensive range of subjects for all abilities. They also hold many events and exhibitions in the
Gardens, Parkland and College throughout the year. These include festivals, garden events, gallery exhibitions, concerts, talks and lectures. Among the most popular of events is the Chilli Festival held annually in the summer.

The property is accessed from Lavant Road.

The Property

The property is a 17th Century Grade II Listed two storey brick and stone built building, with single glazed wooden fenestration that has additional internal glazing for insulation and sound proofing purposes. The property is under a clay tiled pitched and hitched roof. The current owners have extended the living accommodation to the rear with the addition of a spacious waltered sitting room.

Externally there is a small lawned area to the front of the property with parking over tarmacadam for approximately 6 vehicles to the side of the building.

There is further parking to the rear with space for circa. 3 cars accessed via a side road on the southern side of the site. Behind the property there are extensive private gardens and a single storey Grade II Listed outbuilding with brick and stone elevations and single glazed wooden fenestration under a clay tiled pitched roof.

Internally the property is split into three interconnecting elements. The bed and breakfast element is accessed via the main entrance on the northern side of the property, providing a
reception room upon entering which links with an elegantly furnished drawing room that looks onto the picturesque public courtyard. There is also a well appointed breakfast room with space for 10 guests and a satellite kitchen. These public areas
are decorated to a high standard paying homage to the property's history as a distinguished country house. There are 2 well decorated en-suite king-size letting rooms at ground floor level with 2 further en-suite king-size room at first floor level as well as a suite which provides a bathroom, king-sized bed and sitting area.

The self contained apartment is accessed from the southern side of the property and comprises a double room with large en-suite bathroom, a kitchen, utility room and sitting room. The apartment is located at first floor level and benefits from beautiful period features.

In total the commercial element provides 4 en-suite letting rooms, a suite and a self contained apartment. The rooms are in excellent condition throughout and commensurate with their 5 star AA status.

The generous owners accommodation is provided across ground and first floor level and has a separate access to the rear of the property as well as via the customers entrance hall. At ground floor level it comprises a small office space, an en-suite double bedroom, open plan kitchen and breakfast space with utility room and further ancillary store. There is also an impressive extension to the rear of the property creating a lavish living space with lots of natural light. At first floor level there is a second living room benefiting from beautiful views of the private garden. There is a cloakroom facility with shower, hand basin and loo. Access can be gained to the bed and breakfast element of the property at this level. Externally the private accommodation also benefits from a large well maintained garden as well as a small private courtyard.

The Business

The guest house is a 'top' tier bed and breakfast catering for
both leisure and commercial guests and has been awarded 5 AA star status plus various other accolades including a Tripadvisor certificate of excellence. The business also features in numerous good hotel and B&B guides.

The guest house is run as a lifestyle business with the current owners splitting their time between Chichester and London and as a result the business is not operating to its full potential.There is considerable scope to develop the commercial side of the business by taking advantage of the property's close proximity to two Rolls Royce factories (one of which being the largest industrial unit on the south coast) as well as the Body Shop factory in neighbouring Littlehampton. The guest house is perfectly located for tourists looking to get away for the weekend and enjoy Chichester and the South Downs. The business also benefits from its close proximity to Goodwood with increased tariffs and full occupancy during the Goodwood Festivals.


Occupying a prominent road side position on the edge of the Sussex Downs close to the Goodwood Estate. Elements of this fine property include an immaculate residential home, self-contained apartment and separate private residence.

Rooks Hill Guest House is located on the edge of the picturesque Sussex Downs and only 5 minutes from historic Chichester and Goodwood. The area has good communications by road to London via the A3 and to the South Coast via the A27 and M27. The property comprises 5 ensuite luxury B&B rooms, one of which is a well appointed suite. There is also a self-contained one bedroom apartment. In addition there are generous owners accommodation with an extensive private garden and courtyard.


Tariffs for a standard room vary from £115 to £175 depending on the season. The rates are inclusive of breakfast. The apartment is let on a weekly basis starting at £350 raising to £550.
tenure and Price

Inventory & Stock

Fixtures, fittings and equipment are included in the sale with general stock at valuation on completion.


The property is Listed in the 2010 Rating List with a rateable value of £6,900. The property is Listed in the 2017 Draft Rating List with a rateable value of £15,000. The 2017 rateable value will be applicable as of 1 April 2017. The National Multiplier in England and Wales for 2016/2017 is 0.497.


The property is served by mains water, gas and electricity. Wi-Fi is provided throughout.

Square Footage: 4,389 sq ft

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
29 October 2016

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