Versatile house of character

This unique and versatile house of character is discreetly located in the rural hamlet of Highleigh.

Saturday, 28th May 2016, 1:00 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:36 am

The property, in Highleigh Road, is within convenient reach of Chichester Marina and the sandy beaches of West Wittering.

The design of Orchard Croft combines period character with many skillfully designed features for ease of modern living.

On approaching the house three remote controlled roller doors provide easy access to the spacious three-bay garage from which a wide covered porch provides weather-proof access from the parking area to the house.

The centrepiece of the ground floor is a dramatic vaulted dining room overlooked by a first floor gallery.

Beyond this lies a welcoming sitting room with herringbone brick fireplace and partially vaulted ceiling with exposed beams.

From here, double doors open on to an impressive triple aspect drawing room of nearly 30ft in length with double doors opening on to a large terrace and summerhouse.

The kitchen/breakfast room lies to the south of the dining room and is fitted with a good range of integrated appliances, matching cupboards and granite worksurfaces.

A blue oil-fired AGA is set in an attractive brick chimney breast recess with bressumer beam mantel.

For the warmer summer days the kitchen is equipped with a ceramic hob and electric fan-assisted oven, allowing the AGA to be switched off if desired

A glazed door opens from the kitchen to the adjacent conservatory with terracotta tiled floor and double doors opening on to the garden.

A well-proportioned study is useful for those wishing to work from home or could provide an informal sitting room if preferred.

The bedroom accommodation has an adaptable layout with two double bedrooms on the ground floor, including a guest suite with bathroom and a cloaks/shower room serving the fourth bedroom.

On the first floor, the galleried landing overlooking the dining room leads to two well-appointed and spacious bedroom suites.

The discreet entrance leads to a private driveway with ample parking to the front of the house.

An arched gate in an attractive brick wall leads to a sheltered area of garden to the front of the property and a cottage-style workshop.

The gardens face predominantly south, approached by way of doors from the drawing room to a wide stone-flagged terrace with raised planters and summerhouse looking south out over the lawn.

Doors from the sitting room open on to a second sheltered terrace looking towards an orchard of mulberry, pear and apple trees.

Well-stocked borders support a variety of evergreen shrubs, spring bulbs, traditional perennials and architectural plants creating attractive focal points.

Guide price £1,150,000.

For more information, or to arrange a viewing, contact Jackson-Stops & Staff, 37 South Street, Chichester. Telephone 01243 786316.