Felpham beachfront home on site of Second World War gun post with panoramic sea views

Thursday, 8th November 2018, 4:58 pm
Updated Monday, 12th November 2018, 1:45 pm

If it’s a home with spectacular sea views that you’re searching for, look no further than this unique waterfront house which offers far-reaching views across many miles of the sunny West Sussex coastline and inland to the South Downs - along with an important historical note.

The Gun Post in Felpham stands on the site of a former coastal gun emplacement which was built in 1941 to defend against invasion by air or by sea.

Its strategic value lay to a great extent in the panoramic views from the prominent coastal vantage point, views which remain largely unchanged to this day.

After the end of the Second World War in 1945, the guns were removed and the land lay derelict for some years.

Eventually the gun post was incorporated into a new home in the 1980s and has thereby been preserved in the intervening 80 years.

In recent months the property has undergone a comprehensive refurbishment by the hotelier and entrepreneur, Peter de Savary and ‘The Gun Post’ is now on the market with South Coast property experts Henry Adams with a guide price of £1,250,000.

Richard Longhurst, partner at Henry Adams in Middleton on Sea, said: “The Gun Post comes with a very rich history which makes it an important part of our local landscape here on this stretch of the south coast as well as being a notable national landmark as so few of these gun emplacements are still in evidence.

“Now it has become a unique and beautiful home filled with light and the three large terraces enable the owners to make the most of the wonderful seafront position.”

Accommodation has been cleverly designed to ensure the principal rooms benefit from the very best views. Arranged over three floors, there is some 2,500sqft of versatile space including three double bedrooms and three spacious reception areas, two of which are cleverly interlinked for open plan living and easy entertaining.

On the first floor a triple aspect kitchen dining room leads up to a spacious sitting room which benefits from a log-burning stove for winter time and bifold doors open onto a large, south-facing terrace for warmer months.

A wrap-around balcony provides plenty of space for alfresco dining with friends against a backdrop of the sun setting on the horizon.

The top floor is dedicated entirely to the master bedroom suite which comes complete with a walk-in dressing room and an upper viewing gallery provides access to a large private balcony affording uninterrupted sea views.

Felpham village is just a few hundred metres away and the cathedral city of Chichester, with its world class sailing amenities, is just seven miles away. Goodwood motor circuit and racecourse as well as historic Arundel are each within ten miles of Felpham.

For those needing to travel further afield, Brighton and the M23 are 30 miles to the East while to the West, the A3(M) near Portsmouth leads directly to Guildford, London and the motorway network.

“The first things people notice about The Gun Post are its curved roof in sea green and the unusual brick and render design of the terraces but it’s inside that the real magic of this property becomes clear,” said Richard.

“The house is in mint condition and a new owner can look forward to enjoying the very best of south coast living as well as their own lasting piece of British history.”

For more information about The Gun Post and to arrange a private viewing, contact Richard Longhurst at Henry Adams on 01243 587687.