Luxury on the playground of the South Coast

Friday, 21st July 2017, 12:35 pm
Updated Friday, 21st July 2017, 3:14 pm

The Willows, St Peter’s Road, Hayling Island

Winning Wimbledon is all about dedication to your sport.

Equally there are times when being at home holds more than equal appeal, and that’s exactly when a property on Hayling Island will appeal to top tennis players – or even those slightly less capable who like to keep their hand in.

Because part of the package at The Willows in St Peter’s Road is a full-size, all-weather tennis court. And in warmer weather there’s also a 10 ft deep swimming pool (with an access ladder in the shallow end for those who prefer gentle entry to a dive) for cooling off after a tennis knockabout.

Hayling Island is often regarded as the playground of the South Coast. If that is the case, then this house must surely be a playground within a playground.

With more than 4,000 square feet of living space, just the house might be enough to win the argument for most people. But the extras it brings will surely clinch the decision to buy this property.

The garden opens out beyond the pool terrace to reveal the tennis court but there are also three stables, two with self-watering systems, all within an area contained by post and rail fencing and with its own wildlife pond.

“The Willows is a fantastic home for families who love an outdoor lifestyle, whether that’s al fresco dining and a quick dip in the pool to much higher levels of sporting action,” says Anne-Marie Green of Fine and Country in Emsworth.

“The house looks out across its own garden and open fields to the Emsworth Channel in Chichester Harbour, sheltered by Thorney Island but still with a long distance perspective.

“For indoor sport as evenings cool there’s a games room with a bar at one end and the building is set back behind three raised beds.

“The Willows has four reception rooms or areas in addition to a 27 ft kitchen / breakfast / family room with fantastic fittings that include a wine cooler that complements the main wine cellar, utility room and cloakroom on the ground floor.

“There are five bedrooms - the master having an en-suite dressing room and bathroom and bedroom two having an en-suite bathroom – and a family bathroom on the first floor.

“Life can’t be all play for all of the time, so the location in Northney village places the house well for access to the mainland and its road and rail networks. But much of the time, Hayling Island has all that everyone needs so it is like living in an enclave much further away from Blighty than it feels.

On the other hand, it’s such an appealing place to be that I can see the home office getting far more use than any means of commuting when work has to be done.”

Guide price is £1.3 million (EPC Band C), which should leave a singles champion with a lot of change from their £2.2 million prize.

For more information, contact Fine and Country Emsworth on 01243 487969 or email [email protected]

£1.3mFine and Country Emsworth01243 487969View the full listing here