Unique property with charm and character in Felpham

Friday, 7th September 2018, 9:04 am
Updated Friday, 7th September 2018, 10:31 am

If Little Manor in Felpham were a car it would have a very distinctive description – two careful owners.

As Chris and her husband Joe Edmonds are only the second people to have lived in the property.

“We bought it 35 years ago from the woman who it was built for,” revealed Chris. “So it has only had two families live here.”

Built in 1935 by renowned local builders Bailey, Artley and Watton the house retains many of its original features including its front door with plaque stating which boat the wood came from.

In the three decades they have lived at Little Manor Chris said they have carried out work in the property but were keen to keep it in keeping with the character of the property.

Originally it had an integral garage but they decided to change this to a dining room making it a double frontage property. A detached garage has recently been added but was built in a similar style to the home so you wouldn’t know it hasn’t always been there.

Chris admitted that finding out more about the previous owner has been really interesting.

“We received a letter from America to the previous owner asking for some details,” explained Chris.

“She was quite a character and very well known in Felpham so with our neighbour we did loads of research and found one of the stained glass windows in the local church has her family name on it. It has been fascinating to learn so much.”

The family moved in when Chris and Joe’s children were six and nine years old, the location was key for them, with a number of schools within walking distance and all the amenities such as shops close by.

Primary and secondary schools are found within half a mile as is the leisure centre and swimming pool.

Bognor Regis lies 1.5 miles to the west with its main line connection to London Victoria. The city centres of Chichester, Brighton and Portsmouth are also within driving distance.

Felpham village itself boasts a number of attractions, including the beach and Felpham Sailing Club.

“We moved from Sandhurst and I have always wanted to live near a beach and to have it round the corner has been great,” added Chris.

“The location is the number one reason we fell in love with the property.”

The home would be ideal for a family, as it has provided the perfect space for Chris, her husband and children.

Her favourite place is the summer house, built by her husband it sits in the rear garden.

She said: “Even in the winter it is so warm in there. It is a lovely space and you almost feel like you are in a park when you sit in the window.”

Located in a cul de sac Chris admitted it is in a peaceful and quiet location, and the setting feels safe and secure.

When asked what she will miss most about the home Chris’s answer is simple.

“Everything,” she answered. “We know with our next property we will have to make compromises as this has everything we need so we know we won’t find the same again.

“It is such a unique property with so much character I am sorry to leave but we need to down size and we can’t stay here forever.”

So now the home calls for its third owner to step forward.

Four bedrooms, garden room, sitting room, dining room and conservatory.The rear garden is laid mainly to law but bordered on one side by a privet hedge and on the other by 6ft panel fencing. There are four feature beds, one containing an ornamental flowering plum tree plus various evergreen shrubs, flowering hebes, several bay trees and examples of Fatsia Japonica (commonly grown as an indoor plant, but flourishing in this sheltered garden).There are also two Cordyline palms, and Bramley apple tree – suitable for cooking.Adjoining the garage is a water feature set on a circular brick plinth, whilst the garage wall itself is clad with a climbing Pyracantha. Finally, set amongst the matured shrub borders you will find your very own woodland walk.Guide price £659,950