A fine and imposing Grade II listed townhouse located in the heart of historical Chichester has just come on the market.
Currently owned by West Sussex County Council, Oriel Lodge is situated on historic West Street, a couple of dozen steps from Chichester Cathedral and next door to the seventeenth century Edes House, one of the city’s most recognisable buildings.
Although full details of this elegant property are limited, it is believed to date back to the 1870s.
Oriel Lodge has featured a shop on the ground floor at various points in its history, and has been used over the years for a mix of retail and commercial space.
It now has planning permission for conversion into a single residential development and is offered for sale in need of complete refurbishment, with vacant possession.
The plans envision a generously-proportioned family home, with three reception rooms, five bedrooms, three en-suites and a bathroom and, among other features, a large cellar with decent headroom.
It also has a little garden, looking towards County Hall.
Simon Smith, partner at Henry Adams, Chichester, said: “Two things particularly stand out about Oriel Lodge – first, the proportion of the rooms, with a feeling of grandeur throughout, and, secondly, the exceptional position with views of the cathedral.
“The views from the front first floor window are stunning and they are also beautiful from the top floor.”
He said the accommodation could work well for a number of different layouts.
Above all, he said Oriel Lodge would make a fine family home or prestigious house in the heart of the city.
Given its history, Simon said the house needs a full program of refurbishment, which would allow a buyer to put their own stamp on it.
Simon said: “It does retain some original features and a feeling of splendour from the moment you enter.
“You are greeted by a fabulous entrance hall, with a sweeping staircase leading to the two top floors.”
Offers are invited in writing for the freehold by noon on Friday, May 3.
For more information contact Henry Adams, Rowan House, Baffins Lane, Chichester. Call 01243 533377.