Close by the walls of a famously beautiful mediaeval castle lies an extensive family home in an magical setting.
The Great Barn, Amberley is a magnificent Grade-II-listed barn conversion, situated just a few minutes’ walk from the beautiful West Sussex village of Amberley and at the foot of the South Downs National Park.
Once used to serve the bishops of Chichester, who lived next door in Amberley Castle, the 17th century former barn is steeped in history and maintains a number of elegant original features to this day – but also has a carefully-thought-out contemporary polish.
That the barn has been finished to the highest standards should come as no surprise, perhaps, given that the vendor, who carried out this massive conversion project, is a professional joiner and carpenter.
The vendor said the barn was derelict when he bought it from local farmers and had previously been used as a shelter for farm animals.
Among other elements, he decided to retain the original beams to ensure his home was not only contemporary but also full of character.
He said: “Oak flooring throughout and exposed brickwork also provide a warm, homely feeling and are complemented by two bespoke oak staircases.”
A number of unique original features remain, however, such as the figuration of an old grinding machine for corn, harking back to the building’s days as part of a working farm.
His home is believed to be the largest barn conversion in the United Kingdom.
As such, it is nothing if not spacious and boasts six en-suite bedrooms.
It also features a pair of two-bedroom cottages, which host extra guests at Christmas or during weekend parties, but could also work well as holiday lets or short-term rentals for people attending weddings at the castle next door.
The vendor said his home is perfect for a large family, both on a daily basis and for entertaining outdoors in the summer and around the vast open fire in the winter.
He said: “The sunny garden is large enough for children to run around, with a patio seating area for al fresco dinners in the summertime, surrounded by spectacular views.”
In addition to the castle, the local area has much to offer.
The vendor said: “I love to walk down to Amberley Wildbrooks and watch the ducks and deer.
“The conservation area of South Downs National Park is also right on the doorstep for stunning country walks.
“It’s always a pleasure to come down the long private lane towards Amberley Castle, turning off to the side to reach my beautiful home next door.”
The vendor also said he will miss the sheer size of the property, as well as unwinding in the garden in the summer, watching the sun go down over the castle.
In addition, ‘in the winter the super-size fireplace brings a whole new meaning to cosy evenings in front of the fire’.
That said, “I’ve put a lot and love and care into this building, but am looking for my next project!”
For more informaion contact Fine & Country, 35 Sea Road, East Preston, BN16 1JN, on 01903 790490 or visit www.fineandcountry.com