Shillinglee, Chiddingfold, Surrey
£1,500,000 Freehold -

Description

A charming Grade II listed farmhouse situated in an idyllic location within the South Downs National Park, adjacent to a 20 acre lake.

Lot 1  – The Farmhouse and gardens measuring 0.8 acres – £1,000,000.

Lot 2 – Woodland measuring 6.6 acres and agricultural barn – £150,000.

Lot 3  – Field and woodland measuring 39.1 acres – £350,000.

. The land extends to 47 acres, consisting of paddocks, woodland, a modern agricultural barn and landscaped gardens. The accommodation in the farmhouse comprises a kitchen/breakfast room, two reception rooms, three bedrooms and a bathroom; original character features include oak beams throughout and an original inglenook fireplace. In the garden is a converted stable building which is now a charming guest house, or office, with an ensuite shower room. Full planning permission has been secured to build a two-storey addition to the property, incorporating a stunning reception room overlooking the lake and a further bedroom and ensuite bathroom; drawings and details of the permission are available. This is a unique and delightful property, in a truly stunning setting, offering a package of land well suited to equestrian use, or for those interested in flying, as the field was used by the current owner as a private landing strip from 2001 to 2007. EPC Band F

THE PROPERTY

A Stable door opens into the kitchen/breakfast room which has windows to three aspects, a slate floor and is fitted with a range of farmhouse style units in reclaimed pine with Iroko worktops. A butler’s sink sits beneath one of the windows and an oil-fired Rayburn fits and oak beams complete the picture. The breakfast area is light and bright, with a dual aspect and room for a table, desk and dresser. The slate floor continues into the central hallway, where a door with a small leaded window to one side leads into the study, which is fitted with a range of oak bookshelves. The sitting room is an impressive room with a dual aspect and a large original inglenook fireplace. It has exposed oak beams, original floorboards and a door to the garden. Off the hallway is a rear lobby with plenty of space for coats and boots, leading to a bathroom with a claw foot, freestanding bath, a separate shower with glazed cubicle, wc and tiled walls.

The stairs lead to a landing with a large eaves cupboard and brace and latch doors to the three bedrooms. Bedroom one has an impressive vaulted ceiling and a double aspect; it also benefits from a range of fitted wardrobes and a walk-in closet. Bedroom two is at the opposite end of the landing and also enjoys a double aspect with views over the gardens. Bedroom three is a twin room that also overlooks the garden and benefits from exposed oak timbers; as do the other bedrooms.

The gardens extend to 0.8 acres and surround the property. There is a brick paved terrace that adjoins the kitchen/breakfast room and which makes the most of the sun throughout the day. Lawns surround the house and lead down to the stream, where a bridge leads over into the woods. A winding gravel path with brick edging leads to a covered well and beyond to the studio. A stable door opens into a vaulted room with a mezzanine bed area and leaded windows overlooking the garden. At the rear is an ensuite shower room with a wc and basin.

Beyond the strip is woodland that extends to 6.6 acres and joins up with a bridle path on its southern boundary. Situated in a clearing that adjoins the fields, is a large modern agricultural barn that could be converted to stabling, or other uses (subject to any necessary planning permissions.) In fact, a pre-app submission has already been made by the current owners for conversion to residential use.

The remaining land extends to 39 acres, which is predominantly fields which are fenced along the boundaries and across the middle. They adjoin the lake on the northern side and a strip of woodland on the southern boundary, where there is direct access to a bridleway.

LOCATION

The property is situated within the South Downs National Park, amongst a landscape that inspired artists such as Turner, writers like Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling and Mervyn Peake, poets of the calibre of Edward Thomas and composers from Elgar to Dobrinka Tabakova. It might therefore surprise you to learn that such an idyllic, peaceful location is only 47 miles from central London and Waterloo station is 55 minutes on the train from nearby Haslemere.

The picturesque village of Chiddingfold is 2.8 miles away and is laid out around the village green with two pubs, the church and a range of local shops, including a butcher and post office. The market town of Haslemere is 5 miles and provides a wider range of shops, including supermarkets and a bustling High Street, where independent and specialist shops maintain Haslemere’s traditional character and sense of individuality. There is also no shortage of places to buy good food in and around Haslemere from the baker, deli or fishmonger selling local and seasonal fare to the excellent farm shops in the area. The monthly Farmers’ Market is held in the High Street on the first Sunday of each month, where you will find a selection of locally produced food.  As well as the mainline station, it also provides access to the A3 for central London, the M25 and also the South Coast.

The area provides excellent sporting facilities, particularly country pursuits and a selection of golf courses. With over 3,300km of rights of way, there is so much to do and see from walking, cycling, or horse riding across the South Downs, or visiting one of the many heritage sites to experiencing opera at the world famous Glyndebourne or experiencing world class plays at Chichester Festival Theatre.

 

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