Peaceful cottage in the heart of the town.
Stringers Cottage offers a rare opportunity to acquire a deceptively spacious cottage with parking and a walled garden in a sought-after part of town. Only partially attached on its southern end, it is tucked away down a private lane, shielded from traffic routes but just a few steps from Petworth's shops, cafes and restaurants. It is a charming home of immense character offering a level of seclusion, quietness and privacy which are remarkable for its location.
With the help of master craftsmen and using only the best natural materials, the current owners have extensively restored the cottage ensuring period features such as the original Jacobean panelling, Tudor leaded lights, fireplaces, floors and timbers are retained respecting its Grade II* listed status. Accessed from a walled entrance through a wide private gate into the paved courtyard, the cottage comprises a dining room with original Jacobean panelling, views to the garden and a large open fireplace. Underneath the existing floor are the original flagstones which are intact should a future owner wish to reveal them. The bespoke fitted kitchen has an adjoining pantry together with a Lacanche cooker, refrigerated drawers, integrated Bosch dishwasher, antique tiles and full stave English oak worktops. At the back of the house is a utility area for appliances and storage. Off the entrance hall is a downstairs cloakroom and a large original oak door with steps down to a sizeable dry cellar. With generous head height, the cellar offers good storage and an opportunity to provide additional accommodation, subject to any consents required. The large sitting room is a well-proportioned room with characterful timbers, an open fireplace and south-facing aspect. A wide staircase leads to the first floor where the spacious principal bedroom features a remarkable Tudor fireplace and Jacobean panelling with a fine aspect over the garden and to the Shimmings Valley beyond. A further sizeable double bedroom offers views across Petworth's rooftops. The bathroom features Perrin & Rowe fittings, the original ships boards and Jacobean panelling. On the second floor is a versatile attic bedroom space with rooflights affording views over the Shimmings Valley and substantial eaves areas offering extensive storage. There is also an additional child's den/sleeping area opposite the main bedroom space.
Adjoining the first and second floors, at the northern end of the house, is a large undeveloped void which could provide further accommodation subject to the usual planning consents.
Outside, the courtyard offers a sunny, private and peaceful setting lined with plants and showcasing the rare Petworth pavers. The garden studio, currently set up as an office, has underfloor heating and sheepswool insulation. It is a perfect work-from-home space or retreat to relax and could be used as occasional guest accommodation. The large walled garden offers an extraordinary level of peace and seclusion, given the central location of the house. It is landscaped with a variety of specimens offering year-round colour with deep rose and perennial borders and established shrubs. A timber pergola provides shade and there is a shed for garden equipment.
Rare for the town is a large, private and covered parking space with adjoining wood and bike storage.
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I love that Stringers Cottage gives the feel of being down a country lane, away from the traffic in a charmingly private setting, yet is only a few steps from everything Petworth has to offer.Daniel Clay