Character farmhouse set within about 28 acres of glorious grounds.
Approached over a private ¼ mile long drive, lined with ancient oaks, Howick Farm is an impressive period farmhouse with Victorian elevations and reputedly earlier origins. It is believed that the site of Howick was settled during Saxon times circa 800 AD. There is a reference to Howick as early as the 12th century. The present farmhouse, which bears evidence of 17th century work, was extensively remodelled during the Victorian period and has later additions.
Ground floor accommodation includes a generous kitchen / breakfast room with solid fuel Rayburn, parquet flooring and bespoke wooden units.
A study, shower room and boot room all lead off from the kitchen. Further reception rooms include an elegant dining room with cedar panelled walls and a sitting room with delightful inglenook fireplace with curved heavy oak bressumer. First floor accommodation comprises five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The house maintains its original features, benefiting from Victorian aesthetics of high ceilings, good room proportions and big windows, all of which have interesting views/vistas. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a house with the potential for further development, set in a secluded and private location, with fantastic original unspoilt character.
Externally, the gardens and grounds are a particular feature of the property. The immediate formal gardens are well stocked, and further land includes an orchard, and areas of pasture and woodland leading down to the banks of the river Arun. The current owners have sought to keep the creation of habitat for wildlife, with a focus on creating wildlife corridors. There has been a planned effort to allow the fields to develop to their full environmental potential, with an emphasis on encouraging native wildlife, such as voles, nap weed etc. In certain areas native oak tree saplings have been encouraged to seed and grow naturally, creating a wonderful potential oak woodland to be shaped and maintained in the future.
Outbuildings include a pole barn to the rear of the property, and two substantial brick built barns, which could be used for a variety of purposes, including car storage, agricultural purposes or conversion into ancillary accommodation (subject to obtaining the relevant consents). A driveway and carport provide ample parking.
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This is such an impressive home with elegant proportions, characterful features and a fabulous range of outbuildings. I am particularly fond of the 28 acres to relax, explore or fish the river frontage.Daniel Clay