Savills | East Harting, Petersfield, West Sussex, GU31 5LS | Property for sale
12.10 Ac(4.90 Ha)
Guide price £4,950,000

East HartingPetersfield, West Sussex, GU31 5LS

  • Under offer

Key features

  • On the market for the first time since 1937
  • South Downs setting
  • Stunning views over its own land
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 2 two bedroom cottages
  • Walled garden, orchard and field
  • In all about 12 acres

A delightfully proportioned Georgian house, nestled in the heart of the South Downs, with breathtaking views over the National Park

About this property

  • Kent House has been in the same family for two generations and comes to the market for the first time since 1937. Several members of the current owners' family were born at the house. It is possible that an older building existed on the site before Kent House as it stands today was built. The house, which is Grade II listed, affords the elegant proportions indicative of its era, complimented by a pleasingly symmetrical facade and original sash windows. The principal reception rooms and bedrooms are accessed off a central hallway and landing and have commanding views over the land owned by Kent House and beyond to the backdrop of the Downs. The vista from the original front door is particularly special. Over the current family's ownership, the house has been carefully maintained.

    There is an open plan kitchen, reception room, with flexible cooking and preparation space and informal dining and sitting areas, ideal for day to day family living. The kitchen was designed by Johnny Grey. The house underwent a programme of repairs and restoration between 1997 and 1998. The accommodation is set principally over ground and first floor level. In addition, there is an attic housing a bedroom and bathroom and a useful cellar with two store rooms.

    Adjacent to the house is a pair of semi-detached cottages, each with two bedrooms and their own gardens. There is a garage between them. Kent Cottage is in need of refurbishment. Cole Cottage has been let until recently and offers useful secondary or staff accommodation. There is a separate, detached double garage.

    The gardens and grounds at Kent House extend to approximately 12 acres in total and are a particular feature of the property. The owners' late parents participated in the National Gardens Scheme and gardening has been a passion of the family for several generations. There is an enchanting walled garden, which bears the date 1792. There are formal lawns to the East, South and West of the house, from which there are sensational views, leading through to private pockets of garden. The orchard has apple, pear and plum trees and there is a tree-lined dell. The south-easterly lawn is separated from the paddock beyond by a ha-ha and sympathetic estate fencing affording an uninterrupted rural outlook. There is a footpath which crosses the field as indicated on the boundary plan.

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Kent House is a jewel in the crown of the South Downs. Exquisitely beautiful in both style and setting. I can quite imagine that once bought it may stay in a family for generations, as it has done previously.

Phillippa Dalby-WelshProperty agent

Local information

  • Kent House lies less than a mile outside the hamlet of East Harting, at the foot of Beacon Hill, which is amongst the most sought after spots in the South Downs and indeed the county. The larger village of South Harting is approximately 1 mile away and has a pub, village shop, primary school and a post office. Petersfield, approximately 4 miles away and Midhurst, approximately 7 miles away, have a more extensive range of shops and facilities including numerous supermarkets.
  • Petersfield train station has services to London Waterloo from 67 minutes.
  • The South Downs National Park is a spectacular setting for a country house. The landscape hosts an outstanding network of footpaths and bridle paths across some of the most breathtaking countryside in the South East. Cowdray Park and Goodwood afford a lively social scene for anyone into polo, horse racing and motor racing. For sailing enthusiasts there are several centres along the coast, including Chichester Harbour, Itchenor and Bosham. The cathedral city of Chichester offers a wealth of attractions, restaurants and shops in a historic setting. The city is home to Pallant House Gallery, Chichester Festival Theatre, Bishop's Palace Gardens, Fishbourne Roman Palace and numerous museums.
  • Schools: South Harting has a primary school and there are a host of independent preparatory and secondary schools in the area, including; Ditcham Park, Bedales Prep, Bedales School, Conifers School, Churchers College, Dorset House School and Seaford College.

Additional information

  • Utilities: Kent House has oil fired central heating. It has mains water, mains drainage and mains electricity. Cole Cottage has night storage heaters.
  • EPCs: Cole Cottage EPC = F and Kent Cottage EPC - G
  • EPC Exempt
  • Tenure = Freehold