Savills | Horsham Road, Rowhook, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 3PZ | Properties for sale
2,958 sq ft(274.81 sq m)
Guide price £2,350,000

Horsham RoadRowhook, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 3PZ

  • Sold

Key features

  • Sold in November 2019
  • Architect designed energy efficient home
  • Natural swimming pool
  • Landscaped garden
  • Woodland and paddock
  • Loxone Smart home automation

Impressive architecturally designed eco-friendly house

About this property

  • Millfields Cottage is an impressive house of contemporary architectural design completed by the present owners in collaboration with Nick Willson Architects in 2015.

    The home is beautifully considered and dynamically designed to enhance the natural contours of the site. The landscape is divided into a beautiful series of breathtaking naturalistic looking gardens encircled with undulating lawns. The plant combinations are striking and alive, brimming with robust perennials and grasses 'Piet Oudulf' style.

    The focus of the garden is a pure, natural, rainwater swimming pool. Aquatic plants keep the fresh water clean with no need for chemicals. The pool forms part of the views that flow seamlessly from the garden to the woodland and meadow beyond, which is completely deer fenced to form a private, exclusive nine acre curtilage.

    The house is approached off a private driveway sweeping through an automated gated entrance onto a large parking area where an avenue of architectural pleached Hornbeam trees screen the house. A double carport with EV charging point and lockable storage leads down to a covered entrance colonnade, through a Passivhaus front door and into a panelled entrance hall with concealed storage. This area offers a contrast to the central open plan kitchen creating a "compression and expansion effect". Leading off the hall is a guest cloakroom/shower room and utility/plant/boot room.

    The stunning kitchen/dining room is enhanced by a double-height atrium with galleried landing to maximise space and light. Great consideration has been given to the interaction between the interior and exterior spaces to delivery symmetry between the two environments.

    The polished concrete floor is enhanced by sharp architectural lines and clean internal design, which is exemplified by the shadow gaps surrounding windows and doors. The house has numerous significant features notably a traditional red brick herringbone spine, which houses the bamboo panel staircase.

    The principal reception rooms flow comfortably into one another, yet remain their own independent environments. A further change in levels between the kitchen and living room helps to create a separate, private and cosy environment. The easy flow between rooms makes the property ideal for both entertaining and self-contained family living.

    A central staircase crafted from bamboo leads to the first floor and grand master bedroom with dressing and bathroom to the east. There are three further guest bedrooms with two shower rooms to the west.

    The open void landing provides dramatic views over the kitchen and garden areas and is used as a study. All bedrooms benefit from built-in wardrobes and direct access onto private balconies.

    Further internal design features, include Louis Poulson, Flos and Optelma light fittings; exposed herring bone brickwork, high quality durable and environmentally sustainable bamboo walls, ceiling and floor detail. This delivers a high quality finish and textual dynamic to the interior decoration, that contains anti-static and anti-allergic benefits to facilitate a healthy indoor environment.

    The house's south facing orientation allows for floor to ceiling triple glazed windows to take full advantage of the sun's trajectory. These windows allow different and changing views to be captured over the gardens and grounds. During cooler winter months of low lying sun the glazing allows the house to be filled with light and to take full advantage of solar gain. However, in summer the overhanging roof and balcony projections help to keep the house cool.

    The north facing elevation has a more solid and grounded feel, with minimal areas of glazing and a large brick spine. The windows in this elevation also offers views to the woodland at the rear.

    The home has a Loxone home automation system which provides intelligent, easy to use control of heating and lighting, security entry, music, blinds, ventilation and alarm system whether at home or aboard.

    The latest energy efficient technology, designed to deliver cost savings, includes a 7,500 Litre Rain Water Harvester for irrigation, an air source heat pump and solar photovoltaic panels for underfloor heating and hot water plus a Paul MVHR (Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery) for clean air supply.

    Internorm Passivhaus triple glazed windows and doors and Lamilux triple glazed rooflights make the home energy efficient. Sustainable green roofs on car port and walkway are designed for enhanced biodiversity and air quality.

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Local information

  • Rowhook is a charming hamlet which includes The Chequers Inn. This is within walking distance from the house, which also benefits from access to the wonderful surrounding West Sussex countryside. The house is outside but near to the South Downs National Park.
  • Horsham offers excellent shopping and recreational facilities, plus fast mainline service to London/Victoria (from approximately 55 minutes) and access to Gatwick Airport.
  • There are good schools locally including Christ's Hospital School, Farlington School, Brighton College, Lancing College, Cottsmore School, Seaford Cottage and Cranleigh School.
  • The wider area offers Golf at Gatton Manor and Slinfold Golf and Country Club; Polo at Hurtwood and Cowdray Parks and racing at Goodwood and Fontwell.

Additional information

  • Cranleigh – 6 miles
  • Horsham – 6.3 miles
  • Dorking – 12.9 miles
  • Guildford – 15.3 miles
  • Gatwick airport – 20.6 miles Horsham railway station
  • 6.7 miles; London – 40 miles
  • (All mileages are approximate)
  • Directions: From Guildford follow the A281 (Guildford Road) south towards Horsham for approximately 16 miles. Continue on the A281 through the village of Clemsfold before taking the first exit at the roundabout onto Bognor Road (A29). After about 0.2 miles turn left into Rowhook village continue for 1.5 miles, past The Chequers Inn on the left-hand side. After a further 0.5 miles, Millfields Cottage is found on the right, before the bend.
  • EPC Rating = A