Impressive Tudor country house presented in wonderful order with a rich history in a riverside setting.
Chesworth House today is an impressive and substantial period country home that is Grade ll* listed to reflect the cultural value of both its history and construction.
Predictably the property benefits from an absolute wealth of period features including beautifully preserved structural timbers, original brick and stonework and a number of inglenook fireplaces, some with installed wood-burning stoves.
Spacious and atmospheric reception rooms with access to garden terraces and the grounds make this the perfect house for entertaining on a grand scale. It is nevertheless still very much a house with comfortable family spaces delightfully arranged for informal family living. With a choice of outside areas; depending on the hour, the main terrace accessed from the breakfast room is perfect for morning coffee with family or friends while the westerly facing drawing room terrace is ideal for catching the sunset with an evening cocktail.
Accommodation, while stylish and elegant is not overwhelming and is particularly flexible in use especially for lovers of the outdoors as there is easy access to utility spaces for boots and wet dogs. Most rooms benefit from magnificent garden and country views on both ground and first floor and the bedrooms can easily be arranged to suit younger or older families according to needs.
COTTAGE AND STUDIO
Across from the main house, is a four bedroom cottage incorporating garaging. The property is arranged over ground and first floors and is perfect for staff, as is the present arrangement, or for additional family accommodation.
There is a further four car garage with workshop and store which also benefits from a very large room above that could easily be arranged as a studio, office or similar, subject to the necessary consents.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The imaginatively landscaped gardens and grounds are a key feature of the property and are quite literally breathtaking.
Chesworth House is approached via a private road through Denne Park and then a long tree-lined drive to automatic gates with entry-phone system. These open to a further long shady drive over a pretty stone bridge before arriving at the generous forecourt in front of the house.
Lying mainly to the south and west of the house the formal gardens comprise several spacious areas of stone-paved terrace at different levels with meticulously tended shrub and flower borders. The main feature here however is the beautiful and fragrant rose garden understood to contain some six hundred plants.
Steps to a lower level lead to the waterside area where water from the Arun has been routed to provide a moat-like feature with bridges, mixed borders and water lilies.
The remainder of the formal gardens are laid to well-tended lawns with numerous mature trees and shrubs for year-round colour and interest.
Across the lawns to the south there is a large lake with islands and attractive planted borders. The formal gardens are bordered by the main stream of the River Arun beyond which natural meadows extend uphill to a backdrop of mature woodland at the boundary.
A public footpath through Denne Park borders the property and provides a short route to the town centre that is understood to be less than a ten minute walk.
In all about 23.5 acres (9.5 ha).
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Chesworth House represents a true piece of architectural history. The presentation of the house and grounds are flawless and its position, being walking distance into town, make it so appealing.James Machell