Magnificent Grade II* Listed country house with land, a cottage and superb downland views.
Listed Grade II*, New Grove is a substantial and impressive country house dating from the 17th century with possible earlier origins. Built by the Peachey family and substantially enlarged in the 18th century, the house was part of the Leconfield Estate and passed to the present owners in the 1970's. Further modernisation and additions were carried out in more recent years.
New Grove is a unique example of its period and retains a wealth of characteristic features and an ambience that evokes a sense of total authenticity.
Key elements include the spacious and elegant drawing room with its magnificent moulded ceiling and wall panels and the grand double height formal dining room. There are also two impressive medieval inglenook fireplaces in the earliest part of the building.
Superbly arranged for entertaining on a grand scale as and when required, the property nevertheless has a distinctly homely feel that would welcome a new set of younger occupants with ample space to grow and play.
First and second floor bedroom space is particularly flexible with lovely garden views and could easily be arranged to provide staff accommodation or teenage hideaways'.
Located a short distance from New Grove, Stable House is a comfortable period cottage currently arranged with five bedrooms and three reception rooms. The property also enjoys magnificent southerly views over the gardens to the South Downs on the horizon. It is ideally suited for the accommodation of extended family members or dependent relatives. Stable House also benefits from garaging for two cars with an adjoining office and potential staff flat above.
Gardens and Grounds
The gardens are a particular feature of this beautiful property having been landscaped and lovingly tended over many years.
Both New Grove and Stable House have separate entrances via automatic gates from Grove Street. A long private tree-lined drive leads to a spacious forecourt at New Grove and continues to Stable House. Both houses benefit from generous paved terraces that enjoy a high level of seclusion and are ideal for summer dining. From here lovely views of the gardens and the South Downs may be enjoyed.
A delightfully secluded area enclosed by mellow stone walls and clipped hedges includes a 12 x 5 metre (approx.) swimming pool and pool house. To the eastern side of Stable House is a hard tennis court which does require some attention with a concrete stable block lying immediately to the south.
The remainder of the grounds comprise beautifully laid out lawns and borders with numerous specimen trees, a rose pergola, box parterre, some excellent topiary and a wide variety of imaginative planting for year-round colour and interest. Beyond the formal gardens the remaining park-like grounds comprise areas of paddock and light woodland.
In all about 10 acres (4.0468 ha).
New Grove represents a very special property in Petworth with some sensational architecture and elegant rooms. Its position offers the best of both worlds - 10 acres of land with beautiful views to the South Downs yet moments walk into the town and the nearest coffee shop!James Machell