A wonderfully lateral house set within the sought after Willinghurst estate, approached via a mile long drive with outstanding views over surrounding hills
Approached via a mile long private driveway with outstanding views over the surrounding countryside, Coach House was built in the 1880s as part of the grand Willinghurst Estate by Victorian architect Philip Webb.
Evolved over time retaining many original features and incorporating those from a demolished section of the architecturally-lauded Willinghurst House, it does not feel in any way like a conversion. Original features include, magnificent doors and windows, fireplace, wood flooring throughout and a pretty courtyard entrance. The house was sensitively renovated by the owners, restoring many of the original features and in sympathy with the William Morris arts and crafts movement.
The house is entered through a beautiful oak door into a spacious hallway, has five bedrooms, one of which is a ground floor annexe with its own private shower room and separate entrance. The large drawing room has a wood-burning stove and library. The large orangery family kitchen has an Aga, dining and sitting area, walk-in larder, and double doors that open onto the attractive grounds.
On the ground floor there is also a formal dining room overlooking the pretty gardens, a study with attic, a family room, a WC, and a spacious utility-cum-boot room with access from the courtyard. Upstairs in the main house there is the fabulous master bedroom with en suite, plus three more generous-sized bedrooms and a family bathroom. All these bedrooms overlook the stunning gardens.
The grounds include beautiful formal gardens with specimen trees and plants, a dining terrace, sheds, garaging, a small woodland area and a substantial paddock with stable and tree house. Altogether there are around 4 acres with far reaching views towards the South Downs. There is separate access from the main drive to the garden and large garage which, subject to the usual consents, could be converted; and also another to the paddock. The estate sits within the ancient forest of Winterfold where the seasonal bluebells and wild blueberries ('Hurts') are to be enjoyed. There are also fantastic opportunities for outdoor pursuits, with the Winterfold opening out into the extensive acreage of the Hurtwood Forest, including mountain biking, horse riding and hiking. Coach House is accessed through the original coach gates and archway into the cobbled courtyard with a garage to one side.
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Attractive coach house within private rural estateAlastair Mercer