Elegant Georgian home in a rural yet accessible location.
Hops House is an elegant Georgian property, dating from the 1830s and believed to have been the brewery to the neighbouring property, which was formerly a public house. Characterised by Virginia creeper-clad brick, part tile hung elevations with sash windows, the property has been the subject of various sympathetic additions which retain the elegant architectural features of the period and include a Victorian wing, an elegant Westbury orangery and most recently a two-storey extension to create a large utility room and superb principal bedroom suite over.
The front door opens to an elegant and welcoming reception hall, off which lies a double reception room, currently used as a formal drawing room and cosy snug. Of particular note is the well-appointed kitchen which forms the hub of the family home, fitted with a range of bespoke cabinetry by Abri Furniture and being open to the elegant orangery, ideally set up as a breakfast and family room. The kitchen is served by a large utility room; a study and cloakroom complete the ground floor.
Steps descend from the hall to the lower ground floor, a versatile space with separate external access with potential to use as a home-working space or create a self-contained annexe. It is currently used as a super family and play room, and has a large adjoining wine cellar with flagstone floor.
There are six bedrooms on the first floor, including an excellent principal bedroom with a stylish en suite bathroom including a freestanding roll top bath and wet-room style shower. The remaining bedrooms are served by a bathroom and a shower room; bedroom six is currently used as a dressing room and has a range of fitted wardrobes.
Hops House is approached from Stairbridge Lane via electronically operated double gates mounted on brick pillars, which open to a gravelled driveway and parking area ahead of the integral double garage. To the front of the house is an area of formal lawn, bounded by a low brick wall and close board fencing.
A circular stone terrace lies adjacent to the rear of the house, edged by raised beds and well stocked with a number shrubs and flowers. Beyond the raised beds is an attractive water feature echoing the circular design of the terrace, from which water is channelled down towards the house. An area of lawn extends away from the property, bounded by mature trees and hedging. An archway leads through a mature beech hedge to a further area of garden and to the swimming pool.
The concrete stable yard is enclosed by post and rail fencing and contains stabling comprising five loose boxes, two store rooms and a separate tractor store with double doors. A five bar gate opens to a former sand school, which could be reinstated if required; a track gives secondary access onto Stairbridge Lane.
Beyond the swimming pool and stabling is a fenced tennis court and the post and rail fenced paddock land.
The woodland, known as Beershop Wood, is classed as Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland in the Ancient Woodland Inventory for West Sussex. The wood is bounded by hedging and is heavily covered with bluebells, wood anemones, foxgloves and violets and contains coppiced hazel, oaks, silver birches and sweet chestnuts.
In all, about 7.4 acres.
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This is lovely family house, and I particularly like its history. It's a great combination of old and new!Rohan Vines