A refurbished Grade II listed country house set in beautiful rolling West Sussex Countryside.
The property sits in 33.14 acres of manicured gardens, rolling fields and enjoys beautiful views across the South Downs, a further 28 acres of land is available - subject to negotiation. There is substantial car garaging for up to 20 cars, which (subject to planning) could be converted to stabling, an indoor riding school or possibly further accommodation. Champions Farm sits almost in the middle of its own land and benefits from no visible neighbors and a very quiet position.
Our clients have informed us that the property benefits from mains drainage, main water and electricity and oil fired central heating.
The house dates from the 13th century, being first mentioned in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. From the 16th to the 19th century it was owned by the Shelley family. Edward Shelley, owner of Champneys Manor (as it was then known) was hanged at Tyburn in 1588 for sheltering a priest.
The house was then much larger, hence the ceilings being higher than is usual in older Sussex houses. A fire in the 19th century destroyed the greater part of the house. In the 1930s the house and farm were bought by Fred Francis, Senior Partner of stockbrokers Brewin Dolphin and Francis. He employed a very renowned local builder Frank Duke of Steyning to restore the remaining part of the house.
In 1955 Sir Archibald and Lady James, grandparents of the present owners, acquired the house and ran the dairy farm until recently. Between 2015 and 2019 the house has been extensively modernised, the roof totally restored, a new conservatory and a new kitchen installed and 43 windows replaced. During recent restoration the location of the priest's hole and secret access were located.
The soil type of the land is grade II greensand, which is highly sought after for vines as well as crops and vegetables, hence the proximity of local vineyards such as Nyetimber.
I love this charming renovated farmhouse and the fact it has been within the same family ownership since 1955!Pippa Dougall