A period inspired home in a private well established garden setting with exceptional country views to the South Downs
THE PROPERTY Dearnley House is period inspired house dating from 2005 in a rural setting with spectacular views to the South Downs. The house sits comfortably within a mature private and sheltered garden. The exterior has distinctive gabled and tile hung first floor elevations, partly dormered which contrast with mellow stone and brick ground floor. The interior space is well arranged on two floors with a generous boarded attic. Across the back of the house is a wonderful open plan bespoke kitchen/dining/family room which takes full advantage of the southerly aspect and views towards the Downs, with doors opening onto a rear terrace/veranda. A lovely light and part galleried hall provides easy access to the study and drawing room, which are both well proportioned with generous ceiling heights.
Upstairs the master bedroom suite has a large dressing room (scope for bedroom 5) and en suite bathroom, with three further double bedrooms, one with en suite shower room and a family bathroom off the spacious landing. There are some lovely views to the South Downs from all the rear facing bedrooms. There is also a large boarded attic with further potential for conversion subject to planning and the necessary consents.
Approached via a shared entrance with two neighbours, the property is remarkably private and forms part of an unspoilt rural community at the heart of this small village, within easy walking distance of the pub and a country stroll to an extensive range of local footpaths which access a wide variety of further farmland walks, including linking to the South Downs Way. The quiet local lanes also provide miles of cycling opportunities.
OUTSIDE A private resin bonded drive gently swings down a wide parking area and stylish approach to the house, flanked by gently graded grass banks.
The garden is a bird sanctuary having been planted with an extraordinary blend of native and specimen trees and ornamental high hedgerows which provide a private haven, but cleverly designed for seasonal interest. There are several outlying garden rooms, including a vegetable garden, a small orchard, a flower and herb cutting garden with extensive boundary planting for privacy. Behind the house is a lovely level lawn which is seeded with wild flowers and orchids, this seamlessly connects to the rear terrace which invites you out into the garden with its vistas towards the South Downs. In all the garden and grounds extend to over 0.80 of an Acre (0.323 ha).
A double open front barn style garage provides useful covered space, with a large garden store.
LOCATION Elsted is a refreshingly unspoilt small English country village, nestling near the foot of the Downs in the heart of the South Downs National Park between Petersfield and Midhurst. The village has two well-regarded pubs (The Elsted Inn and The Three Horseshoes) along with its renovated Norman church, village hall and picturesque recreation ground, with cricket club and tennis court. Midhurst is an easy drive to the east with a wide range of local services and Petersfield to the west has a comprehensive range of facilities including Waitrose, a mainline station with train services to London Waterloo, an excellent range of schools, including Bedales and Churcher's College. The A272 links to the A3 at Petersfield and provides good regional transport links to the M25, M27 and beyond. The larger centres of Guildford and Chichester are all within reasonable driving distance, as are the harbours and creeks of the South Coast.
In a Nutshell:
"We have enjoyed creating a garden which is not just a haven for bird or wild life but very much part of a timeless South Downs landscape with our special views being a particular a joy".