A charming Grade II Listed thatched cottage, in a timeless rural setting, between Petersfield and Midhurst
THE PROPERTY Little Slade is a charming Grade II Listed thatched cottage in a timeless rural setting. The internal character includes exposed timber framing, floorboards and a lovely stone inglenook fireplace. In 2007 our clients substantially extended and refurbished the cottage, providing a contemporary twist to a period home with an ancestry dating back to the 17th Century or earlier. A linked wing provides a well proportioned drawing room with vaulted and cruck framed master bedroom suite over, all taking advantage of the stunning country views towards the South Downs. The original cottage has two further bedrooms, a dressing room and bathroom upstairs ideal for guests and downstairs can flex to suit formal or more relaxed entertaining with the library, study, sitting room and dining room providing space for a variety of needs. The library and study could also be a self-contained fourth bedroom with the utility room providing scope for a shower/bathroom as needs dictate.
LOCATION Little Slade is tucked away down a narrow country lane in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Although secluded, there are neighbouring properties and a working farm along the lane and the village of Rogate is nearby with its popular primary school, shop, pub, church and village hall. The farm shop at Durleighmarsh is well regarded locally with regular fresh fish days, seasonal asparagus and "pick your own fruit". The area is conveniently located within 10 minutes drive of the thriving market town of Petersfield. This offers a comprehensive range of shopping, sporting and leisure facilities and has a mainline station with frequent train services to London Waterloo (just over an hour). The A3 is also available at Petersfield or Liphook providing quick access to Guildford, the South Coast/Solent, the M25 and London. The A272 is also nearby linking Petworth to Winchester. Heathrow, Gatwick and Southampton airports are all within reasonable driving distance.
There is great walking locally via the lanes and footpaths which crisscross the countryside, including the Sussex Border Path and links to woodland walks via the National Trust Woodland at Durford Wood or Rogate Common. There is also a range of excellent educational facilities in the immediate area including Bedales, Churcher's College, Ditcham Park and Highfield in the private sector and Rother College in the state sector.
OUTSIDE A gravel drive swings round to the upper front and lower rear of a substantial Barn garage with space for four cars and storage area for garden machinery. Above is a useful studio room/home office. There is potential (subject to planning and listed building consent) to convert the upper levels to Bedroom 4/ancillary accommodation, whilst retaining lower ground level covered parking.
The house is essentially south facing and the garden is mainly to the rear and split level sloping from East to West. There are secluded areas to enjoy the beautiful views over adjoining farmland and the South Downs in the distance, including a paved area by the drawing room and a sheltered loggia in the lower garden. The gardens overall are well established and stocked with lovely old trees providing good outdoor space to enjoy or for anyone with gardening interests to develop further. In all the garden and grounds extend to about 0.64 of an acre (0.259 ha).