An elegant Regency house, Listed Grade II, commanding one of the best positions in this predominantly National Trust village in the rich countryside of the South Downs National Park, with breath-taking views over open countryside to the West Sussex coast and beyond.
The Dower House is believed to date from the early 19th Century, but it is thought that parts of the house may date from around 1780. Certainly the property has all the elegance and proportions of the Regency period with high ceilings, large sash windows, flagged stone floors and impressive fireplaces. The original period appeal has since been enhanced by an imaginative and eclectic programme of refurbishment creating a stylish and unique interior including some of the best of contemporary design but always with one eye on the heritage and history of the house. The result is a stunning home, equally suited as a full time family residence or weekend retreat, surrounded by the rich countryside of the South Downs National Park, whilst still being within easy reach of London.
Three beautiful reception rooms are the focal point of the ground floor, all with high corniced ceilings, impressive fireplaces and 3/4 height sash windows with shutters, flooding the rooms with natural light and making the most of the dramatic views to the south coast. Two further rooms looking north over the gardens also have large sash windows, these with attractive Gothic arch glazing bars. From the main reception rooms a stone flagged floor leads to a generously proportioned kitchen/breakfast room of over 20' square. This has been fitted with a specially designed kitchen by Martin Moore which combines traditional cabinet making with a contemporary twist and is painted in a colour scheme inspired by the National Trust colours which can be seen around the village. A handsome 4-oven Aga has a matching Aga companion cooker, and there is an excellent range of integrated appliances including three dishwashers, Quooker instant hot water tap, wine cooler, two low level fridges, larder fridge and stainless steel freezer drawer. The adjacent utility room is designed in a matching style and includes a central 3/4 height larder cupboard with extensive storage, shelving and spice racks. The cellars beneath the ground floor provide useful storage and a wine cellar with bins.
The exceptionally generous bedroom accommodation provides eight bedrooms and five bath or shower rooms, including four suites all with Lefroy Brooks fittings. Five of the bedrooms look south with superb views to the south coast. The principal bedrooms enjoy the same elegant proportions as the ground floor reception rooms and the 3/4 height sash windows take in panoramic coastal views. The principal bedroom suite is especially appealing with full height wardrobes disguised as panelling, an impressive fireplace with log effect gas fire and a bespoke designed dressing room with extensive storage.
The privacy of the house is guaranteed by being located very much in the centre of its surrounding grounds of some 4.75 acres. A discreet entrance is secured by remote controlled gates opening on to a long driveway leading past the south lawn enclosed by neatly clipped yew hedging to a large gravelled parking area to the west of the house with access to the extensive garaging. A terrace with cast iron pergola runs the length of the southern elevation and enjoys stunning views over the village towards the south coast.
Behind the house there is a split level terrace with steps leading up to a formal lawn, planted with a number of attractive trees including silver birch and a variety of fruit trees. Exterior brick steps lead down to a further cellar housing the boilers and associated switch gear. A chestnut post and rail fence, with 5-bar gate separates the formal gardens from the paddock/pasture land which extend to approximately 2.75 acres. There is a separate flint and brick outbuilding with two store rooms, located close to the southern boundary.
We are informed by the seller that they have National Trust Approval for the existing detached garage building to be removed and replaced with an outdoor swimming pool, subject to any further consents that maybe required. There was also a Pre-Application submitted to sdnp in September 2015 in relation to a proposed timber clad stable building, comprising 3 no. Stables and 1 no. Tack/equipment room - this was proposed to be located to the East of the main house (please see sdnp/15/04837/pre).
The village of Slindon is predominantly owned by the National Trust, which has preserved much of its character and charm. Lying between Chichester and Arundel within the newly created South Downs National Park, it is in close proximity to forestry commissioned woodland and many attractive country walks and bridle paths. The Forge village shop and café is hugely popular and heavily supported by the local residents of the village.
The nearby villages of Barnham, Eastergate and Fontwell provide a good selection of local shops whilst Chichester and Arundel are within an easy travelling distance by car and provide more comprehensive shopping facilities.
There is also a good choice of rail links along the coast and to London and Gatwick airport from either Barnham, Arundel or Amberley.
Numerous sporting and recreational activities in the area include horse racing at Goodwood and Fontwell, Polo at Cowdray Park, several golf courses, a private country club at Goodwood with modern gym and indoor swimming pool and sailing at Littlehampton and Chichester harbours. The surrounding National Park countryside provides many opportunities for walking, riding or mountain biking.
The area is well served with a number of good state and private schools locally, which include Slindon College, Westbourne House, Dorset House, Seaford College and Hurst.
Agents note: Tenure - Please note that the property is offered for sale with the benefit of a full 99 year lease from The National Trust.
Ground Rent - Currently £270 per annum, due annually on 29th September.