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John Edwards & Co is delighted to present this stunning four bed cottage in the charming West Sussex hamlet of Shermanbury, situated on the edge of the South Downs Way with its fine rural walking trails, and close to the villages of Henfield and Partridge Green with their shops, cafs, restaurants and pubs. It benefits from regular bus services into Brighton and Horsham. It is also within the catchment areas of several prominent local schools. The property - parts of which are approximately two hundred and fifty years old and are thought to have originally been a granary - was substantially extended in the 1970s in a manner which is entirely sympathetic to the period nature of the original building. It now comprises three/four double bedrooms, three/four reception rooms including a breakfast room and separate dining room, two bathrooms, a fully fitted kitchen, a utility room, two double garages and plenty of off-road/external parking. There is also an external self-contained office, for those looking to work from home. In addition, there are a wealth of period features throughout, including exposed wooden beams, vaulted ceilings, solid oak floors, and a stunning inglenook fireplace, and beautifully landscaped gardens, with a number of mature ornamental trees, manicured lawns, and an abundance of flowers, plants and shrubs. This is a genuinely beautiful property in a stunning location, and one in which we anticipate a great deal of interest. Viewing is essential to fully appreciate all it has to offer. EXTERIOR
From the shared driveway, a pair of secure electric gates open onto the tarmac driveway which provides plenty of space for multiple off-road parking, and enables access into the two double garages on either side. From here, steps lead up onto the front lawn, which is fringed with established flower beds and mature shrubs. A wraparound pathway leads to an attractive seating area. There is plenty of exterior lighting (including floodlighting), and an exterior brick built boiler house to one side, which houses the oil-fired boiler servicing the property.
The solid oak front door opens into the impressive and roomy entrance hall, which has a tiled floor, a vaulted ceiling with exposed wooden beams, pendant and wall-mounted lighting, power points, a smoke detector, a radiator, and the doors into the sitting room, dining room, downstairs shower room, and bedrooms three and four. Natural light is provided courtesy of the window to rear aspect, overlooking the beautiful rear garden, which can also be accessed from here via a rear door. Access into the loft is also reached from here via a ceiling hatch.
This exceptionally spacious main reception room has a carpeted floor, a textured ceiling with exposed wooden beams and suspended spotlighting, TV and power points, and a stunning recessed inglenook fireplace with working log burner. Natural light is provided by the dual aspect leaded windows to front and rear, and the French-style doors opening onto the front garden. There is also a wall-mouted intercom for the property's electric gates.
The beautiful old dining room, part of the original construction, features a solid oak floor, a skimmed ceiling with pendant lighting, exposed timbers, a stunning decorative cast iron fireplace (non-working), power points, a radiator, double-glazed leaded windows to side aspect, and French-style doors to front leading onto the front garden. There is ample room for a large dining table and chairs, and plenty of understairs storage.
DOWNSTAIRS SHOWER ROOM
This convenient downstairs shower room features a three-piece suite comprising a walk-in shower cubicle, a pedestal hand wash basin, and a low-level WC. There is a tiled floor, tiled walls, a skimmed ceiling with spotlighting, an extraction unit, a heated towel rail, and a leaded window to rear aspect.
This third good sized reception room is annexed to the kitchen and is therefore utilised as a breakfast room by the present owners. It has a solid oak floor, exposed wooden beams, a working log burner, TV and power points, two radiators, dual aspect leaded windows to side and front, the stairs to the first floor landing, and the door into the kitchen. There is also room for a dining table and chairs, and a further wall-mounted intercom system for the property's electric front gates.
The spacious country-style kitchen features a comprehensive range of wall and base mounted cabinets, square-edged worksurfaces with an inset double sink and drainer, an integrated fridge/freezer, space for a double range cooker with extraction unit over, and space and plumbing for a dishwasher. There is a tiled floor, a textured ceiling with spotlighting, splash backs, power points, a wall-mounted vertical radiator, and the door into the utility room. A double-glazed window to rear aspect provides natural sunlight.
The utility room features a wooden work surface with an inset Belfast-style sink, space and plumbing for a washing machine and dryer, space for a large fridge freezer, and built-in cupboards and shelving. There is a vinyl floor, a skimmed ceiling with spotlighting, power points, and a leaded window and door to rear aspect.
The third good sized double bedroom has a carpeted floor, a skimmed ceiling with exposed wooden beams and pendant lighting, power points, a radiator, a pedestal hand wash basin with tiled splash back, and a window to front aspect.
The fourth bedroom presently used as a home office by the current owners, but could easily be used as a further good sized double has a carpeted floor, a skimmed ceiling with exposed wooden beams, pendant lighting, some wall-mounted shelving, power points and a window to front aspect.
STAIRS & FIRST FLOOR LANDING
The stairs are carpeted, with a wooden balustrade. At the landing level, there is a textured ceiling with pendant lighting, some inbuilt shelving and storage, and the doors into bedrooms one and two, and the upstairs bathroom. Access into the loft is also reached from here via a ceiling hatch with descending ladder.
The master bedroom has a carpeted floor, a skimmed ceiling with pendant lighting, plenty of inbuilt wardrobe and cupboard storage, power points, a radiator, and a double glazed window to rear garden, overlooking the stunning front garden.
The second bedroom has a carpeted floor, a skimmed ceiling with pendant lighting, power points, a radiator, some inbuilt storage and shelving, under-eave storage, Velux windows to rear aspect, and a further window to side.
The bathroom features a three-piece suite comprising a panelled bath with glass screen and power shower over, a pedestal hand-wash basin, and a low-level WC. There is a tiled floor, tiled walls, a coved and skimmed ceiling with pendant lighting, some inbuilt storage, an airing cupboard with various linen shelves, which houses the water cylinder servicing the property, and frosted double-glazed windows to side aspect.
The property has the benefit of beautifully landscaped gardens, and which are mostly laid to lawn, with various patio/terraced areas for outside dining or barbecuing, and fringed with plant, tree, shrub and flower borders. There are a number of ornamental trees including a spectacular mature willow, a beautiful magnolia, a variegated maple, two mature wisterias (one of which climbs across the exterior of the property), and a red rambling rose across a substantial wooden pergola. In addition, there are a series of espaliered fruit trees, including apple, pear, and plum. The garden also features a substantial vegetable patch, two greenhouses one of which is heated a pond, and an attractive wooden summerhouse with power and light. There is also plenty of exterior lighting, a working well, and outside taps.
Situated in the rear garden, this is a brick built construction, with power and light, a carpeted floor, and windows to side access. It would make an ideal home office, gym, home salon or treatment room for those looking to work from home.
EXTERNAL STORAGE ROOM
Outside storage room with a hardstanding floor, power and light, and various wall racks and shelves.
DOUBLE GARAGE ONE
The brick constructed double garage has a hardstanding floor, power and lighting, and an electric garage door.
DOUBLE GARAGE TWO
This wooden construction has plenty of space for further garage parking for two cars, and plenty of separate storage space. It has power and light, overhead loft storage, and a hardstanding floor. It is also large enough to be converted into stables.