The property is located in rural West Sussex 13 miles north of Worthing on the south coast, in desirable Gay Street, just east of the A29 and north of the villages of Nutbourne and West Chiltington, with its village stores, two post offices, primary school, sporting clubs and village hall, on the northern edge of the South Down National Park. Three miles south is the larger village of Pulborough with its mainline railway station with good services to Gatwick and London Victoria (80 minutes), a health centre and more shops, including Sainsbury and Tesco stores. The town of Billingshurst five miles to the north has many more shops and a secondary school.
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Front door leading to entrance lobby and good sized cloakroom with wc, wash basin and vanity unit; inner door to spacious hallway, under stairs cupboard and original oak parquet floor, leading to a large double aspect reception room with gas fire and original oak parquet flooring, patio door and floor to ceiling windows with stunning views over the rear garden and wild-flower meadow to the South Downs. Leading off the reception room is a door to the good sized double aspect dining room, feature old beam, with similar views and also of the side (east) garden.
On the opposite side of the hallway to the kitchen is another reception room, currently being used as a library, with original oak parquet flooring, window overlooking the front of the property and extensive range of book shelving. A wide arch leads to a bright double aspect sun room on the west side of the property with gas fire, windows overlooking the rear garden and sliding patio doors onto a large sunny patio giving access to the swimming pool complex.
Oak stairs and balustrade from the hallway lead to the upstairs hall (with access to the loft) and a good sized double-aspect double bedroom (bedroom 2) overlooking the front of the property and the garden on the west side, with wash basin and vanity unit and built-in wardrobe. Opposite this, overlooking the front, is a recently converted spacious modern family bathroom containing large shower, bath, wc, basin and vanity unit, tiled floor and tiled floor to to ceiling walls, white pvc ceiling and modern lighting.
An arch from the dining room leads to the well fitted good sized country style kichen overlooking the front (north) of the property, which is also accessed from the hallway. The kitchen has a good range of cupboards and work tops, double basin and drainer, Smeg double built-in eye-level oven, Smeg hob and built-in Neff dish-washer, fridge and freezer. There is a fan on the wooden ceiling, tiled floor and all-tiled walls. Leading off the dining room, and adjacent to the kitchen overlooking the front, is a good sized utility room with work-tops, 1½ basin and drainer, strip light on wooden ceiling, tiled floor and tiled floor to ceiling walls. A door leads to a small lobby, presently used as storage, and side door to the outside.
Leading off the sun room to the north of the property are four rooms that are currently being used as part of the house in the form of an office, a double bedroom, an ensuite shower room and an exercise room. The carpeted office has a wooden ceiling and window overlooking the approach to the front of the property. This leads to the double aspect carpeted bedroom with windows also overlookingt the front and to the north. This in turn leads to the ensuite double shower room, wc, wash basin and vanity unit with tiled floor and tiled floor to ceiling walls, with white upvc ceiling. These rooms could easily be converted into a self-contained annexe by converting the office into a lounge and the exercise room into a kitchen. Doors from the office and the exercise room lead to an L shaped bespoke conservatory containing a five person hot tub and doors giving access to the patio and swimming pool.
At the far end of the pool is a door leading to the upvc clad pool house with changing room, pump room and storage area.
Beyond the house on the west side of the plot is a substantial pitched metal roof barn 51 x 18 feet with single and double doors at one end, all round double-glazed windows and lighting and power points, currently used as a workshop and storage. The concrete floor has a built-in drainage system to outside the barn (not presently used) and at the end of the barn is the original footings where that part of the barn once stood, and which could enable the barn to be extended by another 16 feet back to its original size.
Further along the hall is a second double bedroom (bedroom 3) with built-in wardrobes and hot water boiler and airing cupboard, and two windows with views to the west. At the end of the hall is the large master bedroom overlooking the rear garden and meadow with stunning views to the South Downs. There is a good range of built-in wardrobes and other furniture and a door to the en-suite bathroom, also with views to the South Downs, containing Carronite bath with shower over, wc, twin wash basins and vanity unit. The ceiling is white upvc and the floor and walls (floor to ceiling) have been tiled.
On the west side of the property is a large (36 x 18 feet) heated swimming pool with sliding enclosed cover, allowing for all year use, that can be opened on hot summer days. The pool varies in depth from eight feet to three feet and has a diving board at the deep end. The present owners have found the cover keeps the water sufficiently warm without having to use the pool boiler.
The grounds (including the drive) are just over three acres, the majority of which (to the west and south) have rabbit proof fencing. There are several large trees on the property and the main garden is immediately to the south of the house with a large lawn, shrubs beyond and then rose beds and more flowers. A deep ornamental pond, with a filtration system suitable for koi carp, is close to the house. To the west of the house (between the swimming pool and barn) is more lawn, a caged area for growing soft fruit (strawberry, tayberry, raspberry, gooseberry and red current) and a small green-house. There is also a small vegetable area and flower border.
There is potential, subject to the necessary permissions, to either convert or replace the barn with a large (three/four bedroom) bungalow, or to holiday accommodation, on the 18 x 67 feet footprint. Vehicular access to the barn is through a five-bar gate from the end of the drive by the house. On the north side of the barn is a concrete hardstand that (subject to the necessary permissions) could form the basis for a double garage next to the barn.
The present owners are radio amateurs (callsigns G4BUE and MØBUE) and have erected two towers, and a mast on the roof of the house, for antennas. Whilst these will be removed prior to completion of a sale to a non-radio amateur, they can be left in situ for a sale to a radio amateur. The two towers are on the area of lawn to the west of the property close to the barn. One is a Versatower P60 (58 feet) three section crank-up tower at presently just holding wires, and the other is a Radio Structures Ltd BM24 T (80 feet) four section crank-up tower fitted with a Goodwinch electric winch to raise and lower it. This tower has a two element ZX 30m yagi and above it a three element Steppir for 10, 12, 17, 15 and 20m, turned by a Pro Sis PST 2051D rotator. The office is currently being used as the ‘shack’ and the cables from the two towers (hard-line from the Versatower), and other antennas and wires, come into the house through the loft space of the annexe and down the cavity wall to the ‘shack’. I would, of course, leave all this in situ if a radio amateur was to purchase the property. See the G4BUE page.
In addition to the potential to develop the barn into a bungalow, enquiries with the Planning Dept of Horsham District Council reveal planning permission could be granted to either extend the house upwards to a second floor above the existing single storey parts, or to demolish it and build a new much larger (over 5000 square feet) house to the size of the existing house footprint, including the swimming pool, either on the existing footprint or elsewhere on the plot.
The property was built about 1955, believed by local builder Carver, and has been extended and modernised over the years. All windows are double-glazed and the facia boards, gables, soffits and guttering are all upvc. Central heating and hot water for the house, and heating for the swimming pool, is provided by oil fired boilers. There is a private drainage system (new pipework installed in 2017) and a new mains water supply was installed in 2013. Propane gas supplies the kitchen hob and gas coal effect fires in the lounge and sun room. The property is Council Tax band G with Horsham District Council, which for the year 2020/21 is £3096.
From the north, travel south on the A29 from Billingshurst to Adversane Crossroads (junction with B2133). Continue south on the A29 passing Brinsbury College on the right after 1.4 miles until you come to Gay Street Lane on the left after a further 1.5 miles. Turn left into Gay Street Lane and continue under the railway bridge on a right hand bend, ignoring Stall House Lane on your left, until you come to a fork after about half a mile. Take the left fork (the right fork goes to Nutbourne), which is still called Gay Street Lane, and continue through the woods for about a mile until you come to a type of T junction. You have the right of way going round to the right and you are now in Gay Street. Continue along Gay Street for just over a quarter of a mile until you come to two driveways on the right. The first goes to Kilbrannon (horse) Farm and the second is signposted Berry Grove and Highcroft Farmhouse. Take the second driveway and after 100 yards take the left fork up to Highcroft Farmhouse.
From the south, travel north on the A24 away from Worthing for 7 miles until you reach Washington Roundabout at the junction with A283. Turn left signposted Storrington and travel for 2.1 miles through Sullington until you enter Storrington at a mini-roundabout. Turn right on to the B2139 signposted Thakeham and travel for 0.2 mile and take a left turn into Fryern Road signposted Roundabout and West Chiltington. Continue on Fryern Road for 1.5 miles, ignoring all left and right turns and forks, until you enter the village of West Chiltington. Travel on for 0.2 mile to crossroads, and go straight over for a further 0.4 mile (down the hill and past the village hall on the left) , and then look for a sharp left turn (immediately after a house) into Stream Lane and signposted Nutbourne. After 0.2 mile take the first turning on the right into Gay Street. Continue up Gay Street for 1.2 mile and as you start going downhill, pass three houses on the right with a duck pond and look out for two driveways on the left. Take the first driveway signposted Berry Grove and Highcroft Farmhouse (the second driveway is signposted Kilbrannon Farm). After 100 yards take the left fork up to Highcroft Farmhouse.
Next to the swimming pool is another large patio that enjoys the far reaching views to the south, with another small fish pond. Beyond this is another area of land (about half an acre) currently left as a field to encourage wild-life. The grounds could easily be adapted for small equestrian use by converting the barn into stabling or erecting new.
• Detached house
• Four bedrooms
• Large lounge with views
• South facing aspect
• Elevated 3 acres plot
• Stunning views
• Secluded and rural
• Ample vehicle parking
• Annexe potential
• Covered swimming pool
• Large 51 x 18 feet barn
• Development potential
• Extensive gardens
• Wild-flower meadow
Beyond the rose beds to the south of the property is a one acre wild-flower meadow and pond constructed in 2011 containing only native plants, flowers and trees. The meadow is surrounded on two sides by a mature native hedge and has a small spinney containing several silver birch trees on the west side. A large pond with an island and bridge, and weeping willow alongside, complete this nature lover’s paradise. Walkways have been cut around and through the meadow. More information about the construction of the meadow, and the wild life living in it, can be found on the Wild Flower Meadow page.