DESCRIPTION Situated along the picturesque Church Street in Storrington, is this IMPORTANT GRADE II LISTED village house, purportedly the oldest house in Storrington, coming to the market having been sympathetically, elegantly and lovingly restored over recent years by the current owners. The accommodation offered is both stylish and SPACIOUS with a wealth of exposed and highlighted MEDIEVAL FEATURES although blending the period character with modern living. A truly exceptional house and well advised to view. The property is offered for sale with ON ONWARD CHAIN.
ENTRANCE PORCH Wide front door to:
ENTRANCE HALL/MUSIC ROOM 16' 10" x 11' 3" (5.13m x 3.43m) Solid French oak floor with raised platform, wealth of exposed ceiling wall timbers.
RECEPTION ROOM 17' 4" x 16' 10" (5.28m x 5.13m) A beautiful room with solid French oak floor, stunning Inglenook fireplace with oak bressumer, exposed hearth and brickwork, original shuttered window, cupboard to side with electrics and shelves.
DINING ROOM 17' 3" x 14' 10" (5.26m x 4.52m) An elegant and beautiful room with solid French oak floor, original shutter window, open fireplace with oak beam, door to:
CLOAKROOM/UTILITY ROOM 10' 0 long" (3.05m Suite of w.c., wash hand basin, tiled worksurface with space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer under, coat hanging space.
STUDY 11' 10 maximum" x 9' 4" (3.61m x 2.84m) Large slab flooring, wealth of exposed ceiling and wall timbers, original grill window, skylight, cast iron stove.
LOVELY MARBLE STAIRCASE Leading to:
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM 21' 0" x 18' 5" (6.4m x 5.61m) Flagstone floor, elegantly and beautifully fitted with a range of cream Ash wood units with work tops, full range of drawers, cupboards and eye-level cupboards, space for Rangemaster cooker, sink unit with mixer tap, concealed dishwasher, fridge and separate freezer in matching unit.
DINING AREA Feature central brick pillar, patio doors to miniature courtyard with ladder and glass dome.
LANDING Polished oak flooring.
SITTING AREA 12' 0" x 8' 6" (3.66m x 2.59m) Deep large storage cupboard.
TWO STAIRCASES One with a carving reputedly of William Penn. Leading to:
MASTER BEDROOM SUITE 18' 0 maximum" x 13' 1" (5.49m x 3.99m) Hand built oak wardrobe, lighted recess, wealth of exposed ceiling wall timbers, door to:
EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM Corner shower cubicle, low level w.c., wash hand basin, fully tiled walls.
GUEST SUITE BEDROOM TWO 13' 1" x 11' 7" (3.99m x 3.53m) Inner private landing with storage cupboard, bedroom with wealth of exposed wall timbers, access to deep eaves storage/wardrobe, door to:
EN-SUITE BATHROOM Jacuzzi panel enclosed bath, wash hand basin, low level w.c., fully tiled walls.
HISTORICAL BEDROOM THREE 11' 5" x 9' 1" (3.48m x 2.77m) Historical conservation floor with original solid oak floorboards, wealth of wall timbers, built-in oak wardrobe.
BEDROOM FOUR 11' 9" x 8' 4" (3.58m x 2.54m) Wealth of exposed wall timbers, original medieval markings.
FAMILY BATHROOM Roll top claw bath, wash hand basin, w.c., fully tiled walls, inset spot lights.
FRONT To the front of the property has a small area of garden with plants and shrubs enclosed by ornate railings.
REAR GARDEN At the rear of the property there is a beautiful cottage garden with original brew/wash house of 22'7 x 8'3 with original copper, exposed stone walls, outside bin store, brick paved patio leading onto a completely secluded attractive area of lawn with stone and brick wall, superbly planted with a variety of flowers, plants and shrubs, with rear gated access to Rectory Close.
HISTORY Situated at the northern end of Church Street, well renowned for its period buildings and interesting architecture, Little Boltons a Grade II listed property is part of a complex of buildings that have a long association with the meat trade. The original medieval building was a four bay open hall house believed to date back to the late 14th century. Coins from the period were found in the foundations during the recent restoration. The inglenook fireplace was constructed at the outset of the 16th century,
The building was gradually developed southwards during subsequent centuries, the final addition taking place in 1801 when much of the timber frame at the front of the house was replaced with brick. The final brick re-facing was undertaken in 1852 and is recorded in the brickwork at the front of the property.
In one of the bedrooms, there is a hand sawn floor with broad oak planks. This is a listed feature and was identified in the original listing of the building as one of the oldest, complete first floors in Sussex.
Early in the 16th century, the roof of the building was extended over the back wall of the house to form what is known as an outshut. The original external rear wall now forms an interior wall with its medieval windows.
The building is of typical oak frame construction with wattle and daub panels. The oak frame is marked with the numbering system typical of buildings prefabricated in the forest.
The building contains several 'lost' features such as a third stairwell - now a void. There is also a void adjoining the master bedroom and, in the roof, once fully boarded, there is evidence of the former servants' quarters.
Timbers throughout the house show the typical candle marks evident in buildings of this age.
The cellar, which is now the beautiful kitchen, was part of the 16th century house and had an open fireplace for food and meat preparation.
The large inglenook, with its bressumer beam, open hearth fire with fire basket and cast iron fireback (believed to date from the Restoration) is also equipped with several bread ovens, two of which have been exposed and restored.
Outside, there is a brewhouse with washing facilities which include a well, winding mechanism, copper and the original washing equipment.
A plaster plaque of William Penn is inserted on the second staircase.