DESCRIPTION A superb 16th century Grade II listed THATCHED COUNTRY COTTAGE of enormous charm and character set within its own large mature and colourful gardens offering well presented accommodation and potential for annexe.
Water Lane Farm is an immensely attractive Grade II listed thatched county cottage of charm and character well situated on the northern edge of Storrington within easy reach of the village centre being approximately a mile or so from the local amenities. The property offers a wealth of exposed timber, and a great deal of CHARM AND CHARACTER with well presented accommodation and with the additional benefit of an extensive range of OUTBUILDINGS which could, subject to obtaining necessary planning permission & regulations, be utilised as an annexe for dependent relatives or teenagers. The property is set within its own substantial gardens with well stocked colourful flower borders and beds and WE CAN STRONGLY ADVISE AN INTERNAL INSPECTION TO FULLY APPRECIATE THE CHARM AND CHARACTER THIS HOME OFFERS.
ACCOMMODATION ATTRACTIVE ENTRANCE PORCH with timber pillars and glazed side panels with solid oak front door to:
DRAWING ROOM 17'9 x 12'3 not including virtual full width recessed inglenook fireplace with oak bressumer and inset brick hearth and breast with exposed bread oven and gas point. Wealth of exposed ceiling and wall timbers, engineered oak flooring from Cowdrey Park.
DINING ROOM 17'6 max x 9'1 A most attractive room with triple aspect, wealth of ceiling and wall timbers, understairs storage space, engineered oak flooring, staircase to first floor.
KITCHEN 26'10 max x 7'4 average Recently re-fitted including: Butler sink with mixer tap, full range of oriental stone work tops with complete range of drawers and cupboards, full range of eye-level cupboards, exposed early timbers, fully tiled floors, understairs cupboard with work tops, dual aspect, integrated dishwasher, built-in fridge/freezer, door to:
BATHROOM with suite of panel enclosed bath, antique style pedestal wash hand basin, exposed ceiling timbers, door to:
CLOAKROOM with low level WC, window, built in cupboard with space and plumbing for washing machine, range of slatted shelves, gas fired combi-boiler for central heating and hot water on time switch control.
FIRST FLOOR Leading to:
BEDROOM THREE 12'2 x 11'9 max with galleried landing area, window side, wealth of exposed ceiling timbers with part vaulted ceiling, fitted bookshelves.
Secondary Staircase (from dining room) to:
SMALL LANDING with exposed wall timbers, aspect to rear.
MASTER BEDROOM SUITE
BEDROOM 17'8 x 12'7 A magnificent room with dual aspect and mostly vaulted ceiling with exposed wall timbers and some ceiling timbers, original fireplace with oak timber, exposed timber pine floor, loft access, door to:
EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM with suite of enclosed shower cubicle with shower unit, pedestal wash hand basin, low level WC, exposed ceiling and wall timbers with part vaulted ceiling, part tiled walls, window with aspect to rear, single radiator.
BEDROOM TWO 11'0 x 8'9 An attractive room with exposed pine flooring, exposed wall timbers, aspect to front, telephone point.
The very useful range of outbuildings could easily be converted properly to form a self contained annexe or work from home studios, but currently comprise:
OFFICE 11'2 x 10'0 with exposed ceiling and wall timbers with half height brick plinth, fully vaulted ceiling with attractive timbers, pleasant dual aspect with outlook over garden, power and light, dimmer switch control for lighting.
DOUBLE CAR PORT with galvanised steel enclosure with exposed timbers, concrete base, power and light.
WORKSHOP 22'0 x 17'2 with space for car, fitted shelves and work benches, eaves storage space, exposed ceiling timbers.
FURTHER RECESS 11'0 x 10'4 with storage area and STORE 12'4 x 10'1 with power and light, window to side, concrete floor.
GARDENS & GROUNDS The property is approached through a five bar gate to large area providing parking and turning for a number of vehicles with space for boats, caravans etc. The gardens form a particular feature of the property extending to just under half an acre surrounding the property on all sides with substantial areas of lawn with superbly stocked and colourful flower borders and beds containing a variety of flowers, trees, plants and shrubs. There is mature laurel hedging dividing the annexe and car parking area away from the property with a further substantial area of lawn and productive vegetable plot. Useful storage area with five bar gate screened with fencing. There is an attractive Indian stone patio area adjoining the house with a very cottage style approach to the front with bricked path and gate and again beautifully stocked flower borders and beds to the front and side containing a variety of flowers, trees, plants and shrubs. Additionally there is an original privy used as a garden store, an original well and small pond with waterfall and rockery surround.
SERVICES Mains water, electricity and drainage. Gas fired central heating to radiators, combination boiler.
DIRECTIONS From Fowlers Storrington office continue down the High Street to the mini roundabout turning left up School Hill onto the Thakeham Road. Continue across the next mini roundabout and at the following mini roundabout turn left and the entrance drive to the property will be seen immediately on the left hand side.
HISTORY OF THE COTTAGE An historic Sussex cottage - reputed to be where Oliver Cromwell made plans to overthrow King Charles I is currently up for sale. Much of the history of the 17th century cottage - Water Lane Farm in Storrington has been traced back to 1724. But it is said to have played a part in the English Civil War after Cromwell stayed there.
However, the current owners say that residents of another cottage in the village also lay claim to Cromwell having stayed at their property. It's possible Cromwell could have visited both houses - as nearby Chichester and Arundel played a part in the civil war in 1642 when Sussex and Surrey proved themselves to have Parliamentarian sympathies.
"He could have been on his way to Arundel and stopped off here," said the owners, adding: "We love this house. You look at the beams and you think 'where do they come from'? They must have been on a sailing ship before they were in our house. If only the walls could talk." The owners have lived at Water Lane Farm since 2010. We sit here sometimes and think gosh, how many people have gone through here. At some points you can see where the floors have been lowered. People must have been tiny back then."
Source: West Sussex County Times - July 2018.