Property for sale Lockgate Road, Sidlesham Common, Chichester
Guide Price £2,795,000
A superbly appointed and substantial semi rural house, located within easy reach of Chichester Harbour, benefiting with a range of well-presented and converted farm buildings, with fine southerly views over farmland (total accommodation 7,156 sq ft). The property has approved planning consent to form further accommodation and potential to create a boutique hotel business.
This collection of period buildings, currently arranged as a family home and successful bed and breakfast business, comprises a large detached Victorian cottage, with a subsequent ground floor extension. The former dairy barn has been converted and sub-divided to form two self-contained holiday units, two further en-suite ancillary bedrooms, and a substantial unconverted barn unit. The site also has the benefit of approved planning consent to construct a further detached residential block overlooking farmland to the south. The property is situated within grounds amounting to approximately two thirds of an acre and is approached via a drive off the southern side of a semi-rural lane. Lockgate Cottage and Dairy presents a unique opportunity to form a variety of uses, including the formation of a boutique hotel, or be maintained as a private residential property.
The Main House (Cottage)
Believed to have been constructed in the 1800's and with many period features, this lovely home (2,675 sq ft) features well-proportioned and extremely well-presented accommodation throughout. In recent years the property has been extended to form a cleverly designed double height entrance hall with access to both the front and rear of the property. There are three reception rooms which includes a south facing triple aspect sitting room, dining room and an attractive garden room. The kitchen/breakfast room also enjoys a southerly outlook. Creating flow to the property there are two flights of stairs to the first floor where there are four double bedrooms and two family bathrooms. Other features include a sizeable study, utility/laundry room and a cloakroom.
Ancillary Accommodation (Dairy)
Accessed through an extremely attractive courtyard the former dairy (2,680 sq ft) has been sympathetically converted to provide accommodation set away from the main house. With many exposed beams and other period features, the conversion features two self-contained accommodation units. Wren Barn provides an open plan double height kitchen/reception room, two ground floor bedrooms (one en suite), a third mezzanine bedroom/loft room and a shower room. The Dairy has an extremely spacious and double height open plan kitchen/reception room, a double bedroom (en suite), a further mezzanine bedroom and a bathroom. Within the southern arm of this L-shaped conversion, accessed from their own independent entrance hall, are two well-presented double bedrooms which are both en suite.
Situated along the Eastern length of the central courtyard there is a sizeable unconverted barn unit (1,801 sq ft). Currently used for storage and garaging this building, subject to planning, could be converted to provide a variety of uses including a wedding venue, offices or swimming pool.
Planning consent (planning ref. 18/00122/FUL)
The site has the benefit of approved planning consent (with s106) to expand the existing bed and breakfast business with a further 4,000 sq ft of accommodation (approx.). A proportion of this would be via a new dwelling providing approximately 2,600 sq ft of accommodation over two floors which would include 7 bedrooms (all en suite). Planning has also been approved for an extension to the Dairy which would replace the existing sunroom and form a dining hall, kitchen, laundry room and a services room.
nb. drawings are available on request and buyers must rely on their own enquiries for all planning matters
Garden and Grounds
The property is approached off a drive which leads through to an area for off street parking at the rear. The property sits within grounds amounting to approximately two thirds of an acre and provides a secluded area of garden to the main house. Throughout the grounds there are many areas laid to lawn, with flowering shrubs and plants within the borders, along with areas laid to patio. Throughout the rear garden there are lovely views over adjoining farmland.
Lockgate Cottage and Dairy is equidistant of both Chichester Yacht Basin and Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve (a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)). The reserve is renowned and populated by its rare wildlife, stunning views and nearby country pursuits. The nearby village of Sidlesham offers a popular primary school, village store and garage, church and two public houses, including the renowned Crab & Lobster.
The historic cathedral city of Chichester offers comprehensive shopping facilities and a choice of social and recreational activities, all of which are easily accessible through the mainly level pedestrian areas of the beautifully preserved city. Cultural activities include the Pallant House Gallery and Festival Theatre. There are renowned schools in the area, both in the public and the private sector. The mainline station in Chichester provides a regular service to London Victoria in about 1 hour 40 minutes (via Gatwick Airport), and Havant station to the west provides a faster service to London Waterloo in about 1 hour 20 minutes.
Events and sporting activities in the area include the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival events for motoring enthusiasts, horseracing at Goodwood and Fontwell racecourses, polo at Cowdray Park, golf at nearby Goodwood, and various watersports off the beaches at the Witterings. Chichester Harbour has a multitude of moorings (subject to availability) and there are nearby berthing and lifting facilities in both Birdham Pool and Chichester Marina. Other local attractions include: the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, West Dean Gardens, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Goodwood House, Stansted Park and Petworth House.