Bell Lane, Somerley, PO20

6 Bed │ 3 Bath │ 3 Rec

Guide Price £750,000 (Freehold)

East Wittering

Ben Green


Key features

  • Detached Period Property
  • Semi Rural Setting
  • Grade II Listed Smock Mill within Grounds
  • Self-Contained Detached Annexe
  • Stunning Countryside Views
  • A Wealth of Original Features
  • 4 Bedrooms in the Main House
  • Two Bedrooms in the Annexe
  • Oak-framed Garage and Carport
  • Plot Approaching 0.4 Acre

Full description

With enviable views across open farmland, Earnley Mill is a characterful period property of immense charm set within the hamlet of Somerley. The property benefits from having a detached self-contained annexe within the grounds, ideal as guest accommodation, home office or for generating an income. EPC (house and mill): F

Constructed of brick and 'Sussex' flint the main house, which was formerly a flour store, measures 1,715 sqft and has been sympathetically converted and extended and still has many of its original features which include: millstone-edged porch and oak door opening to a generous entrance hall with exposed brickwork and a stained glass porthole window. The spacious sitting/dining room has a painted beamed ceiling and an inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove. From the sitting room 'French' style doors open onto the pretty cottage garden. The kitchen enjoys views out to the neighbouring fields and is open to the breakfast/dining room with exposed brickwork and a built-in pantry. A utility room and shower room/WC complete the ground floor. On the first floor the master bedroom has been designed to reflect the octagonal design of the mill, allowing light to flood into the space and maximise the stunning views. There are 3 further bedrooms with fitted wardrobes and a family bathroom.

The annexe (thought to have once been the grain store) has been tastefully converted to provide self-contained accommodation. There are 2 bedrooms and an open plan kitchen/living space with vaulted ceiling. The current owners have generated an income by letting the property as a holiday cottage, which has proved to be very popular. The mill itself has been dated back to 1797 but ceased working in 1946 and could offer an opportunity for conversion, subject to the relevant permissions. Over the years, remedial work has been carried out to weatherproof the structure and to maintain this historic building.


Grounds and Location

The gardens and grounds envelop the the property and its outbuildings which sit within a plot of approximately 0.37 of an acre and are approached via a gated gravel driveway. The addition of an oak barn style carport and garage provide covered parking and storage with loft space above. The pretty gardens are abundant with flowering traditional cottage garden plants and shrubs with an expanse of lawn on the south side of the mill plus a raised decked area for seating.

Set within the hamlet of Somerley, some 5 minutes from the beach and village centre of East Wittering and approximately 7 miles south-west of Chichester. The village offers a range of facilities including: infants/junior school, GP surgery, chemist, dentist, library and a range of quality independent shops. There is also a regular bus service from Bracklesham Bay or East Wittering to Chichester City centre with its shops, cinemas, restaurants, Festival Theatre, and main line railway station. Goodwood Racecourse and Motor Circuit are some 3 miles beyond Chichester.

Main House - with Entrance Hall leading to: 14'4 (4.37m) x 9'11 (3.02m)

A period character property with self-contained detached annexe in a semi-rural setting.

Ground Floor Shower/Cloakroom

Sitting Room 24' (7.32m) x 12' (3.66m)

Kitchen/Breakfast Room 23'11 (7.29m) x 10'7 (3.23m)

Breakfast/Dining Room

Utility Room

From Entrance Hall, turned stairs to 1st Floor

Bedroom 1 13'6 (4.11m) x 12'3 (3.73m)

Bedroom 2 11'6 (3.51m) x 11'2 (3.4m)

Bedroom 3 11'10 (3.61m) x 10'1 (3.07m)

Bedroom 4 11'11 (3.63m) x 6'10 (2.08m)


Self-contained Annexe (Cottage) with Entrance Hall leading to:

Sitting/Dining Room/Kitchen 18'7 (5.66m) x 15'1 (4.6m)

Annexe/Cottage Bedroom 1 15'1 (4.6m) x 9' (2.74m)

Annexe/Cottage Bedroom 2 8'11 (2.72m) x 8'5 (2.57m)

Annexe/Cottage Bathroom

The Mill (ground floor area) 20'11 (6.38m) x 20'11 (6.38m)

Garage 17'11 (5.46m) x 9'7 (2.92m)

(plus covered Bin Store)

Car Port 17'11 (5.46m) x 9'9 (2.97m)

Parking in Driveway

Medium sized Garden

Details Revised: BG/CE 28/03/2019

Why live in the Witterings?

People flock to East Wittering during the holiday season thanks to our world-famous beaches that are so beautiful and a way of life that’s relaxed and warm.

It’s little wonder we experienced significant building development during the 1960s and ‘80s when our rich mix of character house styles in the Witterings made it hard for people to leave. Many of the properties in the area enjoy wonderful views across the English Channel and the sound of distant waves provides a soothing backing track to everyday life here.

There’s no shortage of things to do in the area, especially if you enjoy spending time on the beach, playing water sports and experiencing the countryside and wildlife.  Both East and West Wittering are well known for sailing and surfing and there are local sailing clubs at West Wittering, Itchenor and Dell Quay and mooring facilities at Chichester Marina. West Wittering beach is postcard-perfect with its vast expanses of fine golden sand while East Wittering is more typically English with a shingle shelf that’s exposed when the tide goes out leaving behind stunning areas of wet sand where you can make sandcastles to your heart’s content. The nearby Bracklesham Bay is especially popular with surfers, divers, windsurfers and paddle boarders as well as being a treasure trove for fossil hunters.

We have everything here you need to enjoy this idyllic lifestyle here. In the village you’ll find a good selection of shops, including mini supermarkets, greengrocers, butchers, banks, bakers and a fishmonger and everything is close by in Chichester and Portsmouth.  We have two local schools for children up to 11 years of age at East Wittering Community Primary School and West Wittering Parochial C of E School and a choice of secondary schools and further education options in Chichester.

If you’d like to buy, sell or let a property in East Wittering, get in touch with your local team and discover the Henry Adams difference for yourself.

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