A beautifully renovated and presented Grade II listed farmhouse with a separate mill house situated on the very fringe of the South Downs National Park, having formal gardens, woodland and lake - in all approximately four acres.
With origins likely to date back to the 16th Century and earlier the property has seen later Georgian and Victorian additions and was formally a water mill with a well-documented history. Today, the property is a beautifully renovated home with all the functionality of the 21st century. Numerous features of its history remain including polished brick flooring and the working inglenook fireplace in the sitting room as well as exposed timbers throughout. With over 3,700 sqft of internal floorspace the Georgian influence can be seen in well-proportioned rooms, particularly those to the front, on both levels. The kitchen has bespoke fitted units with separate dining and breakfast rooms leading off, both with external double opening doors to outside terrace areas. A large utility / boot room with a cloakroom leads into a studio. Double opening barn doors then open to an extensive terrace which leads through to the impressive pool area. On the first floor there are four bedrooms served by two stylishly fitted bathrooms, one being en suite and both very much in keeping with the nature of the house. Two cellars complete the main house along with an entrance cloakroom.
The Mill House
Connected at ground level with its own access as well as an internal one from the main house, this separate dwelling provides an extensive amount of interesting and varied accommodation in its own right. With 1,950 sqft of floorspace over three floors there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms along with a sizeable kitchen / breakfast room and impressive sitting room on the middle floor. A further top floor sitting room has a timbered vaulted ceiling, wood burning stove and an external door allowing views and direct access to the lake. Distinctly different in appearance with a mellowed stone and flint front elevation the property displays its own character and charm with exposed wood flooring and an abundance of timbers. Heated by a separate gas boiler the property also has two integral ground floor store rooms with a cloakroom, accessed from the courtyard, and provides the opportunity for further accommodation if required.
There were two Manors mentioned in the Doomsday Book, both with water mills and although their exact location is not known, it is very likely Chantry Mill was one of them. The property has played an important part in the history of Storrington and the area over many centuries. Local historian Joan Ham in her book Storrington in Pictures describes the property with old black and white photographs in the late 19th century including one with two of the millers at the window of the Mill House. During the first world war the water mill ground flour for Worthing. In 1921 the then owner / farmer, a Mr B Hecks, took out the mill wheel replacing it with a turbine to generate electricity. Believed to be one of the earliest of its kind the electricity supplied the church and the village itself. In the 1970's the mill was converted into living accommodation.
Attractive formal gardens combine with natural areas of woodland together with the mill lake to provide a glorious setting enhanced by walkways and decking. There are extensive paved terraces that includes an impressive pool area with the pool house at the far end being a recent addition. The entrance leads in via an electric gate to a wide parking area and forecourt. The large stone built detached garage has double opening electric doors. There is a wide range of outside stores including an old stable block, now used as useful storage and workrooms. The pond has a surrounding stone wall along its northern side with the controlled water flowing down steps known as a Sussex tumbling bay. A haven for wildlife, the pond has a decked sitting area by the water. In all the gardens and grounds total approximately four acres.
Note: Running to the east of the fenced boundary but on land owned by the property is a public footpath. This is not visible to or from the house.
Chantry Lane continues to the top of the South Downs where there are stunning all round views and miles of walks along the South Downs Way. Storrington is an attractive village with some excellent restaurant and shopping facilities including Waitrose supermarket. Communications in the area are excellent with the A24, two miles to the east, giving fast access to south west London (in about 1 hour), the south coast, the M25 and national motorway network, as well as London's international airports. There are mainline train services running from Pulborough and Horsham to London Victoria/London Bridge, taking approximately 71 and 55 minutes respectively. There is a wide range of very good schools in the area including Windlesham House, Seaford College and Lancing College amongst others including some excellent local schools.
From the A24 Washington roundabout proceed westwards towards Storrington. On the approach into Storrington turn left into Chantry Lane where the property is approximately 400 yards along on the left hand side.
A stunning home of immense charm and character with a rich history.
Sitting Room 21'0 (6.4m) x 15'8 (4.78m)
Sitting Room 21'11 (6.68m) x 12'9 (3.89m)
Dining Room 26'5 (8.05m) x 11'3 (3.43m)
Breakfast Room 18'11 (5.77m) x 9'6 (2.9m)
Study 12'1 (3.68m) x 11'4 (3.45m)
Chantry Mill Kitchen 15'9 (4.8m) x 12'8 (3.86m)
Utility / Boot Room 16'0 (4.88m) x 6'5 (1.96m)
Studio 14'0 (4.27m) x 11'7 (3.53m)
Bedroom 1 14'5 (4.39m) x 11'4 (3.45m)
En-suite to Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2 13'2 (4.01m) x 12'7 (3.84m)
Bedroom 3 13'0 (3.96m) x 12'8 (3.86m)
Bedroom 4 13'1 (3.99m) x 12'9 (3.89m)
Chantry Mill Main Bathroom
Mill House Sitting Room 23'10 (7.26m) x 16' (4.88m)
Mill House Kitchen / Dining Room 17'0 (5.18m) x 9'4 (2.84m)
Mill House Bedroom 1 10'9 (3.28m) x 10'8 (3.25m)
En-suite to Mill House Bedroom 1
Mill House Bedroom 2 16'8 (5.08m) x 8'10 (2.69m)
Mill House Main Bathroom
Grounds of approximately four acres
Detached Double Garage
Extensive driveway for many cars
Why live in Storrington?
This picture-perfect village lies at the foot of the South Downs National Park, halfway along the South Downs Way. Properties here include bungalows, family homes and the famous Wells cottages that were individually designed by the architect Reginald Fairfax Wells in the 1920s to look and feel like 17th century buildings with thatched roofs, small windows and whitewashed exteriors.Many of the homes in Storrington have wonderful views across rolling countryside and a conservation area just off the bustling high street ensures Storrington will remain as beautiful as it is today for generations to come.