Bentons Place is a historic country house with origins in the eleventh century and probably earlier. It has a double L shape with a timber frame, red brick exterior and Horsham slab roof. The house has an abundance of character with its diamond-shaped casement windows and large inglenook fireplaces. An extension has been added to the east wing of the house which has allowed the kitchen breakfast room to be opened up to enjoy views overlooking one of the lakes. There is also a collection of adjoining buildings, which have been connected to the main house to increase the overall entertaining space. Presently, there is a heated swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, tennis court, gym and snooker/games room.
To the north of the main house, an annexe and cottage provide further living accommodation whilst there are numerous places for al fresco dining dotted around the property including the terrace overlooking the smaller of the two lakes.
An historic Grade II listed country house, set in its own 54 acres of countryside with a range of extensive outbuildings, being offered to the market in three separate lots.
Gardens and Grounds
The entire property sits in 54 acres and is entered via a long private driveway. There is a mixture of formal gardens (including a walled garden), two lakes and several smaller ponds and large open fields, which currently serve a small herd of cattle. A collection of agriculture/equestrian barns lies to the west of the property which could be converted (subject to planning) into further accommodation or extended equestrian use. Planning consent already exists for stabling close to the walled garden. Bentons Place has no close neighbours and sits in a tranquil part of the South of England. The property overall would benefit from some modernisation but has immense potential with its number of footings, existing planning consents and large amount of land.
Horsham 10 miles, (London Victoria from 54 minutes), Brighton 20 miles, Lewes 20 miles, Guildford 25 miles, Central London 47 miles
Bentons Place is understood to be the oldest continuously-inhabited house in Sussex. It is one of several manor houses in the parish of Shipley. The moated manor house is known as Bentons Place is recorded on the site in the Domesday Book of 1086. The property takes its name from Thomas de Bayntune, one of William the Conqueror's generals, who was granted it as part of a much larger estate in reward for his part in the successful Norman Conquest in 1066. The property has had only two owners in the past approximately one hundred years and, the present owner has documents showing the succession of owners from 1073 until the present time. The property will have been altered over the centuries, and the present structure is largely of Tudor (16th century) origin.
Our client has informed us that the property benefits from mains water and electric.
Main house: LPG bulk tank underground (feeds the AGA and a gas hob). Bottled gas for Annexe.
Cottage: oil-fired boiler and immersion heater run the CH and water.
Oil: 3000 litre tank supplies oil for boilers at the main house and swimming pool.
Rights of Way: The sale is subject to all easements, quasi easements
and public and private rights of way. There is a footpath on the lane of the property.
Boundary plan: The boundary plan has been created using information from the land registry, however included in the plan are some areas of unregistered land.
Entrance hall * Drawing room * WC * Study * Dining Room * Utility room/Laundry * Kitchen/beakfast room * Family room * WC
Main bedroom with en suite * 6 further bedrooms * Family bathroom * Office * Jack and Jill' bathroom * Store room * Snooker/games room * WC * Garage
Gym * Sauna * Plant Room * Changing Room * Shower Room * WC
Entrance Hall * Sitting/Dining Room * Bedroom * Kitchen * Shower room * WC
Porch * Sitting/Dining Room * Main Bedroom * Kitchen * Bathroom/WC * Bedroom * Store Room * Private Fenced Garden * Log Shed
Pole Barn * Large Barn * Barn / Workshop
Circa 17.98 acres
Lot Two: 9.02 acres of fertile fenced land currently to grass
Lot Three: 27.10 acres of fertile fenced land currently to grass
Kitchen / Breakfast Room
Landing second floor
Over One Acre Garden
Garage space for 2 cars.
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.