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Amberley House
2 St Joseph's Abbey, Storrington

Location

The lively West Sussex village of Storrington is mentioned in the Domesday Book and set against the stunning backdrop of the South Downs National Park.  The village centre is a 350 yard stroll at the end of Church Street and has everything for day-to-day needs - traditional local shops, banks, coffee shops and good restaurants/takeaways. Community amenities include the Post Office, Library and health centre.

A Waitrose store (John Lewis collection point) and Costa is in Old Mill Square and there's a 6am - 10pm opening Tesco Express & petrol station in Pulborough Road. Leisure pursuits include gliding at Parham, tennis & squash clubs, Golf courses and the Chanctonbury Leisure Centre & Gym.

There are excellent schools nearby in both the state and private sector including The Weald, Steyning Grammar, Windlesham House school,  Dorset House, Lancing College, Christ's Hospital and Hurstpierpoint. 

Glorious Goodwood has horse racing as well as the Festival of Speed & Revival motorsport events and there is sailing from Chichester & Littlehampton harbours.  

Horsham, Chichester & Brighton all have the big High Street shopping names as well as a variety of theatre, cultural & entertainment events.

 

The Property

Described as an "oasis of calm between the village & the Downs", St Joseph's Abbey is one of the County's finest historic conversions, a pleasant stroll along Church Street to the village.  Over the centuries the eclectic Abbey buildings have been a Rectory, a Dominican convent and then a convent school.  The six Grade II Listed Abbey properties blend together differing architectural styles, all inspirationally converted in 2002-4 by the award-winning Surrey company Michael Wilson Restorations of Cranleigh.  Beautiful 5 acre maintained grounds are a delight to wander through with a serene lily pond, specimen trees and broad lawns that probably hosted  croquet matches in the 1930's.  

Entered through its wide arched-stone doorway, Amberley House presents warm elevations in mellow stone with mullioned windows. The house hides its true size, as the semi-basement and top floor rooms are not immediately apparent from the façade. The conversion featured a high specification, care being taken to preserve historic architectural features, but with a light, contemporary/classic theme inside. Sophisticated domestic lighting is included with TV/satellite & FM points. 

Amberley House makes a perfect family home, wonderful for entertaining or alternatively a substantial downsizing opportunity, away from the pressures of town and city life.

Ground Floor 

Entrance hall - Stone arch and heavy panelled oak front door. Lantern rooflight, mellow exposed brick and stonework. Tiled floor, staircase (one of two) to the semi-basement rooms. Shoe cupboard.    

Vanity/cloakroom  - Limestone mosaic tiling, pedestal basin, toiletries shelf & back to wall WC. Tiled floor. Cupboard housing Megaflo hot water system & controls.       

Dining hall  15'7 x 13'9 (4.76m x 4.20m) - A delightful formal dining room with a high ceiling and wide mullioned front window. The original Abbey glass and china cupboards remain either side of the room, framing an ornate fireplace (gas coal-effect fire). 

Study/Home office  10'1 x 9'9 (max) (3.07m x 2.98m max) - Leaded light window and front outlook. Fitted shelves & cupboards. 

Pantry/safe  - Originally the Abbey silver safe and retaining its heavy metal door. Shelved interior and light.  

Drawing room  18'8 x 14'9 (5.70m x 4.50m)  - Entered through double doors from the dining room, a fine room featuring a smooth-stone fireplace & hearth (gas coal-effect fire).  Elegant tall windows look out onto the garden. Double doors lead through to:  

Kitchen  22'8 x 10'10 (6.90m x 3.31m) including breakfast room   - Bespoke fitted with granite worktops and upstands on 4 sides and an excellent range of base units, drawers and matching wall cabinets. Glazed 1 & 1/2 bowl inset sink & mixer, waste disposal unit, integral dishwasher and fridge freezer.  Brittania gas & electric range-style cooker and stainless steel/glass canopy.  Plate rack and bookshelves. Counter lighting,

 Breakfast room  - Tall sash windows and glazed double doors looking out onto the courtyard garden. Light tone tile floor through from the kitchen. 

Semi-basement

Stairs down both from the inner hall and the entrance hall. Wine store area & deep cupboard. 

TV/playroom  14'3 x 13'7 (max) (4.35m x 4.14m (max)   Wide semi-basement window at the front, cabling for wall mounted TV.    

Bedroom 5  9'9 x 8'6 (4.35m x 4.14m)  Semi-basement window       

First Floor 

Landing  Wide, elegant stairway from the ground floor. 

Master bedroom  15'0 x 14'8 (4.56m x 4.46m)  - A calm room with a 3-light mullioned window looking out to the rear grounds.    

Dressing area  Range of wardrobes to one side. 

En-suite bath & shower room  Classic white & chrome bathroom ware. Ceramic wall & floor tiles.  Tile panel bath, walk-in shower, semi-inset square basin, bidet & WC. A bathroom with a wonderful view.     

Bedroom 2  14'8 x 9'9 (4.48m x 2.98m)  - Mullioned leaded light window and front aspect over the gardens and towards the church. Bedroom fireplace, cast-iron inset & grate.    

Bedroom 3  10'8 x 9'9 (3.25m x 2.98m)  - Similar front view. Cupboard with panelled door.    

Family bath & shower room - Again with classic white & chrome bathroom ware. Light tone ceramic wall & floor tiles. Tile panel bath, walk-in shower, semi-inset basin and back to wall WC.  

Second Floor 

Landing  Wide staircase from the first floor.  

Bedroom 4 suite  24'11 x 15'0 (7.60m x 4.57m)  Overall measurement - In two areas currently furnished to provide defined bedroom and sitting areas. Sloping ceilings, two windows with high views. Attractive period bedroom fire surround.     

En-suite bathroom -  White & chrome bathroom ware. Ceramic wall tiling, tile panel bath, semi-inset basin & back to wall WC. Roof light.   

Utility/attic room -  Off the landing, with vinyl flooring, space & provision for washer dryer.   

Outside  

 Secret Garden -  A pleasant walled courtyard sitting area approached from the breakfast room . Creeper-clad walls enclose the paved area with room for eating and relaxing outside.

Garden room - Entered by steps and a heavy timber door from the courtyard. Window looking onto the rear grounds. Outside door. 

 Front Gardens  Communal lawns and beautifully stocked borders. The buildings are subtly floodlit at night. 

5 Acre parkland gardens  The grounds wrap around the buildings to the east and south, creating a timeless setting with majestic specimen trees, winding pathways and ancient stone walls.  Formal lawns extend behind the Abbey buildings with a lych-gate to the former croquet lawn. Pretty  "Wendy House" building. All bounded by post & rail fencing and with views to the Downs rising to the south. 

Residents' private tennis court   Maintained within St Joseph's service charges. 

Garage & parking

Garage  - A large garage within the courtyard. The Abbey & Mews garages are approached through the arch just inside the main entrance gates and match the buildings, in brick & tile construction. The garage courtyard has its own residents' car wash-down facilities, lighting and a cloakroom. Measuring about 20'6 x 10'6, the garage has a white interior & smooth floor, lighting & power, a loft ladder & roof storage. 

Parking space  - Allocated car space for Amberley House in the bay in the front concourse. There are fob/keypad controlled electric gates from Greyfriars Lane.

Tenure - Share of Freehold (Residents are shareholders in the company that own the Freehold). Two Directors are appointed from the residents.

Maintenance & service costs  - Costs for 2017 were £528.85 per month, including buildings & public liability insurance, grounds maintenance, periodic decoration, external building repairs. (Exterior decoration done in 2014).