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Mulberry Cottage
Storrington

Location  

 

The busy village of Storrington lies at the foot of the South Downs, in beautiful Sussex countryside with wonderful walks within the South Downs National Park as well as National Trust heath & woodland just along the lane at St Georges.  Sandy Lane has properties only on one side and is a little-known lane in the network winding between Washington Road and Rock Road. Interesting homes of differing age and design are set in semi-rural surroundings and Mulberry Cottage enjoys some of the  finest uninterrupted views directly over National Trust farmland to the South Downs in the distance.

 

Storrington village is about 1½ miles to the west with useful shops & traders providing good everyday shopping; with a large Waitrose store and Costa in Old Mill Square.  There is a new M&S petrol station and convenience store at Ashington, with larger Tesco and Sainsbury's stores in  neighbouring Pulborough.  The village also has a Post Office, library, health centre, banks, deli, restaurants, coffee shops and good community amenities.  Leisure activities include golf, mountain-biking on the Downs; and  Chanctonbury Leisure Centre & Gym (swimming at Steyning).  A good choice of private and state schools will be found in the area, including Windlesham House, Farlington, Dorset House, Lancing College and Steyning Grammar School.

There is sailing from Chichester & Littlehampton harbours and gliding at Parham; with horseracing and the renowned Festival of Speed & Revival motorsport events at glorious Goodwood.   Brighton, Chichester & Horsham are  accessible, with top High Street shopping names and theatre productions; plus a variety of cultural events and exhibitions.

 

Mulberry Cottage   

This individual home was built for the present owners in 2005 on a prime east & south facing corner plot. The 0.4 acre gardens were thoughtfully planted and have matured into the most glorious setting, with differently themed garden "rooms".  Few locations can compare - with virtually no passing traffic; and only the occasional horse & rider passing. Fields just over the hedgerow are owned and protected by the National Trust and especially from upstairs, views to the South Downs are really outstanding. 

The owners specified a design with the emphasis on living and entertaining space and an abundance of natural light - Mulberry Cottage achieves both, with generous room sizes and a versatile layout that caters ideally for family & guests.  Look inside to appreciate the light and spacious layout, with its impressive extra first floor sitting room (vaulted ceiling & balcony); and four bedroom/bathroom suites, including one on the ground floor.    

 

A gas-fired underfloor heating system means full-room space and no ugly radiators. 

We understand there is also high thermal and sound insulation, plus a Kinetico water-softener system.  

Hidden behind the house is an extension to the drive, with lots of parking and both a single and 3-bay carport.  

Don't miss this opportunity to buy a superb home - equally suiting a family as for a downsizing couple who enjoy entertaining and having family or guests to stay. 

 

Ground Floor 

• Central reception hall 

An imposing entrance to the house, with light painted wall panelling and  warm natural slate flooring that continues into the drawing room. Craftsman-made light oak staircase and gallery landing. 

• Cloakroom  

Off the side hall and with contemporary fittings including a bowl basin on granite top. Limestone style wall tiling.  Coats cupboard in the hall.

• Drawing room  17'11 x 17'8 (5.4m x 5.4m)  

In the centre of the house, this spacious, relaxing room has a feature brick fireplace with windows either side and a Villager woodburning stove. With space for a grand piano, the room has light flooding in from the south side through the open-plan sun room.  There are light-tone architectural beams and natural slate flooring. 

• Sun room  14'3 x 11'1 (4.3m x 3.4m)  

Two steps down from the main room and enjoying a glorious garden outlook.  Apex roof, double doors to the south terrace. 

• Dining room  20'2 x 17'9 (6.1m x 5.4m)  

Designed to be either a formal dining room or an alternative drawing room, this looks east and south through wide architectural folding glass doors out to the south gardens. The fireplace is decorative, adding a focal point and with TV wall cabling installed.  French oak flooring. 

• Study  9'11 x 8'8 (3.0m x 2.6m)  

Again with French oak flooring. Range of study/office furniture installed. 

• Kitchen and family dining room  21'2 x 14'5 (6.4m x 4.4m)  

A large, light space, perfect for informal dining and looking over the gardens to the south & west sides. 

A comprehensive range of kitchen fitments in traditional cream finish includes a centre island with its own Baumatic gas hob. Granite work surfaces on 3 sides with base units, drawers and matching wall cabinets. Butler sink, integral dishwasher, fridge freezer & icemaker. Heritage Duette gas-fired range cooker (similar to AGA). Matching slate flooring through to:  

• Rear lobby and utility room

Stable-type door to rear porch and the rear drive. Cream fitments, space for washer & dryer. 

• Guest bedroom suite (Bedroom 4) 11'7 x 11'4 (3.5m x 3.5m)  

Positioned off the hall and away from the reception rooms. East window. 

• En-suite shower room 4  

White bathroom ware, corner shower, back to wall WC.  

First Floor 

• Oak staircase & superb gallery landing with bay  

Looking down to the hall, with a delightful bay sitting area at the front and distant fields & Downs views. French oak flooring through the main rooms.

• Feature upper sitting room & balcony  17'9 x 17'8 (5.4m x 5.4m)  

A fine entertaining or relaxation room with lots of light, a high vaulted ceiling and a contemporary fireplace.  French oak flooring.  French windows and wide south balcony, with space for table & chairs. Glorious outlook over the gardens to trees and to the South Downs in the distance.  

• Master bedroom suite  17'9 x 13'5 (5.4m x 4.1m)  plus dressing room/walk-in wardrobe.

East & south aspects.  Fields & Downs views.  

• En-suite bath & shower room 1  

Marble-top vanity fitments and inset oval basin. Oval bath in mirrored alcove. Back to wall WC. 

• Bedroom suite 2  14'5 x 12'4 (4.4m x 3.7m)  

Garden view.  Range of fitted wardrobes. 

• Ensuite bath & shower room 2

White bathroom ware. 

• Nursery or dressing room   

The addition of a larger Velux window could make this a 5th bedroom, subject to regulations.

• Bedroom suite 3  11'8 x 11'4 (3.6m x 3.5m)  

The same layout as the guest bedroom suite below.  

• En-suite shower room 3

Again with white bathroom ware.  

• Full length large loft room  50' x 16'10 (15.2m x 5.1m)  

Approached by hatch & loft ladder from the main bedroom hall.  Flooring, eaves storage and Velux windows.  


Outside  

• The gardens   We are informed the plot size is 0.43 acre, 

Mulberry Cottage gardens wrapping round the house to provide maximum natural privacy. 

 

A great deal of care and expertise has gone into the choice of plants and the layout of the gardens, which have matured beautifully and are arranged in a series of different-theme "garden rooms" connecting by arches, grass or gravel pathways from the main south lawns.

Added to indigenous trees and plants, the variety of flowering shrubs, bushes and trees in the garden is too numerous to mention and provides a glorious backdrop of changing colour and texture through all four seasons. Japanese-style bridge and pond with striking marginal plants.  

• Thatched pavilion  9'6 x 9'2 (2.9m x 2.8m)  

An ideal eating outside and party area. Room for table & chairs.  Paved area near the rear porch, raised herb planters. 

 

Drive, carports & parking

5-bar gates from Sandy Lane lead into the circular front drive, with its central planted island, trees and shrubs. The extensive gravel drive and parking area then extends hidden along the north side, where there is additional parking, a high single carport and through to the rear:

• Paved hardstanding area

Outside tap & lighting. 

• Triple-bay timber carport  26'5 x 17'11 (8.02m x 5.4m) 

• Timber garden store  • Studio/workshop  • Greenhouse