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Coolham Road
West Chiltington

The location

Coolham Road lies on the north-east edge of West Chiltington, within 2-3 miles of the old village; and of Coolham and Thakeham.  The busy village of Storrington is within a short drive, with excellent local shops and traders for everyday needs, as well as 4 banks, a Post Office and a large Waitrose store (John Lewis collection point). Billingshurst is about 5 miles, also with shops and a main line rail service (London Victoria in 65 minutes).  The A272 & A24 are accessible, with links to major road networks and London Gatwick is about 40 minutes by car.  Village inns & restaurants include the White Lion at  Thakeham and the Countryman Inn at Shipley.  

The old market town of Horsham is about 7 miles to the north, which together with Brighton, Chichester & Horsham, has the top High Street shopping names and hosts theatre productions, plus a variety of cultural events & exhibitions. 

Country walks abound and sports enthusiasts can enjoy golf at West Sussex Golf Club and Slinfold. There is horse racing and the renowned Festival of Speed & Revival motor sports at Goodwood, with show- jumping at Hickstead, and sailing out of Chichester and other South Coast harbours. Schools nearby in both state and private sector include The Weald, Steyning Grammar, Windlesham House, Lancing College, Christ's Hospital and Hurstpierpoint.

Parsons Cottage

A wall plaque dates this charming detached cottage back to 1783 and the owners have an interesting history file on its origins, including "Sunday outing" drivers in the 1930's stopping to see Gypsy caravans on display that were restored and painted in one of the barns.  Later enlargement of the cottage now makes it a practical, updated and comfortable home, set in beautiful gardens of about an acre. 

The interior has lots of character, with period features, latch doors, exposed timbers and beams.  Ceiling heights are generally good, with just a couple of low doorways (bedrooms 2 & 3).  Reception rooms are well proportioned; and most are double-aspect, allowing good natural light.  Not being a Listed Building, the owners had quality double glazing fitted and there is scope upstairs to create another room from the attractive reading area off the landing.  There are country views in all directions, but the cottage is not isolated, with other homes and the plant & shrub nursery shop nearby.  

The gardens are a true feature, with traditional lawns and beds near the house and extensive informal grassland areas on the north side of the drive.  The central gated drive opens into a large parking and turning area, off which are the 2 imposing barn buildings, providing parking, workshop and further garaging/storage, plus other timber outbuildings (originally a loose box/tack room & store).  Amongst other interests, the facilities are ideal for a classic/cherished car enthusiast.

Ground Floor 

Side entrance area & cottage porch  

Herringbone brick path.  Oak & glass front door with side windows.  Hall lobby with beamed arch through to:

Reception hall  Exposed beams & timbers. Turning staircase to the first floor.  Understairs cupboard.  

Cloakroom  Pedestal basin & WC. Side window.

Rear study area  8'8 (2.65m) x 8'4 (2.53m)  Window to the rear gardens and room for a desk/PC etc.  Fitted cupboard.

Tranquil drawing room  15'4 (4.68m) x 13'11 (4.23m)

A lovely double aspect room facing south and west, featuring a mellow brick ingle-nook with a bressumer beam, inset brick fireplace and paved hearth.  Delightful open outlook with French doors to the rear terrace & gardens.   

Spacious formal dining room  22'1 (6.73m) x 12'3 (3.73m)

An excellent size double-aspect room with two east windows and a glazed door looking into the original front cottage porch (not used).  Perfect for entertaining, family dining and dinner parties. 

Brick ingle-nook and wood burning stove. West garden window.  

Double-aspect kitchen 12'3 (3.73m) x 9'7 (2.93m)

Ftted with base units and matching dresser style fitment. Worktops, inset sink unit & mixer. Range-style cooker recess and cooker hood.  Space for dishwasher. External cupboard with provision for cooking gas cylinders. Space for fridge freezer. Tiled floor, ceramic wall tiles. 

Pleasant outlook to the front (east) and the drive. 

Utility/boot room 6'11 (2.10m) x 5'7 (1.70m)

Tiled worktop and fitted shelves.  Space for washing machine.  Glazed door out to the rear terrace and gardens. Oil fired boiler.

First Floor 

Spacious landing  Oak latch doors and room for furnishings. 

Timbers & beams.  Door to Bathroom 1.  Beamed arch & step to: 

First floor reading/study area 7'7 (2.32m) x 7'3 (2.20m) (Scope for 4th bedroom) Above the hall/lobby, this area has a dormer window overlooking the drive and gardens beyond.   

Principle bedroom  15'0 (4.57m) x 13'11 (4.25m)

A lovely light room facing south & west with garden and farmland views.  2 sets of fitted wardrobes. 

En-suite bathroom 1  Additional "Jack & Jill" door from the landing.  White bathroom ware, panel bath & shower, vanity basin unit, WC.  Rear window, garden view. Airing cupboard. Downlighters. 

Bedroom 2  13'11 (4.23m) x 12'3 (3.73m)

A good size double bedroom featuring a sweeping curved beam over the bed alcove.  East aspect to farmland across the road. 

Guest suite bedroom 3   12'3 (3.73m) x 9'0 (2.75)

Similar east aspect.  Fitted wardrobes.  Door to: 

En-suite bathroom 2  White fittings with panel bath, pedestal basin & WC.  Window and garden/drive outlook. 

Gardens, grounds & outbuildings 

Main cottage gardens  

These lie to the south and west, behind the cottage and include  broad areas of lawn approached from a wide paved terrace, separated by rockeries and low planting with a rose arch and a colourful array of roses, spring & summer flowers. 

On the south side are further lawns with a circular rose garden and a working water well. Timber store shed, potting area and concealed greenhouse.  The garden backs onto grazing fields. 

Garden room/Studio  17'1 (5.20m) x 15'7 (4.75m)

A useful and versatile room making an excellent garden room with full height south windows and French doors onto the terrace and main lawns behind the cottage.   

2-bay timber & tile car barn  25'7 (7.80) x 15'1 (4.90m)

An imposing tall barn in traditional black timber Sussex cladding. Two high-headroom parking bays and additional space. 

Light, power & water. Door to: 

Integral hobbies room/workshop  16'1 (4.90m) x 9'10 (3.00m)

High ceiling, light & power. 

Attached rear barn 2  34'1 (10.40) x 16'1 (4.90m)  Large enough  to house a boat, caravan or motorhome, this area has end doors and a very high roof. 

Gated drive  A five-bar gate opens into the extensive gravel drive with plenty of parking and turning space.  Ornamental pond with paths, rockeries and willow trees. 

Informal gardens  Beyond the drive, with extensive grassland areas sheltered by hedges and with majestic trees at the far end. Timber woodland walkway.

Timber outbuildings  (see plan for sizes) 

L-shape in plan, originally a single loose box, feed store and tack room. 

Concealed plastic oil storage tank behind the barn.

Private drainage system.