Sussex dream homes - West Chiltington, Petworth and Dallington

PUBLISHED: 14:48 28 April 2014 | UPDATED: 14:48 28 April 2014

Staceys Barn

Staceys Barn


Sussex boasts many beautiful and desirable properties. Here we pick three for your delectation. If you can afford it, they could be yours. If not read on regardless, it’s time to dream!


Fryars, West Chiltington - Guide price: £1,595,000

An impressive and historic Grade II listed country house on the rural outskirts of the old village of West Chiltington. Two guest cottages, tennis court, swimming

pool, small vineyard, outbuildings and about 7.6 acres with annexe accommdation.


Fryars has been in the ownership of the same family for approximately 40 years and is in an extremely good state of preservation. Any restoration and improvement has been carried out by the present owner sypathetically and to an exemplary standard.

Dating back to the 13th century, the house, as its name indicates, may well have been a priest house. The manor was held in early times of the Honour of Bramber.

It seems to have passed from the family of Bavent to that of de Broase in the reign of Edward III. By an inquisition, it was found that Roger Bavent gave to the King all his lands in Sussex including the manor of Chiltington. Friar preacher John Woodrowe then occupied the property for two years after the death of Mr Bavent in 1329 and there is local speculation that the house is haunted by him. It is maintained that he not only died there, but was actually buried in the ‘cellar room’ of the house. A stone slab about 4’ x 2’ marks the alleged place of interment.

Queen Elizabeth I is reputed to have lunched at the property during the last few months of her life, whilst journeying from Brighton to Petworth.

Fryars has been described as a “real gem”, and a specimen of one of the smaller Medieval houses of Sussex. An illustration of it appears in Donald Maxwell’s

Unknown Sussex.

The property is located on the edge of the village of West Chiltington, which has a pub and a post office, as well as a community school and a golf course.

Pulborough lies to the west and Storrington to the south, both of which provide a good range of shops and amenities, with mainline stations to London (Victoria)

from both Pulborough and nearby Billingshurst.


Batcheller Monkhouse have been appointed as joint sole agents with Knight Frank. 01798 872081;


The Lurgashall Suite, Burton house, Duncton, Petworth - Guide Price: £525,000

Wonderful living in a stunning parkland setting.

The Lurgashall Suite, with much sought after front and rear private gardens, is well presented with contemporary décor, enhanced by a good supply of natural daylight.

This stunning two bedroom garden house with its high ceilings and flagstone flooring has a gracious ambience and offers stylish accommodation of pleasing proportions. Double garage and additional residents parking bay for two cars.

Part of the Grade 1 Listed mansion, Burton House, and surrounded by 84 acres of parkland grounds, this certainly is an enviable location affording beautiful views and unlimited access to residents and their visitors. For the exclusive use of the residents there are tennis courts and a croquet lawn.


Smiths Gore, Exchange House, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0BF; 01798 345980;


Staceys Barn, Dallington - Guide price: £820,000

Staceys Barn is situated in a pretty rural position along a no through road, about half a mile to the north east of the historic and unspoilt village of Dallington, which itself lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The picturesque village of Rushlake Green is about 2.7 miles away, with its church and a popular public house.

Heathfield is about six miles away, providing a good range of shops and amenities for everyday needs. Etchingham mainline station, which has services to Charing Cross/Cannon Street is about seven miles. The pretty and historic town of Battle is a similar distance away, also providing a mainline station to London.

The property is believed to have period origins and was converted into a residential dwelling in the late 1980s. The Barn has an attractive part brick and weatherboarded elevation, all under a mainly hipped mellow tiled roof. Internally, the barn offers flexible living accommodation over two floors. The entrance hall and the galleried landing both have full height windows, taking advantage of the property’s glorious rural setting.

Features of note include a double aspect drawing room with a good ceiling height, exposed timbers and a brick inglenook fireplace with open grate and canopy. The

well-proportioned and light dining room has sliding glazed doors that lead out to a south-facing paved terrace. Further features of note include a fully fitted oak-faced kitchen with wonderful far-reaching views overlooking the garden and towards the rolling countryside. On the first floor there is a principal

double bedroom, three further bedrooms and a family bathroom.

From the galleried landing there are wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. A short distance from the house is an attractive detached barn/annexe, with a weatherboarded elevation, all under a mainly mellow tiled roof. The annexe has planning permission for use as Lawful Ancillary Residential Accommodation. It

consists of a light studio room with a flag stone floor and incorporates a shower room with under-floor heating. On the first floor there is an open-plan bedroom/office. To one end, the annexe has a glazed door opening onto a wide paved terrace, Which overlooks the garden, swimming pool and looks out over the countryside beyond. Staceys Barn is approached from a no through minor country lane via a wooden five bar gate, which leads to a wide gravelled parking area. The

garden lies to the south east and north of the property and is mainly laid to lawn, predominantly bordered by a mature hedge. The heated swimming pool is adjacent to the annexe and set into a wide paved terrace. Adjacent to the swimming pool and to one side is a wide paved sitting area ideal for al fresco dining, and a wonderful vantage point to enjoy the magnificent views over the rolling countryside. In all, about 0.4 acres.


Strutt and Parker, High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2NR; 01273 475411;;

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