Built c1870 The Old Rectory is an imposing stone built house set in a private tucked away location at the end of a no through road in the attractive village of Lower Bitchfield. The property still retains much of its period character & charm and offers ample space and opportunity. The current owners have occupied the property for the last 23 years and have sympathetically refurbished throughout to create a welcoming home whose traditional interior combines high ceilings, grand entertaining spaces, original features with 21st century luxuries such as a bespoke kitchen and modern bathrooms.
The property further benefits from a self-contained 1 bedroom annex, Indoor swimming pool, outbuildings and 4.2 acres of grounds.
The main property offers circa 3,500 sq ft of family living space. This comprises five reception rooms including a bespoke kitchen breakfast room which opens in to a garden room that offers stunning views over the gardens and countryside beyond. The country farmhouse style kitchen is well equipped with two oven Aga and granite work surfaces. The remaining reception rooms on the ground floor are a dining room, sitting room, drawing room, study as well as a cloak room, cellar and large laundry room which is also home to the biomass boiler.
Upstairs, the master bedroom is spacious with dual aspect windows and fitted wardrobes. There are four further double bedrooms which all offer countryside views. The bedrooms all share the use of the family bathroom and separate shower room.
The detached self-contained cottage known as The Mews offers purchasers a unique opportunity to create additional accommodation, office space or staff housing. The accommodation currently comprises; kitchen diner, conservatory, reception room, one bedroom and a bathroom. There is also an integral garage which could be converted to further living accommodation subject to planning.
Indoor Swimming Pool
The stunning pool room is flooded with natural light, has wonderful views over the gardens and is fitted with a fully-heated swimming pool, shower room and cloakroom. A plant room houses the controls for the swimming pool.
Accessed from the village road is a range of outbuildings which include a large single garage, former stable and three stores. There is also access to a floored hayloft above.
Gardens & Grounds
The garden is a real highlight of this family home, with various areas to enjoy. The main garden is laid to lawn and has many flower beds and mature trees. A large raised stone terrace abuts the property. The terrace is a sunny spot in the morning and is enhanced by the clever choice of plants. Beyond the formal gardens you will find the Paddocks which extend down to the River Glen, these are predominantly post and rail fenced. A gravelled parking area accessed from the village road gives access to a hay barn and further storage.
To the west side of the property adjacent to the church is a further paddock that provides additional off road parking.