A unique, harbour-side family home, with stunning panoramic views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs beyond.

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  • Freehold
  • D Energy Efficiency Rating

Bearing the original signage, this charming early 19th century former bargees and yachtsmen’s tavern occupies an enviable waterside location and is one of the few period houses remaining at the harbour. With elevations of brick and flint, this charming property has been updated with contemporary styled interiors and accommodation which extends into a two storey east wing to complement the three storeys of the original building, linked by a part-glazed hallway. The heart of the home is an impressive light-filled kitchen/breakfast room, with adjoining conservatory, which provides the perfect environment for relaxing and whiling away contented hours watching boats on the water. The kitchen is fitted with an extensive range of hand built units, topped with granite work surfaces, integrated appliances, a Quooker tap and an island unit, with an adjacent utility offering additional storage and access to a cloakroom. A formal dining room provides the ideal setting for entertaining, with two further flexible-use reception areas offering comfortable sitting rooms, a home working space, or guest accommodation, with one featuring a wood-burning stove and both having glazed doors to the garden. A central staircase gives access to two en suite bedrooms on the first floor, with two further bedrooms and shower room on the floor above. A flight of stairs in the east wing leads to the principal bedroom with adjacent dressing room and bathroom, this room has the benefit of French doors opening onto a balcony and space for a table and chairs to enjoy morning coffee or sunsets over the sea.


Extending to the water’s edge and the jetty, the garden at The Snipe is a delight and an unrivalled setting to sit and relax or dine outdoors. Planted with borders containing a splendid variety of architectural shrubs and perennials, there is a pathway which allows exploration of the garden and which links to a paved terrace adjoining the conservatory. To the front, a sliding wooden, electric gate opens onto a paved driveway, providing parking for several cars, as well as boat storage, and gives access to the large garage. With electric car charger and fitted with solar panels on the roof. The covered porch is marked by planted flower beds to either side and a side wrought-iron gate allows access to the rear garden.


The Snipe is located in the popular Lock Lane, within the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Birdham has a variety of day-to-day amenities, including a village church, primary school and convenience store. The village is home to both Birdham Pool Marina and Chichester Marina offering a mix of pontoon berths and first-class facilities for sailors. The coastal locations of East and West Wittering and Bracklesham are within easy reach and are popular destinations for bathing and for water sports enthusiasts. Chichester is just five miles away, offering an extensive range of shopping, leisure and cultural facilities, including the renowned Chichester Festival Theatre. Horse racing and motoring events can be found at Goodwood located 8.5 miles to the north. There is a primary school in Birdham and secondary schooling is available in Chichester, including the outstanding-rated Bishop Luffa School.


From the A27 Chichester By-pass, exit onto Birdham Road/A286 at Stockbridge signposted to Birdham and the Witterings. Follow the road for just over 3 miles and take the right turn onto Church Lane and at the second triangle (war memorial) bear right onto Court Barn Lane. Continue onto The Causeway over the water and then take the right turn onto Lock Lane, then turn sharp left and the property will be found at the end of the lane.

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Other features

  • Enviable waterside location
  • Unique period family home
  • Stunning views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs
  • Over 4,500 sq ft of accommodation
  • 4 Reception rooms
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Double garage
  • EPC Rating D

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Ref: CHI210093

Lock Lane, Birdham Chichester West Sussex PO20

Guide Price

Ref: CHI210093

Lock Lane, Birdham Chichester West Sussex PO20

Guide Price