31 North Street
Church Norton is a hidden gem with unspoilt beaches and immediate access to wonderful coastal walks, with the surrounding countryside being designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
A traditional solid wood front door leads to an entrance hallway and the south-east wing of The Lodge. There is a perfectly situated study in this part of the house with fitted cabinets and drawers. The sitting room is an attractive double aspect room overlooking the gardens with French doors to a paved terrace and a side door to the conservatory.
The impressive kitchen/dining room has extensive ranges of country style units with granite worktops. A central island extends to a breakfast area. The dining area of the room can accommodate a large dining table and offers superb views over the beautiful gardens, with French doors to a paved terrace. There is a good-sized utility room off the kitchen and access to a cloakroom. From a small inner hall, a door leads through to a triple aspect games room/family room, again with a fabulous outlook over the gardens. The drawing room is a centrepiece of the house, with stone fireplace and oak panelled walls, as well as polished wood upright beams and a single beamed ceiling.
There are two staircases at both ends of the property and on the first floor can be found five substantial bedrooms with the master suite having a dressing room, en-suite bathroom/shower room and doors to the balcony with a stunning outlook over park-like gardens.
The second bedroom has a balcony with a similar outlook, spiral iron staircase to the gardens and an en-suite shower room that interconnects to a further double bedroom currently in use as a first floor sitting room. There are two further double bedrooms on the first floor. A family bathroom/ shower room completes the first floor acommodation.
This property has 5.2 acres of land.
The gardens and grounds to The Lodge are an outstanding feature of this impressive property. Double gates lead to a wide driveway with turning bay and double garage. Adjacent to the rear of the house there is a paved sun terrace and large pond with water feature. The gardens beyond extend to approximately 5 acres, with a huge expanse of lawn interspersed with trees of many varieties. There is a further large pond with timber bridge to a central island and a stone stepped water feature with water cascading from a large raised rockery with a further ornamental garden with seating.
At the rear of the grounds, the formal lawned garden extends into a woodland area. On the western side of the plot there is a more lightly wooded area, which extends across the plot to a high hedge, beyond which is the all-weather tennis court. A pool room with heated indoor pool and a gymnasium area is situated just beyond the conservatory with a further adjacent sun terrace.
Church Norton is a situated just 7.5 miles south of the City of Chichester. Church Norton is a little known, tranquil hamlet, bordering the natural harbour of Pagham, which is a protected wildlife area with an extraordinary collection of rare birds. The constantly changing tides reveal carpets of samphire on the shore and at low tide a walk in one direction leads to the popular Crab & Lobster Pub at Sidlesham, whilst the other gives access to the rarely visited, stunning beach.
The hamlet is centred around St Wilfreds Church with its striking lych-gate, which at first sight appears to be a simple cemetery chapel. In fact it is the thirteenth century chancel of a large Norman church. The main part of the church was removed in 1864 and rebuilt in the centre of Selsey to serve the growing population of this seaside resort. The impact of the Normans at Church Norton are visible today in the earthworks left of a fort or castle used to protect Pagham Harbour.
The Cathedral city of Chichester lies close by and offers a comprehensive range of shopping and leisure facilities, as well as a mainline station that provides frequent services to London Victoria and from Havant to London Waterloo.
The area is also renowned for its sporting opportunities including events for motoring enthusiasts, golf, horse racing, sailing, and polo at various local establishments. The area is well served by a number of good educational facilities and also benefits from excellent road links with the A3 providing easy access to the South Coast and London.
From the A27 Chichester Bypass, exit the dual carriageway at the Stockbridge roundabout, signposted to Birdham and the Witterings. After a short distance, turn left at the mini roundabout onto Selsey Road. After 2.4 miles, turn right following signs for Selsey B2145. After 3.5 miles, turn left onto Rectory Lane signposted to Church Norton. You will find the property on your right side after approximately 1 mile.Read all