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Steyning, West Sussex
Guide price £1,190,000 | 4 bedrooms

Property features

• Enchanting water tower
• Grade II listed
• Private rural location
• Potential for enlargement
• Large garden and paddock
• Stunning far reaching views
• About 3.25 acres


The Water Tower is a totally unique Grade II listed property located in a stunning, peaceful, rural setting close to the rolling South Downs. This very unusual and striking octagonal tower was designed by Maxwell Ayrton, the architect who designed the original Twin Towers at Wembley Stadium, as an ornamental water tower, with sun room and with a striking polygonal copper roof and bronze windows to part, built in about 1930 for Sir Arthur Howard as part of the Wappingthorn Estate. The tower is constructed of reinforced concrete with a gently rising, external staircase that wraps around the tower, giving stunning panoramic rural views as it rises up the building.

The accommodation in The Water Tower is very much a 'one off'' with the hexagonal external walls creating circular walls internally. The ground floor is arranged as a kitchen/family room, with a fitted kitchen and includes a wood burning stove, with a shower room to one side. There is a charming bedroom on the first floor with a Juliet balcony, on the second floor a void is where the water was stored (considered to have potential to create additional accommodation, subject to all the necessary consents) and on the third floor is a stunning octagonal observatory with large casement windows and the most spectacular, 360 degree, far reaching views over the surrounding countryside, to the North and South Downs and Chanctonbury Ring. A single storey timber clad cottage provides additional living accommodation, including a sitting room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom.

Planning consent was granted in 2002 for an extension to form substantial living accommodation, which has since lapsed. It is therefore considered there is the potential for extension to create a very unique country home, subject to all the necessary consents.

The Water Tower is approached over a private lane that runs through the Wappingthorn Estate. Double gates open into the entrance drive with the timber clad cottage to one side. The Tower very privately in a lovely rural setting with a good size garden and grounds that include a pond and paddock and, in all, extends to about 3.25 acres.

The Water Tower is situated in a peaceful, very private, rural location a mile or so to the north of the South Downs and about 1.5 miles from the historic old market town of Steyning, which has a good range of shops for everyday needs, including many independent retailers. Shoreham-by-Sea with its small airport, harbour and railway station is about 6 miles to the south-east and there is easy access via the A283 to Shoreham, the A27, M23 and A24. The busy coastal town of Worthing is about 10 miles to the south-west, the thriving large town of Horsham is about 12 miles to the north. The cities of Brighton and Chichester are about 12 and 20 miles respectively. In the immediate area there is access to a wide range of walking opportunities along local footpaths and bridleways and up onto the South Downs.

Mains electricity is connected. Private drainage. Electric heating and hot water. LPG gas boiler with radiators in the cottage.



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