A totally unique ad enchanting grade II listed former water tower/folly located in a stunning, peaceful, rural setting close to the South Downs and with far reaching views over the surrounding countryside. Potential for enlargement, subject to all the necessary consents. About 3.25 acres.
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The Water Tower is an enchanting and totally unique Grade II listed property located in a stunning, peaceful, rural setting close to the 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, and is constructed of reinforced concrete with an external 'helter skelter' staircase and a polygonal roof. It was constructed as an ornamental folly/water tower, with an observatory, in about 1930 for Sir Arthur Howard as part of the Wappingthorn Estate.
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 sits in a good size garden and the grounds 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.