West Sussex


Architect: Matthew Wintersgill

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"Nestled into the sloping site, with a modest rendered frontage that belies the space within."

Ideally situated close to the sought-after rural town of Steyning in West Sussex, is this substantial detached five-bedroom house, with garage, indoor swimming pool, and a large private garden that extends to the border of the South Downs National Park. Built by the architect for his family, the house combines incredible views with high energy efficiency, and was the recipient of a Sussex Heritage Trust Award in 2015. Internal accommodation extends to approximately 4,800 sq ft.

The house is located on a private no-through lane and approached via a wide cobbled-granite driveway with parking for several cars. The property occupies an elevated position, it’s mass nestled into the sloping site, with a modest rendered frontage that belies the space within.

At the front of the house is a large double garage / workshop with green roof, photovoltaic panels and independent side access. Discretely positioned to the left is the main entrance, which opens to a long corridor with wide-board Elm flooring that continues throughout. On the right is an internal door to the garage, and a shower room / guest WC with roof light.

The upper level is arranged as a large open plan kitchen / dining / living room with a beautiful limestone-clad open fire and access to a large balcony with uninterrupted views of the South Downs. There is also a separate utility room and three double bedrooms to one side, one with en-suite shower room and another, currently used as a study, with access to the rear balcony through large glazed sliding doors. There is underfloor heating throughout, beneath a combination of elm, linoleum and stone.

The kitchen is brilliantly set behind glazed walls and pocket doors, its inner workings on display, with the option of physical separation, and access to a balcony overlooking a ‘Sussex swoop’ flint-walled courtyard below. Units in the kitchen and utility room are by Krieder, with Siemens appliances and bespoke elm shelving.

A central concrete spiral staircase descends to the lower level beneath a lantern skylight. On this level is a studio / bedroom with glazed access to the walled-courtyard, a laundry room and separate linen room, and a wonderful master suite, with bathroom and dressing room, and direct access to the lower terrace and garden beyond. A swimming pool with iridescent tiling and limestone platform spans the length of the property alongside a series of clerestorey windows, with separate changing / shower room and sliding glazed doors to front and rear terraces.

The house has been constructed to an exacting standard of efficiency, with a highly insulated shell, and walls designed to ‘breathing wall’ standards.  There is underfloor heating throughout with a ground source heat pump and boreholes producing hot water. Drinking and bathing water is supplied from a private well with filtration plant and Grander purification/ energising units. A mains water connection has been included as a back up. Electric solar panels on the roof generate income as well as reducing electricity bills. Shielded power cables and radial wiring minimise electro-magnetic fields within the house and a silent ventilation system runs continuously to bring fresh air to all living areas. All windows are triple glazed with timber inner and aluminium facing. CAT6 wiring is employed throughout.

Steyning is a sought-after rural town in the Horsham District of West Sussex. It is located at the north end of the River Adur gap in the South Downs. The house is situated close to Bramber Castle, approximately four miles north of Shoreham-by-Sea and 11 miles west of Brighton. Steyning has an excellent variety of independent shops, four pubs and several restaurants. The award-winning Steyning Tea Rooms are particularly popular. There are several good schools in the area, both state and private. The house is around five minutes’ drive from both the A27 and A24.

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.

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