Property of the Day: Thakeham Manor, Pulborough, West Sussex
THE PROPERTY: This slick manor is situated in the fashionable town of Pulborough, West Sussex. A newly built stone house, it features an array of high-quality, natural materials, from smooth limestone floors to granite fireplaces. The surrounding garden echoes the geometric appearance of the building, with its pristine lawn, gravel pathways and tennis court. Perhaps most immaculate is the summer terrace: complete with olive- and palm-trees, box topiary and a grand central fountain, it adds a touch of Versailles to the English countryside.
THE LOCATION: The house is located in Thakeham, a village and civil parish in the Horsham district of West Sussex. Just a 40-minute drive away is Chichester, a country town home to esteemed cultural venues such as Pallant House and Chichester Festival Theatre, while London is just under a two-hour drive away.
THE INTERIOR: While enjoying all the seclusion and natural beauty that the countryside has to offer, this property doesn’t fall short in terms of technological innovation. Impressive features include energy-efficient heating plus mood settings, lighting and audio, all controlled via iPad or iPhone. The house consists of five suites, with the master bedroom providing exquisite views from its stone bathtub. The kitchen comes with an open fireplace, and the central reception-room contains a large fireplace and generous ceiling heights.
WHY WE LOVE IT: For dinner parties with a view, look no further than the property’s lake house. The open-front structure is situated on the water, making it ideal for hosting or simply for relaxing with a book while soaking in the panoramic views.
BUY IT NOW: £4,450,000 with Knight Frank
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