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An extraordinary estate set in the countryside that inspired Turner, with ballroom, ponds and a waterfall

The Nonnington estate in Graffham, West Sussex, combines exquisite period details with beautiful grounds featuring a small waterfall.

Turner painted many scenes of the Sussex countryside, where he spent much time as a guest of the 3rd Earl of Egremont at Petworth. The views that moved him are a stone’s throw from the 83-acre Nonnington estate, outside the village of Graffham, in West Sussex, which is for sale with RH & RW Clutton. The price is available on application from the agent.

Drawing room at Nonnington

The main house at Nonnington rivals with the panorama. Dating originally from the 16th century and heavily remodelled in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, it is a treasure trove of charming details, from original fireplaces to elegant cornicing, leaded windows, panelled walls-and a stained glass window on the first-floor landing.

Dining room at Nonnington

The pièce de resistance is the aptly-named Great Hall, which was created in 1937 as a ballroom, but there also are a 26’5” dining room, a sundowner bar and, up the grand staircase, ten panoramic bedrooms, including the master suite with private sauna.

The staircase at Nonnington

Outside, the magnificent grounds include three ponds (with waterfall), a heated swimming pool, a tennis court, a play area, plus farmland and woodland. Also on the estate are two houses, let under assured Shorthold Tenancy, and a range of outbuildings.

Nonnington estate bridge

As an interesting titbit is that the Hall was advertised in Country Life a few times over the course of the 20th century and was mentioned in the magazine’s estate report twice. A 1943 issue states that it was sold by auction for £13,000, while a 1974 issue highlighted the presence of the swimming pool and reported that offers for the house with (at the time) nine acres were expected to be in the region of £100,000.

The Nonnington estate from above

Nonnington is for sale via RH & RW Clutton with price on request — see more pictures or enquire with the agent for further details.

Graffham: What you need to know

  • Location:Perched on the South Downs, Graffham is just under six miles from Midhurst and half an hour’s drive from Chichester
  • Atmosphere: Mentioned in the Domesday Book as having 13 households, this has remained a vibrant village with two pubs, a village shop and a delightful parish church.
  • Things to do: The Graffham Down Trust looks after several nature reserves on the outskirts of the village, which are home to butterflies, owls, woodpeckers and dormice, among others. Arundel Castle and its superb grounds are close by, and The South Down Way offers miles and miles of walking and cycling
  • Schools: there’s the Graffham CE Infant School for children aged 4 to 7 and the nearby Duncton CE Junior School for those aged 7-11. Among the independents, Seaford College is very close by.Find more properties in the area.