Former palace of the Bishops of Chichester
This impressive and extremely historic country house would suit a buyer keen to honour its past. The Bishops of Chichester had a house on this site from the 13th century to the 16th century , and was restored and enlarged in the early 16th century; one bay of the great hall and undercroft still stands today. In the angle between the present house and the Hall stands the prominent, Hexagonal, Tudor red brick tower, which dates back to 1519.
The farmhouse, which forms the heart of the house today, dates mainly to the 18th and 19th centuries and offers superb Queen Anne/Georgian proportions. On the south east side is the two storey annexe which can be accessed from inside or outside.
Inside is a huge amount of period detail and the accommodation in full comprises reception hall, drawing room, office/sitting room, rear reception hall, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, pantry, conservatory and dining room.
Upstairs are the master suite and three further double bedrooms, plus a bathroom, kitchen and sitting room plus steps to the tower refrectory. The annexe offers a sitting room, kitchen, bedroom and shower room.
Attached to the main house but accessed from outside, the tower is an outstanding feature of the property. It is currently used only for storage and is in great need of renovation. Connected to the tower is the remaining part of the Great Hall, which is monastic in style and comprises one room on the ground floor, similar to a small chapel, and one room above that is used for storage. Both the tower and the Great Hall are of significant historical interest and are scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act.
Cakeham Manor has been in private ownership over the past 30 years and the property is in need of renovation, but presents a wonderful opportunity for the right buyer.
The gardens extend to nearly two acres and include a lake abundant in wildlife; beyond is a tennis court and a vegetable garden.
The property lies surrounded by open farmland just a few hundred metres from the seafront at West Wittering. which has a good range of local shops and amenities; Chichester is around seven miles.
The guide price is £2,95m. For further information please contact Savills on 020 7409 8823 or visit www.savills.co.uk.
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