A converted barn close to Amberley Castle’s walls
Dating back to the 14th century Amberley Castle’s curtain wall dominates the skyline around the village, and houses a structure which was mentioned in the Domesday Book.
But close by is a beautifully restored former barn, now a sixbedroom home with stunning views across the West Sussex countryside. The 17th century barn was converted by its current owner 15 years ago, having originally been built to serve the bishops of Chichester who made Amberley Castle their home after the Reformation. Dovecote Press’ 2002 book West Sussex Barns and Farm Buildings says the original barn was built in two phases, with pig pens and a calf shed added in the 19th century. A well, in the north end of the barn, was in use until the 1930s to pump water to the castle. “Basil Strudwick, the last farmer, remembers with affection the old Sussex wagons creaking in from the harvest fields laden with corn sheaves. The wagons would draw into the great barn, where the sheaves were offloaded and stored until threshing time, when the threshing machine would be manoeuvred into the porch.”
Ian Nairn and Nikolas Pevsner’s The Buildings of England describes it as a “good big barn”, adding its roof was originally thatched, but has since been replaced by tile.
The conversion itself took 14
“The conversion itself took 14 months. It takes advantage of the barn’s natural light and height”
months. It takes advantage of the barn’s natural light and height, with dual aspect windows in the central dining entrance hall and triple aspect windows in the sitting room.
The main entrance is through the dining hall, with doors off to a family room, a TV room, the sitting room, which boasts an inglenook fireplace, and three en suite bedrooms. The kitchen and breakfast room are in the east wing. The kitchen is fitted with two range cookers and bespoke kitchen units, with an additional utility room.
Upstairs there are three further en suite bedrooms, each with their own shower, accessed from a galleried landing.
In the grounds is an annexe, offering two one-bedroom conversions, each with their own sitting room and bathroom, making them perfect for Airbnb hire. There is also a store, garage and car barn which could double up as a workshop. The property is completely surrounded by gardens which capture the sun at all times of the day. They offer stunning views over Wild Brooks, the castle structure and the South Downs National Park.
The village of Amberley has its own community shop, two pubs, one of which is currently being refurbished, and a primary school which is currently rated good by Ofsted. Amberley Castle itself is a privately owned hotel and restaurant. There are rail links to London Victoria from Amberley railway station which is a mile from the village. There are further shops and facilities in Storrington, four miles away, Arundel, which is six miles away, and the city of Chichester which is 13 miles to the west. The south coast is only ten miles to the south at Littlehampton.
“The gardens capture the sun at all times of the day”