WEST SUSSEX - The Guild of Professional Estate Agents


WEST SUSSEX - The Guild of Professional Estate Agents

Thistleworth Farm

Dial Post

West Sussex

Lot 2 Lot 2

Lot 3 Lot 2


Worthing Road, Dial Post, Nr. Horsham, West Sussex RH13 8NR

A Compact Rural Estate Occupying a Very Accessible Rural Location with Renovated Grade II Listed Farmhouse Believed to Date from the 17 th Century,

Together with Sussex Barn Considered to Have Potential for Alternative Uses (subject to necessary consents), Gently Undulating Pasture & Arable Land

Within a Ring Fence & with Direct Bridleway Access. Including ‘West Sussex Showground’ Occupying a Prominent Position with Frontage to the A24.

Affording Reception Hall, Family Room, Drawing Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Bathroom, Sitting Room/Bedroom 6.

Principal Ensuite Bedroom, Bedroom 7/Study, 4 Further Bedrooms & Bathroom. Games Room. Gardens & Grounds.

Sussex Barn, General Purpose Barn all with Potential for Alternative Uses/Development (subject to consents).

Arable & Pasture Land, Woodland Copse, Shaw & Rough Together with Pond. The West Sussex Showground Site.

Extending Overall to Approximately 56.50 Acres (22.86Ha).

Offers in the Region of £1,450,000 - Freehold

Sole Selling Agents


The Estate Offices Steyning West Sussex BN44 3RE

01903 879488 – www.hjburt.co.uk

Also at Euston House, High Street, Henfield


Thistleworth Farm occupies a very accessible and strategic position approximately 8 miles

from Horsham and to the North of Worthing (approx. 11 miles) with the land forming a

ring fence around the main farmstead, with private access to the farmhouse from Sands

Lane and with frontage and access just off the A24 to The West Sussex Showground.

The attractive period farmhouse is reputed to be of 17 th Century origin, Listed Grade II

and has been subject to renovation within recent years to offer a comfortable family home

with scope for further enlargement by linking with the detached games room building on

the North side which previously had consent for a conservatory link (Ref WG/9/02 &

WG/10/02 –LBC), now lapsed. There are extensive views from the farmhouse across the

farm and adjoining countryside. To the West of the farmhouse is a fine old Sussex Barn

considered to have potential for a range of alternative uses, subject to obtaining necessary

consents, possibly for ancillary residential or commercial uses with the separate access to

the West together with the general purpose barn to the South also considered to offer great

scope for adaptation and enhancement for equestrian uses (subject to consents). A

particular feature of the property is the West Sussex Showground site, established by the

Vendors in recent years and taking advantage of the Western part of the farm’s prominent

and strategic position with access just off the A24 with great advertising opportunities

(subject to consents) and which has formed the base within recent years for letting to a

popular steam rally and other outdoor events and is considered to have potential for

further expansion.


The farm is situated to the West of the former West Grinstead Park Estate to which it

historically formed part and includes on the Southern portion ownership of the private

Sands Lane (a bridleway and also serving other residential houses) with frontage on the

West side to the A24 which bypasses the small village of Dial Post including its award

winning Crown pub/restaurant. Horsham provides an extensive range of shopping and

recreational facilities as well as mainline railway services to London (Victoria/London

Bridge) and the A24 provides dual carriageway access to the South Coast at Worthing and

via connections with the A23/M23, to Gatwick airport, the M25 and national motorway



Council Tax Band 'G' [as at October 2010].

Tenure & Possession

The property is offered for sale freehold and vacant possession will be granted on



Sporting and Recreation

Sporting and recreational facilities in the area include golf at Horsham, West

Chiltington, Pulborough & Mannings Heath; Racing at Goodwood, Fontwell, Brighton,

Plumpton and Lingfield; polo at Knepp Castle and Cowdray Park; sailing at Chichester,

Shoreham-by-Sea & Brighton Marina; theatre at Horsham, Brighton & Chichester;

opera at Glyndebourne; equestrian events at Sands Farm, Warnham, at Hickstead,

Pyecombe, Ardingly and Royal Leisure at Henfield; and over the surrounding

countryside there are many miles of beautiful walks and rides. From the property there

is direct access on to bridleways. Thistleworth Farm is ideally situated for purchasers

seeking a rural setting amidst open countryside yet requiring access to good


Fixtures & Fittings

All fixtures, fittings and chattels whether referred to or not, are specifically excluded

from the sale, including fitted carpets, light fittings, free standing domestic and

electrical items, all garden statutory and ornaments, garden machinery and agricultural


Easements, Footpaths and Rights of Way

The lots are sold subject to all outgoings, easements, wayleaves and other rights and

obligations of every description whether mentioned in these particulars or not. Copies

of plans showing public rights of way can be obtained from the Vendors’ agents.

Access to the farm is either off the private drive to the farmhouse off Sands Lane

leading from Honeybridge Lane or else via the wide gated entrance just off the A24 at

the junction with Honeybridge Lane and thence leading to the buildings and the

Showground site.


Mains electricity and water are connected with modern private drainage system serving

the farmhouse which also includes oil fired central heating with radiators. Electricity

and water are available in and around the buildings.


Directions will be given upon request.


Strictly by appointment with the Vendors’ Sole Selling Agents H.J. Burt & Son, The

Estate Offices, 53 High Street, Steyning, West Sussex. 01903 879488

An attractive period farmhouse, Listed Grade II and believed to be of 17 th Century origin,

originally oak framed with subsequent alterations and additions with elevations of part

brick with blue headers, with decorative tile hanging from the first floor level to part and

with part exposed timbering to the rear, all under a clay tiled pitched and part hipped roof.

The house is approached by a long private entrance drive with automated electric gate at

the start and ending in a large carriage sweep in front of the house. The accommodation is

as shown on the appended floor plans and comprises in more detail:

Front door into Reception Hall (South) with wood floor, exposed timbers and beams,

cloaks cupboard, under stairs cupboard, radiator, traditional wood doors to

Bathroom (North) with flagstone floor, part tiled walls, traditional roll-top bath, w.c,

pedestal hand wash basin, radiator.

Family Room (South & North) with fireplace with brick surround and cast iron hood,

exposed beams and timbers, fitted cupboards and children’s work station, radiator.

Drawing Room (South) with fine flagstone floor and inglenook fireplace with brick hood

within and oak display shelves and TV points, exposed beams and timbers, radiator.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room (South & West) with range of pine fitted units and worktops

including Belfast sink with mixer tap and part tiled worktop around, 4-oven green Aga,

range of eye-level cupboards and plate rack, point for dishwasher, part tiled walls, fine

flagstone floor, exposed timbers and beams including to part vaulted ceiling, larder

cupboard, oak door to outside.

Inner Lobby with stone floor to

Utility Room (West) quarry tiled floor, point for washing machines, shelves and hanging


Sitting Room/Bedroom Six (East & North) exposed beams and timbers, stone floor,

fitted cupboard, radiator.

From the reception hall, staircase rising to

Landing with radiator and doors to

Principal Bedroom One (South) a fine main bedroom with vaulted roof with exposed

oak framing, views across farm, wood floor with part raised bed platform, fitted

wardrobes, dressing table and drawers, door to

Ensuite Shower Room (North) with shower, w.c, wash hand basin, radiator, slate tiled


Bedroom Four (South) with part vaulted roof with exposed timbers and beams, radiator,

range of fitted open shelves/storage units, views across the farm.

Bedroom Two (South) with views across the farm, range of fitted wardrobes with two

stair ladders leading to an upper mezzanine area/children’s space with restricted head


height, extensive exposed timbers and beams, radiator.

Bedroom Three (South) with painted beams, radiator, ladder to children’s mezzanine

area with storage space and wash basin below, views across the farm.

Bathroom with bath with shower over, w.c. with concealed cistern, pedestal hand wash

basin, exposed timbers, radiator.

From the drawing room, inner lobby with second staircase to

Small Landing (East) with doors to

Bedroom Five (West) with vaulted roof and exposed timbers, cupboard housing

Megaflo water tank, mezzanine storage area to the side, radiator.

Study/Bedroom Seven (East & West) part panelling with exposed beams, radiator.


From the extensive gravel entrance drive with carriage sweep at the front of the

house, open garden areas lead round to the East & North sides of the house including

extensive areas of lawn with occasional trees and feature decking and terracing to the

rear of the house to enjoy the extensive views. A former traditional dairy building at the

rear has been converted into a games room with French windows to the front and

including within, fitted bar area with wine rack, fridge, cupboards, shelves and chest

freezer recess, plus fitted cupboard around pool table area. Planning consent had

previously been granted to provide a conservatory link between the house and the

games room to enlarge the accommodation or potentially create an annexe living

space. Beyond the main area of garden is a vegetable garden and children’s play area

and with the lawns then giving way to the adjoining farmland on the East side.

The land surrounds the farmhouse including a large former arable field bordering the

entrance drive and sown to grass, plus a further arable field to the North currently lying

fallow. A mixed broadleaf tree copse lies to the South-East with nearby lightly wooded

area with large pond. The ‘West Sussex Showground’ enjoys frontage to the A24 and

Honeybridge Lane with its independent access to the main grass showground site.

There is further car parking to a level pasture field to the East, fronting Sands Lane, as

well as parking along the grass area to the North of the entrance drive along a strip of

ground adjoining the high grass bank lying to the West of the main yard area. This yard

includes extensive areas of hard standing around the period Sussex Barn overall 54’0 x

23’6 (16.46m x 7.16m) external, weather boarded, tiled half hipped roof, power and

light connected.

Further to the South is a general purpose 4-bay steel framed barn externally overall

60’6 x 45’0 (18.44m x 13.72m) plus 3 bay part open sided lean-to on the South side

45’0 x 20’0 (13.72m x 6.10m). Power and light connected to the main part of the barn

with concrete floors and part concrete walls and part external timber cladding.

Overall the property extends to approximately 56.5 Acres (22.86Ha).


The property is sold subject to any development plans, tree preservation orders, ancient

monument orders, town planning schedules or resolutions which may come into force.

Sporting, Timber & Mineral Rights

All sporting rights, standing timber and mineral, so far as they are owned, are understood

to be included in the freehold sale.

Local Authorities

Horsham District Council Park House, North Street, Horsham 01403 215100

West Sussex County Council County Hall, Chichester 01243 777100

Property Misdescription Act 1991

1. These particulars were prepared in November 2012 by H.J. Burt & Son in good faith for the guidance of

purchasers. The photographs were taken in September 2009 and October 2010.

2. The descriptions, measurements and distances within the particulars were taken by H.J. Burt & Son or taken

from information supplied by the vendor, but should only be relied upon as approximations and not as

statements or representations of fact.

3. Information regarding the tenure of this property has not been verified and purchasers should consult their own

solicitor for verification.

4. H.J. Burt & Son offer no warranty as to the condition of the property, services or appliances. Purchasers

should satisfy themselves as to such condition.

5. H.J. Burt & Son have not made any enquiry concerning Planning Consents, Building Regulations or other

approvals for any part of the property unless specifically referred to and purchasers are advised to make

their own enquiries of the Local Authority.


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