Having suffered the tragedy of burning almost fully to the ground in 2006, the Grade II listed 17th century ‘picture postcard’ property that is Sessions House has been painstakingly rebuilt and restored by the present owner to its former glory with the walls reconstructed using historic photographs for reference and salvaged local stone from the site.
The external shiplap cladding is locally-sourced elm from Midhurst forest specifically for this renovation, the thatch being locally grown combed wheat straw, fixed using traditional hazel spars (put on in 2015).
The entire re-build has – where required – been carried out using many specific materials and techniques such as horsehair mixed lime plaster, lathe and plaster internal walls decorated using lime wash paint, oak beams and with all the work carried out in conjunction with English Heritage.
The left-hand cottage and larger of the two comprises an entrance hall, living room with delightful inglenook fireplace, kitchen/breakfast room with integrated appliances and space for an American style fridge/freezer and separate reception room/fourth bedroom.
Stairs from the living room head up to the first floor with family bathroom and three bedrooms.
The right hand cottage comprises an entrance/dining hall giving access to the living room and kitchen with integrated appliances, along with access to the rear garden and stairs to the first floor.
Heading up to the first floor both bedrooms and family bathroom can be found along with a galleried landing area that could be used as study/office space.
Externally both cottages have a 42ft westerly facing garden with allocated parking space behind, and the left-hand cottage also has additional parking available on a driveway separate from the property leading to a garage.
In addition to the many character features, the properties also enjoy new gas central heating systems, fully re-wiring to stringent current regulations, solid oak flooring, oak doors with wrought iron hinges and Suffolk latches and traditional sanitary ware.
With no onward chain and the chance to own a piece of Selsey history, an inspection is deemed essential to appreciate all that the properties have to offer along with the passion and care taken over the restorations.
The cottages are on the market at guide prices of £425,000 and £350,000.
For more information, or to arrange a viewing, contact Henry Adams, 122 High Street, Selsey. Telephone 01243 606789.