Cathy Hawker heads to West Sussex to discover what life is like in this tranquil and idyllic location

The Old Town Hall offers in excess of £4,500,000.

The waterfront village of Bosham in West Sussex offers an enchanting Swallows and Amazons lifestyle. From small boats bobbing on their buoys to the action-packed regattas of Bosham Sailing Club – established in 1907 making it the oldest of the fourteen sailing clubs in Chichester Harbour – this area celebrates the sheer joy of messing about on the water.

Bosham is one of the prettiest villages in West Sussex, tranquil and relaxed with a healthy focus on outdoor living. The village’s winning location, five miles from Chichester, eight miles from Goodwood and within ninety minutes of London, has made it a long-favoured second home destination for affluent buyers.

In the heart of the village with a prominent setting directly overlooking Bosham Creek, The Old Town Hall is a handsome and substantial brick and flint house that’s just the place to relish Bosham’s waterfront lifestyle. The prime south-facing location and the allure of a private mooring both add to the seductive front row role.

The house’s history is equally as prestigious. The Old Town Hall is a Grade II listed William & Mary house, dating to the seventeenth Century and thoughtfully renovated throughout by its current owner. Old beams and quirky timbers, exposed bricks and statement fireplaces mix with a thoroughly 21st Century treatment. The house has three reception rooms, including a striking open-plan kitchen/breakfast room, and five-six bedrooms, four ensuite and one with an expansive dressing room. Across all the principal rooms, large windows fill the house with light and frame wide views of the water, glistening immediately beyond the garden.

“The Old Town Hall has one of the most sought after locations on the South Coast and combines period charm with supremely comfortable modern living,” says Oliver Rodbourne, Head of Country Homes covering Kent, Sussex and Surrey for Knight Frank. “It also has many of the additional details buyers now look for in rural properties. There’s an ideal home office above the separate double garage and immediate access to the blissful protected waterfront.”

The gardens, newly recreated by landscape designers Meeuwsen Muldoon, are planted with ancient olive trees and include storage sheds and two off-street parking spaces.

It adds up to a family-friendly home in a timeless English village where there’s plenty to do on and off the water. Cyclists ride the paths to the beach at West Wittering while further afield, there’s golf and horse racing at Goodwood and fabulous walking on the Downs.

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