The Water Tower is an enchanting and totally unique Grade II listed property located in a stunning, peaceful, rural setting close to the South Downs. This very unusual and striking octagonal tower was designed by Maxwell Ayrton, the architect who designed the original Twin Towers at Wembley Stadium, and is constructed of reinforced concrete with an external ‘helter skelter’ staircase and a polygonal roof. It was constructed as an ornamental folly/water tower, with an observatory, in about 1930 for Sir Arthur Howard as part of the Wappingthorn Estate.
he accommodation in The Water Tower is very much a ‘one off’’ with the hexagonal external walls creating circular walls internally. The ground oor is arranged as a kitchen/family room, with a tted kitchen and includes a wood burning stove, with a shower room to one side. There is a charming bedroom on the rst oor with a Juliet balcony, on the second oor a void is where the water was stored (considered to have potential to create additional accommodation, subject to all the necessary consents) and on the third oor is a stunning octagonal observatory with large casement windows and the most spectacular, 360 degree, far reaching views over the surrounding countryside, to the North and South Downs and Chanctonbury Ring. A single storey timber clad cottage provides additional
In extending to approximately 3.25 acres
living accommodation, including a sitting room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom.
Planning consent was granted in 2002 for an extension to form substantial living accommodation, which has since lapsed. It is therefore considered there is the potential for extension to create a very unique country home, subject to all the necessary consents.
The Water Tower is approached over a private lane that runs through the Wappingthorn Estate. Double gates open into the entrance drive with the timber clad cottage to one side. The Tower sits in a good size garden and the grounds include a pond and paddock and, in all, extends to about 3.25 acres.
- 3 Bedrooms
- 1 Bathroom
- 3 Reception Rooms
- 667 Sq ft (approx)
- 62 Sq m (approx)
- Private driveway
- Grade II Listed timber clad cottage
- Rural location
- 3 bedrooms
- Approximately 3.25 acres
- Architecturally designed by Maxwell Ayrton
- 1.5 miles from the historic market town of Steyning
- Potential for extension , subject to necessary consents