- Guide Price £875,000 to £925,000
- Listed Character Property - C.14th Century
- Beams and Inglenook Fireplace
- Four Bedrooms
- Sitting Room
- Dining Room
- Kitchen/Breakfast Room
- Large Mature Gardens
- Walking Distance to B.R. Mainline Station
**Guide Price £875,000 to £925,000** MH James are delighted to present to the market this wonderful character property, which is in need of some cosmetic updating. We understand that parts of this wonderful home date back to the 14th Century. Not only is this Grade II listed property a wonderful period house, but also a piece of world history, carrying the blue plaque as the family home of Robert Lochner. The house stands in its own grounds and is entered through an entrance hallway with steps leading to the main reception areas and a door to the family bathroom. The wonderful sitting room is packed full of period features including exposed beams and open inglenook fireplace. A hidden turning staircase behind the open fireplace leads up to the generously sized main bedroom with another period fireplace (currently covered) and another bedroom leading directly from the first. The right hand elevation of the property is considered to be the “new” element of the property and we believe was added around 200 years ago. This area contains the dining room and kitchen dining room. A second staircase leads to two further bedrooms from the inner hallway.
Outside the property has a large mature garden with the plot approaching approximately two thirds of an acre. It has a wide variety of mixed shrubs and trees, with sweeping areas of lawn, and of course, the garden pond.
We believe this property offers tremendous opportunity for new owner to reinvigorate one of Sussex’s oldest and potentially finest properties.
The Blue Plaque on the wall of Rats Castle commemorates the life of Robert Lochner who lived at the property until 1965.
Amongst the many achievements of one of Haslemere’s most remarkable inhabitants, was the invention of the “Mulberry Harbour”. Robert Lochner, an expert yachtsman, was challenged by Churchill to “Calm the Waves” in preparation for the Allied advance on the Normandy D Day landings. It is widely accepted that his invention of these floating harbours; which were developed on the Rats Castle garden pond helped to ensure the successful landing of vast numbers of men and supplies on the D-Day beaches on June 6th, 1944.