Hamstead Croft Cottage

Bosham, West Sussex.

Sympathetically designed cottage extensions in Bosham.

This delightful cottage, dating back to around 1890, lies within the countryside and known as ‘Hamstead Croft’. It is within the Chichester/Emsworth strategic gap, outside the defined settlement boundaries. Also, it is located close to the northern boundary of the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

A charming detached three-bedroom cottage forming part of a cluster of dwellings at the southern end of Drift Lane, in Bosham. Previously, this cottage underwent extensive building works, creating extensions to the side and rear of the property. The houses in the road vary in age and architectural style. Mature vegetation and trees along the frontages of the properties in the lane give the appearance of a semi-rural character.

The design approach…

Our design involved adding a single and two-storey side and rear extensions, which reflects the architecture of the existing cottage. In particular, we formed the two-storey extension and chimney as a subordinate element to the cottage. 

The side extension replaces two bay windows found to be not in keeping with the age or style of the cottage. Furthermore, our design incorporates an in-keeping two-storey extension to the rear of the cottage. 

Our design involved using matching bricks and tiles of the cottage. Thus repeating the same brickwork detailing with sash windows to reflect and match the existing cottage. To the frontage and side of the property, we designed a double garage, setting it back from the main frontage, to not be obtrusive within the street scene.

Moreover, the approach formed a series of sympathetically designed cottage extensions which reflect the architectural style of the original cottage. It enhances the local environment through the replacement of alterations added over the years. Of which we considered were out of character with the age and style of this beautiful cottage.  

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  • Completed.

Project Classification

  • Traditional-Planning-Building Regulations-Recently Completed.


  • Drift Lane, Bosham, Chichester. UK.

Land Designation

  • Development in the Rural Area (outside the defined settlement boundaries),
  • close to the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


  • 2013-2014