This charming detached three bedroom cottage forms part of a cluster of dwellings at the southern end of Drift Lane, in Bosham. 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 cottage known as ‘Hamstead Croft’ was constructed around 1890 and lies within the countryside. It is within the Chichester/Emsworth strategic gap, outside the defined settlement boundaries and located close to the northern boundary of the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The design involved adding single
and two storey side and rear extensions, which reflected the architecture of
the existing cottage. The two storey side extension formed a subordinate
element to the main cottage and incorporated a new chimney. The side extension
replaced two bay windows which was considered to be not in-keeping with the age
or architectural style of the cottage.
The design involved using matching bricks and tiles of the cottage,
incorporating the same brickwork detailing with sash windows to reflect and
match the existing cottage. To the frontage and side of the property, a double
garage was designed, set back from the main frontage, so as to not be obtrusive
within the street scene.
The approach formed a sympathetic
design which reflects the architectural style of the original cottage and
enhances the local environment through the reinstatement/replacement of
alterations added over the years that were out of character with the age and
style of this beautiful cottage.