Monthly Archives: October 2015

Prime central location

A stunning four storey town house in a prime central Winchester location has come to the rental market and will be available from the beginning of the new year. Literally a stone’s throw from the High Street with its eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and places to stop for a coffee, together with the city’s theatres, cinema and train station, this house is certainly well placed.

Sitting on a corner of St Thomas Street, this fabulous house boasts grandly proportioned rooms with a hugely versatile layout. At the entrance level the hallway has doors to the principal reception room with a fireplace, separate dining room with doors to the garden and the kitchen which is currently undergoing a full re-fit.

On the basement level there are two large rooms and a bathroom which means that this additional space is ideal as bedrooms, relaxing space, home office or even as an independent suite for a relative.

On the first floor, a large room at the front is arranged as a sitting room and the main bedroom is on this floor with its own dressing room and lovely bathroom.

Two further good size bedrooms and a bathroom are arranged over the top floor.

Outside is a beautiful courtyard garden, with a veranda across the rear of the house, and gated driveway parking with permit parking available for two additional cars.

Penyards Property Management quotes a monthly rent of £3,450 and further information is available by calling 01962 860303…

Great eco credentials

This fantastic newly built three bedroom home not only has stunning views of St Catherine’s Hill but its eco credentials are outstanding with an EPC rating in Band A, making this an efficient and economical home to run. Other modern technologies include USB charging points in every room, solar panel heating, hot water panels, underfloor heating to the ground floor, remote control lighting in the bedrooms and a charging point for electric cars.

This property would be perfect for a family looking for a long term rental that has easy access to the city centre and the M3. The property also benefits from being close to local amenities, parks and schools. 

The property provides good family space with three double bedrooms, a master bedroom with en suite and a spacious sitting room with bi-folding doors to the kitchen with state of the art fittings.

To arrange a viewing please contact Kim Bone at the Winchester branch on 01962 620444 or email…

Penalty if your tenant does not have the right to rent

The Home Office has just announced that with effect from 1 February 2016 all private landlords in England must check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before letting their property to them.

Under these rules landlords who fail to make this check could face a penalty of up to £3000 per tenant.

Judith Davis from Penyards Property Management explains what this means in practical terms: “If you are a private landlord, have a lodger, are sub-letting a property or you are an agent appointed by a landlord to make right to rent checks you have to make the appropriate checks to ensure the tenant has the right to be in the UK.”

Original documents have been specified which must be checked with the tenant present to prove this. Copy documents must then be kept on file as proof that the check has taken place.

This new legislation is part of the ongoing reform by the government to the immigration system.

If you are a private landlord and would like to know more about this new regulation and any other new lettings legislation that has been introduced this year the lettings team at Penyards Property Management will be happy to advise. Call the office on 01962 860303.…

A slice of local history

Sherfield Mill is an elegant country house offering extensive and versatile accommodation over three floors with generous size principal rooms. The gardens create a magnificent setting extending to nearly nine acres and with a tributary of the Blackwater River meandering through the grounds feeding into two substantial ponds.

Dating from the 16th century the house has lovely mellow brick facades with sash windows. An elegant reception hall impresses all who visit with its grand proportions and wonderful staircase sweeping up to the galleried landing. Double doors open to the superb drawing room which has southerly views over the garden and a lovely octagonal garden room beyond. Two further reception rooms are arranged as a study and formal dining room which has access to the kitchen/breakfast room. Off a rear lobby is a utility room and cloakroom.

Six bedrooms, all with fitted storage, and three bathrooms are arranged over the top two floors including an extensive master suite.

Savills says the house has scope for improvement and could be the perfect project to create a highly personalised yet period home.

There are impressive formal gardens, a productive vegetable garden and fruit cages, with an avenue of mixed lime trees leading down to the tennis court, swimming pool and the paddock. Fabulous specimen trees including hornbeam, a tulip tree and impressive oak trees set the scene and add to the scale of the setting.

Sherfield Mill lies within about five miles of Romsey where there is a good choice of shops and amenities with Southampton, Salisbury and Winchester all within easy reach.

Savills quotes a guide price of £1,950,000 and enquiries should be directed to the Winchester office on 01962 841842.…

Exquisite thatched cottage in the Itchen Valley

Originally two cottages but combined to create one larger dwelling many years ago, this immaculate Grade II listed thatched cottage has good size rooms with unusually high ceilings for a property of its type. Totally re-thatched four years ago, Rivers Keep is immaculately presented with beautiful accommodation over two floors and although very much a period property there are hidden modern benefits including underfloor heating to the kitchen and bathrooms

A charming thatched porch opens to an entrance hall with rooms branching off to each side. The large dining room has an inglenook fireplace, oak floor and beautiful timbered ceiling and leads through to a lovely kitchen/breakfast room with granite work surfaces and steps up to a rear lobby where there is storage, a cloakroom and a door to the garden.

On the other side of the house is a well proportioned, sitting room, with exposed timbers and a gas powered stove set on a recessed tiled hearth. There is also a comfortable snug and a study with fitted furniture.

An attractive oak staircase rises to the first floor where there are three bedrooms leading off the landing. The master bedroom is impressive with a dressing area and stylish bathroom with a bath and separate walk-in shower. The other bedrooms share a smart family bathroom.

Rivers Keep enjoys a perfect setting within exquisite cottage gardens which are a principal feature of the property. Manicured lawns give way to established borders with mature trees as a backdrop and a choice of seating areas to enjoy sunny aspects. There is plenty of parking at the front of the detached double garage which has a useful utility room and store at the rear.

Set within Itchen Stoke, this lovely village is approximately two miles west of Alresford with Winchester also within easy reach.

Winkworth in Winchester will be happy to provide further details and a price of £830,000 is quoted. Call the office on 01962 866777.…

New luxury apartments coming to Ocean Village

Savills has been instructed as selling agent for 82 luxury apartments at Alexandra Wharf in Ocean Village.

The apartments are part of the Alexandra Wharf development by Nicolas James Group, which includes a new 5* hotel and spa.

The development is named after Princess Alexandra, who opened a dock in 1967, which was used to accommodate the cross Channel ferry services.

The majority of the apartments will have their own private terrace or balcony and there will be enough parking for each apartment to have at least one allocated space.

The complex is being built by Bouygues UK, which also built the neighbouring Admirals Quay development.

Alan Watt, of Savills South Coast Residential Development Team, said: “We anticipate a huge amount of interest in these high quality waterfront apartments. The Nicolas James Group is renowned for their luxury residential schemes and attention to detail with the apartments at Alexandra Wharf clearly demonstrating this.

“Each home has been carefully designed by award winning architects HGP and the layouts optimise space and the fantastic views of the marina and the city.”

Work has begun on site and a show home at Alexandra Wharf is set to launch next year.

To register your interest in advance contact Savills South Coast Residential Development team on 023 8071 3900.…