Monthly Archives: March 2016

Town or Country – Something for everyone

The Country House Company has an excellent range of properties available on the rental market and there really is something for everyone. Whether you are seeking a rural retreat or prefer to be in a village or town location with amenities on the doorstep, all tastes are catered for.

A fully renovated 17th century cottage in the centre of Alresford is a good example of heart of community living and this lovely home in Broad Street is suitable as a full time or weekend home. With lots of character and charm, the property is beautifully presented and comprises two reception rooms with fireplaces, a well fitted kitchen, three double bedrooms, a bathroom and separate shower room

A double garage, additional parking and garden accompany this house and a monthly rent of £1,995 is quoted.

Or perhaps a period farmhouse on the edge of the South Downs National Park appeals. Some of the rooms take in lovely views over the stunning countryside at Denmead Farm near Waterlooville. The entrance hall opens to an office space and the sitting room is kept cosy by a wood burning stove. The kitchen has plenty of space for dining and there is a utility room and access through to the garage.

The spacious first floor landing branches off to three bedrooms and the family bathroom.

A generous garden frames the house in this lovely rural location. Available at a monthly rent of £1,750.

Contact The Country House Company for more details whether you are looking for a town or country property for your next move. Call 023 9263 2275.

Great family home

This well presented Victorian house in Monks Road, Hyde is a great family home for all kinds of reasons. Firstly, the accommodation is superb and with an extended kitchen opening through to a family and dining area, which spills out to the garden, this has brought the layout right up to date. Secondly, the location is hugely popular due to the proximity of the station, Winchester city centre, the leisure centre, acres of open parkland and the greatly respected St Bede’s primary school, as well as being within this lovely enclave of Hyde which has a village atmosphere all of its own.

Much of the original character of the house has been retained but it also offers all the comforts expected for today’s lifestyles. In addition to the wonderful open plan kitchen there are two reception rooms on the ground floor.

Two double bedrooms, a single room and smart family bathroom with bath and shower are arranged over the first floor with a further double bedroom and wet room on the top floor.

The garden is simply arranged, neatly maintained and offers a good outside space for this great family home.

Belinda Wright, the lettings manager at Winkworth in Winchester says she expects to receive several enquiries from families wanting to secure a smart home in this location. A monthly rent of £2,500 is sought and enquiries should be directed to Belinda and her team on 01962 866777.

Grand family residence

Forming part of The Old Rectory at Abbots Worthy on the northern extremity of Winchester, this grand family residence offers opulent accommodation on a grand scale. Abbots Worthy lies within the Itchen Valley and there are local amenities in nearby Kings Worthy with excellent road links to the A33, A34, M3 and M27 and also the mainline station at Winchester, just a couple of miles away.

Driving in off Park Lane, a security gate opens to an enclosed courtyard area, the double garage and a lockable store. There is plenty of parking at the front and at the rear the garden a combination of brick wall and fencing encloses the south facing flagstone terrace which leads onto the lawns. Through the summer months the garden plays an important role and has access from the kitchen, snug and home office.

Upon entering this wonderful home the spacious hall opens to the living space, has storage, a cloakroom and a door to a vast basement level. A staircase rises through the house giving access to a total of six bedrooms and four bathrooms.

The principle sitting room on the ground floor has feature windows overlooking the southerly aspect, an open fire, high ceilings with decorative cornicing and wood flooring.  A cosy snug is perfect for watching television on a winter’s evening and from here ornate double doors open to the garden.

The main hub of the property is the large open plan kitchen with its high beamed ceilings and tiled flooring giving a superb impression of space. There are areas for dining and relaxing as well as the kitchen itself which lies to the rear with glazed doors to the garden. There is also a utility room and a home office with an adjacent second cloakroom.

On each of the two full floors above there are three good bedrooms, most with fitted storage, and two bathrooms with particular attention being paid to the master suite which has grand proportions, built-in wardrobes and a smart shower room.

Although this is a village setting, the house has the advantage of all mains services connected.

A price guide of £1,350,000 is quoted. Appointments to view may be made by calling Charters in Alresford on 01962 734633.

Beautiful period farmhouse

Beautiful period farmhouse

Beautiful period farmhouse

Classically styled with red brick elevations and a clay tiled roof, Dublin Farm House has origins in the 1700s with later additions all carefully undertaken to enhance the character and transform the space inside. This is now an enviable family home on the edge of Wherwell in the Test Valley and sits in half an acre of gardens with outbuildings and a swimming pool with pool house.

Grade II listed, the house is perfectly framed by a mellow brick wall and pretty gardens on the southern side.

The stone floor in the magnificent open reception hall continues through into a sitting room with a wood burning stove and this room links with a rear hallway, utility room and a versatile room with a wall of glazing opening to a private courtyard and with an adjacent bathroom. These rooms combined could be used as an annexe if required.

The formal drawing room leads off the dining room on the western flank and is a fine room with a wood burning stove and a door to the garden. The dining room has original wooden flooring and is light due to its double aspect.

Double doors from the reception hall open to an inner hallway and the doors are repeated for access into the fantastic kitchen/breakfast room which is a later addition to the house and provides a light open space ideal for family occupation. Sliding doors in a contemporary wall of glazing open the terrace.

Completing the picture on the ground floor is a snug or study, cloakroom and a door to a large, dry basement.

On the first floor five bedrooms are accessed from two staircases together with three fabulous bathrooms. The master bedroom is particularly fine with a vaulted ceiling, exposed timbers and lovely views over the garden.

Surrounded by the glorious countryside of the Test Valley, this house has a lovely backdrop and the gardens are well stocked. A five bar gate opens to a gravel driveway, parking and garaging. The terrace at the rear of the house is perfect for entertaining through the warmer months and the swimming pool is in a private setting with a range of fruit trees at the top of the garden.

Lying about ten miles from Winchester and about five from Andover, Wherwell is not remote and there are good connections from here across the southern region by road and rail.

Knight Frank in Winchester quotes a price of £1,500,000 and welcomes enquiries on 01962 850333.

A handsome, historic opportunity awaits

Few who wander onto Hayling Island to head for the southern shore may give even a passing thought to its history.

But after 1066, when William the Conqueror showed up to give King Harold a good going over on the shores of what’s now East Sussex, the island was ceded to French monks in 1067 and the Grange to their Benedictine Priory was built in the centre of the Island.

It’s still possible to see the 65 foot medieval dovecot, with its original brick nesting boxes set into the walls and one of the oldest examples in the country, although the foundations of the Grange were built upon in 1777 to create the present Manor House as a hunting lodge for the Duke of Norfolk.

As anyone who is a fan of Julian Fellowes costume dramas knows, they didn’t do things by halves back then so the Manor House as it stands now, with its outbuildings included, amounts to more than 12,000 square feet of living accommodation and covered space.

The Duke sold the house to William Padwick, who built the first bridge between the mainland and the Island, in 1825 – the Padwick family only relinquished ownership in 1971. So whoever becomes the next owner will be taking possession of a sizeable chunk of Hayling Island history as well as a home that Nikolaus Pevsner described as “handsome”.

Fortunately for 21st Century owners, the Manor House has become rather more manageable with its 4.51 acres of gardens and grounds although its impressive stature is hardly diminished. Several paddocks and parkland, including an ornamental lake and a walled garden adjacent to the Dovecote and, adjoining it, a gymnasium will help to while away the hours but with easy access

to the golf course, sailing club, and beaches that Hayling Island there’s never any reason to be bored.

Thanks to Padwick, at Langstone there’s a bridge to Havant with its mainline station to London Waterloo and via the A27 to the Cathedral City of Chichester to the east with its Festival Theatre and Portsmouth to the west with its renowned maritime history.

“It’s easy to imagine just how impressive the house is although a detailed description might take some time to deliver,” says Anne-Marie Green, of Fine and Country estate agents in Emsworth.

“Suffice to say that with eight bedrooms and six reception areas the Manor House is as impressive as you might hope such an important Grade II-listed building to be – and then some.

“It really is a Georgian gem with its vernacular brick and flint construction, classical proportions, and triangular pediment dominating the southern facade.

“The entrance porch also has classical echoes with semi-circular stone steps, Doric columns, and a fanlight above the front door. But this is not to say the house has stood still. It will be 240 years old in 2017 but it has been upgraded and modernised to the highest specification, while retaining many original and character features, to provide superb and elegant family accommodation laid out over three floors.”

Guide price is £2.25 million. For more information, contact Fine and Country Emsworth on 01243 487969 or email emsworth@fineandcountry.com

EU Referendum – should we stay or should we go?

The referendum on whether the UK remains in the European Union will take place on 23 June this year.

Historically, Ipsos MORI polls show that in the 1970s and 1980s there was significant desire from the British public to leave the EU, but more recently polls have suggested a fairly even split between those ‘for’ and ‘against.’

At its recent Prospects for Property 2016 conference, Strutt & Parker clients were asked whether they thought the UK would leave the EU, and an overwhelming 86% responded with a ‘No’.

Stephanie McMahon, Head of Research at Strutt & Parker has investigated what the possible impact on the property market could be if the UK votes to leave the EU. She said: “The only thing we can be sure of at the present time is that no one genuinely knows what the impact of an EU exit would be, and we have to be careful not to make this a binary event – should we exit the negotiations around trade and movement of people will be extensive and ongoing. That said, in the short term it is anticipated that a period of uncertainty will persist in the run up to 23 June as the world awaits the outcome of the vote.

“Residential markets are highly influenced by uncertainty and London in particular would feel the effect of nervous buyers, the consequence of which is likely to be a drop in trading, particularly foreign investment. However, further across the UK, the impact is likely to be less, apart from in areas where high numbers of workers are employed in international businesses.”

In the longer term over the five years post-Brexit, domestic household wealth and confidence may be impacted, influencing housing decisions. If exit results in less immigration into the UK, some pressure may be taken off the demand side of the housing market, reducing inflation. For London, sterling devaluations could be positive as property becomes cheaper for foreign buyers.

George Burnand of Strutt & Parker’s Winchester office, said: “Brexit is an ever-evolving subject and the full impact on the property market from the vote is impossible to predict. We would advise those who are keen to move home over the next year to hold their nerve and continue with their plans; certainly the evidence from the first few weeks of campaigning is that buyers are still buying and we have seen an increase in new registrations.

“The Winchester houses we have launched over the last few weeks have received a huge amount of interest with guide price offers being made.”

George concludes: “Good local school catchments and how far from the station are still what people want to talk about long before whether we should be in or out!”