Monthly Archives: June 2016

Country hideaway awash with appeal

Even those who consider themselves expert on Hampshire might be forgiven for allowing the hamlet of Redenham to slip beneath their radar.

After all, within a mile travelling north it’s possible to slip over the border unnoticed and into Wiltshire travelling away into the vast area of rolling downland and secret valleys that criss-cross the area where Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Berkshire all come together in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Tucked away in Redenham is a property that once served as laundry to the Redenham estate. Aptly named The Old Laundry, the property now makes a very stylish family country home set in attractive gardens.

Although commuting is fairly straightforward as both the A303 and Andover Station, with its newly enhanced parking and fast mainline trains to Waterloo are close by, The Old Laundry has a home office in the garden, making working from home a very tempting proposition whenever possible. The village of Appleshaw, just to the south, has a village pub, church, and primary school.

The house itself, with walls finished in render and shiplap beneath attractive roof dormers, dates from the 1890s and now has a very relaxing drawing room at the front, closest to the village road but set well back. The entrance lobby opens into the dining room where a passage passes between the shower room and fourth bedroom to arrive at the comprehensively-equipped kitchen, beyond which is a conservatory.

Stairs in the kitchen lead up to the third bedroom while the main stairs in the corner of the dining room arrive at a landing serving the family bathroom, second bedroom, and master suite with dressing area and en-suite bathroom.

Within the plot, gently rising and measuring just under a quarter of an acre, are beautifully maintained gardens with a private…

Village home with annexe

Set in a quiet corner in the heart of Twyford, this detached home has much to appeal to tenants looking for balanced accommodation which is versatile. Enjoying a central village location there are great local amenities as well as being within about a five minute drive of Winchester. Shawford station is about a mile away.

The main house here at Dolphin Hill has two connecting reception rooms with an open fireplace and doors opening out to the garden. There is also a family room and the kitchen has a good breakfast area and also an adjacent utility room which links, by way of a boot room, to the annexe.

Upstairs are four bedrooms, one with its own shower room, and a family bathroom.

The annexe is self-contained and could be used for a dependent relative or perhaps for someone wishing to work from home. The separate entrance opens into a living area and a shower room leads off here. Accessed via a spiral staircase is a spacious double bedroom.

An enclosed garden lies to the rear and at the front is driveway parking for two cars in front of the single garage. The house backs onto playing fields so has an open outlook.

Purdie & Swan says the landlord may consider allowing a well behaved pet at the property and the house will be ready for occupation in August so could fit well into the diaries of those with children ready to start the new school year.

A monthly rent of £2,450 is quoted and viewings may be arranged by calling Purdie & Swan on 01962 717711.

Georgian townhouse in the heart of Alresford

Alresford is a beautiful Georgian town known for its vibrant array of independent shops, restaurants, coffee shops and pubs, nestling in stunning surroundings on the edge of the South Downs National Park. This is the setting for a Grade II listed townhouse in perfect keeping with its surroundings in East Street, right at the heart of this active and inclusive community.

The sitting room lies at the front of the house accessed via an entrance lobby and the smartly fitted kitchen sits behind this with space for dining and a door to a small conservatory which is an ideal optional seating space and opens to the southerly facing garden.

Stairs rise from the entrance lobby to two bedrooms and a bathroom. There is also a cellar.

The sunny garden is arranged for low maintenance, has brick walls to both sides and is a valuable outside space in the centre of town.

A monthly rent of £1,195 is sought by local agent Hellards who will be pleased to provide further details. Call the office on 01962 736333

Deep in the Meon valley

This is an exceptional home with its own stable yard and lies deep in the Meon Valley to the south west of the village of Hambledon where the narrow lane leading to Bent Farm creates a very peaceful environment surrounded by glorious countryside. Sitting in its own grounds of six acres, there are mature gardens, large pond, interconnecting paddocks, stable yard with store, tack room and grass practice arena.

The original period barn buildings have been successfully converted into a distinctive home with attractive mellow brick, weather boarded and flint elevations with inset oak windows and doors. Inside the barn has soaring vaulted ceilings with the timber frame fully exposed and carefully incorporated into this skeleton is the latest technology and quality fittings such as French limestone floors, oak joinery, underfloor heating and designer lighting which can create different moods in the living space.

The accommodation is predominantly laid out on the ground floor, radiating from the vaulted entrance hall which has exposed brick and flint work to the walls and French doors into the gardens. Leading off is a corridor to the bedroom wing and there is an opening into the magnificent principal part of the barn which is fully vaulted, open plan and on the western side are glazed bi-fold doors which open out on to the terrace and take advantage of the views across the garden and paddocks.

Part of the timber frame creates a division from the kitchen/breakfast room which is fitted with bespoke hand painted units, granite work surfaces, limestone floor, a central island unit and a four oven Aga. A door leads through into the utility room with a wet room off and staircase rising up to a mezzanine study.

Three main bedrooms lead off a corridor where the master bedroom has French doors…

Superb duplex apartment feels more like a townhouse

Superb duplex apartment feels more like a townhouse

Forming part of the exclusive Austen House, created from a beautiful Victorian building which was formerly the Winchester Library, this stunning duplex apartment has a superb arrangement with living space on the ground floor with access to its own private terrace, and three bedrooms on the floor above. The location takes some beating too, on North Walls within the city confines and therefore a short walk from the host of amenities this historic city has to offer as well as within five minutes of the train station.

From the entrance hall doors open to the sitting room, which is dual aspect to the south and west aspects; the separate dining room, with a lobby area and an external door; and the kitchen which has handmade units, granite worktops and a full range of integrated appliances, leaving space for a breakfast table.

From the spacious hall stairs rise to the naturally lit landing which branches off to three bedrooms and the main bathroom. The master bedroom has its own bathroom with a bath and separate shower and there are fitted wardrobes in this bedroom and in the second bedroom.

A pleasant terrace with trellis screening provides enough space to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or glass of wine later in the day and perhaps create a herb garden for use in the kitchen with seasonally planted pots. The property is offered on the rental market from mid-July with an allocated parking space.

A monthly rent of £1,995 is sought and further details are available by calling the Hamptons office in Winchester on 01962 853046.

Enjoy the summer at this spacious barn conversion

Enjoy the summer at this spacious barn conversion

Forming part of a Victorian farmstead at Upper Swanmore near Bishops Waltham, Courtyard House is a beautifully converted barn set in a lovely rural location.

Available for immediate occupation, new tenants moving in can look forward to enjoying the rest of the summer here where the ground floor rooms spill easily onto the gardens including a peaceful south facing terrace with white roses and hydrangeas now in full bloom.

Spacious rooms, a high specification and character features combine to create comfortable accommodation and there is a good supply of storage, underfloor heating to much of the ground floor and a versatile layout.

The property focuses on the open plan kitchen which flows through to the dining room and large sitting room which has a mezzanine level above accessed from the master bedroom. Towards the other end of the property are a utility room, cloakroom, and two additional rooms ideal as a guest suite with a shower room, and perhaps a study.

Upstairs the four bedrooms all have fitted wardrobes and access to two large bathrooms, although one also has a door directly from the master bedroom.

The gardens are attractively laid out and fairly easy to maintain being mainly lawned with beech hedging to the boundaries. There is plenty of driveway parking.

Lying almost equidistance from Swanmore and Droxford where there are good local shops and amenities, Bishops Waltham is about three miles away.

The Country House Company will be happy to arrange a viewing of the Courtyard House and a monthly rent of £3,250 is asked on an unfurnished basis. Contact the team on 023 9263 2275.