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Opportunity for cottage lifestyle

Opportunity for cottage lifestyle

Opportunity for cottage lifestyle

Renting a home often provides an opportunity to explore a different lifestyle and here at Kimpton, a pretty village near Andover, April Cottage is just such a property.

Located in a quiet rural spot in the village, the cottage is, however, within a short drive of the centre of Andover where there are excellent shops and a mainline connection to Waterloo in just over an hour.

But April Cottage is really about the cottage itself, the lovely rural surroundings, and the wonderful character and lifestyle it suggests.

Beautifully presented, the thatched cottage is full of period charm with exposed beams and a lovely farmhouse style kitchen/breakfast room, complete with a range style oven, and with doors to a small courtyard leading to the garden. The sitting room has a wood burning stove to keep things cosy at this time of year and there is a separate dining room. Both these reception rooms have fabulous beamed ceilings. A rear lobby has doors to a shower room and a utility room.

The first floor is split into two sections, with two bedrooms and the family bathroom in one half and two larger bedrooms in the other accessed via a second staircase.

Outside is a beautifully maintained private garden laid mainly to lawn and includes a range of mature shrubs and plants amongst other features. The driveway has plenty of parking and access to a single garage.

The agent quotes a monthly rent of £1,695 on an unfurnished basis and says that the cottage could be available at short notice. Contact Hamptons International in Winchester on 01962 853046 for more details.

Established residential area

Established residential area

Established residential area

Lynford Way lies within an established residential area of Winchester bounded by Bereweeke Avenue. This is a great location due to the proximity of the city amenities and there are nearby local shops, schools, bus routes and it is just a short run to the train station from here.

This is the setting for a four bedroom detached house on the market with Fox & Sons who highly recommend this area to families looking to be part of an established community.

The house has a good layout with a degree of flexibility with an open plan principal reception room where there are sitting and dining areas and from where double doors open into a conservatory. There is also a study on the ground floor and the kitchen has external access via a large side lobby.

Four good size bedrooms radiate from the first floor landing together with the family bathroom; the largest bedroom has its own shower room; and there is a guest cloakroom downstairs.

Parking is provided for several cars which is a distinct advantage of the area and the house has gardens to the front and rear.

Further details are available from Fox & Sons in Winchester by calling 01962 862121. A price of £710,000 is quoted.

Spacious village house with exceptional Candover Valley views

Spacious village house with exceptional Candover Valley views

Hamptons International is bringing to the market a very spacious house, full of character and standing in a highly sought after Upper Wield village location with unrivalled sweeping views over the Candover Valley. 

The feeling of space is immediate, with a large central galleried reception hall with exposed beams demonstrating the 17th century origins. The generous living accommodation includes a large double aspect reception room with a spectacular view, French doors opening out to the garden and a fireplace with a wood burning stove.

The rest of the living accommodation is very flexible and includes two family rooms which could be used as a sitting room and study or children’s play room, complemented by a large and airy kitchen with an Aga and breakfast room. There is also a laundry room and a large storage cupboard also provides access to a cellar.

There are five bedrooms, four being double rooms, and two bathrooms; with a further shower room on the ground floor. The spacious landing allows space for a study or relaxed reading area.

The house stands within a large mature garden providing a private setting with areas of lawn and several fruit trees. A paved terrace adjoins the main reception room and is an ideal seating area. A wooden platform doubles as a children’s play area and an enviable raised seating space for adults, commanding spectacular views over the Candover Valley.

Adam Masters of Hamptons International commented: “This is a rarely available and spacious family house occupying a mature village location with stunning views towards this lovely valley.”

A private shingle driveway provides ample parking and access to the double garage. There is a brick built outbuilding to the rear of the garage which formerly had planning permission in 2007 to…

Make tracks to a fantastic hideaway

Make tracks to a fantastic hideaway

Homebuyers yearning to make tracks into the deeper countryside would do well to take to the lanes around Hambledon.

Even with diligent searching, they will need some skills to find Pitt Hill House which was built to an individual design on a triangular plot just where a sign saying “Unsuitable for Motors” suggests taking a different route.

But persevere for just a few more yards and the house will reveal itself, standing proud in its attractive and manicured gardens that form part of more than three acres of grounds.

There are paddocks that need rejuvenating, as does the outdoor swimming pool, but the end result will be a haven in an extremely small community which remains hidden yet within easy reach of Hambledon and Denmead, both with village facilities, as well as Waterlooville with its major shops and access to the A3(M).

But who wants to think about getting away when it’s so tempting to stay put? The house has fantastic views and its layout is oriented to make the most of natural light with the principal rooms facing south, as do all four bedrooms.

If this makes sense, the front door is at the back so the living space is uninterrupted by the entrance hall. Such an arrangement left the architect free to place the kitchen, dining, and drawing rooms where they could be best enjoyed, the latter with a large south-facing bay window and west-facing sliding patio doors. There are similar doors in the sitting room, opening onto the terrace to complete the house’s west side story.

Stairs from the rear lobby descend to the double garage, with a wine cellar to one side, while the first and second floors are each home to two bedrooms. The master has a luxury en-suite…

Hamlet setting for period cottage

Hamlet setting for period cottage

Hamlet setting for period cottage

Apple Tree Cottage is located in the pretty hamlet of Dean, just outside the village of Sparsholt, on the western edge of Winchester, which offers local amenities including a village shop/post office, church and the renowned local pub, The Plough Inn, well known for its dining menu. Winchester is just a short drive away and offers an excellent range of shops, restaurants, sporting and cultural facilities and the mainline station provides a service to London in just under an hour.

Beautifully presented, this period cottage has stunning views of the undulating countryside and there is a network of local footpaths between fields just waiting to be explored.

Off to one side of the welcoming entrance hall is a spacious sitting room with log burner, doors out to the pretty rear garden and access to the cellar providing good storage. There is a further reception room, with original tiled flooring, leading into the kitchen which has been beautifully fitted with a range of cream units incorporating appliances, and these neutral tones are continued throughout the cottage. A utility room doubles as a boot room with a door to the garden and a cloakroom leading off.

On the first floor the main bedroom benefits from a luxury private bathroom, with three further good size bedrooms and a modern family shower room on this level.

The gardens provide an attractive backdrop with mature planting at the front and a delightful courtyard area at the rear, softened by cottage planting. There are also two off street parking spaces.

Offered on the rental market for immediate occupation and on an unfurnished basis, Belgarum seeks a monthly rent of £1,675. They say that the landlord may consider a well behaved pet. Get in touch…

Rural setting

Rural setting

The small but thriving rural community of Abbotts Ann offers a pub, church, village green, community hall, access to great local schools and an easy commute to London by rail. This is the setting for a fabulous detached house with versatile space.

Although fairly recently constructed, the home has a charming country feel with quality features such as an inglenook fireplace with exposed brickwork in the sitting room. Alternative relaxing space can be found on the lower ground floor where a very spacious room is currently being used as a cinema and gym. There is also a utility on this lower level and access to the garden.

Back on the main living floor and at the heart of the house is a large open plan kitchen and dining room with a range of integrated appliances and French doors out to the garden. There is also a study and cloakroom on this floor.

The top floor has a superb master suite complete with dressing room and lovely bathroom with four further good size bedrooms sharing the family bathroom.

Beautiful landscaped gardens offer a choice of seating areas with a raised decked area leading to a paved patio and onto the lawns which are secluded by mature hedging. There is also a children’s play area, garage and driveway parking.

Although offered on an unfurnished basis, some furniture may be available for tenants’ use and details are available by contacting Winkworth in Winchester on 01962 866777. A monthly rent of £3,250 is asked.