Perfect country retreat

This exquisite thatched farmhouse has much of its architectural heritage clearly on display with magnificent beams, timbers and framework throughout the spacious interior. Parish records show that in 1631 a farmer called Hatchett lived in this former hall house in Farley Street at Nether Wallop and in recent years a fascinating cradled pulley system for feeding livestock, believed to be hundreds of years old, was discovered in the attic.

Hatchetts Farmhouse is now much more domesticated and stands in about a third of an acre of mature landscaped gardens in this popular village which is five miles from Stockbridge and equal distance between the cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester.

Beautifully presented the house offers well planned accommodation over two floors with a fabulous inglenook fireplace with log burning stove in the triple aspect sitting room and French doors opening into a conservatory which enables the garden to be enjoyed throughout the year.

A separate dining room has an open walkway into the kitchen/breakfast room and a rear lobby has a utility area and doors to a study, cloakroom and the rear garden.

The master bedroom suite on the first floor is superb with a lobby area opening to the main bedroom with a dressing room and shower room beyond. Three further bedrooms, all with lovely exposed timbers and framework, share the family bathroom.

The gardens are a particularly fine feature of the property, having been transformed by the current owners over many years. High hedging secludes the front of the house and climbing roses, wisteria and clematis smother the elevations with beautiful colour in the summer. Broad timber gates open at the side to a driveway leading to parking and the garage and a paved patio at the rear has a pergola and pathways leading through lawns to the rest of the garden.

Outbuildings include a former calving barn and a garage and workshop with a fabulous room above ideal as an office, games room or artist’s studio.

Nether Wallop is a lovely village with a primary school, church, village hall and public house, all essential amenities that encourage a sense of community with other villages nearby and excellent walks in the pretty countryside and at Danebury Iron Age hillfort. A mainline station at Grateley provides a good service into Waterloo.

Evans & Partridge in Stockbridge says this is a charming cottage, full of character with numerous exposed beams, timbers and framework. Offers are invited around £850,000 for the freehold and an appointment to view can be made by calling the agent on 01264 810702.