A Country Life

Two lovely properties, recently on the market with Jackson-Stops & Staff, offer occupiers a wonderful country experience. This aspirational lifestyle provides a calming influence to the otherwise hectic pace of modern life where simple pleasures such as an awareness of the changing seasons, birdsong and a feeling of space with country walks and a drink in a local pub at the end are all tantalising features.

The hamlet of Northington is the glorious setting for Magpies which is an extremely pretty period cottage with views over adjoining fields, the Candover Valley and the parish church. Set at the end of a private drive on rising ground, the cottage is thought to be just over 200 years old and was formerly part of the Grange Park Estate.

The brick and flint elevations are covered in roses, honeysuckle and climbing hydrangea with exposed timbers, flagstone floors and a fine inglenook fireplace in the original part of the house, with an extension providing a superb drawing room, kitchen and a principal bedroom suite above. There is also a study and sitting room, with three further bedrooms upstairs, two with lovely elm panelling and views to the church. The family shower room has a polished boarded floor and a Victorian fireplace.

Magpies has a double garage, lovely garden and paddock extending to just under an acre. A price guide of £925,000 is given

The Old Farm is exactly as its name suggests, a Grade II listed 17th century former farmhouse; set on a quiet, no-through country lane and surrounded by private established gardens.

Timber framed and part tile hung, the house is exquisite with beautiful reception rooms where much of the original architectural detailing remains including magnificent beams, superb fireplaces, panelling, original internal doors and brick and oak boarded floors.

The accommodation is extensive, about 5,000 square feet, principally over two floors but with a cellar and additional attic bedrooms. Impressive reception rooms are classically proportioned with wonderful exposed timbers and there are six bedrooms, three bathrooms and excellent storage.

Clipped hedging screens the entrance to The Old Farm and the lovely gardens of nearly an acre are arranged in rooms separated by hedges and mature trees. The driveway sweeps round the house to an open fronted barn style double garage and further outbuildings.

The Old Farm at Beech is quietly positioned yet not remote, only two miles from Alton and the mainline station. A guide price of £1,250,000 is quoted. Contact the team at Jackson-Stops & Staff in Winchester for further details. Call 01962 844299.