Home fit for a Rector with style

There’s so much that appeals about a property new on the market in Old Bedhampton that it’s a job to know where to start. With its many historic features The Old Rectory and its coach house gain two separate Grade II listings from Historic England.

“Georgian rectories were often the village meeting place, with the result they had space for both the rector’s working commitments and his often large family,” explains Colin Shairp, of Fine and Country Southern Hampshire.

“Rectors were frequently wealthy in their own right or through patronage so their grand homes were not out of place. With the impressive coach house to one side, the Rector obviously had good transport for the period – probably the equivalent of a modern vicar who manages to do his parish rounds in a Bentley!

“The grounds of about 0.76 of an acre lie behind a high wall rising to form a Gothic arch gateway opening onto the flagstone path at the end of which is the original front door set in a projecting porch with a portico front and a stone fan design over the semi-circular fanlight window. This sits well in the balanced front with its five window design set beneath a cornice and parapet which hides the pitched roof with three dormers for the second floor rooms.

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“Altogether, the house offers eight bedrooms, all of them doubles and the master a truly impressive bed chamber. Five are on the first floor along with two bathrooms while the other three are on the second floor, where there is extensive storage in a separate loft room.

“The Old Rectory also has six distinct living areas across the ground floor and cellar with a further three rooms. High ceilings and sash windows add to the feeling of space.

“Over recent years, a programme of modernisation has taken place bringing the house into the 21st Century but naturally sensitive to the many features that make this such an outstanding property.

“Commuting from here is relatively straightforward, with good road and rail access. But, subject to gaining listed building consent, using the coach house as the base for an office conversion might also be feasible and is an option certainly worth exploring.”

Guide price is £1.65 million. For more information, contact Fine and Country Southern Hampshire on 023 93 277 277 or email drayton@fineandcountry.com