Home giving all the right signals

This outstanding Grade II listed property was built as a semaphore station cottage in Napoleonic times.

In 1795, with the threat of an invasion by the French imminent, the Admiralty had the idea of creating a simple semaphore system for rapid communication between London and the naval ports.

Chains of stations were built in prominent locations at regular intervals. From their roofs sprouted a couple of arms, like old railway signals, which, when raised and lowered, could convey a simple coded message. In this fashion it was possible to transmit news at an incredible speed – provided, of course, that it was a clear day.

This explains the superb elevated position of this lovely home at Farley Chamberlayne which is 150m above sea level and has a wonderful 360 degree panorama over the surrounding downland of Farley Mount and is adjacent to the neighbouring parish of Hursley.

Surely one of the most impressive semaphore stations, the building has been beautifully restored and is now presented for sale in style. The accommodation is generously proportioned with a light and airy feeling due to the tall windows and high ceilings through the reception areas.

Four bedrooms are arranged over the lower level together with three bathrooms and a utility room with access to the garden with the principal living accommodation on the upper level with access via stairs to the main entrance door. This opens to an impressive reception hall with a galleried area over the staircase and double doors through to the dining room on one side and the old semaphore room, now a study, on the other.

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The sitting room is triple aspect and connects with the dining room by way of double doors and the kitchen is very well fitted with principally low level cabinets and space for casual dining.

The property is approached via a private gravelled driveway to a parking area and the detached double garage which has an adjoining spacious studio complete with fitted kitchen area and shower room.

The gardens extend to about an acre and are well maintained with lawns running to shrubs at the boundaries and around the house.

Contact Charters in Winchester for further details and to arrange a personal inspection of this stunning home with a fascinating historical background. A price guide of £1,500,000 is quoted.  Call 01962 830880