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9 bedroom detached house for sale

Michelmersh Court, Michelmersh, Romsey, Hampshire

Offers in Excess of £6,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 9 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms
  • 5 reception rooms
  • 3 bed Lodge Cottage,2 bed flat
  • Tennis court, swimming pool
  • Woodland, paddocks, gardens

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Situation

Michelmersh Court stands in some of Hampshire's most attractive rolling countryside close to the popular market towns of Romsey and Stockbridge. These well equipped market towns, about 3.5 and 7 miles away respectively, provide an excellent range of day to day requirements as well as several pubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries The cathedral city of Winchester, 10.5 miles, provides a more extensive range of shopping and recreational facilities. The local surrounding countryside provides an array of sporting amenities. There is fishing on some of the country's renowned chalk streams including the nearby Test and Itchen. There is fine pheasant and partridge shooting, and golf is available at Winchester and Alresford. The area is also ideal for walking and riding, with its proximity to National Trust land, in particular the grounds of nearby Mottisfont Abbey. In addition, there is extensive sailing and other water based activities on the South coast and Solent. Communications within the locality are excellent. There is access to the M3 at Junctions 8 and 11 providing fast links to London, the M25, Heathrow airport and the M27 for the South Coast.


Description

"Michelmersh Court was originally built as The Rectory and is a perfect example of the 18th Century type. In the reign of Queen Anne the government made available money to improve houses for the clergy. This had an immediate impact in Hampshire where the Diocese of Winchester undertook a vigorous rebuilding policy providing handsome new clergy houses. The impressive results can be seen throughout the country where attractive, 5 bay, rosy brick Rectories are the most notable architectural ornaments of many villages. These include The Old Rectory at Kings Somborne and Old Alresford Place, which is further north in the county. Michelmersh Court in the south of Hampshire is probably the finest of all these 18th Century Rectories." Dr John Martin Robinson, Maltravers Herald of Arms, Vice Chairman of Georgian Group.
Michelmersh Court is an extremely elegant Queen Anne Grade II* listed country house with brick elevations, relieved by elegant sash windows under a mainly slate roof. The house is set in a private location with beautiful views across its gardens and the Test Valley beyond.


Accommodation

The approach to the house is via white painted wooden gates opening to an attractive gravel drive lined by high yew hedges on either side. The drive ends at a large grassed turning circle, attractively decorated with clipped ornamental shrubs. The entrance to Michelmersh Court is via double front doors set with in a classic pedimented Doric porch. Internally the house is all you would expect from the era, the accommodation comprises well-proportioned and elegant reception rooms, suitably arranged for entertaining and family living. There is a wealth of fine period features including full and dado panelling, intricately carved marble fire surrounds, arched shelved display recesses, working shutters and architraves. High ceilings with moulded cornices and sash windows along with hard wood floors give the rooms enormous character. The double doors open to a beautiful hall with a very fine carved wood staircase. The drawing room is a particularly fine room largely down to its full period pine panelling with cornicing and fine carved mantelpiece with marble slips. The fireplace is flanked either side by arched shelved display recesses. The windows have window seats and a glazed door leads to the terraces and garden. The library has 3 sets of French windows set within the bay, opening out to the terrace and gardens. There is attractive moulded cornicing and chair rail. The fireplace has a particularly finely carved white marble surround. The dining room is approached via double doors leading from the hall. Features include dado panelling, moulded cornicing, fireplace with white marble surround which is inset with coloured marble. The staircase ascends from the hall to a large first floor landing, first passing a Venetian window. The landing leads to all the principal bedrooms all of which benefit from adjoining bathrooms and delightful views. The master bedroom benefits from a dressing room fitted with extensive wardrobes and adjoining bathroom with a bath and shower. From the first floor a second set of stairs lead to the second floor which is ideally suited to be employed as a childrens floor with space for a nanny. On this floor are five bedrooms, one of which could easily be used as a second floor sitting room. The floor is completed by two bathrooms, a kitchenette and laundry room. Please consult the floor plans for room layout and dimensions.

Gardens and Grounds

The gardens and grounds at Michelmersh Court are simply stunning and complement the house beautifully. The gardens extend mostly to the south, east and north-west providing a gorgeous setting and outlook. There is a broad paved terrace across the south elevation flanked by wisteria and a mature magnolia on the walls. Bowed steps lead to a croquet lawn which is fringed by stocked herbaceous borders. This is overlooked by fine, mature specimen trees including a Copper Beech and a Swamp Cypress. Below the library, on the eastern side, there is a small formal rose garden with a paved walk and beyond a sweeping lawn runs down to post and rail fencing with the meadow beyond, all against a backdrop of mature woodland. Further to the south is a paddock. The gardens are encircled by the hedged 'Winter Walk'. On the northern side of the house sits a fine listed former dovecote draped in wisteria. A gently sloping lawn with fruit trees and flowering shrubs, leads to a
tennis court and attractive black slate swimming pool, both adjacent to one another. From here an attractive pleached lime walk leads to post and rail fencing encompassing a paddock surrounded on three sides by woodland. To the north-west is partially walled formal garden containing a fine old mulberry tree. Across the lane from the drive is a large paddock and a large walled garden, highly suitable for housing fruit cages and vegetable beds and ideal for youthful five-a-side football matches. The walled garden is surrounded by further fields.

The Lodge

Located at the bottom of the drive the lodge provides excellent accommodation, either for staff or as a rental opportunity. The lodge has its own access via the back drive and is constructed of red brick under a tile roof. The accommodation comprises three bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen and
bathroom. The lodge benefits from a large private garden.

Garage and Garage Flat

The garage and its flat is accessed by continuing along the back drive and is constructed of red brick under a tiled roof. Formerly a stable block it has been converted to provide three double garages on the ground floor and the flat above. The accommodation comprises two bedrooms, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom.



Directions

From London take the M3 west and exit at Junction 8 onto the A303 for Andover. After approximately 8 miles leave the A303 - the signpost will be for the A30 to Stockbridge. Turn left at the T-Junction and at the roundabout take the first exit left towards Sutton Scotney.
After about 1 mile take the second exit at the roundabout next to the Texaco garage and take the second exit again at the following roundabout towards Stockbridge (8 miles). When you approach Stockbridge, turn left at the first roundabout. At the next roundabout again turn left and then immediately right onto the A3057 signposted to Romsey. Continue on this road through Kings Somborne. After approximately 3.5 miles from Kings Somborne turn left by a red letter box signed Mesh Road (if you pass The Bear and Ragged Staff you have gone too far). Drive up Mesh Road, fork left at the top and pass the church on your right. Michelmersh Court is through the white gates, to the right, at the end of the road.
From the M27 exit at Junction 3 and follow signs to Romsey and Broadlands on the A3057. Take the A3057 out of Romsey signposted to Stockbridge. Ignore all signs to Michelmersh. After 2.5 miles you will see "The Bear and Ragged Staff " pub to the right. Do not turn right here; take the next right turn at the red letter box marked Mesh Road. Drive up Mesh Road, fork left at the top and pass the church on your right. Michelmersh Court is through the white gates, to the right, at the end of the road.


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19 June 2012

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