6 bedroom detached house for saleBeech, Hampshire
Sold STC £1,195,000
- Cloakroom and store room
- Study/sitting room
- Drawing room, dining room
- Kitchen/breakfast room, utility room
- Cellar, staircase hall
- 6 Bedrooms, dressing area, shower room
- 2 Bathrooms
- Open fronted double barn-style garage
- Established private gardens, about 0.907 acres (0.367 ha)
In a quiet no-through country lane, a Grade II listed 17th century former farmhouse, incredible inherent character, surrounded by private established gardens.
The property is situated near the end of a quiet no-through lane on the edge of the village of Beech which nestles in a narrow valley to the west of Alton off the A339 Basingstoke Road and sits on the northern borders of the South Downs National Park. The village has an active community with a church and village hall. The open countryside provides a number of foot and bridle paths ideal for both walking and riding but although rural and close to open countryside the house is not remote. The former market town of Alton (two miles) has excellent amenities including a variety of shops and supermarkets, an appealing range of pubs and restaurants, sports centre, cinema, two secondary schools, good Sixth Form College and a mainline station to London Waterloo, journey time about 65 minutes. For larger centres, Basingstoke, Winchester and Guildford are all within easy driving distance with the A31, M3 and A3 providing excellent links to London, the South Coast and the M25.
The property is exactly as its name suggests. It is Listed Grade II and dates from the 17th century but probably has earlier origins. It is an extremely attractive period house that has rather fine mellow brick elevations which are enhanced by various climbers including wisteria, roses, clematis and honeysuckle. It is timber framed, part of the house is tile hung with inset leaded light windows under a tiled and dormered roof. Internally the main reception rooms are particularly special. They have very good ceiling heights and much architectural detailing remains including magnificent beams, superb fireplaces, panelling, original internal doors and brick and oak boarded floors. The accommodation is laid out over two floors, plus an attic and cellar.
From the northern side, off the drive, there is an entrance porch and an oak front door opens into the entrance vestibule. On either side is a cloakroom and useful store room. The study/sitting room is panelled to dado height and has a brick lined fireplace, wood burning stove and herring-bone patterned woodblock floor. A door opens into the inner hall which houses a Boulter Classic oil fired boiler and brick steps lead down into a heated cellar, two rooms, one a workshop, the second was a former model train room, now used for storage. The kitchen/breakfast room is old, it has great charm, the oak panelled units have laminated working surfaces and there are various appliances including an Aga and the room has a brick floor. Off the rear hall is a back staircase, boot room, walk-in larder, utility room and a second cloakroom. The formal dining room has a magnificent inglenook fireplace, settles on either side and former bread oven. There is a shelved display alcove and china cupboard. The original entrance hall on the south side has oak panelling to dado height and a gated oak staircase which rises gently to the first floor. There is a beautifully proportioned drawing room, oak panelled on two walls, a deep brick lined fireplace and doors leading out to a side vestibule used for log storage with a garden door to the terrace and there is also a door through to a rather intriguing shelved bar.
On the first floor lie the three principal bedrooms. The main bedroom is predominantly panelled with linen-fold panelling to the door fronts of the wardrobe cupboards. It has an oak boarded floor, brick lined fireplace and an adjoining shower room. Bedroom two has a basin, fireplace and wardrobe cupboard whilst bedroom three, which can be ac cessed from the back staircase has an archway into a dressing room/cot room. On the rear landing there is a walk-in airing cupboard, various storage cupboards and access into the roof space. These two main bedrooms also have their own bathroom.
The second floor attic bedrooms are vaulted. There are three rooms, one of which has been used as a sitting room/study. There is a bathroom and this space is ideal for teenage children.
The lane frontage is screened by clipped hedging including laurel and holly. A white painted five bar gate gives access to the gravel driveway which sweeps around to the northern side of the house and front door whilst to the east there is a double open fronted barn-style garage which has horizontal weather boarded elevations under a pitched slate roof. There is a further timber single garage. Opposite the house a timber building houses the oil tank and there is a garden storage shed.
There are wonderful old gardens laid out in "rooms", fully stocked and divided by mature hedging and studded with various broad leaf trees. At the eastern end of the house, paved and enclosed by low brick walls, is an area planted with a mass of spring bulbs. There is lean-to on the house which houses the meters. The large circular pond was constructed in 1902 as an ice rink but is now planted with various aquatic plants. The western side of the house is lawned, there are beds of azaleas and other flowering shrubs underplanted with spring bulbs and the main lawned garden has symmetrical shaped herbaceous borders and steps leading down to a paved terrace. There is a further area of garden enclosed by laurel hedging, it has numerous specimen trees, a summer house and the western boundary adjoins open fields. The gardens extend in all to about 0.907 acres (0.367 ha).
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