4 bedroom detached house for saleOld Hillside Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22
- Detached family house
- 4 bedrooms
- 3 reception rooms
- 2 bathrooms
- Double garage
- Off road parking
- Superb large plot
This attractive and spacious home capably meets many of the requirements which today's buyers rate highly. One of these is the location; just over a mile from Winchester City centre and even closer to the main line rail station servicing London Waterloo. The area also boasts access to excellent local schools, both state and private.
This perfect family home is one of those properties that are becoming increasingly rare - detached, with large gardens, tucked away on a private road in an enviably private position, but still very much part of the city. Old Hillside Road is a wide, quiet, no-through road and certainly one of the most sought after streets in the area. A diverse selection of local shops including Waitrose is close by in Weeke, where you will also find a pharmacy, doctor's surgery and restaurants.
Set in the middle of 1/3rd of an acre of gardens, the long drive and double garage provide ample parking and access. The accommodation totals 2500 sq. feet; boasting an excellent balance of reception, amenity and bedroom space, with plenty to appeal to the whole family. The layout is faithful to the original building plans but you will see there is also scope for re-organisation of the accommodation and extension to the property, if so desired.
When this super Scandinavian-style family house was built in 1972, it was clearly with a brief to maximise the natural light in every room; a feat that has been admirably achieved, with large windows throughout and the use of internal windows in places. Many of the rooms have sliding doors out to the gardens or onto the first floor balcony, making sure there is a real connection between the internal accommodation and outside spaces.
The ground floor flows well from a central entrance hall, with W.C., kitchen, and all reception rooms leading from it. All of the receptions share a beautiful, original hardwood floor with the hallway. The sitting room itself is most impressive; a large, welcoming space with a central gas fire, two sets of sliding doors to the front and back gardens as well as double glass doors directly into the study. The study not only has a tall window to the front aspect but also a glass wall and door to the hall way. The spacious dining room has yet more sliding doors out to the garden, and lies right next to the kitchen, allowing the potential to connect the two rooms into one - an arrangement, which would produce a good sized, L-shaped room. The fitted kitchen is at the front of the property, and is well appointed with ample units and a dual fuel range cooker. Beyond the kitchen, in the utility room, there are more storage cupboards, a deep double sink, plumbing to accommodate a washing machine and the door to a shelved, walk-in larder. The door to both the back garden and the side porch, (from which there is a side door into the garage), lead from the utility room.
The upstairs accommodation is perfectly balanced with the ground floor area, comprising four good sized, double bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom in particular is a large, impressive room with en-suite bathroom, dressing room, plenty of wardrobe space and sliding doors out onto the balcony that runs along the front of the house. All three of the remaining bedrooms, connected by a large central hall way, also have built in wardrobes and they share a large family bathroom between them. In the ceiling at one end of the hall, above the door to the large airing cupboard, one will find access to a loft that runs the entire length of the house. Natural light floods the spacious landing thanks to a tall, window in the stairwell which looks out onto the rear garden.
The spacious gardens are a very special feature of both the front and rear. To the front, the driveway dissects a large lawn, leading to the double garage on one side, and to a raised patio outside the sitting room to the other, creating a perfect spot for alfresco dining. The front garden is surrounded by mature hedging and close-board fencing, and includes a quince and walnut tree. The rear garden is a delight, with a patio stretching across the rear of the house. A path to the left of the house leads up a gentle slope to the lawn or you can take the few central steps leading up to a mature garden with lawns interspersed with a wonderful variety of flower and shrub beds. Other features include mature hedges, vegetable beds, fruit cages and a small pond. Storage is provided by both a large shed and a useful garden store located at the back of the garage. Another door leads into the rear of the garage, where, linking with the Scandinavian feel of the property, one can find a sauna with shower facility.
Old Hillside Road is conveniently positioned for the city centre with its high street shops, boutiques, Discovery Centre, coffee shops, public houses, restaurants, theatre, cinema, museums, the mainline railway station and, of course, the City's historic cathedral. It is noted for its proximity to the Waitrose store at Weeke, Doctors surgery and pharmacy as well as the other local shops on Stoney Lane and the playing fields at the bottom of Dean Lane. The property is in the catchment area for very good local state schools, namely Weeke Primary and Henry Beaufort Secondary, and Peter Symonds Sixth Form College is also close by. Private education is very well catered for in Winchester, with St Swithun's, Pilgrims' and Prince's Mead all close by. The M3 motorway, A33 and A34 are also easily accessible from this location.
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