10 bedroom detached house for saleSouth Hill, Droxford, Southampton, Hampshire
Substantial residence set in grounds of approximately twelve acres and steeped in military history.
Set in the semi-rural village of Droxford this delightful and substantial residence is steeped in various aspects of military history. It is reported that Sir Henry Keppel had his crew attend the property whilst ashore to create what is now the lower terrace and croquet lawn so that the lady of the house could enjoy uninterrupted views across the neighbouring water meadows and down to the river. Part of the water meadow and the river now sit within the curtilage of the property and further benefit from single bank fishing rights. Napoleonic tunnels remain within the grounds, initially installed for the ground keepers and horsemen to transit the grounds without disrupting the household.
Arranged over four floors the accommodation includes a large basement, formerly the household kitchen and store with evidence of a dumb waiter remaining in the reception hall. Upon entering the property from the formal entrance you are greeted by a large, bright entrance vestibule, a large Georgian style window allows light to flood the hall, double panel glazed doors lead to an inner hall with its impressive curved staircase and high level window making a spectacular feature , a further reception hall, currently the piano room would make a lovely setting to meet and great your guests prior to supper in the formal dining room with its impressive high ceilings and moulded plaster coving. Principle sitting room with its open fire, moulded plaster coving and glazed panelled doors overlooking the formal garden, study, two further reception rooms, a breakfast room and a utility room and a workshop are accessed from the inner hall. The hub of the house is offered as a versatile space, currently formatted as a well equipped kitchen dining area with an array of wall and base units complimented by granite work surfaces and a glass covered well can be lit up to add to the atmosphere. Access from the kitchen / dining area leads to a large conservatory of which the lower level is being used as a gymnasium, steps lead to a large socialising area and bar which is covering a swimming pool, currently not used but could easily be reinstated. The first floor of this impressive home offers seven well-proportioned bedrooms, four of which have En-suite facilities, a shower room, separate bathroom and a dressing room offer adequate facilities to the remaining bedrooms. The second floor has a double bedroom and a large single bedroom both serviced by a large bathroom, access to a large eave store can be accessed from here.
Outside pedestrian and vehicular access is granted via two sets of ornate electrically operated gates over a gravel drive which in turn leads to a large block paved hard stand offering parking for a large number of vehicles and two garages with power and lighting. The formal landscaped gardens are approximately three acres and set on varying levels incorporating an orchard, tennis court and a croquet lawn with its very own pavilion. A further nine acres of land mainly comprising water meadows are located to the rear of the formal garden and offer single bank fishing rights.
Property ref: 121_2324_4240055
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