6 bedroom detached house for saleKings Somborne, Hampshire
- Sitting room, drawing room
- Family/dining room, music room
- Vaulted playroom/study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room
- Principal bedroom with dressing room and en-suite
- Guest bedroom with adjoining bathroom
- Four further bedrooms, family bathroom
- Two large cellars and store room, box room
- Games room/office
- Mature gardens, about 0.75 of an acre
A historic and atmospheric Grade II Listed house in the heart of the Test valley, formerly part of the Compton Manor Estate.
Brook is a small hamlet in the heart of the dramatic countryside edging the renowned chalk stream River Test. The property lies on the A3057 between the country towns of Stockbridge and Romsey and to the south west of Kings Somborne. There are excellent facilities in the area which are easily accessible. Brook itself is located on the edge of the rolling chalk downland and lies within the triangle between the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury and Southampton. Romsey and Stockbridge offer thriving communities with recreational and cultural amenities as well as schools including Farleigh School and highly regarded junior and senior schools within Stockbridge. Further afield St Swithuns and Winchester College, Twyford Preparatory School and Hampshire Collegiate school to name but a few. The A30 at Stockbridge links with the A303 at Bullington, an important hub for this part of Hampshire, providing north, south, east and west communication routes via the A34, the A303, and the M3 at junction 8. Mainline railway services operate from Winchester linking with Waterloo, London in approximately one hour. About 12 miles to the south is the M27 South Coast motorway linking Southampton, Portsmouth and Bournemouth. Southampton Airport provides a wide range of national and international destinations and the airports at Heathrow and Gatwick may be accessed via the M3 and M25, as well as central London. Sports and country pastimes are available.
The property is a magnificent former farm house and is Listed Grade II. The layout of the ground floor of Brook Farm House is typical of a late 17th Century farm house with some architectural features consistent with this period, with later additions in the 18th and 19th Century. The oldest part of the house, the central bay with cross passage hints at a hall house with timber and herringbone brick infills, indicating origins from the 16th Century. The true extent of the house is not apparent from the outside. Brook Farm House is an imposing house with mellow colour washed rendered elevations under a hipped clay tile roof with a prominent cruciform chimney, and an attractive wing at the rear with mullion windows. There are two principal entrances, one at the front with a hall leading to the family/dining room and drawing room with inglenook fireplaces, views over the garden on two sides and there is a further sitting room with an inglenook featuring the oak frame with herringbone brick panels to create an attractive and intimate entertaining room. This room in turn links through to the music room with a door to the garden and a further playroom/study which is vaulted with a door to the courtyard garden. The layout of these rooms provides attractive entertaining areas for an extended family creating an intimate yet impressive setting. The kitchen has been refitted within recent times with a range of matching cupboards in a contemporary shaker style with granite worksurfaces, a feature island unit, and range style cooker. A hidden staircase leads into a two room cellar and store room. The bedrooms are arranged over two floors, comprising a magnificent double aspect principal bedroom with vaulted oak frame and oak mullion windows, and a large dressing room/nursery and ensuite. There are three further bedrooms including a secondary bedroom suite with bathroom and a further separate bathroom. On the second floor there are two attractive bedrooms with double aspect views over the valley and gardens, one of which has a connecting door through to an eaves box room.
Access to the property is through a pillared gated entrance edged by mature yew hedging which leads through to the gravel hard standing area located on the south western side of the house. From here there is a connection through to the courtyard and the detached playroom/potential home office which is brick building under a slate roof.
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