2 bedroom cottage for saleChilbolton, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20
Sold by Us £545,000
- Delightful Grade II Listed period cottage
- Spectacular setting overlooking the village green towards St Marys church
- Wealth of character with exposed beams, timbers and inglenook fireplace
- Well fitted kitchen with Aga
- Good size rear garden
Spring Cottage is a delightful Grade II Listed period property dating back to the 17th Century, and is now being offered for sale for the first time in over 25 years. We understand the cottage was originally a single dwelling until the early 1900s when it was linked becoming a wing of Chilbolton Cottage when an oak central hall bridged both buildings. The renowned Sir Tom Sopwith lived in the house during the Second World War when his house in King’s Sombourne was requisitioned by the government. An underground air raid shelter still exists in the garden.
The cottage is constructed of white washed brick/part rendered timber framed elevations under a thatched roof with mainly small pane leaded windows. The cottage has a wealth of character with numerous exposed beams, timbers and framework and an inglenook fireplace in the sitting room from where steps rise into a snug/library. The kitchen/breakfast room is beautifully fitted with hand-made units, an Aga and flagstone floor. It is understood that this room housed the first car that was owned in the village. To the first floor there is a split-level landing, two double bedrooms and a bathroom. The property benefits from oil fired central heating with radiators. A particularly attractive feature of the cottage is the delightful aspect overlooking the village green towards St Mary’s Church (which is linked to Wherwell Priory and flood-lit at night) together with a large cottage garden to the rear where the air-raid shelter is situated, accessed via two flights of stairs. The cottage was completely renovated by the current vendor and his father back in 1993 and was featured in the Ideal Home magazine in 1997 as well as the Evening Standard magazine in 2002 under the heading ‘Best Places to Live within 60 minutes of London’.
Agent’s Note: An internal viewing is highly recommended to appreciate the character and features of this delightful cottage.
The property is situated in a spectacular setting opposite the village green overlooking the church. Chilbolton offers a variety of local amenities including a Post Office/store, church, village hall and public house. A second public house ‘The Mayfly’ sits on the bank of the River Test and is just a few minutes’ walk away. There are many charming walks from Joys Lane, in the centre of the village, to Chilbolton Common – a designated Area of Special Scientific Interest and a renowned local beauty spot particularly noted for its rich flora and traversed by the River Test. West Down, also a short walk away, is ideal for dog walking. There is a reputable primary school in the neighbouring village of Wherwell, approximately 1½ miles away, and the picturesque town of Stockbridge is some four miles distant. Andover, also four miles away, offers a comprehensive range of shopping, educational and leisure facilities, as well as a mainline railway station providing fast services to Waterloo. The cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury are about fifteen and twenty-five minutes’ drive respectively, and the A303 is close at hand allowing convenient access to London and the West Country.
Stable style front door with security eye hole leading into:
SMALL HALLWAY Open entrance into kitchen/breakfast room and cloakroom
SITTING ROOM Mellow brick fireplace with exposed beam over, raised brick hearth, deep built-in cupboards to one side (ideal for TV etc.). Numerous exposed beams and timbers. Leaded window to front elevation with views over the village green towards the church. Small pane glazed panelled door with window to side leading into rear garden. Thermostat and control. Double radiator. Latch door with steps rising to snug/library. Further latch door opposite leading to kitchen/breakfast room.
SNUG / LIBRARY Leaded window with views over the village green and church. Built-in display/book shelving to either side of doorway. Exposed timbers. Door leading to:
INNER HALL Vaulted ceiling. Exposed framework. Space for desk. Staircase rising to first floor.
OPEN PLAN KITCHEN / BREAKFAST ROOM Deep china sink unit with mixer tap and wooden drainer. Range of handmade cupboards and drawers. Oak/pine work surfaces. Electric Aga with cupboard to one side, open shelving to opposite side. Recess for 16 bottles. Old pine dresser unit with shelving above. Shelf for microwave. Exposed beams and timbers. Ample space for breakfast table. Flagstone floor. Wall light points with dimmer switch. Ceiling spot lights. Plate rack. Raised recess for fridge and freezer with cupboard above. Leaded window to front aspect overlooking village green and church. Window to opposite aspect with seat and storage beneath. Colourful leaded side window. Smoke alarm. Door to cloakroom and walk-in pantry with shelving, light and leaded window.
CLOAKROOM White suite comprising low level WC suite and wash hand basin with tiled splash back. Wood effect vinyl flooring. Leaded window. Down lighting. Radiator.
LANDING Large leaded window with fine views over the rear garden. Wall light point. Exposed beams and timbers. Staircase rising upper landing with doorway to bathroom. Double radiator. Latch door to:
INNER LANDING Exposed timbers. Leaded window overlooking main garden. Radiator. Latch doors to:
BEDROOM ONE Leaded windows on two aspects. Arch to further aspect with small window. Exposed beams and timbers. Large built-in oak panelled wardrobe cupboard with storage above using reclaimed timber. Dimmer switch. Double radiator.
BEDROOM TWO Part leaded window with view over the village green and church. Exposed beams and timbers. Access to loft. Radiator.
BATHROOM White suite comprising long panelled bath. Marble encased ‘Imperial’ wash hand basin with cupboard beneath. Low level WC. Exposed beams and timbers. Airing cupboard with lagged copper cylinder, fitted immersion, slatted shelves. Wood effect vinyl flooring. Access to loft. Painted part timber clad walls. Towel rail. Double radiator.
Small front garden with gravelled parking area leading to front entrance. Lawned area to side with flower and shrub borders. Outside tap. Outside light.
GOOD SIZE REAR GARDEN Well enclosed by mature beech hedging. Gravelled pathway to rear of cottage. Picket gate to one end with right of access through archway round the adjoining property. Picket gate with steps descending to air-raid shelter.
The garden is mainly laid to lawn with spring bulbs, shrubs, plants and mature trees. Outside light. Water tap. Aluminium greenhouse to rear boundary. External boiler room with ‘Trianco’ oil fired boiler with fuse box and electric meter, shelving, thermostat (ideal for storing logs) with small hatch through to the sitting room. Oil tank.
ORIGINAL AIR RAID SHELTER (Ideal garden store/potting shed) Accessed through two doorways via separate flights of steps (one entrance currently concealed by oil tank).
Mains water, electricity and drainage. Note: No household services or appliances have been tested and no guarantees can be given by Evans & Partridge.
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