5 bedroom detached house for saleBreamore, Fordingbridge, Hampshire
Willow & Marshgate is a Grade II listed property and was originally four workers cottages which date back to the 16th Century. Locals recall that at one time it housed the village school. Sold by the Breamore Estate into private ownership in the late twentieth century, in recent years the property has undergone extensive renovation to create a stunning family home finished to an extremely high standard. Many of the original period features have been retained including a large inglenook fireplace, flint walls and a section of the original wattle and daub. All of these features help to add character to this unique property.
The front door opens on to a light entrance hall with a Victorian fireplace. The cosy kitchen is the heart of this pretty home. The twin burner Rayburn is a range oven and also fires the hot water and central heating systems. The solid oak floor, handbuilt kitchen and Belfast sink add further character to this room. A pantry/utility room leads through to a downstairs shower room.
A further feature room of this house is the sitting room. Central to this room is an impressive inglenook fireplace with a recently installed Clearview wood burning stove and original bread oven. A quirky addition, installed recently by Dalbergia Cabinetmakers of Fordingbridge, is a hidden cupboard cleverly built to look like a book case. The study has been fitted with a handmade desk and shelving, also by Dalbergia, and boasts beautiful views over the marsh. The back door opens on to a boot room with flagstone floors and plenty of hanging space.
In the south wing of the property there is a particularly light and airy dining room for a property of this age, looking up the pretty garden and over to the rolling countryside beyond. A downstairs family bathroom, serving bedrooms 3 and 4, complete with central egg-shaped bath and underfloor heating, completes the accommodation on the ground floor.
On the first floor, there is a dual aspect master bedroom with a walk in wardrobe, four further bedrooms and a family bathroom. All the bedrooms have good ceiling heights and wonderful views.
Willow & Marshgate is situated in the pretty and sought after village of Breamore in the Avon Valley. The property has views over Breamore Marsh, a manorial marsh which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, home to protected species of flora, grazed by a flock of geese, and also home to the village cricket team in the summer. Breamore lies to the east of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the boundary of the New Forest National Park runs through the village, although the property itself is just outside the park. There is therefore easy access to all of the facilities of the national park.
The popular village of Breamore has an active village community with the Hulse Hall hosting a number of social events monthly. The village pub, The Bat and Ball, is a pleasant 10 minute walk from the property and the Woodgreen Community shop and Post Office is five minutes away by car.
The nearby cathedral city of Salisbury is accessible by car or on the half-hourly X3 bus service and offers a wide range of shopping and entertainment including theatres, a cinema and the City Hall. To the south, Bournemouth and its beaches are within half an hour by car.
Excellent travel communications are provided by the A338 north to Salisbury and south to Ringwood. A pleasant 25 minute drive across the New Forest via Roger Penny Way leads to Junction 1 of the M27, linking to the M3 and thus providing direct access to London. There are main line railway stations to London Waterloo from Salisbury and Southampton Airport Parkway, and both Southampton and Bournemouth airports are within 30 minutes by car.
As well as the village primary school, there are a wide range of highly regarded schools in the locality including; Trafalgar School, Canford School, Hampshire Collegiate School, Chafyn Grove, Leaden Hall, Godolphin, South Wilts for Girls Grammar School and Bishop Wordsworth's. Further afield there are Farleigh, Port Regis, Sandroyd, St Mary's Shaftesbury and Bryanston.
Willow & Marshgate is situated in the centre of the pretty and private 1.46 acre plot. The garden is largely laid to lawn, bordered by established trees and shrubs providing the perfect space to entertain or children to play. To the rear of the house is a large south-westerly facing terrace that makes the most of the afternoon and evening sun. Part of the garden has recently been planted to create an orchard with a variety of fruit trees, including apples, pears, mulberries, walnuts and gooseberries. To the rear of the garden is a wooden garden shed.
Willow & Marshgate is approached through a wooden gate to a gravelled area with ample parking in front of a double garage with adjoining wood store.
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