7 bedroom detached house for saleLenten Street, Alton, Hampshire, GU34
- Reception Hall
- Drawing Room
- Dining Room
- Kitchen / Breakfast Room
- Sitting Room / Snug
- Utility Room
- 7 Bedrooms
- Main Bath/Shower Room
- 2 Further Bathrooms
A very handsome landmark Grade II Listed Queen Anne town house of great history and character standing not far from the centre of the town with beautiful partly walled gardens and riverside grounds extending to about 2.01 acres. The house has a fascinating history including the residency of one of Jane Austens brothers at one stage. The house has the most attractive rendered and colour washed elevations with a variety of windows, some sash and others with Gothic arches, beneath a part slate and tiled roof.
The Old House is a very welcoming and heartening family home, full of character and style with well-proportioned rooms, open fireplaces and large sash windows with views over the landscaped grounds from most rooms. The distinctive feel of the house is immediate with a herringbone wood block floor extending through the reception hall with part panelled and papered walls. Of special note, the drawing room has a large open fireplace, stunning picture bay window overlooking the gardens, ample space for a grand piano and French doors. Other rooms of equal merit and character include a panelled dining room with recessed arches, a snug with a fireplace, gallery and lovely farmhouse kitchen / breakfast room with an original larder.
The further accommodation could be arranged to suit a variety of requirements including the possibility of the creation of an annexe, if required fully utilising the second staircase. The generous bedrooms and principal landing have been carefully decorated with individual traditional wall paper designs to reflect the period of the house. In all, there are seven bedrooms to the first floor complemented by a bath/ shower room adjacent to the master bedroom and two further bathrooms and dressing room. Of note, the principal bedrooms have fine views over the formal gardens.
The house stands in a mature and very well established location about half a mile to the west of the High Street with mature grounds bordering the River Wey. The historic market town of Alton has a good range of High Street shops as well as a Waitrose food shop and M&S Simply Food, weekly and specialist markets, senior schools, further education college, Alton Convent, sports centre, two outlying golf courses and mainline railway station connecting to London Waterloo. The A31 provides a route to the A3 and M3 linking to London, the South Coast and beyond. The nearby village of Chawton is renowned with its long association with Jane Austen. It is believed that Janes brother lived in part of this property or an adjacent house and owned a Bank in the High Street.
An external staircase to the rear provides access to the cellar. There is a personal door to the rear and electric roller door to the front of the garage. There is also a reserved car parking space.
The gardens and grounds are a very special feature of the house and are far larger than initially anticipated. The beautiful partly walled and terraced formal gardens are well tended with well stocked flower and shrub borders and stone planted walls. There is a paved terrace adjoining the house and a mature yew. Steps lead down to an area of lawn with a further paved area to one corner. Centrally placed steps lead to a further area of lawn with an herbaceous border and rose arch with lavender borders and clipped beech hedging. The grounds include an informal area of garden with kitchen and vegetable gardens together with a greenhouse and large garden shed.
The further grounds extend into a magical area of light woodland under-planted by a wealth of spring bulbs adjoining the River Wey.
There is a network of pathways interspersed by a wide variety of both young and mature trees together with a small pond.
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