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Ashmansworth, Hampshire RG20 9SP
Guide Price Of £2,500,000
A substantial family house in a superb location with potential for refurbishment or replacement.
Fast Find: 43114
Church Farm was the home of the celebrated English composer Gerald Finzi who built the house in 1939 replacing the original farmhouse which had fallen into disrepair. It was during his time at Church Farm that Finzi's reputation grew as an important English composer of the 20th century. Regular visitors to the house included the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams who was a great friend of the family and later the renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré who stayed frequently at the house. Church Farm has continued to retain strong links with English music and this is celebrated by an engraved glass window by Whistler in St James's church opposite. Gerald Finzi was also a keen orchard keeper and planted many rare varieties of apple trees and other fruits at Church Farm. He was in fact responsible for rescuing several old English apples from extinction and it is likely that many of these remain at Church Farm
Church Farm is situated in Ashmansworth and lies on the Hampshire Downs about 8 miles south of Newbury. This small, charming village which has the distinction of being the highest in Hampshire is surrounded by unspoilt, undulating downland, forming part of The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The house lies on the southern edge of the village, opposite the small grade 1 listed 12th century church of St James. It is shielded from the lane by a magnificent flint wall and has wonderful far ranging views to the south and east as well as enjoying a lovely outlook over its grounds and the adjoining farmland. There are local shops and services in the nearby villages of Highclere and Hurstbourne Tarrant and a wide range of shops and services in Newbury and Andover.
There is good access to the centres of Oxford, Reading, Basingstoke, Winchester and Swindon and excellent communications to London and the rest of the country by road via the M4, M3 and A34 and by rail via Whitchurch and Newbury Stations. Heathrow and Southampton airports are also accessible
Gardens and grounds
There is a mature and established garden surrounding the house which has extensive views south and east as well as enjoying a lovely outlook over its grounds and the adjoining farmland. The house is approached from a short circular drive which leads to a part cobbled, part Yorkstone parking area in front of the house and flint barn with grassed areas and a small orchard of ten mixed fruit trees. A well tended and sheltered kitchen garden with box hedging lies to the east of the house where there are three greenhouses, a garden shed, a small raised terrace, herb garden and a nut orchard. To the south of the house is a 365 ft deep brick well (mentioned in Cobbetts 'Rural Rides') and a raised Yorkstone terrace running the length of the house. There is an extended area of terrace, the Rotunda, to the west with herbaceous beds and shrubs sheltered by a brick wall. From here there are fine views of the front paddock and farmland as well as far ranging views south and east as far as Cheesefoot Head, Butser Hill at Petersfield and the Isle of Wight
Steps lead down to a lawn with a ha-ha on its southern boundary. To the west of the house is a further lawn with mixed fruit trees and 9 raised vegetable and fruit beds. There is a larger orchard beyond and a former piggery now providing storage. Two areas of young woodland have recently been planted with native species such as beech, oak, ash and birch. The front paddock is an attractive area of permanent pasture (3.2 acres/1.30 hectares) with fine mature oaks and ashes with stock proof fencing and water. A gate on the western boundary gives access to two additional fields also with stockproof fencing amounting to 6.750 acres (2.73 hectares). There are a further 3 paddocks amounting to 2.03 acres (0.821 hectares) with access from the main drive.
Lying to the front of the property and linked to the house by a storeroom is a period flint and brick barn with a tiled roof, power and light comprising 2 garages, 2 store rooms, wine cellar, workshop and a first floor studio accessed from an external brick staircase. Adjoining the barn is a lean to games room with a corrugated asbestos roof. Closeby is an impressive timber framed, open fronted thatched barn
with a loft.
Post code: RG20 9SP
Services: Mains water and electricity, private drainage, propane gas central heating
Local Authority: Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council Tel: 01256 844844 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.basingstoke.gov.uk
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