‘Mary Poppins’ properties create peace for parents
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Keeping children occupied during the school holidays can be hard work. However, the below Poppins properties come with enough in-built entertainment facilities for children that parents will be able to let the house do the babysitting, while they enjoy a much-deserved rest.

The Barley House is situated in the pretty village of Micheldever, located between Winchester and Basingstoke on the Western side of the A33. An 18th century, five bedroom barn conversion, the oak timber frame encompasses characterful rooms of baronial proportions. Internally, the home boasts a games room, perfect for rainy days; however, it is outside that the property really comes into its own as a Mary Poppins home. The garden, designed by Radio Four s Gardeners Question Time expert, Bunny Guinness includes a sunken trampoline, childrens play area and a bespoke Wendy House, known as Barley Cottage. The property is on the market for 1,600,000 with our Winchester office (tel.: 01962 844299). For more information, click here.



Starvecrow Cottage is tucked away at the end of a private drive in a peaceful woodland setting, two miles from the village of Peasmarsh, East Sussex. The minimalist, single storey five bedroom home incorporates a range of state-of-the art technologies, including a surround sound cinema with projector and eight foot retracting screen. A super vintage Airstream Excella 500 travel trailer, with water and power, stands in the garden and is the perfect den for older children and teenagers. The gardens also boast a paddle tennis court, heated swimming pool, sunken trampoline and zip wire. The property is on the market for 1,500,000 with our Cranbrook office (tel.: 01580 720000). For more information, click here.




Salam Manor lies on the edge of the village of Waltham Chase, 12 miles west of Southampton, Hampshire. The gardens extend to just over 0.7 acres, not only offering a great place to kick a ball around, but also including a tree house and go-cart track. For particularly energetic children, or those who are pony-mad, an adjoining plot of 30 acres is available to rent. The home is on the market for 1,525,000 with our Winchester office (tel.: 01962 844299). For more information, click here.




Littlebourne Watermill, four and a half miles from Canterbury in Kent is the perfect home for children who love to spend their holidays running around bare-foot in the great outdoors. The property is set within nearly six acres of grounds and the river-side setting is ideal for messing around in boats. Within the gardens is a tennis court and summer house in addition to stables, a barn and paddocks for ponies. The entire top floor of this five-bedroom home is perfect as a sleepover room with pitched ceiling and exposed purlins and struts splitting the room into three main areas. Above this space is a galleried mezzanine, the perfect stage for amateur dramatics. The property is on the market for 975,000 with our Canterbury office (tel.: 01227 781600). For more information click here.