Guide price £995,000
In the sought-after ''Chutes', a fascinating period house (1879) and cottage, both with potential, surrounded by glorious countryside on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border The tiny unspoilt hamlet of Lower Chute lies amidst idyllic countryside on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border. It forms part of the main village of Upper Chute and the smaller settlements of Chute Standen, Chute Cadley and Mount Cowdown, known collectively as the Chutes. Lower Chute lies in an Area of Outstanding Beauty, and the house is within the Conservation Area. Although in an utterly rural setting, the hamlet is not remote and is within easy reach of many excellent amenities. In Lower Chute is the Hatchett Inn, a picturesque thatched public house dating back to the 15th Century, parish church of St Nicholas in Upper Chute, schools at Ludgershall, Vernhan Dean, Hatherden, and The Wellington Academy between Ludgershall and Tidworth (boarding school for Army Children). At Ludgershall there are an excellent range of local shops, Co-op, butchers and post office. At Weyhill, a petrol station, shop and farm shop and the Rosebourne Garden Centre with a restaurant. There are other day to day amenities in Tidworth and Hungerford, doctors' surgery at Ludgershall and a dentist and doctors surgery at Tidworth. The village is well placed for the A303, M3 and M4. Stations to Waterloo at Grateley or Andover and for Padddington, Hungerford and Great Bedwyn. The surrounding countryside is utterly beautiful, it has an extensive network of footpaths, bridleways and quiet lanes ideal for walking, riding and cycling. Other excellent centres include Andover and Southampton, and the Cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester. We have been advised that there has been a house on the site since the 17th Century, subsequently it burnt down and the house as it is today was built in 1879 as a beer and spirit house which ceased trading as The Star public house in the 1960s. The house has handsome colour washed brick elevations, mainly inset sash windows, several of which are double glazed, under a slate dormered roof. It has the potential to be enlarged, subject to planning, by converting the roof space and the original period outbuildings and stables and coach house have been converted into a first class two bedroom cottage. A number of architectural features remain including coved ceilings, display alcoves, fireplaces, bay windows and the switches for the original pub lights. Panelled front door opens into a reception hall, a display alcove was originally the bar. There is a formal dining room with pine boarded floor, French doors to the gardens, drawing room, wood burning stove, inner hall, access to the cellar, now used as a workshop and storage. The original pad on the floor remains where the barrels landed. The kitchen/breakfast room has a range of units and integrated appliances. Beyond is a utility/boot room housing the oil fired boiler and cloakroom. A pine staircase rises to the first floor, half way up the staircase is a useful deep storage cupboard and on the landing and one bedroom, access into the roof space which has the potential to be converted into additional accommodation. There are five bedrooms, a bathroom and shower room. The Cottage Attractive brick, flint and weather-boarded elevations, upvc double glazed windows, slate roof. The kitchen is newly fitted. There is a bathroom and two bedrooms, both with wardrobe cupboards. Outside From the lane a five-bar gate opens to a gravel driveway which leads up to a single garage and there is further parking to the side and front of the garage. The gardens are exceptionally pretty, extremely mature, mainly walled, and have been designed in various rooms/areas. Between the house and cottage there is paved terracing, a raised lawn, shrubs, roses, magnolia tree, flowering red current, clematis, and an ornamental lily pond. There are further lawns and shrubs and terracing. There is a rather special flowering cherry smothered in clematis and wisteria, all coloured pink and blue. There is a pear tree, further flowering cherry and in one corner a sheltered terrace with sitting area.
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