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PROPERTY FEATURES

  • Reception/dining hall/study
  • Cloakroom
  • Sitting room, playroom/occasional bedroom
  • Kitchen
  • Breakfast/dining room
  • Three bedrooms, bathroom
  • Annexe with utility room (potential kitchen)
  • Garden shed/workshop
  • Pretty English country gardens and orchard
  • In all about 0.302 acres (0.122 hectares)

THE PROPERTY

A classic Grade II Listed thatched house, with an annex and with decent ceiling heights, on the edge of this popular village The village of Ropley covers an area of about ten square miles on the western slopes of a ridge that runs south to north and divides the basin of the Wey and Meon Rivers from the Arle and the Itchen. It is a most attractive village and lies on the south side of the A31, which runs between Winchester and Alton, and Little Barton is set back from the Petersfield Road, on the northern edge of the village. The centre has a community shop and post office, primary school, parish hall, coffee room, sports centre and recreation ground. Close by for everyday needs is the market town of Alresford, itself generally seen as one of the finest Georgian towns in the south of England. Mainline communications in the area are excellent with a railway station at Alton (London Waterloo about one hour), the A31 provides a fast link to the A3, M3, M25 and London. The house is an exceptionally pretty Grade II listed thatched house, 18th century with later additions. It has colour washed brick and flint elevations, inset small pane windows, under a thatched roof with a cat slide at the rear and eyebrow dormers. The house has been extensively restored, but retains its inherent character, including wonderful beams and inglenook fireplace. The layout of the accommodation is extremely versatile. From the gable thatched hood on posts the front door opens into reception/dining hall/study, inglenook fireplace, stone tiled floor, and a door leads through to the rear hall where the staircase rises to the first floor and there is a cloakroom which could be reconfigured into a shower room. The main sitting room has an open fireplace and a door through to the current playroom, which could double up as an occasional bedroom. On either side fo the fireplace (currently not in use) are shelved display recesses. The kitchen has painted units, granite worktops, integrated appliances including a two oven Aga and a walk-in larder, and an archway leads through to the breakfast/dining room which has a boiler cupboard and stable door to the drive and courtyard area. The first floor landing has oak floorboards and fitted bookshelves, the main bedroom has a fitted wardrobe cupboard and a door leads through into bedroom 2, again with cupboards. At the opposite end of the landing there is a third bedroom and a well appointed bathroom. Outside A tarmacadam drive enters the property through a pair of five bar gates. The former double garage has been converted into an annexe comprising living room/bedroom with an adjoining shower room, forming part of the building is a separate utility room which could easily be incorporated and used as a kitchen. There is a large shed/workshop. Surrounding the house is a very pretty English country garden arranged in various private areas interlinked with paved terracing, stepping stones, brick paving and paths. There are areas of lawn, extremely well stocked shrub borders, variety of hedging including beech and yew, a rather fine pergola is covered in a magnificent old wisteria. Growing up the front of the house are roses, wisteria and jasmine. Beneath the palisade fencing is an herbaceous border. A herringbone patterned pathway leads through to a further shaped terrace with a former ornamental pond (currently filled in) and there is a rather fine flowering cherry and shrub border. At the southern end is an orchard and chicken run.