Guide price £1,350,000
A very special 16th century farmhouse, superb accommodation, mature gardens, orchard and paddock, fronting a quiet country lane, convenient for surrounding villages, towns and communications Monkwood is a loose scattering of houses in the district of East Hampshire. It is spread between the villages of Ropley and West Tisted surrounded by farmland and belts of woodland with the A31 to the north and the A32 to the south. The farmhouse fronts an ancient sunken lane. There are excellent local amenities in Ropley including a community shop/post office, primary school, and garage. Nearby Alresford caters for most everyday needs. Both the A31 and A32 provide fast links to the A3, north to the M3, the airports, M25 orbital motorway and London. With mainline stations at Petersfield, Alton and Winchester, London Waterloo Station is just over an hour. A period farmhouse, 16th century in part, which has most attractive brick and flint elevations, part colour washed and weather boarded, inset sash and casement windows under a slate roof. The exceptional accommodation is full of character, beautifully proportioned. Pair of old oak church doors open into the entrance hall. Steps down into the orangery, used as a family/dining/sitting room. Drawing room (the oldest part of the house), inglenook fireplace, Jotul wood burning stove, beamed ceiling. Dining room, parquet floor formerly from a printworks in Nottingham, double doors to staircase hall, has been used as a music room. Study/Home Office, beech parquet floor, Cloakroom, utility room, Rear Entrance Vestibule with separate outside door, ideal for those working from home. The kitchen/breakfast room has 100% wood, newly painted handmade units by Searle and Taylor. Boot room, and second cloakroom. Stairs rise to a half landing principal vaulted bedroom suite, walk in clothes closet and adjoining bathroom. On the main landing there is access to a part converted roof space, once completed would provide additional bedrooms and bathroom. There are four further bedrooms, one with en suite shower room and a family bathroom. Approached from Smugglers Lane via a double five bar gate. This gives access to a 2-bay barn. It has planning permission granted to replace the building with ancillary accommodation comprising 4-car garage, workshop area, adjoining store, habitable accommodation at first floor level - living room, space for kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom. There are beautiful mature gardens. The lower garden adjoining the house has been designed as ''rooms'. There are lawns, a mass of shrubs and specimen trees. Garden shed and greenhouse. A pergola with turned columns is smothered in roses, gravel beds under, perfect for pots, shrubs and bulbs. It continues around a paved terrace. There is a flowering cherry, rose archway intertwined with honeysuckle and jasmine. Well stocked terraced borders are divided by dry stone walls. There are further archways, terracing and a magnificent copper beech tree. Steps lead up the bank to the upper garden which is an orchard and paddock. There are various fruit trees and shrubs and from this vantage point wonderful views over the adjoining countryside. The gardens, orchard and paddock extend to about 1.35 acres.
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