Guide price £895,000
A charming attached period flint house in an exceptional setting, deep in the Meon Valley and the South Downs National Park, with 360 degree views over the adjoining countryside and Old Winchester Hill. The house lies on the eastern side of the village of Meonstoke, fronting a quiet country lane. It is undeniably one of the finest rural settings in the Meon Valley completely surrounded by the most beautiful downland over which the house has long views and in particular up to Old Winchester Hill. The immediate countryside provides wonderful opportunities for walking, cycling and riding. Meonstoke, protected within the South Downs National Park, has some most attractive period houses and cottages, many of which lie in the conservation area, and the river runs around its western boundary. Together with its immediate neighbour Corhampton, it has a primary school, two churches, a public house, a post office and an excellent village store. There is also a thriving village hall, playing fields and a community bus through the village from West Meon to Fareham. There is everyday shopping in Bishops Waltham and the larger centres of Petersfield, Alton and Winchester are all within easy driving distance and with mainline stations to London Waterloo. The house was formally a range of period agricultural buildings and barns dating back to circa 1836, subsequently converted into two cottages and finally in to the house that exists today. The house has the most attractive flint elevations with brick reveals around the doors and windows, many of which have just been replaced with double glazed wood casement windows under a slate and dormered roof. The accommodation has great character, it is extremely spacious with fine well proportioned principal rooms and its use can be very versatile, possibly creating a self contained wing on the ground floor. From the walled courtyard garden the front door opens into a flagstone floored dining room, concealed in one corner a staircase rises up to the principal bedroom suite and at the base of the stairs is a cloakroom. A pair of doors open into a fine vaulted drawing room, fireplace, wood burning stove and French doors open out into a private area of garden. The kitchen/breakfast/family room at the centre of the house has an electric Aga, wood burning stove, terracotta tiled floor and French doors out to a terrace and the garden. There is a further staircase hall, access up to bedrooms 2 and 3, cloakroom/boot room and utility room. Beyond is a study known as the tack room, and off this with its own exterior doors there is a large ground floor bedroom 4 (vaulted) and adjoining bathroom. These rooms could create a self contained annexe, ideal for Airbnb etc. The first floor, which is approached by two staircases comprises the principal suite, bedroom, adjoining bathroom and dressing room, and there are two further bedrooms and a further bathroom. The house is approached off Stocks Lane, a few yards up a farm track which leads to Old Winchester Hill. A gravel driveway provides parking for at least six cars and there is space for garaging subject to the necessary consents. The Gardens The private mature gardens lie between the farmhouse and the back of the adjacent barn which creates a pretty courtyard garden. There is a brick terrace, lawns, various shrubs, a barbecue area with a further terrace bounded by a low wall and hedging.
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