Guide price £1,200,000
Classic 16th century Listed timber framed cottage in the heart of the Meon Valley and the South Downs National Park Exton is a picturesque small village lined with period houses and cottages. It lies in the South Downs National Park on the west bank of the River Meon, and the A32, between Warnford and West Meon to the north and Corhampton, Meonstoke and Droxford to the south. The village has a good public house, The Shoe, and the 12th century church of St Peter and St Paul. There are some wonderful walks around the village on the South Downs Way which is one of the country's national trails, and it meanders 100 miles through the rolling chalk landscape from Winchester to Eastbourne. The nearby village of Corhampton within walking distance has a useful village shop. The two small towns of Alresford and Bishops Waltham have an excellent selection of shops and amenities. Whilst the historic city of Winchester is only 12 miles away and offers a busy city life and excellent connections to London. Petersfield, again has a station to London Waterloo and access onto the A3. Marriners Cottage can only be described as the quintessential 16th century listed thatched cottage. It has the prettiest mellow brick and timber framed elevations, smothered in climbers including roses, honeysuckle and scented jasmine, under a thatched roof. The cottage has been meticulously maintained and carefully modernised to totally enhance its fabulous period features. These include inglenook fireplaces, wonderful old oak joinery, doors, and floors, and exquisite bespoke hand built kitchen. The interior has such an atmosphere and the majority of the rooms overlook the amazing gardens. From the picket gate set in the hedged frontage, a short gavel path leads up to the front door and entrance vestibule. There is a cloakroom, dining room and drawing room, both of which have inglenook fireplaces, one with a bread oven. The study doubles up as a ground floor bedroom and is vaulted and panelled, and a stable door leads into the garden room, again vaulted, which has French doors to a York stone terrace and the gardens. From the dining room there is an L-shaped kitchen breakfast room. It has a polished oak boarded floor, matching units and worktops with a twin Belfast sink, two oven Aga with an oak over mantel and shelved larder. The utility/boot room is part panelled, has a fitted bench seat, Belfast sink, utility cupboard and back door to a rear porch. There are two staircases to the first floor. From the kitchen, one rises to the landing and a magnificent vaulted main bedroom which has a fitted wardrobe cupboard and an oak dresser base with circular basin. There is a single bedroom, well fitted bathroom. Beyond a further double bedroom with staircase down to the drawing room, built in wardrobe cupboards, bookshelves, and a staircase rises up to the second floor, bedroom 4 is part panelled, divided into two areas by a low beam. The second part has been used as a study/sitting area, ideal for a teenager and has fitted cupboards and a work bench. A five bar gate and gravel and brick driveway leads up to the garage with separate workshop and loft storage over. The brick courtyard area enclosed by an old wall and hedging provides additional parking. The gardens are an incredibly special feature, the epitome of the English country garden. Stripped lawns enclosed by beautifully stocked shaped herbaceous and shrub borders. Many varieties of flowering specimen trees, York stone terracing, rose beds, trellis work smothered in roses, two water features, various sitting out areas, a greenhouse, kitchen garden and fruit trees, a children's play area, lilypond, chicken run and shed. The gardens have been designed and laid out as various rooms. There is a brick outbuilding, comprising potting shed/garden implement store, former wine store and games room/home office (this building subject to listed building consent has the potential of being converted into additional ancillary accommodation) and a garden/sitting room, potential home office. The gardens are walled and hedged and extend to about 0.518 acres (0.210 hectares).
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