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Wick Farm, Finchdean,, Waterlooville, PO8

£2,450,000

New instruction

6 Beds 4 Baths 5 Receptions

REF: CHI200164

PROPERTY FEATURES

  • Handsome Period Farmhouse
  • Surrounded by the Rich Countryside of the South Downs National Park
  • 4 Acres Garden & Grounds 8 Acres Paddock
  • (Additional Land Available please call the office for further information)
  • Sand School 2 Stable Yards with Modern Barns
  • 4 Reception Rooms Kitchen/Breakfast Room
  • Garden Porch/Boot Room
  • 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms (1 En-Suite)
  • Annexe: Sitting/Dining Room Kitchenette 2/3 Bedrooms 2 Shower/Bathrooms
  • Garaging Brick & Flint Outbuilding

THE PROPERTY

THE PROPERTY This impressive former farmhouse is believed to date principally from the 17th Century but has earlier origins. The original house is thought to have provided living accommodation for the monks at Chalton, but after the dissolution of the monasteries the property became a working farm. The existing house has great character with a spacious entrance hall providing access to four reception rooms, the most impressive of which is a 30 ft long vaulted family room with exposed beams and stone flagged floor. A welcoming sitting room with open fireplace and attractive exposed brick chimney breast provides access to the adjacent dining room with a return door leading directly to the kitchen/breakfast room. The study on the eastern side of the entrance hall provides an ideal space for those wishing to work from home. A stylish Smallbone kitchen with polished granite worksurfaces has an excellent range of integrated appliances and an informal dining area. A glazed garden porch with lantern light roof provides a useful space for the storage of coats and boots whilst a separate boiler room provides additional storage and airing space. On the first floor a light, airy landing leads to four bedrooms and two bathrooms including a principal suite. The accommodation of the house is complemented by an annexe with first floor sitting/dining room, kitchenette, 2/3 bedrooms, shower en-suite and bathroom. This accommodation is ideal for extended family members, guests or an easy-to-run home and income opportunity as the present owners have done in the past. OUTSIDE The immediate gardens are a delight with traditional English herbaceous borders, topiary and a kitchen garden. A five-bar gate on brick piers is remote controlled and opens onto a circular gravelled approach. Steps lead up to a small terrace to the front of the house. To the right is a 2 1/2 bay garage with remote controlled up-and-over doors. The immediate gardens are lawned with pretty brick pathways, cloud topiary and beautifully stocked herbaceous borders. Skilfully planned hedging and landscaping create a series of "outside rooms", an idea originally conceived by John Brookes, including a small orchard of apple trees, a sheltered sitting area and stumpery, a feature similar to a rockery but using logs and large tree stumps planted with decorative flowering shrubs, alpines or perennials. Behind the house brick and paved pathways provide easy access to the areas immediately around the building with a useful brick and flint outbuilding providing a fully equipped utility room, garden workshop/mower store and gardener's cloakroom. Steps lead up pass flint built planters stocked with a colourful variety of perennials designed to provide colour and interest all year round. A pergola covered terrace looks south over these beautiful borders to the house. Neatly clipped topiary create various attractive focal points and a wide variety of traditional English cottage garden plants include Echinacea, hydrangea, fuscias, hollyhocks, peonies and anemones. The gently sloping lawn leads up to a productive kitchen garden with raised beds supporting a choice of garden produce and soft fruits. A small paddock lies to the west with chicken house and adjacent to this lies an asparagus bed, cedar framed greenhouse and timber built stable building with hard standing and power. Two stable yards lie either side of the house to the east and west, the former having direct access onto a bridle path leading out into the surrounding South Downs countryside. Both yards have their own vehicle access and modern barns providing 9 loose boxes with associated storage. Both buildings are provided with water, light and power. To the south of Chalton Lane lie a further 8 acres of paddocks enclosed with post and rail fencing and water troughs LOCATION Wick Farm lies in the rich countryside of the South Downs National Park on the Hampshire/West Sussex border. It is a short way to the small hamlet of Finchdean with its pretty village green, public house and even a village pound where stray animals would have been locked up until their owners paid for their release. The neighbouring village of Rowlands Castle to the south provides a good choice of local shops, a popular golf club and a railway halt with regular services to London Waterloo in approximately 90 minutes. 6 miles to the North lies Petersfield with further shopping facilities, a choice of wine bars and restaurants and a mainline station to London Waterloo in approximately 64 minutes. There is a good choice of schools in the area. Churchers College and Bedales are both independent secondary schools being 11 and 10 miles away respectively. Ditcham Park is an independent prep school some 3.7 miles away. The cathedral City of Chichester lies some 11 miles to the east with an alternative train service to London Victoria in about 1 hour 45 minutes. The surrounding South Downs countryside and the nearby Queen Elizabeth Country Park provide miles of footpaths and bridle paths passing through some of the best countryside in the county with many opportunities for walking, horse riding or mountain biking. To the south the waters of Chichester Harbour and the Solent provide some of the most popular sailing facilities within convenient travelling distance of London and there are a number of sailing clubs along the south coast. The A3 provides easy vehicle access to London via the Hindhead Tunnel and to the south joins the A27 providing access to Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton with its international airport