Guide price £1,950,000
Exceptionally fine 18th century period country house, beautiful gardens and paddocks forming part of an unspoilt valley The village of Ropley covers an area of about ten square miles on the western slopes of the ridge which runs south to north and divides the basin on the Wey and the Meon rivers, from the Arle and the Itchen. The close by market town of Alresford is generally seen as one of the finest Georgian towns in the south of England. The village is situated on the south side of the A31 but the house itself if located off a quiet no through country lane on the north eastern side of the village and has long unspoilt views over its own land and the adjoining countryside. The village has a thriving centre and amenities include a community owned shop/post office, sports pavilion, parish hall, coffee room, primary school, church, numerous societies and clubs. One mile away on the A31 is a petrol station and further up the hill to the north the Mid Hants Railway with its steam trains also known as the Watercress Line, which runs from Alton to Alresford. Both Alresford and Four Marks cater for most everyday needs with the cities of Winchester and Guildford and the towns of Alton, Farnham, Petersfield and Basingstoke all within easy driving distance. Communications in the area are excellent, the A31 provides a first class link eastwards to the A3, M25 orbital motorway to the airports and London. To the north lies the M3 and the A34 links with the Midlands and continues to the North. There are mainline stations at both Alton and Winchester both to London Waterloo. Private and state schools within the area are first class and the surrounding countryside provides many varied opportunities for sporting and recreational pursuits. The property is an exceptionably fine country house, the part oldest dating back to 1744 when it was originally two cottages, and over the centuries the house has been extended and remodelled to what exists today. It has the most attractive mellow brick elevations, part covered in wisteria and roses with inset leaded light windows, some of which are double glazed, under a hipped tiled roof. The accommodation is beautifully proportioned, has much inherent character and there are some very fine exposed beams and timbers and yet at the same time, there are no low ceilings. There are also some wonderful fireplaces and other period joinery. The majority of the principal rooms all have wonderful views over the land and literally up to the horizon. The house is approached through automatic opening gates and a wide carriage driveway sweeps round in front of the house. There is a 3-car garage and garden machinery store. A sliding door leads through to a store room for fuel/wood and further machinery store. Self-Contained Annexe Attached to the western end of the house is a self-contained annexe comprising living room with, kitchenette, bedroom and shower room Gardens and Grounds Surrounding the house are beautiful formal gardens and grounds. The gardens are partly walled and hedged. The former swimming pool is now a koi carp pond and the tennis court has become a Shetland pony sand school. In front of the manor house lies the stabling which includes four large boxes, five Shetland boxes and a feed room. The Land The land is divided into varying sizes of paddocks and protects the house to the north, south and east, and it really does make an exceptional setting for this very fine country house.
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