Guide price £1,950,000
A small unspoilt village located on the banks of the River Itchen, north east of the cathedral city of Winchester, once described by William Cobbett as ''One of the prettiest places in the County' forming part of the South Downs National Park, between the neighbouring villages of Easton, Itchen Abbas and Ovington. The village is renowned for Avington Park, a Grade I listed stately home, stayed in by Charles II and George IIII. Its Georgian church, St Mary's, Trout Fishery, 9-hole parkland golf course and it is surrounded by excellent countryside for walking and cycling. Additional village amenities include the Itchen Abbas and Avington village hall, primary school, choice of public houses and the shop/post office in Kings Worthy. The pretty Georgian market town of Alresford (4 miles) provides excellent day to day shopping. There are also first class communications, particularly for London, either by road or rail. Formerly a Victorian school converted and substantially extended into the fine family house that exists today, works completed in 2004. The house has most attractive brick and special self coloured rendered elevations, wrought iron guttering, timber double glazed windows, some with tall arched and triangular headers, and doors under a multi-pitched hip clay tiled roof. Finished to an exceptionally high standard, oak joinery has been extensively used throughout the house including the planked floors, internal panel doors, skirting boards, door architraves, and staircases. There is traditional moulded cornicing, Travertine stone tiled floors, wiring for B&O sound system in the drawing room, kitchen and dining room. The front door opens into a double height hall. There is a useful playroom/sitting room, cloakroom, fine vaulted drawing room which was the former school room, brick fireplace and wood burning stove, French doors open out to the terrace and there are views up the garden. There is a family room which opens into a superbly fitted kitchen/breakfast room, bespoke handmade units, granite worktops, 2-oven Alpha providing zone controlled heating, hot water and cooking. A short staircase leads up into a baronial dining room with floor to ceiling brick chimney breast, wood burning stove, and four pairs of French doors leading out to the gardens. There is a door off into the south west wing, which could provide a self-contained annexe. Within this part of the house is a study/music room, utility room, cloakroom, integral 3-car garage and at first floor level, three bedrooms and a bathroom. Within the main house the galleried landing looks down into the drawing room and hall. The principal bedroom has an adjoining bathroom. There is a guest bedroom and adjoining shower room, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. The bathrooms are predominantly Villeroy and Boch. The driveway enters the property through automatic gates and leads up to the garaging. There is also ample additional car parking space. The gardens are a beautiful feature of the house, fully stocked, landscaped and terraced to take into account the contours of the garden. Adjoining the house are paved and brick terraces. There is an ornamental pond. Steps lead up through the beds which are a mass of shrubs and ornamental trees. There is a pergola smothered in clematis and from the top garden, which is lawned, there are amazing views across towards the village, church, and the countryside beyond. The gardens extend in all to about 0.765 acres (0.310 hectares).
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