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This 7 bedroom family house includes a self contained annexe, stables and fields, set in 5.2 acres

PROPERTY FEATURES

  • Drawing room, dining room, study/sitting room
  • Family room, kitchen/breakfast room, laundry room
  • Wine cellar/boot room/utility
  • Six bedrooms, three bathrooms, shower room, WC
  • Self-contained annexe
  • Detached double garage, room over
  • Stable block – 4 boxes, hay store, feed store, tractor store
  • Formal and informal gardens, gazebo, small orchard, vegetable garden
  • Fenced interconnecting paddocks
  • In all about 5.205 acres (2.106 hectares)

THE PROPERTY

An exceptional Edwardian house in this desirable village on the south eastern edge of the Hampshire Downs The village of Bentworth is situated on the eastern side of the Candover valley surrounded by some of Hampshire's finest countryside nestling in hills on the south eastern edge of the Hampshire Downs, about 4 miles west of the market town of Alton and 10 miles south of Basingstoke. It has a 12th century parish church of St Marys, primary school and public house. The village is within easy reach of first class communications with A31/A3 to the south or the M3 to the north of Basingstoke, fast road and rail links to London, the M25 orbital motorway, the airports and the West Country. There are mainline stations at Basingstoke and Alton. Excellent shopping facilities are to be found in Alton, Alresford, Basingstoke, Farnham, Guildford and Winchester. The surrounding countryside provides wonderful opportunities for riding, cycling and walking. The house is a rather fine Edwardian family house. It has most attractive colour washed brick elevations, predominantly inset sash windows under a multi-pitched slate roof with deep decorative bargeboards. The current owners completed an extensive program of re-building, re-modelling, and refurbishment in 2008 to create the lovely family home that exists today. The generous accommodation which is laid out over two floors, flows very well. It is ideal for entertaining and is extremely flexible. There is an integral self-contained annexe which can easily be incorporated into the main house. Off the kitchen, the family sitting room has a private staircase to a bedroom and bathroom above, which could be ideal for a nanny/au pair. The accommodation, which extends to some 5625 sq ft (522.6 sq m) broadly comprises: Lead covered entrance porch, decorative timber work and four pilasters. Oak front door opening into Double Height Reception Hall overlooked from the galleried landing above. Door to the self-contained annexe. Cloakroom Study/Sitting Room Fireplace, picture window opening to the terrace and gardens. Drawing Room A beautiful double length room, two pairs of sliding picture windows opening out to the veranda and gardens. Fireplace, stone surround, over mantel, hearth and fitted wood burning stove. Dining Room Coved ceiling, dado rail, hardwood stripped floor. Kitchen/Breakfast Room Bespoke units, granite worktops. Aga, integrated appliances, opening into breakfast room, fitted cupboards, staircase to wine cellar. Family Room Fireplace, staircase to bedroom and bathroom above. Laundry Room housing boiler and water softener. Boot/Utility Room Second Cloakroom FIRST FLOOR Galleried Landing, large principal bedroom and en suite bathroom, a further 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, shower room and separate wc. Self-Contained Annexe The Annexe lies in the south western corner of the house. Accessed from its own exterior front door or from the main hall and landing above. It has an entrance hall, lift (suitable for wheelchair use), cloakroom, sitting room/dining room, kitchen, first floor landing, large double bedroom and bathroom. Outside The house is accessed through automatic gates hung between brick pillars capped with lanterns. A tarmac drive dressed with resin bonded gravel chippings sweeps across the western front of the house and gives access to the Double Garage and through to the stable yard and paddocks beyond. The garage with workshop area is built in keeping with the house. It has an electric up and over door, side door, stable door to the rear, and a staircase leading up to a first floor room over, an ideal home office/playroom. The Gardens Surrounding the house are beautiful formal and informal gardens, very much a plantsman's garden, lawned, with shrub and herbaceous borders, specimen trees and a variety of hedging including beech and laurel. The back of the house, facing east, has a full width terrace and veranda and long views over the adjoining fields and paddocks. There is a gazebo, garden shed, and a magnificent beech tree. The Equestrian Buildings and Land There is separate vehicular access from the village street. The driveway sweeps round a circular bed and also continues back to the main drive. There is a small orchard area with plum, apple and cherry fruit trees. The Stable Block This has a concrete apron, water and electricity laid on. It comprises 4 stables, hay store, feed room and a tractor store. The Paddocks lie to the north and east. They are divided into a large main paddock, a second medium sized paddock and three small side paddocks. There is also a vegetable garden with raised beds and a large fruit cage for soft fruit. The boundaries are well defined by hedging and trees and extend in all to about 5.205 acres (2.106 hectares)