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Finchdean, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO8

£2,750,000

Under offer

6 Beds 4 Baths 5 Receptions

REF: CHI190285

Finchdean

PROPERTY FEATURES

  • Handsome Period Farmhouse
  • Surrounded by the Rich Countryside of the South Downs National Park
  • 24 Acres Paddocks, 100 Acres Woodland
  • Sand School 3 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

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. Paddocks and Woodland 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. A third yard lies to the south witha further stable building providing 4 further loose boxes, also with water and power. To the south of Chalton Lane lie a further 11 paddocks enclosed with post and rail fencing and water troughs making a total of 24 acres. Immediately to the south of the paddocks lies 100 acres of traditional English woodland owned by Wick Farm and including Wick Hangar, one of the east Hampshire hangars forming a line of hills with steep scarps which mark the eastern edge of the Hampshire Downs and its boundary with the Western Weald. The extent of the woodland is shown on the location plan contained within this brochure, title number HP547657 and can be found on Ordnance Survey Landranger Map sheet 197: Chichester and The South Downs. Management: The wood is managed by Nina Williams MSc, English Woodlands Forestry Ltd, Cocking Sawmills, Cocking, West Sussex GU29 0HS, Telephone 01730 816941. Taxation: woodland ownership can have various tax advantages please consult a professional advisor. Mineral rights are included in the sale so far as the sellers have rights to them. Rights of Way: there is a public bridle path crossing the woodland and two public footpaths.