Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 0QT
A most impressive period family house of classical proportion
Itchen Stoke Manor is located in the heart of the Itchen Valley, arguably one of the prettiest parts of Hampshire in fine, undulating countryside yet convenient for the Cathedral City of Winchester to the west and the Georgian market town of Alresford to the east. Each offers an array of boutique shops and everyday amenities. Itchen Stoke Manor is well situated to some of the leading pre-preparatory and preparatory schools in the area which include Pilgrims at Winchester, Princes Mead at Abbots Worthy, Bedales at Petersfield, St Swithuns School for Girls just outside Winchester and Twyford School to the south. In addition there is the excellent Perrins Secondary School at Alresford and Peter Symonds Sixth Form College in Winchester, not forgetting of course Winchester College itself. The property is well located for easy access to the national motorway network with the M3 to the west at Winchester or the A31 which in turn links to the A3 to the south east near Alresford. At Winchester there is a fast and regular mainline train service to London Waterloo taking approximately 60 minutes whilst to the north there is Micheldever station with trains going to London Waterloo also taking approximately 60 minutes. Southampton International Airport is located about 16 miles away whilst London Heathrow is approximately 50 miles.
Sporting facilities in the area include some of the finest chalk stream fishing in the northern hemisphere on the nearby River Itchen and the River Test to the west. Golf can be found at Avington, Alresford, Basingstoke and Winchester Golf Clubs. There are several bridleways and public footpaths in the immediate area that provide excellent walking and hacking country. Nearby sailing is available on the Solent with its many marinas and there is horse racing at Salisbury, Newbury, Ascot, Epsom, Goodwood and Fontwell. The theatre can be enjoyed at the Theatre Royal in Winchester and the Mayflower in Southampton as well as the Opera at The Grange in Northington near Alresford for the summer season.
Itchen Stoke Manor is a most impressive period family house offering well proportioned classical accommodation over two floors with the additional benefit of a cellar. The house, which is believed to have been built in the late 19th century still retains many of its period and character features such as sash windows, open fireplaces, high ceilings with cornicing and other attractive features typical of the era. The property which has been extended during the current vendors tenure now also includes a superb attached annexe offering substantial two bedroom accommodation which offers great flexibility as it could either be incorporated within the house or separated for use by dependant relatives, au pair etc.
The ground floor accommodation is approached through a large and welcoming reception hall with doors leading into the family room, drawing room and kitchen/dining room. Each of these rooms are beautifully proportioned and of particular note are the large 32 foot drawing room with its superb aspect over the adjoining countryside and the extensive kitchen/dining room which provides superb living and entertaining space with doors opening onto the rear terrace. A further study completes the reception accommodation in the main house however there are extensive domestic offices which can be utilised for any number of purposes. A passage way leads from the western end of the house towards the superb annexe which, as already stated, has a large number of potential uses. On the first floor a staircase leads up to a large landing which runs the length of the house. The master bedroom with its adjoining bathroom are particularly noteworthy with superb views over the garden and down the valley. There are five further bedrooms and two further bathrooms on the first floor.
The property is approached over a gravel driveway which provides a parking and turning area to the front of the property. The gardens and grounds themselves extend in all to approximately 2.23 acres with areas of lawn, formal gardens, kitchen gardens, orchard and paddock. Immediately adjacent to the rear of the property is a large terraced area which extends out to the eastern side of the house and provides a superb sitting area which takes full advantage of the property's fine views. The formal gardens lead from here onto the kitchen gardens and ultimately through established hedgerows and an avenue of beech trees to the orchard and walled garden. Here can be found the swimming pool area which is well protected and private.
The paddocks to the property extend in all to approximately 3.4 acres, and surround the property on its eastern and southern boundaries.
Property Reference Number: GBWNRSWNS120073
- Sold in July 2013
- 6 bedrooms
- 4 bathrooms
- 2 bedroom self contained annexe
- Swimming pool
- Gardens and grounds
- In all about 5.59 acres