A Georgian farmhouse with stunning riverside gardens on the famous river Test.
The hamlet of Oakley is mentioned in the Domesday book, and there was a water-mill on the site in medieval times. The original house dates from the early 18th century, with 19th and 20th century additions. The house is built of brick with stone quoins under a mainly slate roof, and features large 20 pane sash windows, making it unusually light for a building of its age. It is the only property on the legendary Oakley Beat of the River Test, made famous more than a century ago by the grand old man of fly-fishing, FM Halford. His thatched fishing hut, a listed building in its own right, lies upstream of the house, directly opposite the Farmhouse meadow.
From the village, there is a quiet lane leading to the river and fields beyond. The house is on the West (true right-hand) bank of the Test. The entrance can be found immediately after the property's 4-bay open barn to the left of the lane; and the driveway leads to a large circular parking/turning area from which a gravelled path takes you to the house and the river.
The front door opens on to a large hallway with a flagstone floor, and a welcoming fireplace to one side. There is a fine South- and West-facing drawing room, a double-aspect study/family room, and a dining room overlooking the river. The living heart of the Farmhouse is the kitchen/breakfast room which opens directly onto the river terrace and is warmed by an Aga. From the kitchen, doors lead to a large scullery/utility/boot room to one side, and a back hall/cloakroom to the other. Upstairs, there is a South- and West-facing master bedroom suite with adjoining bathroom, box room and walk-in wardrobe. There are five further bedrooms and two further bathrooms.
Oakley Farmhouse is situated in about 5 acres of garden and meadow, with the gentle soundscape of water flowing along its entire Eastern boundary. Its gravelled entrance drive is bordered by pleached lime trees, on either side of which lie the games lawn to the North and the orchard and barns to the South. The drawing room of the house opens onto the West lawn, bounded by yew hedges and a ha-ha at the far end. To the North are rose beds, borders, the tennis court and croquet lawn. Beyond that, the gardens become wildflower meadows, with paths and a running track along the river and around the perimeter.
The purchaser(s) may wish to apply for membership of the Mottisfont Fly Fishing Club, which would enable them to fish the Oakley beat as well as three other beats on the Mottisfont Estate.
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An unbelievably beautiful location in the Test Valley and a charming Georgian farmhouse overlooking the river Test.Steven Moore