A stunning riverside house with extensive frontage to the fabled river Test and stunning views over the water meadows.
This beautiful 18th Century Grade II listed property was subject to an extensive refurbishment program during the clients tenure and is now offered in first class condition with a wealth of period and character features. The house was extended and improved using the finest quality materials with superb joinery and oak timber framing playing a major role in the creation of the most modern section of the house, blending perfectly with the period original.
The property is approached through a timber gate leading to a tarmac driveway, which leads down to a large parking and turning area adjacent to the detached double garage. A dwarf brick and flint wall separates the driveway from the formal gardens with a paved pathway with steps and wrought iron handrail leading to the front door. The drawing room is an excellent room with a large feature fireplace with fitted wood burner, beamed ceilings and double aspect with windows to the front over the garden and to the rear. The dining room is a good size again with a feature fireplace and beamed ceilings, superb oak joinery and oak flooring. From the dining room a door provides access to the study, there's a staircase leading to the first floor and door through to the garden room. The garden room is exceptionally attractive with double doors leading out onto a timber decked area which overlooks the river Test and its wonderful water meadows. This room works perfectly alongside the decking area as a garden room for all day entertainment. The study again benefits from beautiful views over the river. A separate door to outside and a beautiful range of fitted office furniture including a desk and display shelving. The kitchen breakfast room is wonderfully appointed with a bespoke fitted kitchen, granite work surfaces over and a range of first class appliances. The room is further complimented with a limestone tiled floor and beautiful oak framed construction. There are double doors that open out onto a rear terrace and a glass panelled door that leads through to an oak framed glazed conservatory. A utility room and two cloakrooms completing the ground floor accommodation.
The principal bedroom is approached by an oak staircase leading to a landing with fitted wardrobes and door that leads through to the bedroom. The bedroom has a charming vaulted ceiling, oak flooring and timber framing, exposed oak beams. A door leads to a large and beautifully fitted adjoining bathroom with separate walk-in shower freestanding bath and double doors to lead out onto a balcony. There are two further double bedrooms one with an adjoining shower room and one with a bathroom. The fourth bedroom is approached from a separate staircase from the drawing room.
The property is approached over a tarmacadam driveway leading to a large parking and turning area in front of the cottage and double garage. The gardens to the property are exceptional, enjoying the frontage to the river Test of approximately 557 feet with the cottage itself having fishing rights over 105 feet. The formal gardens benefit from stunning views over the river and across water meadows, an idyllic position complementing the charming gardens. The formal gardens are beautifully tended with wide and extensively stocked herbaceous flowering shrub borders leading to manicured lawns which run down to the riverbank. To the eastern side of the house is a superb timber decked area overlooking the river, a stunning spot for alfresco dining adjacent to the garden room of the property. A terrace runs along the northern side of the house adjacent to the conservatory.
From the formal gardens, an attractive mature hedgerow separates the gardens into three further areas, a wildlife and river garden, orchard and kitchen garden. The wildlife and riverside garden is absolutely charming with a mature large lily pond with wooden bridge and small fishing lodge. The kitchen garden and orchard area are mature, the kitchen garden being well organised. There is a large Victorian style glass house and separate detached timber garden store. This side of the garden can be accessed separately through vehicular access from a neighbouring property.
The property benefits from fishing rights of approximately 105 feet through the formal gardens of the house. The Houghton Club has fishing and hunting rights on the opposite bank but also the Riverside and Wildlife area of the garden. The Houghton Club is possibly the most exclusive fly fishing club in the UK, with 13 miles of fishing on the river Test and only approximately 30 members. Membership is by invitation only.
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Stunning peaceful location on the banks of the Test with incredible views but only a short distance from thriving High Street of Stockbridge.Steven Moore