Attractive unlisted stone manor house set in a private position within its beautiful gardens, with extensive garaging, on the edge of a sought after rural village.
The Manor is an attractive unlisted traditional stone manor house on the edge of the sought after village Berwick St. John. The house sits in a private position overlooking its stunning gardens and grounds, as well as the picturesque village church, with a garden gate leading down to Church Street and the excellent Talbot Inn public house.
Boasting large windows set in stone mullions, the house, even on a dull day, is bathed in light, as the house faces southeast and many of the principal rooms have dual aspects. Along with a number of fine period features, including elegant cornicing and handsome chimney pieces, this wonderful property is brimming with character. The current owners have done a number of renovations over the years, enhancing and retaining many features typical of this calibre of house, whilst ensuring the house is fit for modern living. It has been meticulously maintained and is presented in very good order.
A stone porch with imposing wooden door leads to the wide and spacious hallway. One of the appealing features of the house is the easy flow of rooms from this hallway and main passageway with graceful arches. Adjoining the hallway via double doors is the drawing room as a well as the summer room that opens onto the garden.
The Manor is naturally designed for entertaining. The wonderful reception rooms are all well-proportioned and there is a butler's pantry discreetly tucked away off the entrance hall. The high ceilinged family room is dual aspect, with direct access to the garden, is of particular note and also connects through to the indoor swimming pool.
The Manor is also a charming family home. The family kitchen lies at the heart of the house, with large bay window and breakfast area, and direct access to the garden. The dining room and sitting room lie just off. Essential for country living, there is a boot room and utility room as well as a cloakroom.
The large indoor swimming pool has two changing rooms, a kitchenette, shower room and WC. Whilst not presently operational, the swimming pool's roof is retractable and glass doors open on to the pretty vegetable garden and walled orchard.
The central staircase leads to a wide first floor landing from which all six bedrooms and four bathrooms lead, as well as the ladder stairs to a fun loft room, which has been adored by children and grandchildren.
The substantial principal bedroom has an adjoining bathroom with dressing area and has triple aspect overlooking the colourful walled garden and wide swathes of lawn. All the remaining bedrooms are designed to have garden views and the charming east bedroom has dual aspect with far reaching views to the rolling hills of the Upper Chalke Valley.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The mature gardens and grounds offer all the pleasures of an English country garden and perfectly complement this fabulous house. There are colourful herbaceous and shrub borders; large expanses of lawn; a deep stone-flagged terrace around the house; slate topped walled garden; mature and ornamental trees, including a large copper beech; kitchen garden with greenhouse; sculpted hedges; carp pond; and, an orchard within a second walled garden. A charming walk leads around the principal gardens from which to enjoy all aspects of the garden. Beyond the formal gardens is a paddock of about ½ acre, with separate road access.
ANCILLARY ACCOMMODATION AND OUTBUILDINGS
Partitioned from the main house and accessed via an arch is a former stable yard, now comprising a three bedroom cottage, one bedroom flat, a range of stone outbuildings with significant garaging, workshops and store rooms. The cottage is presently let out on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy, whilst the flat is kept free for family and guests. All these buildings are in excellent condition and are built of stone akin to the main house.
Overlooking the carp pond is a red brick former granary which would suit a number of domestic uses, whilst within the walled vegetable garden and orchard there is a greenhouse and within the grounds there are further sheds.
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Berwick St.John is unquestionably one of the most sought after villages west of Salisbury, and The Manor occupies a lovely private position in the village. I love that I have driven past it more times than I can remember and had never seen it until invited in...!James McKillopProperty agent