An elegant Grade II listed house, set centrally within its established grounds, with a coach house and garaging.
Oaklands Manor, thought to have been built in 1840, sits in a secluded and private position within its impressive grounds. It has been refurbished to a high standard and yet retains many period features.
A handsome portico, flanked by stone statuary, leads through the colonnade doorway into a galleried entrance hall, with sweeping staircase and Italian glass pendant chandelier. The dual-aspect drawing room and sitting room both have large floor-to-ceiling sash windows, overlooking the expansive lawns, and marble fireplaces. Like the main reception rooms, the dining room and study are also characterized by high ceilings. The focal point of the house is the impressive kitchen and adjoining orangery, with French doors on to the terrace. Fitted with hand crafted units, granite worktops and Miele integrated appliances, including two wine coolers, these rooms benefit from underfloor heating and can either be used as one large area, or separated by the glass bi-fold doors between them. An interesting feature in the kitchen is the wine cellar below, accessed down a stone staircase, via a reinforced glass door in the floor. A rear hall has a door to the courtyard and offers access to a cloakroom/lavatory, a boot room and a laundry room.
From the galleried landing, the spacious principal bedroom and dressing room have large windows overlooking the gardens and an en suite shower room. There are four further double bedrooms, two with en suite shower rooms, and a family bathroom, with free-standing bath and rain shower. Two of the bedrooms and adjacent shower room could, if required, be used as a separate guest/nursery suite, as there is an existing door to separate that wing.
The house is approached through electric gates on to a sweeping drive, past paddocks and woodland, that culminates in a gravel turning circle in front of the house. An adjacent courtyard has four garages and a separate coach house, with two integral workshops/store rooms adjoining the main, full height bay, which has room to store up to four further cars, and a plant/boiler room.
Note: planning permission was granted in 2012 (now lapsed) to convert the coach house into a fitness suite with sauna, bathroom, changing room, utility room and pump room for a swimming pool. It also included a mezzanine gallery level.
A rare antique rose climbs the front elevation of the house, with a spectacular wisteria and climbing hydrangea spanning the east elevation. The grounds are a particular feature of the property, with an abundance of mature trees, such as cedar, maple, beech, acacia and twisted willow forming a protective boundary around the immaculate lawns and deep herbaceous borders. Two sheltered paddocks flank the property, one with attractive beech trees along one edge, providing shade for any livestock. There is a wooden stable block. The boundary fencing is deer and badger proof.
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I love the long approach leading up through the grounds to the front of this lovely period house. Given the setting of the house, it's amazing to think you are less than a mile from the High Street of Fordingbridge and all its amenities.James McKillop