Pretty Hampshire house with stunning gardens and intriguing medieval history.
Positioned amongst its stunning grounds and mature gardens, The property is a charming family home. Grade II* listed, the house is steeped in history. It dates back to the Tudor times, is primarily from 1690 and was added on to in 1840 and again in the 1900s. Beyond the wall and in view of the property are the ruins of Bishop's Palace of which the property owns the freehold.
The house has retained an array of characterful period features notably in the open hall with its beautiful panelling and double height arched window. The remainder of the ground floor consists of a drawing room, dining room and study, which are all well-proportioned rooms with attractive cornicing, high ceilings and large sash windows, as well as a cloakroom, good sized laundry room and boot room with back entrance.
Downstairs has a large south facing family kitchen with original beams that opens onto a suntrap terrace and the gardens beyond. Leading from the kitchen is a sitting room, wine cellar and further cloakroom.
The first floor has four large bedrooms above the formal rooms below and include a master suite, family bathroom and cloakroom. The property currently has planning permission to extend the master bathroom and add a shower room.
The second floor is currently three bedrooms and two bathrooms but again the owners have permission to reconfigure to create four bedrooms and three bath/shower rooms.
An attached annexe, ideal for a nanny, gardener or relative consists of a sitting room, bedroom, bath room, kitchen and has its own entrance.
There is also a former coach house with gymnasium and studio above.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The grounds and gardens are privately set within their Grade I 15th Century wall and form a particular feature of the house. The wall is part of the Scheduled Ancient Monument and, apart from the section between the two gravel driveways, is maintained by English Heritage.
The mature gardens have been beautifully designed and provides a sea of colour from extensive borders, banks of flowers, pergola rose walk and orchard with a variety of apple, pear, plum and cherry trees. The garden includes a kitchen garden, south facing terrace next to the kitchen, front lawn, croquet lawn, large greenhouse, brick potting shed and apple store.
In keeping with the history of the house it has a Grade II listed granary covered in wisteria as well as the modern pleasures of a tennis court and swimming pool with pool house.
Within the gardens are man-made brick streams built as far back as the 13th Century. The river of the Lord was blessed when it ran under a carved bishop's head in one of the streams before it passed under the house. Another stream along the southern edge was built in about 1275 as an overflow from a neighbouring fishpond and was restored 12 years ago as a centerpiece of a wild garden under the guidance of Kim Wilkie, the distinguished landscape designer who lives locally.
The property extends to approximately 9.7 acres including the historic ruins and a 4 acre paddock which is currently let on an agricultural tenancy.
Palace House owns the freehold to the historic ruins of the adjoining Bishop's Palace although its maintenance is the sole responsibility of English Heritage. Bishop's Palace is a Grade I listed scheduled ancient monument.
In the Middle Ages, the Bishop's Palace was one of the finest residences for the Bishops of Winchester, who were among the richest churchmen in Europe. To discover more about its significant history of Medieval and Tudor monarchs to being defended by cavaliers under Charles I To See an Interactive Brochure Click here.
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This is a truly charming house, I love how it is privately set within its attractive wall and only a short walk from the centre of the small market town.George Nares