The Dower House
6,848 sq ft(636.20 sq m)
Guide price £1,750,000

Winchester RoadChawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SB

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Grade II listed Dower House
  • Opportunity for renovation
  • Glorious gardens
  • Separate stable block
  • Central village position

Handsome Dower House with a rich and intriguing history within Jane Austen's Hampshire village.

About this property

  • The Dower House is an impressive Grade II listed family house with an intriguing history. The original timbered hallhouse was built in c.1450, fascinatingly some of these original beams are still evident inside the house today. In around 1600 the property was ‘modernised', with the addition of a large cooking fireplace and chimney, bread oven, brick floor and a ceiling to the ground floor. This room and fireplace now form the ‘snug' within the annexe, where the brick floor is still in place underneath the now carpeted floor. In 1832, the property remained a modest farmstead, but was significantly upgraded in around 1840, when it became a ‘young ladies establishment', acquiring a beautiful regency façade and the creation of seven bedrooms. The Dower House was again upgraded in approximately 1890 when a prominent Victorian enlarged the property further with the acquisition of nearby buildings and the addition of the mock Tudor façade and window alcoves at the front. The property has been under the current ownership for over 40 years and has been sympathetically upgraded during this time. Further information regarding the history of the property has been documented in great detail by local historian, Mrs Jane Hurst.

    Internally, the ground floor accommodation is extremely flexible and works brilliantly for family living with elegant reception rooms and doors to the garden terraces surrounding the house. The kitchen/breakfast room with fitted units and Aga, leads conveniently into the dining room and the very useful utility room, boot room and pantry. The majority of the reception rooms have working fireplaces, providing that much sought after period charm and ambience. The main reception rooms lead from the central entrance hall and staircase. There are two further staircases leading to the first floor.

    First floor accommodation is similarly impressive providing no less than six (or possibly seven bedrooms, if including the annexe rooms) and two (possibly three) bath/shower rooms, most of which enjoy attractive garden or country village views.

    The accommodation is currently split internally creating an internal annexe set over two floors with its own kitchen and sitting room/snug and a bedroom and bathroom upstairs, this space could be easily incorporated back into the main house or expanded further if required.

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If you are looking for an impressive country house in the heart of a thriving village community, The Dower House is a rare offering not to be missed! This is the first time the property has come to the market in over 40 years and is an excellent opportunity to modernize and put your own stamp on the house for generations to come.

Lottie GeavesProperty agent

Local information

  • The Dower House occupies an important position in the heart of the thriving village of Chawton, East Hampshire, lying within the South Downs National Park, famous as the home of Jane Austen for the last eight years of her life. Chawton's recorded history dates further back than Austen's years however, with the village Church dating as far back as 1270.
  • The village itself lies within a conservation area and is blessedwith a multitude of heritage features and interesting buildings. Chawton now boasts Jane Austen's House Museum, (informally known as Chawton Cottage). It is believed that it was in Chawton that Jane wrote or revised the majority of all her novels including: Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma. Chawton also houses St Nicholas' Church, where Jane's mother and sister are buried, Chawton C of E Primary School, Cassandra's Cup tea shop, The Greyfriar Public House, Village Hall, Chawton Cricket Club and grounds.
  • Chawton is well connected transport wise, with only two road exits, one leading to a roundabout connected to the A31 and the A32, and the other to the A339/B3006 Selborne Road. The nearest railway station is 1.7 miles north-east of the village, at Alton, with services running to London Waterloo from 1 hr 6 minutes. In addition, Farnham, Alton and Guildford all offer a wide range of shopping and recreational facilities.
  • There is an excellent selection of private and public sector school within easy reach, including Bedales, Frensham Heights, Churcher's College, Alton School, St Swithun's Independent Prep and Secondary Girls School, Twyford Prep, Pilgrims Prep School for Boys, Lords Wandsworth College and of course Winchester College.
  • Walking and riding through some of our most beautiful countryside is available directly from the house.

Additional information

  • Directions: From London, head South on the A3 towards Guildford/ Portsmouth for approximately 27 miles. Just south of Guilford take the A31 signed to Farnham/Aldershot/A331. Continue to follow the A31 through the first 3 roundabouts. At the 4th roundabout, take the first exit onto Winchester Road. Follow this road into the village of Chawton, bending sharply to the left passing Jane Austen's House Museum. The entrance to The Dower House is found on the right hand side, turn into the parking area for the village hall and the entrance to The Dower House is immediately on the left.
  • EPC Exempt