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