An unspoilt Grade II listed country house standing in idyllic gardens and grounds, with a detached cottage, barn, stables and stores.
Manor Farmhouse is Grade II listed and, according to Historic England, originally dates from the 18th century, with later additions in the early 1800s. The property is also known as Willis's Shroton Farmhouse and is constructed of brick, rubble and render with a hipped slate roof. The symmetrical east-facing façade has 3 storeys with 3 bays and sash windows of 16 panes on the ground floor, 12 panes on the first floor and 9 panes on the second floor. There is a central doorway with round-headed, radiating fanlight and panelled door. The roof and chimneys were re-done by the current owners about 7 years ago.
Manor Farmhouse is a fine example of an unspoilt country house, ideal for both family living and entertaining alike, standing in professionally designed gardens and grounds. The property is approached from the village into a private courtyard with ample parking for both the house and cottage. Like many houses of this age, the property has many entrances and on a day-to-day basis, the boot room provides access from the courtyard to the north of the house. The traditional farmhouse kitchen lies just off the rear entrance hall and boot room, with an oil-fired Aga and adjacent larder. There is a south-facing study, with adjoining cloakroom, and side door to the courtyard. The family room links to the kitchen and main hallway, which runs from the formal front door on the eastern elevation. In turn, the hallway links the formal dining room with dual aspect views over the gardens and farmland beyond. The pretty sitting room has French windows opening onto a glass-covered terrace, overlooking a stunning yew avenue, with deep herbaceous borders on either side, leading to the fields to the south.
The inner hallway has stairs leading down to the cellar and also up to the first floor, which provides four double bedrooms, a family bathroom, a shower room and a separate lavatory. A further set of stairs leads to the second floor with a spacious landing area, three further bedrooms and a family bathroom.
The gardens and grounds have been beautifully enhanced and improved by the current owners, one of whom is a well-known professional garden designer. The gardens provide the perfect foil for this quintessential farmhouse, beautifully framing the house with the picturesque backdrop of Hambledon Hill beyond. There are undulating areas of lawn with specimen species of trees and shrubs interspersed across the grounds. Garden rooms', enclosed by maturing yew hedges and deep borders, are planted with carefully selected flowers and shrubs, such as euphorbia, box, weeping pear and salvia, providing a myriad of seasonal colours. There are beautiful areas of wild flower meadow and orchard, with an abundance of wild roses, salvias, daisies, poppies, knapweed, peonies and wild orchids. An extensive, organic kitchen garden provides copious vegetables and fruit, including gooseberries, blackcurrants, raspberries and rhubarb and an established asparagus bed. A large greenhouse provides an important focal point for the productive garden.
Formerly a tennis court, the croquet lawn, bounded by maturing yew hedging, has been edged with white poplars. An area, known as The Lost Garden, has a path winding through maturing columns of yew and bay.
To the north of the house is the courtyard with a large double-height stone barn which is also used as a workshop, with double doors opening into the yard and plenty of natural light from the large windows. There is a five bay car port under a tiled roof and adjoining this are the old pony stables with stalls, currently used for stores. A studio adjoins the end of this traditional brick and stone barn.
Accessed via the same yard to the side of Manor Farmhouse, Dairy Cottage is a detached thatched cottage lying just to the west of Manor Farmhouse and is Grade II listed. The owners re-did the majority of the thatch about 10 years' ago and the ridge was done in 2019. It would make a superb guest cottage or can be occupied by family and dependent relatives as it is at the moment. The cottage comprises an entrance hall, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, boot room and utility room. Upstairs there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is also a very pretty private rear garden. Council Tax - Band D.
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Set within its stunning gardens and grounds, Manor Farmhouse is a very pretty country house. What I particularly like as well is the large secondary cottage which would be ideal for dependent family and relatives.James McKillop