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3,875 sq ft(360 sq m)
Guide price £1,995,000

Oakley LaneMottisfont, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0DR

    Key features

    • Delightful Georgian riverside farmhouse
    • Various outbuildings and barns
    • Tennis Court and Croquet lawn
    • Fabulous gardens and grounds of about 5.5 acres
    • Stunning river frontage

    A Georgian farmhouse with stunning riverside gardens on the famous river Test.

    About this property

    • The hamlet of Oakley is mentioned in the Domesday book, and there was a water-mill on the site in medieval times. The original house dates from the early 18th century, with 19th and 20th century additions. The house is built of brick with stone quoins under a mainly slate roof, and features large 20 pane sash windows, making it unusually light for a building of its age. It is the only property on the legendary Oakley Beat of the River Test, made famous more than a century ago by the grand old man of fly-fishing, FM Halford. His thatched fishing hut, a listed building in its own right, lies upstream of the house, directly opposite the Farmhouse meadow.

      From the village, there is a quiet lane leading to the river and fields beyond. The house is on the West (true right-hand) bank of the Test. The entrance can be found immediately after the property's 4-bay open barn to the left of the lane; and the driveway leads to a large circular parking/turning area from which a gravelled path takes you to the house and the river.

      The front door opens on to a large hallway with a flagstone floor, and a welcoming fireplace to one side. There is a fine South- and West-facing drawing room, a double-aspect study/family room, and a dining room overlooking the river. The living heart of the Farmhouse is the kitchen/breakfast room which opens directly onto the river terrace and is warmed by an Aga. From the kitchen, doors lead to a large scullery/utility/boot room to one side, and a back hall/cloakroom to the other. Upstairs, there is a South- and West-facing master bedroom suite with adjoining bathroom, box room and walk-in wardrobe. There are five further bedrooms and two further bathrooms.

      Oakley Farmhouse is situated in about 5 acres of garden and meadow, with the gentle soundscape of water flowing along its entire Eastern boundary. Its gravelled entrance drive is bordered by pleached lime trees, on either side of which lie the games lawn to the North and the orchard and barns to the South. The drawing room of the house opens onto the West lawn, bounded by yew hedges and a ha-ha at the far end. To the North are rose beds, borders, the tennis court and croquet lawn. Beyond that, the gardens become wildflower meadows, with paths and a running track along the river and around the perimeter.

      The purchaser(s) may wish to apply for membership of the Mottisfont Fly Fishing Club, which would enable them to fish the Oakley beat as well as three other beats on the Mottisfont Estate.

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    An unbelievably beautiful location in the Test Valley and a charming Georgian farmhouse overlooking the river Test.

    Steven MooreProperty agent

    Local information

    • Mottisfont is a quiet rural Test Valley village famous for its Abbey and Norman church. Mottisfont Abbey founded in the 12th century and is now owned by the National Trust, is home to the celebrated home of the National Rose Collection. Oakley Farmhouse, is a short walk upstream of the Abbey itself and forms part of the National Trust estate. The market town of Stockbridge lies to the north, offering a range of boutique shops, restaurants and pubs, with more comprehensive facilities to be found in the cathedral city of Winchester to the east, or Romsey to the south.
    • There are a number of excellent state and private schools in the area, including Norman Court and West Tytherley, Chaffin Grove, The Cathedral School, Godolphin School, Bishop Wordsworth and South Wilts & Salisbury, Farleigh near Andover, and Winchester College, St Swithun's and Pilgrims School in Winchester. There is good access to the A303, A34, M3 and M27 and there are main line railway stations in Salisbury, Winchester and Grateley with services to London Waterloo.
    • Sporting facilities in the area are first class, including chalk stream fishing on the River Test and its tributaries, and the River Itchen to the east. The south coast offers sailing and other water sports, with walking and riding in the surrounding countryside and the Test valley, and of course the New Forest only a short distance away.

    Additional information

    • EPC Rating = F