A handsome village home, set completely within its beautifully landscaped gardens, in the sought-after village of Damerham.
The word Wath originates from the Middle English for a fordable stream. Formerly two cottages, of Georgian origins, Wath Cottage was doubled in size in the 1920's by the local Eyre Coote family, who bought it as a Dower House for Lady Coote. Built of red brick with a slate tiled roof, it was further extended more recently, to create an exceptionally well presented and spacious family home. With largely south facing rooms, overlooking the garden and the countryside beyond, the accommodation is well proportioned and boasts good ceiling heights. It benefits from the charm of its original features, coupled with the convenience and efficiency of its 21st Century improvements.
Arched double doors lead into a generous entrance lobby and on through to the elegant central hall, which features an oval window, from which the main staircase leads up to the first floor. The large double-aspect drawing room, with fireplace and bay window, is south facing and flooded with light. A cleverly designed study, with double glazed doors onto the hall, provides an attractive place to work, without feeling cut-off from the rest of the household. The spacious kitchen/breakfast room was designed two years ago by Jones & Co of Salisbury and is a particular feature of the house. It has an extensive range of cupboards and deep storage drawers, with Silestone worktops, Neff appliances, including induction hob and double oven, Quooker Tap and also an oil fired AGA. The dining' part of the room houses a Scandinavian woodburner. An adjoining dining/sitting room has glazed double doors through to the light and airy garden room. Completing the ground floor is a well-equipped laundry room, with door into the garden, a wine store/pantry and two WCs.
Upstairs, the galleried landing leads to the double-aspect, largely south facing, principal bedroom, with large bay window and original fireplace, en suite bathroom with roll-top bath and separate shower and a dressing room. There are two further double bedroom suites both with dressing rooms and bathrooms. A further double bedroom uses the separate family bathroom, with original Victorian linen cupboards along one wall. On the second floor there is a lovely studio/study, with south facing balcony overlooking the gardens, fields and water meadows beyond. The fifth bedroom also has its own bathroom and large, walk-in storage cupboard.
The property is approached through double wooden gates onto the large gravel drive and parking area. The double garage, with power and water connected, has an integral workshop behind and also an outbuilding that has planning consent to be converted into a home office, with southerly views over the paddocks and garden. The gardens are laid mostly to lawn to the south of the house and look out over paddocks, countryside and the water meadows beyond, offering complete privacy, with their boundary of deep hedges, including laurel and beech.
A beautiful red oak and a sycamore tree preside over the garden, with younger trees, an abundance of shrubs and well stocked herbaceous borders, providing colour and form. There is a small orchard area of plum and apple trees. The southern elevation of the house boasts a wonderful wisteria and benefits from south facing terraces and a large, central decked area, with ponds designed around attractive planting and a gazebo, with both power and light connected, under which to enjoy outdoor entertaining. A traditional Fisherman's Hut is orientated to enjoy the afternoon and evening sun, overlooking the garden and adjacent fields. The Little House has been converted from a brick outhouse into a children's playhouse. There is a Hartley Botanic greenhouse between the fruit cages and the orchard. The brick garden/log store is to one side of the property, again connected to power.
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There aren't many houses that you walk into that have such a lovely sense of arrival. Wath Cottage has some amazing rooms throughout and the views over the paddocks at the rear are idyllic.James McKillop