A striking property with a classical but contemporary twist in an unspoilt village setting.
THE PROPERTY A striking property with a classical but contemporary twist, it was refurbished and extended in 2008 and most recently in 2015. It is a really comfortable house with space where needed for formal entertaining, yet with practical living space for a family. It is well positioned in a stunning English country garden with rural west facing views to the rear.
The core of the house is set on three floors. The first floor has 3 double bedrooms all with en suite bath/shower rooms with 3 further bedrooms on the second floor. Clever extensions at either end provide two additional self-contained bedrooms, one at ground floor level for elderly parents or first floor for nanny/guests.
At the heart of the house is a wonderful vaulted kitchen with French windows opening onto the garden. The kitchen is semi open plan into the amazing Orangery/sitting/dining room. This has stunning light and views and a fireplace for winter use. A house for all generations and fit for the 21st century, there is even an insulated music studio/media room for partying or jamming.
LOCATION Froxfield Green is the quintessential English village, mentioned in the 10th Century, in the South Downs National Park. It is tucked away down the lanes with a timeless scene of cottages and largely Georgian houses set around the Green, making up a small rural community. The Parish of Froxfield is a collection of rural hamlets rather than just one village. High Cross is at its centre made up of a popular primary school, shop and large Jubilee Hall with sports clubs. The extensive network of local lanes provides amazing cycling routes and walks with access to footpaths over the gently rolling landscape, ideal for any country lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Petersfield is a short drive away with its comprehensive range of facilities. The A3 provides great regional transport links to Guildford and Portsmouth (ferry services). Chichester is just over the South Downs and Winchester is half an hour away long the A272. There are many highly regarded state and private, senior and junior schools in the area, including Bedales, Churchers, Highfield, Winchester, Charterhouse and St Swithuns. There are 4 trains an hour to London Waterloo from Petersfield on the Portsmouth Harbour to Waterloo line.
OUTSIDE The garden is delightful. It is well landscaped and stocked and arranged mainly to the rear of the house with imaginative areas. It combines an intimate and sunny terrace beside the house, with views of the garden and the rolling countryside beyond the paddock. It has been planned for seasonal colour, structure and interest throughout the year. Being south and west facing the regular, magnificent sunsets are unmissable from the house.
The gravelled driveway sweeps up to the house with plenty of car parking space. The swimming pool is discreetly set in a slightly sunken peaceful courtyard and lies between the house and an old flint wall which borders the lane.
The timbered garden studio sits in the sunny western corner of the garden. It is ideal as an art or yoga studio or indeed as overflow accommodation for guests. The paddock backs on to the rolling farmland and has a side gate onto the lane for vehicular access. A public footpath crosses along the bottom boundary of the paddock. In all the garden and grounds are about 2.66 acres (1.079 ha) of which about 2 acres is paddock.
In a nutshell:
"This house has real soul. Play music in the studio, paint in the art room, dine formally, flop in front of a fire, read in the drawing room, swim, lose yourself in the garden or on one of the many local walks - even the one to the pub. It is very special, with its light and magical sunsets"
Agents note: The house is not listed, but there are ancient earthworks within the rear curtilage which form part of a scheduled ancient monument (national archaeological importance). More information can be found via the English Heritage website: www.historicengland.org.uk
Services: Mains water and electricity. Oil fired boiler providing hot water and heating. Private drainage.