A fascinating Victorian Rectory standing in parkland with a cottage
THE PROEPRTY The house is a lovely example of a mid 19th century Victorian rectory. It is surrounded in parkland and was built along with the adjacent Holy Trinity Church, by Edward Habershon, a famous London architect in around 1851. Our client has carefully restored the house over many years. This includes replacing windows, and repairing the historic fabric. There are bright, well proportioned rooms with high ceilings typical of this era. The internal features include a cantilevered staircase, servants back stairs and original window shutters all of which gives the house a lovely feel. Externally the house is mellow with flint and brick elevations and caen stone features. There is a useful substantial cottage adjacent to the house known as Lith Cottage. The attic floor is in need of some modernisation and offers scope for enhancement and extension.
OUTSIDE A carriage drive leads to the main entrance with owners parking. Lith Cottage is adjacent to the main house, with an east facing walled courtyard for its own parking. There is a current consent for a new detached double garage which may be located elsewhere (subject to planning permission). The grounds are divided into formal and informal areas. There is surrounding parkland with specimen trees and a sunken parterre to the south elevation. A former tennis court and an area of woodland to the west form the west boundary along an old flint wall. The front of the house has a large fenced paddock. It has been used historically by the village school, cricket matches and is still used for the Blendworth Church Fete (new owners may choose to carry on the tradition). The paddock and grounds as a whole total 5.3 acres.
LOCATION Blendworth is a pretty village on the southern edge of the Downs. Local shops are available just under a mile away at Horndean. The well regarded village of Rowlands Castle is also only 2.9 miles away and has most facilities and a main line station. Petersfield is 8 miles to the north and has a good range of shops including Waitrose and an alternative mainline station.The House lies within the South Downs National Park, and the
surrounding countryside is crisscrossed with an extensive network of footpaths and bridleways. The A3 is approximately 1 mile away and provides good regional transport links to Petersfield, Guildford,Portsmouth, and Chichester as well as London and the M25 and also the harbours and creeks of the South Coast.
There are excellent schools within the region, including Bedales, Ditcham Park and Churchers in Petersfield and PGS in Portsmouth.
Services: Mains water, gas and electricity, private drainage. In the main house, there is a gas boiler providing hot water and central heating via radiators, whilst in the cottage there is a gas boiler providing heating via
radiators and hot water is provided via an immersion.