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Hambledon, Hampshire – Lot 1

For Sale | Guide Price £3,250,000



A stunning Grade II* country house with a fabulous contemporary feel, set in an historic rural position close to the village.

THE PROPERTY Park House (Grade II* Listed) is built on the site of the keeper's house of a medieval deer park. A historic home dating back to the 13th Century, Park House is very much fit for the 21st Century with a lovely contemporary feel inside, cleverly fused with the period heritage and a high level of interior design. It is rare to find such an old house in such good order. The house has a striking classical appearance with mainly brick and flint elevations. With such an historic pedigree, the house is full of character with four particularly well-proportioned reception rooms, many lovely sash windows providing plenty of light inside and views from the first and second floors.

A much-loved family home for over 60 years, it has been well maintained and modernised with contemporary bathrooms and kitchen and underfloor heating to the ground floor. The drawing room is particularly elegant with a stunning fireplace and marble surround, beautiful windows and exposed floorboards. The large kitchen/breakfast room connects directly to the dining room. For practical life in the country there is a boot room and a basement with laundry, storage, wine cellar and drying room. The first floor has five double bedrooms (two with en suite bathrooms) and two family bathrooms with a further two bedrooms and shower room on the second floor. The interior layout is ideal for family life as the house can be closed off according to needs and the attic rooms can provide storage or hobby/games space for younger children.

OUTSIDE The house sits in a commanding position with an "in and out" front drive, bound by an area of lawn and a selection of mature trees. Much of the side garden is underplanted with spring bulbs and forms a more natural area of garden. Behind the house is a sheltered private stone terrace which is ideal for outside dining and leads to an area of a more formal inner walled garden enclosed by hedges and an old brick barn with well stocked herbaceous borders. An outer area of garden/grounds lie beyond and to the rear of the car ports is an Alitex greenhouse.

A back drive separates the house garden from neighbouring Park Cottage. Behind the house is a very useful Grade II Listed storage barn, with WC, housing the main house boiler and is used as a practical country living dry space. The outer walled garden is enclosed by high brick and flint walls to three sides and in one corner is a Grade II Listed dovecote; it has a large expanse of lawn and has been a useful additional amenity area for the house. A further lightly wooded area is adjacent to the lane and left to long grass. Overall, the garden and grounds will appeal to any keen gardener, but also provides plenty of space for children and extends to about 2.29 acres (.93 ha) backing on to open farmland.

LOCATION The property has a unique position, being located so privately and with a genuine feeling of being in the country yet so connected to Hambledon with its strong village community. The village has good facilities including a primary school, shop, pub and village hall. For a more comprehensive range of shopping, sport and leisure facilities, Petersfield is about 9 miles away and has a mainline station with train services to London Waterloo in just over an hour.

The larger centres of Winchester, Guildford, Portsmouth and Chichester are all within reasonable driving distance. The A3 is a few minutes' drive to the east and gives easy access to the coast and to the M25. The house sits within the South Downs National Park and there is great scope for both riding, walking and cycling in the area, with trails including the Monarch's Way and the South Downs Way. There are plenty of private schooling options in the region including Bedales and Churcher's at Petersfield, Portsmouth Grammar School, or Twyford, Boundary Oak and Westbourne House prep schools, Winchester College and St Swithun's at Winchester.

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