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Hawkley, Hampshire

For Sale | Guide Price £2,200,000



A landmark comfortable Georgian country home in an unspoilt rural location yet handy for Petersfield or the A3.

THE PROPERTY Farewells Farm is a landmark house in a remarkable rural position just to the southeast of the village of Hawkley ring fenced by its own garden and land including pasture and part of an ancient wooded hanger. The house is in an elevated position set back off a country lane and enjoys some spectacular views to the South Downs.

The house is Grade II Listed and described as originally two cottages dating from the mid 18th Century but now one country home with later additions. It has a lovely brick faced classical façade adorned with climbing roses and plenty of character internally from the period heritage, including many fine exposed timbers, an inglenook fireplace and some vaulted bedrooms upstairs. The house is of a comfortable size with a double length open plan drawing room, a good kitchen/breakfast room leading to a sitting room/snug and conservatory. For country living there is a practical boot room, cloakroom and utility area. Upstairs a main bedroom suite and three further bedrooms of which two have particularly wonderful views and a family bath/shower room. An additional guest annexe in the garden provides overflow space with a sitting room, small scullery, shower room and bedroom.

OUTSIDE The garden has been especially well stocked and established around the house providing structure and colour. A level expanse of lawn with paved terrace in front of the house and commanding views to the South Downs provide a lovely outdoor entertaining space. The swimming pool is discreetly positioned close to the annexe, also with good views and beyond is a lower area of wilder garden with an ornamental pond with water feature. Within the garden are also fruit beds and a vegetable patch all of which provide an interesting but manageable space for any keen gardener to enjoy. Adjoining the garden are 3 areas of pasture which interconnect and wrap around the garden to the west and east. This includes a section of the ancient Farewell Hanger which is a designated SSSI and provides an incredible natural habitat. The pasture has in the past been grazed by sheep and there is a useful access point higher up the lane.

LOCATION Hawkley is one of Hampshire's most unspoilt quintessential villages, almost where time has stood still, but the village is far from a "time warp" with an active community, wonderful local walks, bridle paths and miles of single track country lanes to explore, set amongst beautiful undulating countryside including the Ashford Hangers Nature Reserve nearby. The village has the well regarded Hawkley Inn together with a church, village hall (with Montessori school), cricket ground with play area and tennis court. Petersfield with its comprehensive range of facilities including Waitrose, a regular farmers' market and main line station (4 trains an hour via the Portsmouth Harbour to London Waterloo service) is an easy drive or a more local station at Liss for commuting. Alton also lies within reach to the north. The A3 with trunk road connections is within 5 minutes' drive meaning the larger centres of Guildford, Portsmouth (with ferry services) and Winchester via A31/A272 are within reasonable driving distance, as are the creeks and inlets of the South Coast. There are well regarded state and private schools within the region, including Bedales and Churcher's at Petersfield, Highfield at Liphook and The Alton School.

The village and surrounding farmland are part of an ancient landscape much unaltered over the centuries and now in the heart of the South Downs National Park. The steep sided wooded hillsides are known as the "Hangers" and are largely beech woodland with some yew, ash and wild cherry on chalk which provide a habitat for many rare species.

Farewells Farm is especially well positioned about half a mile out of the village in a secluded position with exceptional views over this remarkable natural landscape.

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