A comfortable family house with wonderful garden and grounds for children to explore in a secluded neighbourly setting
THE PROPERTY Middlewood is a hidden gem, tucked up a long drive in a private lightly wooded setting. The house has evolved from smaller origins to become a really comfortable family house with space for all to call their own. The partly vaulted drawing room has a lovely aspect opening out onto the garden terrace for summer evenings and a log burner for those cosier winter evenings. The family room is handy for young children to enjoy at the other end of the house. The kitchen breakfast room is well placed with a utility/back entrance behind and easy access to the dining room. Upstairs the 4 bedrooms all have aspects looking over the garden or lightly wooded grounds behind and the family bathroom is a good size with modern shower and bath.
The barn has been a wonderful addition as the large loft room has provided options for older children and is currently used as a games room, a pony has been stabled below and the garages provide useful storage space. Overall a property which flexes brilliantly as generational needs dictate.
In a nutshell: From toddlers to teenagers the house covers it all, with woodland to explore, swimming pool and gardens, and a paddock for the New Forest pony. An outdoors house, but with just the right room inside.
OUTSIDE A private drive leads up beside the paddocks to a generous parking area adjacent to the house and barn. The formal garden lies to the south and west with a lovely private feel provided by the mature laurel hedge and neighbouring trees/rhododendrons giving a subtle variety of colours. A terrace runs behind the house with a fine old wisteria and climbing roses, and a two tiered lawn stretches beyond with several well stocked herbaceous borders.
The swimming pool is discreetly located on one side with a wonderful paved terrace for barbeques or lazy sunny afternoons. The old greenhouse is a handy adjacent store. The house lies well amongst mature grounds which are lightly wooded to the rear where they slope down to Hunts Bottom Lane providing some lovely walks and space for children to free range. The two small paddocks interconnect and adjoin the drive. In all the garden and grounds are about 2 acres (0.818 ha).
LOCATION The property is set towards the end of a private road in the village of Hill Brow. Local facilities are about 1 mile away at Liss with a selection of shops, a doctor's surgery and mainline station with train services to London Waterloo. The larger centre of Petersfield is 4 miles away and has a comprehensive range of shopping, sporting and leisure facilities and an alternative mainline station. The area is well served by excellent state and private schools; with a popular village school in Liss and secondary school Bohunt at Liphook and easy reach of Churchers Junior and College, Highfield and Bedales, to name a few in the private sector. The house is located within the South Downs National Park and there are extensive footpaths locally providing an excellent choice of walks including one directly from Hill Side Lane.