- Stunning Country House with views
- 8.8 acres
- Superb master bedroom suite
- High ceilings
- Impressive reception space
- EPC Rating = E
A substantial detached Edwardian country house set in an elevated position within 8.8 acres with fantastic views over its grounds and surrounding countryside
The property sits in extensive grounds in a secluded position on the eastern fringes of the village. The village itself offers 2 public houses, primary school, village hall and church. An excellent range of local amenities can be found in Bishops Waltham (2.5 miles), which is a pretty medieval market town with an excellent range of independent schools, boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. For more comprehensive amenities the property is almost equidistant from the cathedral city of Winchester and the commercial centre of Southampton.
For commuters there are rail links to London Waterloo at Botley (2.5 miles) and Hedge End (3 miles). Access to the M27 and M3 can be found 5 miles and 8.5 miles away respectively, giving access to the South Coast, London and the Midlands. As well as access to the world renowned sailing facilities on the South Coast, the area also offers a wealth of country pursuits on the doorstep, with footpaths and bridleways in abundance and fishing along the Meon Valley.
Knowle House is a substantial Edwardian country house occupying an elevated position within grounds of approximately 8.8 acres. This impressive house has undergone complete refurbishment by the current owners, resulting in some impressive accommodation which is being presented to an exacting standard, mixing the period features alongside contemporary styling perfectly. The accommodation in the main house extends to 6,679 sq ft, and the fantastic dimensions within some of the principal rooms reflect the property’s historic origins.
The principal drawing room is of generous dimensions, with high ceilings and large windows making for a particularly light room. Double doors open through into a dining room, making this a fine space for entertaining. Off the magnificent reception hall are 2 further reception rooms including the sitting room with its deep bay and central fireplace, making it a cosy room for informal occasions. The study, with its large fireplace with original oak surround and oak flooring, is well arranged with built-in hardwood floor to ceiling cupboards and provides a great space for working from home. The split level kitchen/breakfast room is well equipped with a range of floor and wall mounted units including cupboards converted from Edwardian cabinets with bespoke hand-made marine play carcasses with solid beech drawers and attractive work surfaces over. From the raised kitchen area are steps down to the breakfast area, where there is ample space for informal dining. A separate utility room and laundry room mean that the practical elements of the house are easily at hand. The studio/gym/central family room, which is fully air-conditioned (2 units), is close by and therefore provides a flexible living space, depending on individual requirements. This is a substantial room and could also have potential to be set up as a separate annexe arrangement.
Out of the reception hall a staircase rises to the first floor, providing access to the bedroom accommodation. The master bedroom is an impressive suite, with fantastic proportions. The en suite bathroom is cleverly concealed behind the full height American walnut panelling of the private interconnecting corridor to the dressing room/bedroom 4. Off the dressing room is access onto the large expanse of roof terrace, which provides a vantage point to enjoy the views over the surrounding grounds and countryside beyond. There is power to the roof terrace, meaning that one can entertain there if so desired. In total the house is currently configured with 6 bedrooms, of which 3 have en suites and there is a further family bathroom. It could easily be made into 7 bedrooms, and with a kitchenette at second floor level, again there is potential to create a live-in apartment if required.
The property is approached via electric gates which open out onto the gravelled driveway which meanders up through the grounds and culminates in a turning/parking area to the side of the property. This driveway also continues down to the large outbuildings, where there is potential for garaging for numerous vehicles. The elevated position of the property means that it enjoys some far-reaching views. The grounds immediately surrounding the house have been well manicured and the attractive verandah covered terrace which extends around the north and eastern elevations of the property gives this property a unique style. At the front there are expanses of lawn which are broken up by some mature hedges, and there are two orchards, one on either side of the central lawn at the front. There are numerous outdoor areas from which one can admire the views.
To the west of the grounds is a substantial modern barn with air-conditioning, power and light which provides the potential for a variety of uses. Beyond the barn is a formal vegetable garden potager which consists of 16 raised beds extensively planted with a range of vegetables and plants. There is a pergola covered seating area overlooking the beds and offering views to the west and beyond. There is also stabling and a greenhouse in this section.
The main section of fields lies to the north and again provides a fantastic backdrop.
Square Footage: 6665 sq ft
Acreage: 8.8 Acres
Property information from this agent
See more properties like this: