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  • Bedrooms: 3


A picturesque farm house standing in landscaped gardens and enviably positioned on land formerly owned by the family of Florence Nightingale. The original part of Ryedown Farm House is believed to be over 300 years old and is complemented by Victorian and later additions that have produced an elegant home bursting with charm and character. It is available for the first time since the early 1980s and, whilst some updating may be required, it represents an exciting opportunity for anyone looking to establish a comfortable family home in a private rural setting yet still within easy reach of major amenities. The accommodation is arranged over two floors and will appeal to a broad cross section of buyers including extended families and those working from home whilst, for golfing enthusiasts, the prospect of living next to a 200-acre parkland golf course may prove irresistible.


Band: F, Price £2354.20 for the year 2018/19


A front entrance porch gives access into a truly outstanding dining hall where you will be met by decorative panelled walls – reputed to be from Embley Park, the family home of Florence Nightingale – and views into the garden through the door at the far end. A more impressive entrance is hard to imagine. The door to your right leads into the drawing room, a comfortable double-aspect room with windows to the front and rear and the focal point of which is an open brick fireplace with a feature wooden surround. On the opposite side of the hall, and in the oldest part of the house, a door opens into the kitchen/breakfast room which has a small adjoining utility room and a walk-in pantry beneath which is reputed to be a priest hole. The kitchen contains the oil fired central heating boiler and a good range of fitted, if slightly dated, wall and base units but nonetheless is an ideal place for informal eating and breakfasting.

Adjoining the kitchen, and also accessed from the hall, is the snug which features another open fireplace to be enjoyed on cold winter nights and an attractive bay window overlooking the rear garden. A door opens into the second staircase whilst the property's original front door now gives access to a rear lobby adjoining which is a small bathroom and a versatile room that could be used as a study, playroom etc. or simply as a useful storage area. This part of the house was, we believe, added about 40 to 50 years ago, certainly prior to the current owners' occupation, and could be converted into a separate annexe if required subject to any necessary building and/or planning consents.

The first floor accommodation is reached via two staircases with the principal access from the dining hall to the first floor landing which leads to the master and second bedrooms, both of which have built-in wardrobes, and the spacious family bathroom which has both a bath and shower and two built-in cupboards. The second staircase, which ascends from the snug, leads to a smaller landing and, as well as providing additional access to the master bedroom, leads to the third double bedroom which also has a built-in wardrobe. Each bedroom also has its own wash basin.


Ryedown Farm House is nestled in gardens established by the current owners which have been carefully and thoughtfully planned and are the product of a real labour of love. The property is approached off Ryedown Lane through a five-bar gate which opens onto a long driveway that sweeps down and round in front of the house, creating a turning circle for ease of entry and exit and provides parking for numerous vehicles. The drive also leads to the attached double garage which has up-and-over doors to the front and rear providing useful access for a ride-on mower.

The gardens are principally laid to lawn and well stocked with an extensive variety of mature deciduous and coniferous trees, alongside specimen plants and shrubs that include azaleas, rhododendrons, acers, celandine and camellias producing a riot of colour, all enclosed by mature beech and conifer hedging. The far end of the rear garden is enclosed yet more open and known by the family as ‘the paddock.' The rear garden enjoys an approximate west facing aspect and also features a rockery with waterfall, summerhouse and shed. In all the gardens extend to just under three-quarters of an acre.


Ryedown Farm House enjoys an exquisite situation in the rural surroundings of East Wellow which, along with neighbouring West Wellow, offers a good range of amenities for a traditional village lifestyle that include a popular primary school, convenience store with Post Office and butcher, pharmacy, hardware store, recreation ground, two pubs, a village hall and the 13th century church of St Margaret's, the final resting place of Florence Nightingale. Canada Common in the New Forest National Park provides an unspoilt environment enjoyed by walkers and horse riders and is just a couple of miles away.

In addition the property is well placed for the A36 and M3/M27 motorway network for onward connections to Salisbury, Southampton and Winchester. Southampton International Airport (12 miles) offers numerous destinations throughout continental Europe whilst the adjacent Parkway Station connects to London Waterloo in about 70 minutes. For families, the area is well served by schools for all age groups in both the private and public sectors which include The Mountbatten School in Romsey, Stroud Preparatory School, and Hampshire Collegiate School formerly known as Embley Park.


From the centre of Romsey proceed along Bypass Road towards the M27 and continue along the dual carriageway and up Pauncefoot Hill. Turn right at the top of the hill into Ryedown Lane, continuing across the staggered junction into the continuation of Ryedown Lane. Proceed down the hill for about half a mile and the entrance into Ryedown Farm House will be found on the right hand side indicated by a Pearsons For Sale board and is just before the entrance to the golf club.


Band: F, Price £2354.20 for the year 2018/19

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