Awbridge

£2,500,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 7
Introduction

Loxley House is an impressive combination of exceptional accommodation arranged in an attractive courtyard within five acres of splendid gardens. A delightful and elegant barn conversion with a vaulted drawing room and pavilion kitchen overlooking the expansive sun terrace comprises the principal dwelling which retains all of its charm and splendour. An exceptional 50ft games room above the four bay open garage is an ideal entertainment venue but could easily be utilised as office space and two detached cottages offer income or dual occupancy potential completing the 6100sqft of living space.

Its privacy and seclusion is rare to find, tucked away on a private lane approached by an extensive paviour driveway and screened from the thoroughfare by pleasant ancient woodland. The gardens are magnificent, having been professionally landscaped and beautifully tended to comprise a rose walk, native hedgerow paths, a feature maze, rolling lawns and an array of specimen shrubs and trees as well as a productive orchard. All of this can be viewed from the raised covered sun deck which spans over 100ft and provides the ideal relaxation or entertainment venue, extending out to a peninsular spa area.

The beauty and versatility of this special country residence would meet the needs of a wide range of prospective purchasers and its proximity to commuter links and excellent local schooling make it a rare gem.

Description

Loxley House is approached from the private lane via impressive electric gates and a wide paviour driveway flanked by pretty raised brick borders of specimen shrubs and neat box hedging. A circular feature border which is central to the dwellings, serves as a turning area and focal point.

The barn is elegant and charming retaining much of its original splendour with exposed brickwork and oak beams, slatted latch doors and wood flooring flowing through the principal areas. From the entrance hall, glazed double doors open into the grand drawing room which is stunning; vaulted with exposed beams and full height glazing creating a wonderful living area and enhanced by a drum woodburning stove on a raised brick plinth. Overlooking the drawing room is a mezzanine library or study accessed via its own oak staircase. The kitchen living room is wholly impressive extending to approximately 37ft with full width glazing and access to the sun terrace creating bright and light living space enhanced by additional ceiling lanterns. An extensive range of classically styled kitchen units incorporating generous wooden worktop space extend further into a substantial utility room or butlers pantry. Integrated appliances include a stylish electric Aga, the focal point of the kitchen, dishwasher, induction hob, double oven, microwave, wine cooler, tall fridge and separate undercounter fridge and freezer. An expansive central island with granite worktop provides an informal dining venue as well as a natural room divider, separating the dining and sitting room from the kitchen.

The master bedroom is vaulted and equipped in an extensive range of fitted wardrobes with double doors to the terrace and a luxurious, traditionally styled bathroom comprising free standing, claw foot bath, shower cubicle, high level WC, bidet, vanity wash stand and airing cupboard. As with the kitchen living room, there is air conditioning provided to the bedroom as well as bedroom 3. Bedroom two and three are attractive rooms both with exposed beams and benefitting from ensuite facilities.

Games Room and Garaging

A four bay open garage with integral lawnmower garage provides generous storage. A staircase leads to the magnificent games room extending to 50ft with views over the lovely grounds. It is vaulted and spacious, accommodating full sized snooker and pool tables comfortably with TV viewing area, separate bar and WC.

Willow Cottage

A three bedroom, two bathroom detached cottage with fitted kitchen and sitting room.

Holly Cottage

A one/two bedroom self contained detached cottage with fitted kitchen and balcony with external staircase.

Outside

The grounds extend to five acres and are beautifully maintained to create an exquisite garden of rolling lawns interspersed with carefully landscaped boarders, follies and meandering walkways. A host of specimen plants, trees and shrubs adorn the feature designs including a lovely rose walk, natural pathway of native hedgerow including elder, oak and maple and a mixed hedge maze including laurel, ash, fruit trees and rosemary. The garden borders are low maintenance with slate chippings and irrigation system. There is a games pitch, productive orchard, temperature controlled greenhouse and is all perfectly screened by established hedgerow. Wide shale steps are central to the gardens and approached via an impressive covered decked terrace extending to 100ft which is an ideal entertainment venue to enjoy the breathtaking views. The deck hosts a herb garden, water feature and steps to the spa area with hot tub and offers ideal summer social flow. To the opposite side of the house is an area of protected woodland offering delightful country walks and there is separate vehicular access to this area.

Location

Awbridge is a particularly popular Test Valley village which originally comprised a small collection of hamlets and now offers a delightful community spirit centred upon the pretty All Saints Church, the excellent primary school and busy village hall. Ideal for commuters with its easy access to Southampton, Salisbury and Winchester providing access to London via mainline stations, it is also convenient to the New Forest and is just approximately three miles away from the market town of Romsey where more comprehensive amenities can be found. There is also a railway station in Dunbridge (some two miles away) which provides a local service to Salisbury, Southampton, Eastleigh and Portsmouth.

Agent Note

The barn and three bedroom cottage are served by oil fired central heating. The games room and one bedroom cottage are served by electric heating. There is a Klargester sewage treatment plant for drainage although the games room is served by a separate cess pit. Solar panels contribute circa £2000pa. The lane is privately owned and the first 15meters of woodland from Danes Road is categorised as ancient woodland and is protected.

Directions

From our office in West Wellow take the A36 towards Ower turning left into Whinwhistle Road. At the crossroads of the A27 proceed straight over into Danes Road and a turning to Dunwood Oaks Centre can be found 500 yards on the left. Loxley House can be found on the right hand side.

Arrange viewing 01794 278128

Charles Powell

Suite 14d, Chatmohr Estate, Crawley Hill, West Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire

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