Houghton, Stockbridge, Hampshire So20
A unique property designed to take full advantage of the privileged elevated position and a magnificent open vista over the River Test and uninterrupted countryside beyond, quietly situated on the edge of this popular village, just a short drive from Stockbridge High Street.
A unique detached house designed and built for the present owners in 2008/9 constructed of brick and cedar clad elevations beneath a tiled roof. The main section of the house features a fabulous oak frame by ‘Oakwrights’ with vaulted ceiling and extensive glazed areas providing light and airy open plan living. All of the principal rooms are well placed to enjoy the stunning position and views over the River Test. It is worth noting that the surrounding countryside is a Site of Specific Scientific Interest, the house and adjoining paddock (not part of Drayton Corner) is situated outside the village settlement boundary and there is minimal light pollution.
Features include: ‘Ice Energy’ ground source heat pump with underfloor heating throughout the majority of the property; rainwater harvesting for garden use; beautifully fitted kitchen with stainless steel French range, Aga and polished lava work surfaces; stylish bathrooms and wet room; engineered oak flooring and oak skirting boards with solid oak panelled internal doors; ‘SmartVac’ central vacuum system and ‘Clipsal’ Smart Home Technology with Cat5 wiring throughout.
The property is situated on the edge of the highly sought after village of Houghton, which has delightful walks traversing the River Test and on to the renowned Test Way. There is also an excellent public house/restaurant (The Boot Inn) and a church, both within a short stroll. Further facilities can be found in the neighbouring town of Stockbridge (two miles) which offers a variety of shops, a Post Office, hotels, restaurants and public houses, churches and a doctor’s surgery. The cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester are both within a twenty minute drive, and the A303 is close at hand allowing convenient access to London and the West Country.
SCHOOLING AND RECREATION There is excellent schooling (private and state) in the area. There are junior schools in Nether Wallop and Broughton (rated ‘good’) as well as Stockbridge which also has as secondary school; Kings and Peter Symonds Sixth Form College are located in Winchester and there are Grammar Schools in Salisbury. Farleigh Preparatory School is within a short drive; other local public schools include Winchester College and St Swithun’s in Winchester, Godolphin, Chaffyn Grove and the Cathedral School in Salisbury. There is excellent fishing on the River Test and a golf course in Leckford as well as two in Andover.
Wide covered ENTRANCE PORCH beneath exposed oak beam and rolled lead roof. Solid oak panelled double doors opening into:
RECEPTION HALL Wall lights. Coat hooks. Space for benches with shoe storage beneath. Oak/glazed door with glazing to either side into:
CENTRAL HALLWAY Impressive oak frame up to vaulted ceiling with conservation roof lights to either side allowing natural light into the heart of the home. Solid oak turning staircase with oak/glass balustrade to either side rising to first floor. Full height oak framed window to side aspect. Access into rear hall and open plan living/dining room with adjoining kitchen.
LIVING / DINING ROOM WITH ADJOINING KITCHEN Glazed double doors with full height glazed panels to either side and above to first floor level with fabulous open views towards the River Test and beyond to water meadow and countryside. Gallery above. LED down lighters. Central pendant light point. Panelled door into rear garden. Ledged oak panelled double doors opening into sitting room. Low level book shelving and wine racking to side adjacent to kitchen.
SITTING ROOM (Large triple aspect room featuring pegged oak framework) Glazed double doors opening onto patio. High level window to same aspect, both affording fabulous views towards the river and beyond. High level window to rear aspect. Two casement windows to either side of chimney breast. Large open brick fireplace with heavy oak bressumer above housing large cast iron wood burning stove standing on slate hearth. Down lighters. Central ceiling pendant light.
KITCHEN Ceramic Belfast style double sink unit with central mixer tap set in polished lava work surface. Range of hand-built high and low level painted cupboards and drawers incorporating herb drawers, glazed china display cabinet. ‘CornuFé’ stainless steel range comprising two electric ovens and five ring gas hob. Black electric three oven Aga with double hob built-in recess with polished lava work surface to either side and iridescent ceramic tiled splash back and display shelf above. Stainless steel two zone dishwasher. Space for dresser. Stone tiled floor. Oak framed picture window to front aspect with beautiful views over the River Test. Two windows to side aspect. LED spot lights. Space for fridge/freezer and central island unit/breakfast table. Further oak work surfaces with ceramic tiled splash back.
REAR HALL Down lighters. Oak doors to family room/bedroom five, utility, rear lobby, cloakroom and broom/store cupboard.
STUDY / BEDROOM FIVE Glazed double doors opening onto side and rear garden. Wall lights. Wiring in situ to create cinema room.
UTILITY ROOM Ceramic double sink unit with central mixer tap set in solid oak work surfaces with coloured glass splash back, range of cupboards and drawers above and below. Recess and plumbing for washing machine. Space for two upright fridge/freezers. ‘Smart Vac’ central vacuum system and plant including ‘Ice Energy’ heat exchanger for the ground source heat pump and pressurised hot water system. Hand finished terracotta tiled flooring. Halogen ceiling down lighters. Double window to side aspect.
REAR LOBBY Part glazed oak door to outside. Quarry tiled flooring. Down lighters.
CLOAKROOM Contemporary suite comprising wash hand basin with tiled splash back and side mixer tap, mirror fronted double cupboard beneath, bevel edged mirror with light above. Low level WC with concealed cistern. Window to rear aspect. Down lighter.
CENTRAL BRIDGE AND GALLERIED LANDING Enclosed by oak/glass balustrades. Glorious views are enjoyed through the full height window to the front over the River Test to water meadow beyond. Vaulted ceiling with beautiful oak framework. Six remotely operated Velux type roof lights. Two pendant light points (ideal for chandeliers). Large mezzanine area above the master bedroom suite. Opening into rear landing. Solid oak panelled doors into master bedroom suite and guest bedroom two.
MASTER BEDROOM SUITE
Hallway: Low level blue LED lights. Open doorway into bedroom. Oak door into master bathroom.
Bedroom: (Triple aspect room) Featuring vaulted ceiling with exposed pegged oak framework. Picture window to front aspect with views towards the river. Further window to rear aspect. Exposed chimney breast. Full height glazed doors to gable end on either side of chimney opening onto balcony. Two conservation roof lights. Oak panelled door into:
Dressing Room: Down lighters. Velux roof light. Oak flooring.
Balcony: Enclosed by rustic balustrade. Vaulted ceiling. Outside lighting. Beautiful panoramic views are enjoyed over the River Test and the surrounding countryside.
Bathroom: Contemporary white suite comprising wash hand basin with mixer tap, low level WC with concealed cistern, bidet and four claw roll top free-standing bath with central waterfall tap/hand held shower attachment, all with ceramic tiled splash back. Mirror fronted cabinet. Window to front aspect. Shaver socket. Wall light point. Conservation roof light. Window. Down lighters. Extractor fan.
BEDROOM TWO WITH WET ROOM (Dual aspect) Window to front aspect with views towards the river. Further window to side aspect. Access to loft space via hatch. Down lighters. Oak panelled door into:
Wet Room: Contemporary white suite comprising wash hand basin with corner mixer tap and low level WC with concealed cistern. Opening to side of glass screen into large wet area with overhead and hand held attachments. Slate effect porcelain tiled floor and walls. Slatted shelving. Low window. Down lighters. Extractor fan.
REAR LANDING Doors to bedrooms three, four, family bathroom and two deep cupboards with slatted shelving and automatic lights.
BEDROOM THREE Window with views down paddock land. Down lighters. Traditional style radiator.
BEDROOM FOUR Window with view towards countryside. Access to boarded loft space via hatch. Down lighters. Traditional style radiator. Low door into cupboard housing telephone/electricity plant.
FAMILY BATHROOM Contemporary white suite comprising wash hand basin with central mixer tap, mirror fronted double cupboard beneath, ceramic tiled splash back, mirror, light and shaver socket. Low level WC with concealed cistern. Double ended bath with central tap, fully tiled surround, wall mounted shower with overhead/hand held attachments and wide glass screen. Ceramic tiled alcove with light above. Ceramic tiled flooring. Window and Velux roof light to rear aspect. Ceiling light point. Extractor fan.
Wide opening off village lane onto gravelled approach. Sweeping driveway rises beside a tiered garden retained by stone walls and planted with a variety of flowers and shrubs. Drive continues to side and rear of the property providing ample turning and parking space. To the front there is an area of garden on which planning permission has been granted to construct a single garage with office above, well screened to the front by tall hedging.
MAIN GARDEN Extends to the front of the property where there are stunning views over the River Test with panoramic views beyond across unspoilt water meadow and countryside. The garden comprises a sandstone patio extending the full width of the property. Large level ‘infinity lawn’ dropping away dramatically to the east providing the view. Steps down to lower small area of lawn and patio under the shade of a large Fir tree. Further raised area to the opposite side of the driveway.
Summerhouse Timber construction beneath a shingle roof. From here far reaching views are enjoyed down the Test Valley.
Picket gate to SIDE GARDEN Veranda extends beneath the master bedroom balcony supported by exposed oak beams and brick plinths. Magnolia tree. Silver birch. Open aspect to side over grazing land. Large area ideal for rear terrace with a south westerly aspect (currently laid to grass and offering potential). Steps rise to further picket gate leading onto driveway.
Timber garden shed. Log store. Further small area of garden in the top corner of the plot, where far reaching views are enjoyed over the valley, particularly in the winter months.
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Note: No household services or appliances have been tested and no guarantees can be given by Evans & Partridge.
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