Houghton, Stockbridge, Hampshire So20
A beautiful and imposing mill conversion, a truly excellent family home, offering substantial and versatile accommodation with scope for improvement and re-modelling to suit, together with a stunning south facing formal garden bordered on three sides by river and the benefit of fishing rights on the celebrated River Test
A most characterful former mill with spacious accommodation extending to over 6,000 sq ft, laid out on three floors. It has been stylish and accommodating family home, but also offers considerable scope, if necessary, for reconfiguration to suit the needs of the new occupants. This impressive building enjoys a truly amazing setting beside the renowned River Test on the edge of the village of Houghton, close to Stockbridge. The southerly-facing formal garden is bordered on three sides by the river which provides the owner with 200 yards of private fishing and from the drawing room there are magnificent views of the Test, both upstream and downstream. Historically the Mill can be said to be the birthplace of modern fly-fishing.
Bossington Mill, originally known as Houghton Mill, was mentioned in the Domesday Book and so there has been a mill on this site since Saxon times, if not even earlier. The first known historical reference of the mill was in 1768, when the then building was burnt down and arson was suspected but not proved - it would seem that millers at that time were universally resented by local farmers for delivering underweight flour! The present structure, built in the 1820s, was also threatened with attack by protestors in the agricultural unrest of 1830, during the infamous Swing Riots. The rioters attacked the newly-invented threshing machines and burned down barns and farm buildings, demanding better wages and regular employment. However the miller apparently bought the rioters off with free drinks and they went away to break all the windows in Bossington House.
In the 1880s the Mill played a pivotal role in the history of fly-fishing when Frederic Halford, generally regarded as “The Father of Modern Fly -fishing”, took rooms in the Mill for six years, while conducting his experiments on “the bright water South of Houghton Mill” and writing his definitive text books on all aspects of the sport.
The Mill remained a working mill until 1933 when the aviation pioneer, Sir Richard Fairey, bought the Bossington Estate, including Houghton Mill, which he duly renamed. As mains electricity had not yet arrived in the village, Sir Richard converted the Mill to generate electricity for whole of the Bossington Estate. After the War, the Mill was subsequently converted into accommodation for Sir Richard’s widow, Lady Fairey, and eventually for her daughter, Jane, before passing to the present owner.
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, Clarendon Way and Monarch 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 (2.7 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, South Coast and the West Country.
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, Chafyn 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.
Stone steps rise to a leaded pillared ENTRANCE PORCH Lantern style lights to either side of substantial part glazed door leading into:
SPACIOUS RECEPTION HALL Large door with windows to either side and additional pillared entrance porch to the front elevation. Window to front with views of the Test. Floorboards. Cast iron pillars supporting exposed beam. Staircase to first floor. Double doors into lower sitting room/library. Door into self-contained ground floor flat. Further door into boot room. Opening into cloaks area coat hooks, floor boards and door into:
CLOAKROOM Wash hand basin on stand with cupboard and WC. Window.
BOOT ROOM AND BOILER ROOM Coat hooks, shelving, storage, iron pillar and exposed beam. Door to boiler room with iron pillar and beams, window, Boulter oil fired boiler.
LOWER SITTING ROOM / LIBRARY Two windows to front aspect with views towards the Test. Exposed beams supported by cast iron pillars. Fireplace with inset log burning stove and timber mantel with cupboards and shelving to either side. Cupboard with light. Double doors out onto the bridge over the Race to the main garden.
FIRST FLOOR Steps from reception hall rise into:
DRAWING ROOM (Large triple aspect reception room) Open fireplace with granite surround, slate hearth and decorative mantelpiece. Large windows to front, side and rear aspect afford glorious views over the River Test and landscaped gardens. Exposed ceiling beams supported on four cast iron pillars. Lamp ring with central switch. Part glazed double doors opening onto a small front balcony with river views. Staircase rising to second floor and landing 1. Panel doors to study and dining room.
STUDY Window to front aspect overlooking the Test. Cupboard beneath staircase with door leading to bathroom 3.
DINING ROOM Exposed beam. Large window to front aspect. Door into:
INNER HALL Window to side aspect, cupboard beneath and views towards farmland. Staircase 2 rising to second floor and landing 2. Secondary staircase with lockable door descends directly into the ground floor flat. Doors to kitchen, breakfast room, utility and family bathroom 3.
KITCHEN 1½ bowl sink unit with mixer tap and drainer. Work surfaces with ceramic tiled splash back. Range of high and low level Shaker style cupboards and drawers with
corner shelving and recess for microwave. Central island with stainless steel sink and mixer tap, storage beneath and integrated compost bin. Oil fired two oven Aga with traditional double hob within brick fireplace. Bosch under-counter oven and grill. Four ring ceramic hob with extractor fan within decorative hood above. Recess for upright fridge/freezer. Neff dishwasher. Amtico flooring. Opening into:
BREAKFAST ROOM (Good size dual aspect room) Dresser style unit. Range of full height storage cupboards. Amtico Flooring. Window. Further window to side aspect with views towards farmland. Sheila Maid.
UTILITY ROOM (Large dual aspect room) Ceramic twin bowl sink unit with mixer tap. Roll top work surfaces with cupboards beneath. Recess and plumbing for washing machine and space for dryer. Space for further fridges/freezers. Pantry/larder. Broom cupboard. Former fireplace with wine storage. Shelved cupboard.
FAMILY BATHROOM THREE Suite comprising bath with tiled surround. Pedestal wash hand basin. Low level WC. Window.
LANDING ONE Window to front aspect. Exposed beam. Shelving. Pull- down ladder providing access to a substantial boarded loft room providing considerable storage and potential scope for further accommodation (subject to any required consents) featuring an oval window to front aspect overlooking the river. Doors to:
MASTER BEDROOM (Substantial double bed/sitting room) Two windows with glorious river views. Comprehensive range of fitted furniture. Exposed beams. Panel door into:
LARGE MASTER BATHROOM White suite comprising panelled double ended bath within fully tiled alcove, wall mounted shower and down lighters. Pedestal wash hand basin. Low level WC. Window. Cupboards. Beams and part panelled walls. Airing cupboard.
BEDROOM TWO (Substantial double bed/sitting room, easily divided into two spacious double bedrooms, one accessed from landing 1, the other from landing 2) Two windows to front aspect with river views. Exposed beams. Door to landing 2.
BEDROOM FIVE (Large single bedroom) Window to front aspect with river views.
FAMILY BATHROOM ONE White suite comprising cast iron bath with tiled surround. Pedestal wash hand basin. Low level WC. Window.
LANDING TWO (Large area that could also be used as a sitting room/children’s play area) Corner cupboard and shelving. Window. Exposed beam and joists. Doors to:
BEDROOM THREE (Large dual aspect double bedroom) Windows to front and side aspect (the side having distant country views). Shelving with cupboards beneath. Exposed beams. Corner display shelf with storage below.
BEDROOM FOUR (Large double bedroom) Window with country views. Exposed beams.
FAMILY BATHROOM TWO (Substantial room with central exposed beam) White suite comprising cast iron bath with tiled surround. Pedestal wash hand basin. WC. Large glass/ tiled shower enclosure. Window.
SELF-CONTAINED GROUND FLOOR FLAT
Panelled front door with fan light over in gable end of the mill leading into:
RECEPTION HALL Cupboard. Door to secondary staircase rising to first floor.
SITTING ROOM Windows on two aspects. Wardrobes.
DOUBLE BEDROOM Windows on two aspects. Cupboard.
LARGE BATHROOM White suite comprising bath with wall mounted shower and screen. Wash hand basin and WC (both with tiled splash back). Oil fired boiler with airing cupboard above. Window.
INNER HALLWAY Unused door to rear. Shelving.
KITCHEN / DINING ROOM Stainless steel sink. High and low level cupboards. Roll top work surface. Cupboards. Window.
Access off village lane through hardwood gates on brick and flint piers onto a generous gravelled driveway with surrounding shrub borders providing parking and access to main rear entrance porch. Raised terrace with brick arch and pergola with surrounding shrubs to far side of garden and immediately adjoining the River Test.
MAIN GARDEN This is accessed through double doors from the lower sitting room/ library over a bridge beneath a pergola with climbing vines. Gravelled terrace area by the river opening onto a large level lawned area enclosed by iron Estate fencing, bordered on nearly all sides by the River Test with fishing rights. Spring bulbs, rose borders and variety of mature trees.
Mains water, electricity. Private drainage. (No services or appliances have been tested).
Post Code SO20 6LY. From Stockbridge proceed through Houghton turning left at the T-junction into Horsebridge Road. The Mill will be seen on the right hand side, turn onto the track immediately before the mill and then immediately left into the driveway.
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Agriculture House, High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6HF
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