Chilworth

£2,250,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 7
One of the finest plots in Chilworth!

Owner's comments

"Fernlea has been a great family home over the last 33 years. Our three children loved the open space and recently so have our grandchildren. We feel as if we live in the countryside with all the wildlife around us. Then we realise that in 10 minutes we can be on the motorway, train or aeroplane to anywhere"

"It is such a quiet yet convenient place to live. Being perfectly secluded with no immediate neighbours it is spacious for entertaining friends and guests or as a large family home"

Introduction

Five acres of glorious grounds that feature rolling lawns and beautifully landscaped mature gardens provide a high degree of natural privacy and the perfect sylvan setting for this substantial detached residence. The discerning purchaser will be impressed with the scale and size of the spacious accommodation that will suit a variety of family life styles including an integral annexe that is ideal for dual occupancy.

Five double bedrooms are served by an en-suite shower room and two bathrooms whilst the notable feature of the first floor layout is the sizeable 31' x 20' games room that could be utilised for a number of purposes or re-configured to create additional bedrooms if required.

The sizeable garage block provides covered parking for numerous vehicles and garden machinery with the added advantage of a self contained flat located above that has the opportunity to be let out or could be adapted to provide an excellent office suite.

Description

The grand reception hall features a wide oak staircase that ascends impressively up to the first floor and is flanked by two cupboards. Oak flooring flows through to the spacious inner hall where a cloakroom is positioned on the right. Small paned double doors approach the dining room that enjoys a dual aspect and is well proportioned being able to accommodate a large table for dinner parties or informal family gatherings and sliding patio doors open to the rear. The sitting room also has a pleasing dual aspect with sliding doors leading onto the patio and boasting attractive views. The ornate pewter fireplace has an open grate and a slate hearth and is a pleasing focal point for the room. A door continues through to the family room that features a decorative wooden mantelpiece with an open hearth and a mirror above. Sliding doors permit access to the patio and small paned double doors lead to the kitchen/breakfast room. Here there is plenty of space for a table and chairs for informal meals and is perfect for social interaction with guests or young children. A comprehensive range of wall and base units have granite work surfaces that incorporate a sink unit and a mixer tap with the window benefitting from views over the garden. Fitted appliances include a wood fired range cooker, dishwasher, double oven/grill, a microwave and a four ring electric hob with an extractor hood over. A door allows access to the inner hall and a further door opens to the utility room where a full height cupboard houses the boiler and a wide pine door that includes a shoe rack allows access to understairs storage space A work surface has an inset sink unit, plumbing for a washing, space for a tumble drier with a window overlooking the rear garden and a door leads to the extensive decking.

The annexe is a useful addition to the ground floor layout and comprises a hallway, kitchenette, shower room and a spacious reception room together with a double bedroom. Side and rear doors allow independent access to cover all uses of this area of the property such as long term guests or elderly dependants etc.

The centrepiece of the first floor is the spacious landing that boasts a high level vaulted ceiling with an ornate gable window offering delightful views over the garden. An outstanding feature of the accommodation is the superb triple aspect games room that measures an impressive 31' x 20' providing excellent recreational space with the opportunity to be adapted to additional bedrooms if desired.

A bathroom that displays a traditional styled white suite is found at the front and a wide open aspect leads through to the inner landing. Here a double airing cupboard houses a hot water cylinder and doors lead to all rooms. The large master bedroom is positioned at the rear to capitalise on the stunning views over the rolling grounds. The well fitted dressing room complements the bedroom perfectly and a door continues to the en-suite that features a modern stylish white suite comprising a walk-in double cubicle, twin wash basins with cupboards below, a close coupled WC together fully tiled walls, a chrome heated towel rail and a rear aspect window. Bedroom two has a dual aspect also enjoying views over the grounds and the en-suite bathroom has a door that communicates to the inner landing to create an alternative approach. Two further dual aspect bedrooms are generous doubles and benefit from fitted wash basins. Bedroom five is larger than average and is currently used as a home office and has mirrored wardrobes adorning one entire wall.

Outside

Imposing automated wrought iron gates with an intercom system open to the extensive driveway that provides parking and turning space for a large number of vehicles. Wrought iron railings denote the front boundary and mature shrubs create a high degree of natural privacy. External lighting is provided together with outside tap and the long driveway extends down to the lower entrance gate. Behind and to the side of the house an extensive patio and decked area is the perfect place for al fresco dining and relaxing on sunny days and warm evenings and offers delightful views over the garden and grounds. An enclosed formal landscaped garden is found at the rear with a useful garden store cupboard providing space for a drinks fridge etc. The 300 year old Wellingtonia is a magnificent specimen tree.

The remainder of the grounds comprise rolling lawns with mature shrubs and trees that create an attractive setting and delightful views. An automated gate at the end of the drive offers a separate vehicular access point.

The sizeable garage building comprises a double with an internal lockable store and workshop space. The adjacent tandem length garage has up and over doors at both ends and is ideal for garden machinery. A further large storage area is approached via an up and over door and a gardener's WC is provided. A wide covered area at the rear is perfect for log storage.

An external staircase ascends up to a large covered balcony/seating area where a door opens to the flat. The accommodation here comprises an open plan kitchen/dining room with a central corridor that in turn permits access to the bedroom and shower room. The spacious lounge extends the full width and is a generous room.

Location

Chilworth is Southampton's premier residential area, with excellent travel links via the M3 and M27 to London and regional towns/cities, and The Parkway railway station provides a fast route to London Waterloo. There are a variety of golf courses nearby that, along with the Sports Centre, Common and village green/community hall, provide recreational facilities. Romsey and Winchester are within comfortable driving distance, whilst the city centre is four miles to the south and has extensive shopping facilities, numerous pleasant parks and the West Quay shopping and entertaining centre.

Information note

The property has double glazing, oil fired central heating, a security system and private drainage.

Directions

Head away from Southampton along the A27 and immediately after the Chilworth Arms public house turn left into Manor road. Follow the road and after crossing the bridge turn right into Chilworth drove. The property is the last on the left hand side (post code for Sat Nav purposes is SO16 7HF).

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Charles Powell

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