This is a rare opportunity to acquire a distinctive period home with a separate spacious home office to relocate a business. Formerly the village school, it is within walking distance of the Georgian town of New Alresford with its many attractions and country walks. No onward chain.
A superb conversion of a former Victorian village school, conveniently located a short walk from the market town of New Alresford. In 1987 the current owner, a conservation architect, converted the school into an individual home fit for 21st century living. Character features abound, with high ceilings, mullioned windows and original beams. Modern comforts include underfloor heating, a large kitchen/dining room and four en-suite bathrooms. The property benefits from having a detached spacious outbuilding which is currently used as an architects' office.
The house offers plenty of living space, which would be ideal for family gatherings and entertaining, as well as having accommodation for a relative or live-in carer at one end of the house. The office building opposite the main house has been recently extended and offers versatile space. There is a kitchenette, cloakroom and further office, with storage above. The main area has been designed so that it could be converted into a garage, or further living space, subject to Planning. School House is offered for sale with the benefit of no onward chain.
The property is approached from the gravel driveway, with a panelled front door opening into a hallway and through to the original school room, with its wonderful pitched ceiling. This room is now a sitting room and features a multi-fuel stove. Double doors lead through to an inner hall with slate flooring, a study, utility room and cloakroom. The spacious kitchen/dining room extension was added in 2000, and features bespoke timber kitchen units, slate flooring and twin sets of double doors to the veranda. Stairs lead up to the first floor, where there are two double bedrooms, both having en-suite bath/shower rooms.
The front part of the property could be used as annexe accommodation if required. There is a drawing room/fourth bedroom on the ground floor, with a shower room set up for disabled use. Upstairs, there is a double bedroom, with its own bathroom. There is access to the gallery over the sitting room, which could be used for a variety of purposes.
The attractive gardens have been landscaped to provide different settings to suit your mood and enjoyed from the house. An oak door opens from the driveway into a delightful sunken courtyard garden, with raised beds and central pergola. Steps lead up to the upper lawned garden, where there is a cedar greenhouse, tiled shed and log store. At the far end of the garden, there are two sturdy sheds, both with insulation and power supplies, which could be used as workshops or for hobbies. There is a productive vegetable patch, from where there are views over the field behind.
Old Alresford, with a village green and village hall at its centre, lies at the southern end of the Candover Valley in the middle of farming communities and the famous watercress beds. There are a wide variety of walks and cycle rides from the doorstep. Old Alresford has a strong village community, with its church, dramatic society, summer fayre, bonfire celebrations, cricket club and village events. The town of New Alresford lies within a mile to the south, a beautiful Georgian town known for its variety of independent shops, restaurants and inns located in stunning surroundings on the edge of the South Downs National Park. Attractions include the Watercress steam railway, schools for infant, junior and secondary education, churches and an active community. The cathedral city of Winchester is just a few miles away and there is easy access to the south coast, the Midlands and London via the road network. There is mainline rail access to London from Winchester or Basingstoke.
SERVICES Mains water and electricity connected. Oil fired central heating and underfloor heating in kitchen. Calor gas hob. Private sewage treatment plant.
LOCAL AUTHORITY INFORMATION Winchester City Council
Council Tax Band: F