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Martin, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6


4 Bedroom Detached House Sold

Within the heart of the picturesque Downland village of Martin, a charming, extended Grade II listed house exuding character, in a beautiful garden of 0.5 acre with the benefit of a separate 1-bedroom annexe.

Reputedly one of the oldest dwellings in the village, The Priest’s House is a wonderful, versatile period home displaying character and heritage in abundance behind a most attractive brick and flint facade featuring original stone mullion windows with diagonal cross leaded light panes. The current owner has carefully sought to preserve and, where possible, enhance the history of the house and many principal rooms feature original doors, panelling, exposed ceiling timbers and flintwork, and a magnificent Inglenook fireplace in the sitting room. The house has evolved over the years and a modern extension sympathetically mirrors the original brick and flint aesthetic, creating a versatile array of well-proportioned living rooms that are complemented by three generous bedrooms on the first floor, with the option for a ground-floor bedroom if required. Externally, there is a barn-style outbuilding comprising a double garage with adjoining storage and a self-contained ancillary annexe, which could serve a range of purposes. The house sits in well-stocked, landscaped gardens extending to approximately 0.5 acre that offer a high degree of privacy.

Entrance Lobby    Original ledged and braced wooden door. Stone floor. Exposed ceiling timbers.

Sitting Room    Magnificent Inglenook fireplace featuring original bread oven with Clearview wood burning stove on stone plinth. Exposed ceiling timbers and brick and flintwork. Stone mullion window to front aspect. Stairs to first floor. Electric heater.

Garden Room    Outlook and stable style door to rear terrace. Large recess with hanging space for coats.

Dining Room    Dual aspect with stone mullion window to front. Exposed ceiling timbers. Under stairs cupboard with original timber panelled door. Oak floor. Electric heater.

Kitchen    L-shaped and fitted with bespoke wooden units comprising cupboards, drawers and wine rack. Granite work surface with matching wooden trim. 1 1/2 bowl stainless steel sink with mixer tap and drainer. Plumbing and space for washing machine and dishwasher. Integrated NEFF oven and microwave. Space for fridge/freezer.

Rear Lobby    Tiled floor. Worcester (Calor) gas fired boiler. External door to Rear Porch.

Shower Room    Tiled shower cubicle. Wash hand basin inset to vanity unit with cupboards under. Tiled floor. WC.

Office/Bedroom 4    Triple aspect with vaulted ceiling and doors to terrace. Range of fitted shelving and cupboards.

Landing    Exposed ceiling timbers.

Bedroom 1    Dual aspect. Exposed ceiling timbers and beautiful oak panelling. Brick and stone fire place. Built in cupboard. Panelled door with stairs rising to:

Attic Room    Boarded and with window to western gable end.

Bedroom 2    Side aspect. Exposed ceiling timbers. Wash hand basin. Electric heater.

Bedroom 3    Front aspect. Oak panelling.

Bathroom    Panelled bath with shower over. Wash hand basin inset to vanity unit with cupboards under. Heated towel rail.

Cloakroom    WC.

The picturesque and popular village of Martin nestles within the rolling countryside of the Cranborne Chase, where a network of country paths and bridle ways access lovely walking and riding countryside across Martin Down. An active and welcoming community, Martin is well supported by a village hall, from which a community shop is run, and a church, and the neighbouring village of Damerham (approx 3 miles) has a reputable primary school, garage and popular public house.

The Avonside town of Fordingbridge (approx. 7 miles) has a range of health, educational, shopping and recreational services sufficient to cater for most day to day needs and the Cathedral City of Salisbury, which offers a broader range of facilities including reputable state and private schooling, is almost equidistant via the A354. Beyond Fordingbridge the A338 and B3078 provide ready access to Bournemouth and Southampton respectively with the latter linking with Junction 1 of the M27. The New Forest National Park is approximately 8 miles to the east, sailing opportunities abound on the South Coast and there is a good choice of local golf clubs including Salisbury and Tollard Royal.

Approached from the village road via a five bar wooden gate, a generous driveway flanks the side of the house, supplying ample parking space and leading to the detached DOUBLE GARAGE and ANNEXE. The garage has folding, hinged doors and power and light connected. Alongside the garage is a GARDEN STORE with light connected and an attached open fronted LOG STORE with further implement store.

The ANNEXE is accessed via external wooden steps that lead to an:

Entrance Lobby
Kitchen: Fitted with floor level cupboard units under roll top work surface. Single bowl stainless steel sink. Space for electric cooker.
Sitting Room: Dual aspect. Storage cupboard.
Bathroom: Panelled bath with shower head attachment. Wash hand basin. WC.

The delightful gardens are an undoubted highlight of the property and have been sub-divided into distinct areas of interest and structure. Immediately adjoining the rear of the house and accessible from the Garden Room and Office/Bedroom 4 is a sizeable patio terrace flanked by well stocked raised beds and featuring an ornamental pond and covered brick well. Steps lead to a pretty arbour, the perfect spot to take the shade on a hot summer’s day. A pathway passing under a rose clad pergola opens to a central expanse of lawn flanked by maturing trees and a deep border well stocked with flowering perennials and shrubs. An established hedge separates the formal lawn from the farthest section of garden which is again laid to lawn incorporating a fruit cage and wild flower garden, whilst a short ‘woodland walk’ winds it’s way through the trees and shrubs on the easternmost boundary.

New Forest District Council. Tax Band G.

Mains water and electricity. Calor gas fired central heating and electric heaters. Private drainage.

Leave Fordingbridge and proceed to the village of Damerham. Upon entering the village pass The Compasses public house and cross the small bridge, turning immediately right into the High Street (sign posted Martin). Continue out of Damerham for approximately 3 miles and enter Martin. Follow the road into the village passing Sillens Lane, and the property will be found after a short distance on the right hand side.

Tenure: Freehold



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33 Salisbury Street

01425 655900