"Lockerley is a lovely village in which to live with a fine community spirit in to which we had a warm and friendly welcome. We feel privileged to have been here for well over three decades and will sorely miss this peaceful home and its adjoining land and river."
"This house has seen us through so many of life's special celebrations that enrich family life. Both our daughters loved growing up here and our 12 year old grandson even more! We wish the same for those that follow us."
With Georgian origins and more significant Victorian extensions, the property served as the Vicarage to Lockerley Church until 1977 and is now a gorgeous family home steeped in history and full of the character associated with its era. Arranged over three floors the accommodation enjoys much natural light, quintessential high ceilings and exquisite far reaching views from every aspect. In addition, the Coach House affords further first floor accommodation which currently serves as excellent office facilities but could easily be adapted to suit a variety of needs. The Old Vicarage offers an idyllic, varied country estate comprising paddocks, unspoilt meadow land, light woodland and extensive river frontage in addition to the beautifully maintained formal gardens. This surprisingly unlisted period residence has been well maintained and enjoys a comfortable, homely feel with typically well proportioned accommodation to suit a family's needs yet offers further potential to extend if required.
Situated in a semi-rural position this gorgeous old vicarage presents a superb opportunity to acquire a property steeped in history and full of character. Approached via a private gravel driveway, you arrive at the charming pitched entrance porch, which leads to the generous entrance hall, from which the principal reception rooms flow. Of particular note is the superb drawing room with large bay window, which floods the room with an abundance of light and offers superb views over the formal gardens. The room also benefits from high ceilings typical of its era and there is an open fire for the winter nights.
The ground floor also offers a large kitchen/breakfast room, delightful dining room with views out to the garden, snug with bay window, separate utility room and cloakroom. Many of the rooms offer high ceilings, large windows and other period features synonymous with the architectural style and age.
Ascending to the first floor via the splendid staircase, you arrive at a large galleried landing from which the dual aspect master suite flows, with its own generous modern en suite and plethora of built in wardrobes. There are two further good-sized double bedrooms both with fine views and with family bathroom on this level. Rising to the second floor there are two further bedrooms one with en suite and kitchenette perfect for au pair or lodger.
Further potential we believe exists due to this gorgeous property not being listed, subject to necessary permissions.
Formal gardens and grounds of nearly 5 acres surround The Old Vicarage. Wonderfully secluded, the banks of the River Dun flow through the grounds. There are numerous mature trees and shrubs within the various borders and a charming games lawn perfect for hosting events.
There are a number of outbuildings but of particular note is the separate garaging with large independent secondary accommodation that is currently set up as a home office, with meeting area and cloakroom facilities but could easily function as guest accommodation if needed.
Beyond the old canal lies some 35 acres of additional pasture land that can be accessed via a charming bridge from the formal grounds or via two separate rights of way over neighbouring land. The current owners also rent additional land which borders their own. There is currently a private shoot operating on the land run by the owners.
The longstanding Natwest Fly Fishing Association, whom stock the river with trout on a regular basis and own the fishing rights to the river. The new owner could seek membership from the club in order to fish from their own land.
Lockerley is a desirable rural village with a local store, garage, primary school and two churches. The nearby market town of Romsey provides a range of amenities including schools, shops and restaurants with the larger cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury providing more extensive facilities. The area is renowned for its country pursuits including excellent riding, beautiful walks and superb fly fishing in the Test Valley and on the nearby River Dun.
The property is perfectly located for access to the south coast and its sailing opportunities with further outdoor pursuits in the nearby New Forest. Transportation links are excellent, with connections via the M27 to the M3 and in turn with the A34 and A303 to the north providing excellent access to the west country.
Railway stations at Grateley, Romsey and Winchester provide first class access to London Waterloo and Southampton International Airport is within easy reach.The area has a number of state primary and secondary schools including Lockerley CofE Endowed Primary School and The Romsey School as well as a wide range of independent schools including Hampshire Collegiate School, Stroud School, Godolphin, King Edwards, Winchester College, St Swithun's and Peter Symonds Sixth Form College in Winchester.
Local Authority: Test Valley Borough council.
Services: Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil fired central heating. No gas. Council Tax Band: G
Planning: Prospective purchasers are advised that they should make their own enquiries to Test Valley Borough Council.
From Romsey follow the A27/Salisbury Road. Turn right onto Danes Road and continue until a T-junction turning left onto Romsey Road. Follow this road through the village, passing under the railway bridge and the property will be found on the right hand side just after St Johns Church.