A handsome period house with a fascinating history, with private mature gardens, outbuildings and a wild-flower meadow.
Dating from the fifteenth century, Old School House is an extremely well presented family house with a flexible configuration and generously proportioned rooms. Still operating as the village school until 1992, it lies in a peaceful and private location on the edge of the village of Alderbury.
As with all good family houses, the kitchen/breakfast room is large and homely and sits centrally in the building. This house is very versatile, with a range of reception rooms of varying sizes. The configuration naturally divides the house into two halves, each with its own staircase, meaning that a large portion of the building can be shut off if not required. The house also includes an old school room, which has a vaulted ceiling, and a staircase hall with galleried landing.
The drive is gravelled and opens out on to a large parking area to the rear of the house. There is a double garage and two former school lavatory blocks.
The gardens are a key feature of this house, and have been painstakingly designed and created during the current owners tenure. They comprise a south-facing terrace overlooking the formal garden with box hedging and topiary, and a large and productive kitchen garden. Beyond the parking area steps lead up to the wild-flower meadow and old school playground.
The easily accessible village of Alderbury is conveniently situated about 4 miles south east of Salisbury. This offers a rail service to Waterloo in 1hr20mins, or 2hrs by car via M27 and M3.
Lying to the east of the River Avon, the village is bordered by the Clarendon Estate to the east and the Longford Estate to the west.
Between Alderbury and the adjacent village of Whaddon the community benefits from a post office and village shop, two public houses, church, primary school, and tennis club.
A wider range of shopping and recreational facilities can be found in both Salisbury and Southampton, including an excellent rage of restaurants, a well-regarded theatre, cinemas, museums and more. A particularly popular local cultural event is the Chalke Valley History Festival.
The surrounding area boasts numerous excellent schools, both private and state, including the Cathedral School and Chaffin Grove prep schools, Godolphin School, and Bishop Wordsworth and South Wilts Grammar Schools. Salisbury Station offers a direct train service to London Waterloo while the A303 provides access to the southwest and to London via the M3.
Square Footage: 5,177 sq ft
From Salisbury take the A36 towards Southampton. Just as the road becomes a dual carriageway, take the right turn towards Alderbury. Follow this road for ¼ mile then turn right signposted Downton. Take the third left hand turn on to Tunnel Hill. Continue up the hill for approximately 200 yards, passing the church on the left, and Old School House will be found on the right hand side. It is accessed via the unmade road at the front, with the driveway on the left curving up and round to the back of the house