Newton House is accessed through large wrought iron, electronic gates off Newton Lane. There is a sweeping gravelled drive, which arrives at the front of the house in a large square parking area that can comfortably accommodate up to six cars, surrounded by flourishing ornamental borders. A separate drive branches off the main, providing access to the staff flat, triple garage, stabling, machinery barn and further parking space.
Newton House’s strikingly elegant architecture combines contemporary comfort with aspects of Arts and Crafts style. The tile hung roof, built using the traditional method, gothic shaped windows with tracery detail and jettied first floor construction all hint at the careful design that serves to harmonise this modern masterpiece with its surroundings.
The house, which was designed and built for the current owners was finished in 2008. It stands on the former site of a 20th century farmhouse, which has been replaced in its entirety. Inside, the reception hall is an impressive welcome to Newton House with its sweeping, central, art deco style staircase, that draws the eye up to the first floor ceiling, and its oak floor. From the hall there are doors to the downstairs cloakroom, double drawing room, dining room and the kitchen. The drawing room is wonderfully light, on account of the large, south east facing bay window. It has a open fire place with stone surrounds that forms the central point of the room and hard wooden
flooring that continues from the hallway. There is a built-in speaker system throughout. Double doors open through to the second half of the drawing room, which has a matching fire place and double doors onto the terrace. The double doors between easily transform the two rooms into a fantastic open entertaining space. The view from this room offers lovely vistas over the landscaped gardens and beyond into rolling countryside.
The bespoke kitchen, by Halstocks, is also orientated to make the most of the view. It has a stone tiled floor and double doors leading to the terrace and garden. The work surfaces are slate and there is a five-door electric aga, butler’s sink, two fridges, two freezers and two dishwashers. The kitchen is large enough to house an island unit, fitted with; a sink, electric hob, oven and steamer, and also a breakfast area with fitted bench seating. The sizeable pantry is temperature controlled. The back hall leads off the kitchen and has a separate door to outside.
Accessed from the rear hall is the dog room, utility room, two fully fitted coat cupboards with automatic lighting and the climate controlled wine cellar, which has bottle storage and a wine tasting area. There is a door leading into the study which is fitted with floor to ceiling cabinetry, down lighters and hardwood flooring. There is a further set of double doors leading out on to the stone terrace from this room. On the opposite side of the rear hall, with easy access to the kitchen and dining room, is the fully equipped butler’s pantry, with smooth granite work surfaces, sink, warming tray, drinks fridge and a large floor to ceiling dresser in black walnut wood for crockery and glass storage. The dual aspect dining room mirrors the drawing room, with wooden floors and a large south east facing bay window. Throughout the ground floor there is underfloor heating and an integrated sound system.
From the reception hall, the staircase leads to the first floor landing, which, due to the three windows, sky light and full height ceiling, is incredibly light. To the left of the staircase is the panic room, which is lockable and houses the cctv, phone system, skyboxes, smart net cable system, surround sound system.
The bedrooms on the first floor are exquisitely designed for comfort and convenience and are presented to the highest standard. Each bedroom benefits from an en suite bath or shower room with heated towel rails and has substantial storage in the form of either a dressing room or walk-in wardrobe(s). The interior design gives each bedroom its own distinct character.
The master suite is particularly impressive. The large double bedroom has french doors that lead on to a stone balcony with iron railings, overlooking the garden. There is a walk in dressing room with fully fitted, floor to ceiling cabinetry, including both full length and half length hanging rails, and a central island with further storage. The master suite has two bathrooms, one with a bath and the other with a shower. This floor is fitted with underfloor heating.
On the second floor landing there is a pretty window seat with two windows and views for as far as the eye can see. There is a central ceiling rose for a chandelier overhanging the staircase. This floor is the ideal space for guests or children. On one side of the landing there is a cloakroom, linen store/laundry room, cinema room with air conditioning, BMW speakers and a fitted cinema system, and a games room. On the other side of the landing is a kitchenette with a shelf and plugs for microwave and kettle, ideal for guests to use, another linen cupboard, automatically lit, with loft hatch, and two further bedroom suites. It is worth noting that all windows are triple glazed throughout the house.
Newton House sits in a fantastic rural position with far-reaching views across the rolling Hampshire countryside, on the edge of the hamlet of Newton Valence.
The neighbouring idyllic village of Selborne is best known for its association with the 18th Century literary great, Reverend Gilbert White, who is widely considered to be England’s first ecologist. In addition to the beautiful historic church, village green and two public houses, the village is extremely well equipped for everyday conveniences with the Post Office and shop, art gallery and village gift shops. Newton House is approximately 3 miles from the village of Chawton, which was both the home and inspiration of Jane Austen.
The nearby market town of Alton, less than 6 miles away, offers an extensive range of shops, restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops and supermarkets, including Waitrose. The market town of Farnham and the larger cathedral city of Winchester, are two of the county’s principal urban centres. Transport links from Newton Valence are excellent. The ‘Liss roundabout’ off the A3 is 5.2 miles away from the property, which provides straight forward access to both London and the South Coast. There are multiple local train stations to choose from, including; Alton, Liss, Farnham and Petersfield, all offering services to London Waterloo in around 1 hour. Newton House is also conveniently located for two international airports, Heathrow & Gatwick, and the private airport at Farnborough.
There are a number of well regarded schools in the area including; Dunannie, Dunhurst, Selborne Primary School, Amery Hill, Ansty Junior School, Alton Convent, Bedales, Frensham Heights, Pilgrims, Twyford, St Swithuns and Winchester College. For outdoor enthusiasts, this part of Hampshire, in the heart of the South Downs National Park, has excellent walking and riding opportunities locally and at Selborne Common, Chawton Park Wood and Alice Holt Forest. Racing is available at Goodwood and Sandown Park, there is polo at Cowdray Park and sailing at both Chichester Harbour and nearby Frensham Ponds. There are local golf clubs at Hindhead, Liphook and Hankley Common
As much attention to design and detail has been applied to the landscaping of the grounds as it has to the house, by Chelsea Flower Show award winning garden designer Sarah Eberle. The curved layout of the beds and lawns works sympathetically with the topography of the surrounding landscape and draws the eye subconsciously to the views.
At the back of the house, running the full width of the building, is a paved terrace with two sets of steps symmetrically leading to the rill, which is bordered by carefully planted beds and has a discreet lighting system. From here, shallow steps lead down to a lawned walkway and a large flat circular lawn area. The garden encompasses a number of private, secluded spaces, such as the beech hedged garden, accessed through decorative wrought iron gates, with climbing roses, honeysuckle and grape vines. This part of the garden has a summer house and wooden garden folly and is also fitted with a discreet lighting system. It is worth noting that most of the garden is serviced by an irrigation system. The orchard boasts a variety of fruit trees including apples and pears. Adjacent to the orchard is a hugely productive, walled vegetable garden with a Victorian style greenhouse and apple store. The tennis court occupies a sheltered spot to the south west of the house, benefitting from the protection of the large mature trees running along the boundary of the property beyond. Spectators can watch from the comfort of the hexagonal dining hut, fitted with a circular bench and table for covered outside dining, lighting and overhead heaters.