This charming detached period thatched cottage dates back over 300 years, with later extensions having been added. The property is situated in the attractive village of Sopley, forming part of the borough of Christchurch. This enchanting home features four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room with an adjoining conservatory and a separate dining room. Outside, the gardens are a particularly lovely feature amounting to approximately half an acre, featuring a detached double garage with a room above. This desirable home is offered with no forward chain. Energy Performance Rating: E
THE LOCAL AREA
Christchurch is a delight; a harbour-side town of character and charm located where the Avon and Stour rivers flow into the Christchurch Harbour. Positioned between Bournemouth and the New Forest, Christchurch is a lively town with mainline station and a good variety of independent and national brands (from Boots to Waitrose). It has become something of a foodie destination: with a range of establishments such as cafes, pubs, and restaurants, and well known restaurants such as The Jetty on Mudeford Quay. It is also the venue for a popular food and wine festival that attracts some high profile chefs. Other attractions include the priory, castle ruins, nature reserves, nearby beaches and Mudeford Quay with ferry service to Mudeford Spit (with iconic beach huts) and Hengistbury Head. A wide range of activities are available such as cricket, golf and watersports. Another benefit for the families are the schools - rated at least ‘good’ by Ofsted, while Christchurch Infant School, Mudeford Infant and Junior Schools and Twynham Comprehensive are all graded ‘outstanding’. An attractive range of property includes architect-designed new builds, fine Georgian houses and modern townhouses, some in waterside locations and with views across Christchurch Harbour.
The charming village of Sopley is situated on the edge of the Avon Valley and New Forest, between the popular coastal town of Christchurch, and the historic market town of Ringwood. There is a village hall, excellent primary school, and quality pubs nearby. Christchurch is situated approximately 2.5 miles south, offering an extensive range of independent and high street shops. Boutiques, restaurants, cafes, hotels, and the beautiful natural harbour which is home to two sailing clubs, a rowing club and plenty of water based activities. The market town of Ringwood is approximately 6 miles north offering further shopping, leisure facilities and a good range of pubs, cafes and restaurants. The larger coastal town of Bournemouth with its famous beaches is also close by as are major transport links; the A31 and the M27; leading east to Southampton, the M3 and London beyond. Christchurch has a main line train station as does Bournemouth and Southampton plus the latter benefiting from having international airports.
The main entrance hall features an exposed brick wall with an original recessed oak frame and provides access to the living room and separate dining room. The living room lies to the north-east side of the property and benefits from a quadruple aspect which over-looks both the side and rear gardens. The main focal point of this impressive room is the Minster-style stone fireplace and open fire. French doors lead into the conservatory which is of timber construction and has double glazed windows, a glass roof and attractive quarry tiled flooring. Positioned to the south side of the property is the dining room, which is complemented by a pleasant dual aspect and comprises a range of impressive features which include; beamed ceilings, an appealing arched multi-pane window, an ornate carved wood fireplace with a fitted electric fire. A further door leads into a rear lobby, which then steps down into the fitted kitchen which comprises a range of base, wall and drawer units, a built-in electric oven and microwave and an inset stainless-steel sink with space and plumbing for additional appliances such as a dishwasher and washing machine. A staircase rises to a half landing and a split staircase, further leading to four first-floor bedrooms. The master bedroom benefits from a pleasant aspect which overlooks the gardens and has built-in bedroom furniture and an en-suite shower room which comprises a three-piece suite. Bedroom two has an impressive triple aspect, benefiting from tall ceilings and again featuring built-in bedroom furniture. Adjacent to bedroom two is the family bathroom which comprises a three-piece suite, which includes a panelled bath with a shower attachment. The two further bedrooms also have built-in wardrobes, bedroom four is currently being used as a study by the current owners and has built-in shelving and cupboards.
The property is approached via a gated entrance which leads to a block paved parking area and a detached double garage with electric up and over doors. The garage features a triple-arched window to the rear, and benefits from power and light; the garage was extended in approximately 1995 to incorporate the first-floor storage room. Adjacent to the garage is a brick storage shed which has both power and light connected. Adjacent to the house is an additional brick cupboard which houses the external oil-fired boiler. The pretty landscaped and southerly-facing gardens, which were formerly the Sopley Village allotments, extend to approximately 0.5 of an acre and feature two small ponds which are fed by the Sopley Brook. The garden is mainly laid to lawn and incorporate mature shrubs and a selection of trees (Apple, Pear, Eucalyptus, Fir, Silver Birch and a Grapevine), bordered by mature hedging and a brick wall to two sides. There is a crazy paving terrace with steps leading to an additional tiled terrace, which is accessed directly from the cottage. A brick path and Wisteria covered archway leads around the side of the cottage to a side lawn with a metal garden shed.
Energy Performance Rating: E Current: 44 Potential: 71
Council Tax Band: G
Mains electricity, water and drainage - oil-fired central heating