Farringdon Hurst is a charming Grade II Listed Georgian house dating from the early 19th Century and with principally South facing landscaped gardens and grounds. The house has a light interior and retains many of the features associated with a late Georgian building with generous living space and some lovely Georgian and Gothic revival features together with bright and well-proportioned rooms with high ceilings, fireplaces, large sash windows and original shutters.
The generous and flexible living accommodation includes a wonderful double aspect drawing room, sitting room and library. Each room is beautifully appointed and has a fireplace and a twin aspect overlooking the surrounding garden. The accommodation is complemented by a spacious dining room adjoining the kitchen/breakfast/family room and with a fireplace together with a wood burning stove. There is also a study. The stunning triple aspect kitchen/breakfast/family room has double doors opening out to the garden and outside entertaining areas. The bespoke Chalon farmhouse kitchen with central-island, granite work
surfaces and Aga complements modern living and provides an ideal central hub for the house with an adjoining boot room and utility room.
There are six/seven bedrooms including a twin aspect principal bedroom suite with a fireplace and bay window together with a stylish en-suite bathroom and dressing room/occasional bedroom/nursery. There are five further bedrooms, traditional family bathroom with a freestanding bath and separate shower as well a separate shower room with a walk in shower and vanity wash hand basin.
Of note, planning permission was granted in 2009 for the creation of a single storey extension to form a one bedroom annexe (Ref:51622). The plans have been partially undertaken as they also included the remodelling of the kitchen/breakfast/ family room. The full execution of the plans would create a self-contained annexe with a sitting room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and incorporate the existing boot and utility rooms as well as the existing external courtyard area.
All in all Farringdon Hurst is a wonderful family house occupying an established and very attractive village setting.
Lower Farringdon stands at the head of the Meon Valley, amidst fine Hampshire countryside within the South Downs National Park in-between the villages of Chawton, Newton Valence and East Tisted. The village has an active community and together with Upper Farringdon has two public houses and church. The village of Chawton, renowned for its association with Jane Austen, has a primary school and public house. The popular Bowtells Farm Shop is in the neighbouring village of East Tisted along with a Post Office and store. There are also a number of convenience stores and a golf club located in nearby Four Marks.
The historic market town of Alton has a good range of high street shops, weekly and specialist markets, Waitrose food shop, senior schools including Amery Hill and Eggars, further education college, sports centre and station to London Waterloo. There are also a good range of independent schools with Lord Wandsworth College, Alton School, Bedales, St Swithun’s, Winchester College, Pilgrim’s School, Twyford Prep, Churchers, Edgeborough and Frensham Heights all within the surrounding area.
The gardens surrounding Farringdon Hurst are a spectacular feature of the property and include part of the original walled garden, with stunning Yew topiary, and an Alitex greenhouse.
The gardens are well established with some fine perimeter trees providing privacy and seasonal colour. The grounds provide ample space for adventure for children and there is scope for ponies with two paddocks. The house is approached via a shingle drive with sweeping lawns adjoining areas of formal garden. There is a large paved terrace with a south-west aspect outside the kitchen/breakfast/family room, ideal for outdoor entertaining.
The garden extends away from the house with a variety of areas of interest including the original walled garden, an orchard and vegetable garden. The garden is interlinked by a series of grass walkways and pergola in-between mature hedging and attractive topiary. The ideally positioned and secluded heated outdoor swimming pool has an adjoining paved terrace and adjoining alfresco kitchen and barbeque area together with a pool store/pump room and shower/changing room. Of note, within the grounds there is a studio/lodge with power connected providing a perfect outdoor art studio/gym or home office. Further outbuildings including an open bay store adjoining the studio room and two useful store rooms at front of the house and fronting a small courtyard area adjoining the boot room. In all the grounds extend to about 4.77 acres.