"We feel privileged to have been the custodians of this historic home which has served our friends and family over the years. Our children have enjoyed the space, activities and security, whilst our friends have fond memories of spending time here. The grandparents have also enjoyed it as a place of relaxation and serenity. Above all it has been so much fun and we will miss it sorely. It has not just been a house but the perfect host to spend time with friends and family."
Green Place is truly unique in many ways. It is the only Test Valley home designed by the revered Arts and Crafts architect, MH Baillie Scott, retaining much of its period splendour, typified by the exquisite oak panelled and vaulted entrance hall and the magnificent great hall with its impressive exposed timbers and elegant fireplace. It occupies a rare setting, extending to 3.41 acres, privileged with stunning far reaching views which are alluded to in its associated Celtic Fairy Tale Motto, chosen by the architect to reflect its setting in a rural landscape and quoting;
"They could see everyone and no one could see them."
The meticulous restoration conducted by our clients in recent years was carefully considered to further enhance the Arts and Crafts aspects of the property but it is also a prolific family home having been the place for "peace and party all in one". The flexible ground floor living space and ideal social flow lends itself to fantastic entertaining with each of its versatile rooms benefitting from wonderful light, beautiful outlooks and a charm of its very own.
"It has been a home for all generations, ideal for parties and celebrations but a place of tranquillity when desired with so many secret spots to hide away yet other areas to be sociable. It is rare to find this all in one home."
Constructed in 1906 for Ellen Mary Stratford Hill, wife of the solicitor for the White Star Line during the Titanic enquiry, Green Place offers extensive living space over two floors approaching 6000sqft in total. Its suite of ground floor rooms provide versatility to suit any required arrangement and can also be easily enhanced by extension if required.
Upon entering Green Place the elegance of the Arts and Crafts period is immediately apparent with feature cosy fireplaces, panelled walls, architraving and exposed beams. This is complemented by its sunny and light deposition with many of the rooms enjoying a dual aspect. The 'sunset' room is delightful, with the cosiness of the open fireplace and views of the most spectacular summer sunsets.
"The house is lit up with fires in the winter and bathed in sunshine in the summer."
The bedrooms are arranged over two levels with a stunning dual aspect bedroom on the ground level and a further bedroom served by a family bathroom. On the first floor there are two double bedrooms, a family bathroom and the wonderful master bedroom with ensuite bathroom. Plans have been drawn up by the current owners to create an additional bedroom to the first floor which are available to view.
In addition to the main property, there is an impressive Pool Cottage with a large games room (including pool table, table tennis and foosball table), adjoining shower room/changing room and kitchen area with underfloor heating which could easily be utilised as a self contained annex. This overlooks the swimming pool and hot tub area with a west facing slope providing a perfect sun trap. This separate space is perfect for parties and entertaining.
"Upon the opening of the gates, Green Place is a haven of tranquillity as you are transported away from the business of life into instant calm, so hard to find so close to London."
The elegant country gardens extend to 3.41 acres of landscaped grounds inspired by the prominent Arts and Crafts garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and the elevated position enhances the magnificence of the diverse and splendid views. Formal lawns juxtapose beautiful well stocked borders and various terraces and seating areas are ideal venues to enjoy the sunshine and vistas. A hard surface tennis court and swimming pool provide a sporting essence which is enhanced by the more recent addition of the substantial pool cottage. A gate lodge and stabling could potentially be developed and there is scope for the erection of further outbuildings (subject to planning permission).
Green Place is set in an elevated and private position in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, with stunning 180-degree views over the desirable Test Valley. On a clear day the view extends towards the south coast as well as Salisbury. Immediately opposite are 300 acres of common land to hike or ride without roads whilst the pretty market town of Stockbridge is only ½ mile from the property and provides an excellent variety of local amenities including excellent local shops, butcher, public houses and doctor's surgery. The city of Winchester lies about 8.7 miles to the east and provides further extensive shopping and cultural amenities. The cathedral city of Salisbury lies 16.5 miles to the west of Stockbridge.
From London take the M3 and exit at Junction 8 onto the A30. Follow signs for Stockbridge on the A30. On reaching the roundabout at the top of Stockbridge High Street continue to follow signs to Stockbridge and at the second roundabout take the first exit onto Winton Hill. At the top of the hill turn right into Somborne Park Road and the house is the first on the right hand side with large wooden electric gates.