"Constructing Charvers has been the most wonderful experience. We are so proud of its authenticity designed in a traditional Georgian Farmhouse style with Flemish Bond brickwork, stone mullions and a wealth of Green oak from Herefordshire Renovation. We are sad to leave but we now simply have too much space for the two of us!"
"We have experienced the best of both worlds. The unobstructed views across the Water Meadows and the extensive paddock designed with nature in mind give you the feel of a rural retreat yet we are in the heart of the village and its wealth of amenities."
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Charvers enjoys stunning far reaching views over picturesque countryside and a beautifully tranquil setting yet is located in the heart of this popular village on the fringes of the New Forest. Its elegant accommodation extends to an impressive 7000sqft and enjoys a wealth of charming features characterised by the stone Inglenook fireplace in the formal sitting room, extensive oak beams and traditional sash and casement windows incorporating stone mullions. The versatile accommodation also includes a self contained annex which can also be accessed from the main house where the striking entrance hall with atrium style landing and Hollywood staircase serves the exquisite living space. The immaculately maintained formal gardens are complemented by a host of attractive outbuildings and the River Avon tributary provides a peaceful and pretty backdrop running along the boundary of the grounds which extend to 2.4 acres.
A solid oak door opens into the impressive full height vaulted entrance hall with a central Hollywood staircase leading to both floors. As you look up the stunning oak beam and ceiling panelling is a particular feature. Although recently constructed the property has been cleverly and elegantly designed in a traditional farmhouse format and oak flooring runs from the grandeur of the hallway to the principal rooms and handmade hardwood sash and casement windows provide much natural light. Most of the rooms are approached by double doors, creating the space commensurate with the accommodation. The kitchen is handmade, comprising shaker style eye and base level units with an L shaped granite worktop providing an informal dining area with storage benches around a dining table. There is ample granite workspace in addition and integrated appliances include twin dishwashers, coffee machine, single oven, electric ceramic hob and two full size fridges. The focal point is the homely four oven Aga with oak beam surround also hosting a two ring gas hob. The stone mullioned casement windows and oak beamed ceilings is exceptionally authentic of an old farmhouse. The kitchen is supplemented by a large utility with separate WC and external door. There is a lovely parlour area with seating, serving as a gateway to the rest of the accommodation hosting a large storage cupboard. The dining room is stunning, partially separated by traditional oak beams creating a fabulous summer or winter formal dining venue. There is bespoke built in storage and double doors to the garden with farmhouse flagstone flooring. An inner hallway with elegant glass cabinet leads to the gorgeous sitting room which enjoys full width triple aspect views to the garden with three sets of French doors. The room is dually focussed on a feature woodburning stove to one side and bespoke fitted furniture to the other with TV space. There is a gym/playroom with adjoining downstairs cloakroom. The sitting room is wonderfully traditional centred upon a stunning stone Inglenook fireplace with large oak bessamer and woodburning stove inset. Access to the annex is from the hallway and could easily be incorporated into the main house. The gallery landing is stylish with views to the fore. The master suite is exceptional with a walk through dressing room including substantial oak faced wardrobe, double doors to the balcony and its splendid views and oak panelling to the opposite side. The views are amazing, far reaching and unobstructed. The ensuite is striking with the largest of walk in showers, Jacuzzi bath and traditional vanity unit all complemented by feature panelling and matching storage. The guest suite also enjoys French doors to a private balcony as well as an ensuite bathroom with shower over. Bedroom three has a walk through dressing area and study area, is of excellent proportions with access to an ensuite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath which can also serve as the family bathroom accessed from the landing. The fourth bedroom also features the stone mullioned windows and has delightful fitted furniture, currently serving as an excellent office.
On the second floor is a versatile suite of rooms featuring gorgeous oak beams and panelling currently utilised as a bedroom with sitting room, dressing room with fitted wardrobes and a huge ensuite shower room. There is an impressive games room with eaves storage adjoining a storage room which provides amazing space.
The property is approached form the lane via traditional wrought iron gates and railings setting the elegant tone of this impressive residence. A gravel courtyard provides ample parking and turning for several vehicles as well as a double garage with roller shutter door and storage over. The rear garden is delightful enjoying views across the picturesque private meadow land and styled in a courtyard fashion with an authentic garden room to one flank and a stone patio adjacent to the house. There is an immaculate lawn with neat shrub borders, studded with trees and the backdrop of a pretty stream. There are ample storage sheds, hobby rooms, workshop, garden shed and greenhouse. To the rear is a glorious decked area, screened by established firs to enjoy the tranquillity of the flowing stream and water meadows. The paddock is bordered by the stream with pretty crossing bridges and is predominantly grassed with huge wildflower expanses. There is a separate secure vehicular access to the rear of the paddock.
The annex offers both self containment or access from the house and to the ground floor features a kitchen with fitted appliances, generous storage space, separate downstairs WC and dual aspect sitting room. On the first floor is a bedroom with study area with separate shower room comprising double shower cubicle, wash hand basin and low level WC - the level of finish mirroring that of the main house.
Downton village is a thriving and long-standing community with a strong sense of identity. There are good local facilities in the village which include shops, doctors, dentist, tennis club, the Borough Cafe, churches, schools and public houses, as well as the famous Cuckoo Fair held each May. There is easy access to the main regional centres of Salisbury and the B3078 provides access to the M27, onto Southampton and the M3 corridor. The wide ranging opportunities offered by the New Forest are only two miles from the village. There is excellent schooling in the village with its own primary and secondary school and it lies within catchment of the highly regarded Salisbury grammar schools (Bishops for boys and South Wilts for girls).
The property is served by gas central heating (underfloor to the ground floor) and mains drainage. There is a covenant on the paddock that states should livestock be kept in the field, a retaining fence must be installed to protect the bunds.
From our office in West Wellow take the A36 through the villages of Plaitford and Landford turning left into moor lane. Follow the road turning right at Redlynch onto the B3080. Continue all the way into Downton and over the bridge into The Borough taking the first right into Gravel Close.