Manor Farm Cottage is a delightful country retreat, discreetly tucked away at the end of a tranquil private lane in a rural setting, neighbouring a traditional farm on the fringes of the popular village of Michelmersh. This elegant residence has been lovingly restored and extended to create substantial accommodation extending to 6000 sq ft. The principal residence is complemented by an impressive two-storey guest house and five bay garage. The Farmhouse has been tastefully refurbished in a modern styling, centred around the vaulted kitchen living room yet retaining much of its period splendour including exposed beams and feature fireplaces in the array of reception areas.
The tranquillity of setting and exceptional views cannot be overstated and the delightfully tended grounds extend to 1.6 acres and comprise elegant formal gardens, orchard, manicured lawns, extensive paved terraces and a fabulous leisure area including tennis court and swimming pool.
A beautifully styled entrance porch of oak beams and slate roof provides the attractive welcome to this elegant Farmhouse. Traditional flagstone flooring serves as a reminder of this home's heritage and a door opens into the reception room which is versatile in its usage and accesses the ground floor cloakroom. Double doors open into the dining room which is a wonderful formal venue centred around a wood burning stove. The sitting room is spacious with twin sets of double doors to the garden. Period features include a central exposed oak beam and lovely wood burning stove. Internal double doors open into the impressive kitchen living room which is a spacious social venue culminating in the vaulted lounge area which is beautifully bright, and enjoys large bi folding doors to the terrace and far reaching views across the gorgeous countryside. The room is exceptional in size and the kitchen has been recently refitted to comprise generous, eye and base level units with polished granite worktops. A feature black Rayburn provides heating and cooking facilities and integrated appliances include a conventional oven, two dishwashers and space for further appliances. A central island provides storage and informal dining with a breakfast bar and the flagstone flooring with electric underfloor heating flows throughout. The utility room provides supplementary storage and boot room facility with a door to the garden. A useful study or snug completes the ground floor accommodation.
The views from the first floor are stunning from every aspect and there are a suite of bedrooms, many of which host original fireplaces. Consideration has been given to the provision of storage throughout. The principal bedroom features an en-suite bathroom and dressing room with a family bathroom and separate shower room serving the remaining bedrooms.
The exquisite grounds are a major feature of this farmhouse as are the wonderful extensive views over Test Valley landscape. In addition to its beautiful and extensive terraces there are mature lawns studded with specimen trees and wonderfully colourful, well-stocked borders flanked by a Yew hedge pathway. The degree of privacy and tranquillity is exceptional and the property enjoys its own leisure area, including a tennis court and swimming pool. A separate vehicular access with electric gates opens into a large turning area approaching the five-bay garage with roller shutter doors perpendicular to the coach house. There are also electric gates approaching the Farmhouse with an additional gravelled parking area. At the far end is a separate orchard providing a range of fruit trees including apples, pears and plums.
Extending to 1400 square foot, this impressive building enjoys triple bi folding doors to create much natural light. There is a fully fitted kitchen living room and large studio offering versatility. On the first floor there is a 31ft bedroom with en-suite shower room.
The charming neighbouring villages of Michelmersh and Timsbury offer quintessential village life, just 3 miles North of Romsey and 10 minutes drive from Stockbridge. Romsey is home to a stunning historic Abbey, boutique shopping, restaurants and eateries. The villages are an ideal location for those who require good commuter access whilst enjoying village life. They are surrounded by serene countryside offering residents beautiful country walks and delightful views. Each enjoy their own amenities including a church and a well-attended pub and many facilities are shared within the parish including the Jubilee Hall and excellent sports pavilion. This is enhanced by its wealth of excellent local schooling within both the state and private sectors, which attracts many families to the area.
The Michelmersh and Timsbury Silver Band is renowned across the area, being one of the oldest reputedly formed in 1887, whilst Michelmersh brickyard still produce bricks that the majority of local new homes are constructed of. The two local pubs are both regarded as two of the best in the Romsey area, each offering an excellent choice of food as well as hospitality.
Take the Stockbridge Road from Romsey passing through the village of Timsbury. Take the right hand turn into New Road. At the crossroads at the top of the hill, proceed straight over into Manor Farm Lane. Follow this Lane, past the Farm and Manor Farm Cottage can be found directly ahead.