A fine character residence of great charm and versatility perfectly suited for rural family life occupying a generous 1.56 acre plot and in an idyllic location between the New Forest National Park and city of Salisbury in the Avon Valley.
Meadowend Cottage is a superb detached home boasting an abundance of character with many hallmarks of the homes original features still evident. The arrangement and flow of the accommodation is light and airy throughout with the majority of rooms enjoying uninterrupted views across the established gardens and grounds that surround the home.
The spacious, well balanced accommodation comprises a welcoming entrance hall that in turn leads through to all the principal reception rooms. To the left there is an open, spacious family room, a wonderful room with a glorious box bay window and open fire boasting views across the grounds. Adjoining through an archway is the kitchen. This versatile space lends itself perfectly for modern, sociable living. The kitchen is comprehensively appointed with hand crafted farmhouse style wall and base units under granite work surfaces with a fitted range cooker. There is ample space for a breakfast table. Beyond the family room is the separate elegant formal sitting room with a warming open fireplace. Completing the ground floor accommodation is a useful utility room, a generous study or fourth bedroom and a cloakroom. Upstairs there are three sizeable bedrooms, the master has a modern en-suite shower room. The remaining bedrooms are serviced by a family bathroom.
This glorious home is presented to a high standard throughout, but still offers the next owners flexibility for further development or extension, subject to usual consents. We thoroughly recommend an internal inspection at your earliest opportunity.
Meadowend Cottage is situated within the New Forest village of Downton, 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.
Communication links are excellent, with strong rail links to London Waterloo via Salisbury (around 83 minutes) or Southampton Airport Parkway (68 minutes). Southampton Airport is located just over 30 minutes away. There is easy access to the main regional centres of Salisbury and the B3078 gives access to the M27 and thus opening up Southampton and the M3 corridor. The wide ranging opportunities of the New Forest National Park are only two miles from the village.
There is first class schooling in the village with its own primary (OFSTED Outstanding) and secondary school, indeed the primary school has in recent years been recommended by Tatler as one of the top ten best schools in the UK. There are also nearby independent preparatory schools such as Forres Sandle Manor, Chafyn Grove, Godolphin, the Salisbury Cathedral School and Leaden Hall. At senior level there is Canford, Godolphin, Winchester College, St Swithun's, Sherborne, Bryanston and Clayesmore. In the state sector, Salisbury has retained the grammar school model and these score very highly in the national league tables.
The gardens and grounds are a particular feature of this wonderful home and are ideal for couples or families seeking outside space. The home is well positioned within its plot. The home is approached by a driveway running along the homes far boundary that leads to parking for multiple vehicles and gives access to the detached double garage. The home is surrounded by formal gardens on all sides with hedged boundaries providing plenty of privacy. The formal garden is predominantly laid to lawn with sweeping flower beds. To one side there is a wonderful paved terrace, ideal for discreet alfresco dining and entertaining and enjoying a sunny southerly aspect. An archway leads through to a further enclosed garden that is home to a beautiful summer house. There is a wonderful kitchen garden with raised vegetable beds and a useful outbuilding/potting shed. Beyond the formal gardens there is an additional gardenor paddock (circa 1.25 acres).
Detached Period House
1.56 Acres of Gardens & Grounds
Family Room/ Dining Room
Master Bedroom with En-suite