Downton

£450,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 4
A most charming four bedroom period home converted from a former malthouse and believed to date back more than 200 years set in delightful courtyard gardens with tandem garage and offering an opportunity to experience the wonderful community spirit of Downton.

Owners Comments

“A sleepy little community on the edge of the beautiful Wiltshire downs and bookended by two lovely pubs; Downton is full of character and history. St Laurence's Church which dominates the village dates back to the 12th century and the charming ‘Moot' ornamental gardens were once a meeting place for Saxon kings. A stone's throw from Salisbury and the New Forest, the village is perfect for those who love a walk in the countryside and a welcome pint afterwards.”

“The family have loved living in Downton for the past 20 years. It is a friendly village with a strong community spirit and full of character. We have enjoyed many happy times at the annual Cuckoo Fair, watching (and participating !) in the Downton half-marathon and cycle race; the fireworks, films and picnics not to mention the Downton Brass Band's annual New Year's eve march past”

Introduction

This delightful home retains much of the original character associated with its era with the accommodation arranged over three floors comprising a generous sitting room and four bedrooms. A particular feature is the useful ground floor self contained annexe with an open plan living room, bedroom and ensuite shower room. The courtyard style gardens are accessed from the ground and first floors and provide an ideal entertaining venue whilst featuring established raised shrub borders with parking in front of the property, untypical of character homes in the heart of the village. Downton is well provided for in village amenities and is situated on the fringes of the New Forest with its wonderful walks and yet with convenient access to Salisbury, Southampton and Bournemouth.

Description

The wooden front door leads to the entrance hallway which showcases the original beams, hosts the cloakroom and provides access to a useful utility area and the integral tandem garage. A door opens to the self contained annexe with a large L-shaped sitting/bedroom with French doors to the rear garden and a door into the shower room. From the hallway the stairs lead to the landing featuring attractive exposed beams with doors to a balcony and access to the bedroom two/office and kitchen. The galley style kitchen features a good range of pine units and complementary worktops. Integral appliances include electric oven, four ring gas hob with cooker hood. There is space for appliances including a larder fridge freezer and dishwasher. The kitchen links perfectly with the dining room with ample space for a family dining suite with steps up to the beautifully bright dual aspect lounge with French doors to the raised patio garden and vaulted ceiling. The second floor landing provides access to two generous bedrooms with bedroom three offering a sizable roof storage area and served by the by a modern wet room style shower room.

Outside

The property features a tandem style garage with power and light and ample room for two vehicles, we understand the vendors have always been able to readily park at the front of the property also. There is shared pedestrian access to the courtyard rear garden which is a delight, enclosed by brick walling, hard landscaped with raised established trees, mature flower and shrub borders. Adjacent to the house is a large patio area, ideal for summer entertaining and steps up to the first floor terrace for alfresco dining.

Location

The Old Malthouse is situated in the heart of Downton which is a thriving and long standing community. There are good local facilities in the village which are within walking distance and include shops, doctors, dentist, tennis club, the Borough Cafe', churches, an outstanding Ofsted rated Primary School, and public houses, as well as the famous Cuckoo Fair held each May. There are beautiful walks close by including the water meadows and downs. 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 are only two miles from the village. There is first class schooling in the village with its own primary and secondary school. In the state sector, Salisbury has retained its grammar school status (Bishops for boys and South Wiltshire for girls) which offer excellent Ofsted statistics.

Agents Notes

A rare opportunity to acquire a character home with a tandem garage within the centre of Downton. The Old Malthouse is served by overnight storage heaters and has double glazing. The vendor has advised the property is currently Council Tax band F, amounting to £2,535.06 in 2017/18.

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Charles Powell

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