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  • Bedrooms: 5

A historic village landmark, this handsome 18th Century Grade II Listed Georgian family home, originally a working watermill and up to recently a bed and breakfast, occupies a central position in the quintessential Wiltshire village of Downton, located on the fringes of the New Forest National Park. Enjoying the most stunning of settings upon the River Avon, the views incorporate wildlife and idyllic grounds of landscaped gardens with a bridge leading to a recently acquired island culminating in grounds in excess of ½ acre. This rare gem has been the subject of a sensitive refurbishment programme, retaining the intrinsic character including traditional casement windows and exposed timbers. Perfectly arranged over four floors, the charming living space is approaching 3,500 square feet and would easily suit a growing family with an iconic basement family room and five bedrooms, four of which host ensuite facilities. This remarkable home's setting will not fail to impress even the most discerning of clients, coupled with practical communication links and easy access to excellent local schooling.


There are steps up to the wooden stable front door and upon entering the hallway, the character is immediately apparent with exposed timbers and there is access to the cloakroom. The study is a delightful room with original exposed wood. The kitchen is equipped with hand crafted painted units in a pleasant duck egg shade with extensive worktops comprising an island. The kitchen features integrated appliances which include an eye level Neff electric oven and grill, four ring induction hob and dishwasher. Exposed wooden flooring flows through the area which is able to host a substantial dining suite leading to an adjoining conservatory with stunning views over the river and gardens. The sitting room is accessed via double wooden doors and benefits from a double aspect whilst boasting a wood burning stove set upon a slate tiled hearth. From the hallway, a door leads to stairs descending to the basement where you immediately enter the utility room with an original trap door and separate cloakroom. The utility room supplementing the kitchen offers a range of base level units, extensive worktops and one and half bowl with space and plumbing for washing machine and dryer. There is an airing cupboard accommodating the boiler and pressurised water cylinder. A personal door leads to the garage which has an up and over door, power and light. A separate stable door leads to the gardens. There is a further door to the cavernous family room, equipped with bespoke cabinetry and featuring floor mounted double glazed windows providing a glimpse of the flowing water with its pleasant hum apparent. The large cellar room could possibly be converted into supplementary living accommodation.

From the ground floor landing, stairs ascend to the first floor with further stairs and an understairs airing cupboard. The main bedroom appreciates a double aspect featuring two sets of recessed double wardrobes and ensuite facilities comprising a French bath, walk in wet room style shower, chrome heated towel rail, low level W/C and wash hand basin. Bedroom two features a double wardrobe with an ensuite bathroom comprising a corner bath with a power shower over and Jack and Jill access with the hallway serving bedroom five with a double wardrobe.

The second floor is an ideal area for adult children with the landing dressed as a sitting room and two large double bedrooms approaching the eaves with some restricted head height and both with eaves wardrobes and their own separate ensuite facilities.


The property is approached via a brick paved driveway with parking for two cars and potential for a third parking space with alterations to the steps. A pedestrian side gate leads to the stunning gardens set on the backdrop of the River Avon and water meadows beyond. There is an attractive raised brick paved sun terrace, ideal for summer entertaining accessed from the conservatory. The gardens are established and flanked by flowering shrub borders and mainly laid to lawn. A shaped box hedge encloses a pretty seating area. A bridge leads to the island which has been recently added to the title and is studded with mature trees and laid to lawn with steps down to a pier ideal for a boat mooring. There is an attractive sun terrace ideal for summer entertaining.


Downton is a thriving large village lying 6 miles to the south of Salisbury, within the Avon Valley, close to the northern border of The New Forest. The village has a long and distinguished history as far back as the Iron Age with the 18th Century Moot as a landmark. With a village centre offering a small selection of shops and pubs, historic church, one of the main village events is the annual Cuckoo Fair, an evolution of the tradition of heralding the onset of fairer weather with the arrival of the cuckoo. One important element of village life is the well sought of Downton C of E Primary School.

The Cathedral City of Salisbury has main line rail services to London Waterloo and a comprehensive range of facilities including shops, schools, college and cultural amenities, the renowned Salisbury Playhouse and Cathedral. Nearby Fordingbridge is a smaller country town with day to day facilities, in a charming setting on the banks of the River Avon. The New Forest National Park is a wildlife haven with wonderful outdoor pursuits which stretches as far as the Solent at its southern extremity. There are good road links with two important regional centres at Southampton, with its International Airport and Bournemouth/Poole. The M27 and its connection with Winchester via the M3 is found about 10 miles away, which links with all of the main south coast locations.

Agent Notes

The property is Grade II Listed and is served by mains gas and drainage. Above the garage is subject to a flying freehold with the neighbouring property – Corn Mill. The rateable value is Band G.


Leave Salisbury on the A338 Bournemouth Road. Upon reaching the village turn left immediately after The Bull Public House. Continue along The Borough crossing the River and entering onto the High Street where the property can be found on the right hand side opposite the old Tannery building.

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Charles Powell

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