HAMPSHIRE is the perfect place to live in many ways, with a mixture of market towns, coast lines, countryside and history.

Being the biggest county in South East England, Hampshire has a wide range of properties for sale including some of the most unique homes in the UK.

Here are some of them most quirky properties that are being offered as homes in the county right now.

Former Guard House £1,250,000

Winchester

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This grade II Listed detached city house was formerly the Guard House for The Peninsula Barracks.

The unique property was originally constructed to control entry to the Barracks and was used to detain soldiers at stages during its rich operational history and was converted into this unique city dwelling in circa 1996.

Entry to the property is through the wrought iron gates on Archery Lane, where there is parking to the front and access to the garage, with a glazed veranda which sits on iron posts and extends along the front elevation.

Most of the internal doors are panelled stripped pine and other internal features include authentic fireplaces, oak flooring and tall ceilings. The kitchen has painted shaker style units and various modern appliances.

There is a charming drawing room with an original ‘guard room’ cell window.

Additionally there is a large study/bedroom 4 and a ground floor shower room. To the side, by way of an extension to the accommodation, there is an artist’s studio or additional small reception room depending on the requirement of the buyer.

On the first floor there are three double bedrooms, one en suite and a family bathroom.

Pleasant, fairly low maintenance gardens surround the property and there is a private walled courtyard garden which was previously the prisoners’ exercise yard.

Conveniently set within the city centre and a short walk to the railway station. There is a range of shops, fine restaurants and contemporary bars in Winchester.

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Luxury houseboat £169,950

Bursledon

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This truly unique 92ft barge has been converted into a luxury houseboat, situated in the picturesque bank of the river Hamble.

It would suit a buyer who wishes to enjoy views, take peaceful walks and be quietly situated.

The barge is convenient for local shops, public houses, train station, restaurants, schools and the renowned sailing facilities of the River Hamble.

The current owners obtained the barge in 2014 and have untaken a major rebuild which has seen the vessel re-plated above and below the waterline.

The barge has also undergone a complete internal refurbishment to high standard, with an inclusion of a new upper tier wheelhouse with views of the River Hamble.

Below deck the vessel has a generous open plan living/kitchen/dining area with master bedroom, two further bedrooms, bathroom and additional toilet.

The hull living quarters are fully insulated with heat provided by a large wood burning stove or gas central heating. Connected mains water, electricity.

This Barge offers very generous accommodation, good headroom, natural light, attractive lines and idyllic mooring.

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Elegant Victorian Residence £2,500,000

West Wellow

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Constructed in 1900, Chatmohr House is of architectural significance and enjoys exceptional living space that retains its period splendour and elegance with grand reception rooms, original moulded friezes, high ceilings and individual fireplaces in the principal rooms.

The accommodation is vast, arranged over three floors and versatile in its layout to easily incorporate multi occupancy if required, and retains planning consent to extend significantly.

Uniquely designed to reflect the original owner's Scottish heritage, this imposing home benefits from a wealth of wow factors, including a full width Southerly balcony and terrace accessed via French windows from most of the rooms and a roof garden.

The property is complemented by an impressive 8 bay garage completed more recently and a large stable block to serve the paddocks and direct forest riding.

The grounds comprise an excellent country estate with five acres of formal gardens, a tennis court, woodland, paddocks and single and double bank frontage of the River Blackwater tributary on the west.

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18th century Listed Mill House £2,500,000

Lockerley

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This 18th century property comes with adjoining Victorian house and cottages with fishing, in a magical waterside setting adjoining the Mill Pond, River Dun and Canal.

Although in a rural area, the Mill is not remote. At Dunbridge there is a local station on the Salisbury/Southampton line and close by is the A30.

Lockerley Mill is laid out over three floors with the principal rooms on the first floor taking full advantage of the views over the Mill pond, river and waterside grounds.

In the hall are remnants of the original mill wheel and a viewing window looks into the mill race.

Adjoining Lockerley Mill is Mill Farmhouse, which is a Victorian house, currently laid out as two self-contained flats, one 4 bedroom, one 2 bedroom.

In addition, there are two cottages, a summerhouse, and a pump house with washing facilities that can produce a very valuable income.

The grounds boast a herbaceous garden, flowering shrubs, sweeping expanses of lawn studded with many varieties of trees.

Often the garden is filled with wildlife including regular visits from deer, otters, swans, ducks, herons, house martins, swollows and woodpeckers.

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Converted Catholic Church £775,000

Alton

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Formerly a Catholic Church, St Mary’s Hall now provides a very interesting family home whilst incorporating a highly successful bed and breakfast business.

Features of note include a very impressive sitting/dining room with a vaulted ceiling and an Inglenook fireplace.

The overall accommodation includes five bedrooms including an external 'garden bedroom', each with modern and stylish shower room facilities. Importantly, the layout of the accommodation allows for the let of four bedrooms with separate access for guests from the principal in-house living areas.

As a family home, the layout of the bedroom accommodation allows for extra flexibility and independence for children and guests.

The partially walled garden has been landscaped with an area of lawn, flower and shrub borders and attractive seating areas.

A paved terrace adjoins the second sitting room and provides an ideal area for outdoor entertaining.

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