I was lucky enough to enjoy a bit of the Hampshire high life the other day. A friend invited a group of local chaps for a curry evening. When I enquired where we were headed, he told me he was taking us to his favourite Indian restaurant in Cowes. Our taxi was a 40 foot, newly-reconditioned speed boat that our host wanted to test run following its refurbishment. And so, as we sped over the Solent at 50 knots to sample a very enjoyable curry at Saffron Flavours of India, it made me wonder about where – if I had all the money in the world – I might like to live.
Obviously as a Hampshire Homefinder, the only place to live is here in Hampshire. So here are a few of my favourite Hampshire properties that are currently on the market, for clients with deeper pockets than most.
Church Farm House in Tywford, on the market with Strutt & Parker, is one of my favourites and ticks all the boxes from a family perspective. The Grade II listed farm house offers six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a great games room with every conceivable table game for growing kids, more than ten acres of landscaped gardens with swimming pool, tennis court, double river bank with fishing rights on the Itchen and even a zip wire. Rumour has it this property used to belong to Johnnie Boden and the style and family focus exuded by the house and grounds make me find this unsurprising. At £3.5million it looks like a great investment: I could picture myself and my family living there very happily!
For those who prefer to be more centrally located, look no further than 6 St James’ Lane in St Cross, Winchester. Being marketed by Jackson, Stops & Staff, this is a smashing property. A Regency townhouse with three receptions, six bedrooms and a self-contained basement flat, the property offers superb accommodation in a wonderful location. But it is the perfectly manicured, walled gardens, at over a third of an acre, that set it apart from the usual townhouse. A quiet oasis in the middle of bustling Winchester, and yours for a snip at £2,850,000.
A house with a sea view is top of the fantasy list for many a people and Sedge End, in Keyhaven, just outside Lymington, for sale through Knight Frank, is arguably one of the best seaview houses on the south coast. Having been owned by only two families in the last 100 years, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a cracking five bedroom, two reception house with swimming pool, sauna, gym and three acres of waterfront land with views across the Keyhaven River and Solent to the Isle of Wight, Hurst Castle and the Needles. These breathtaking views come at quite a price, however: Sedge House is for sale with a guide price of £4.75 million.
If you’re looking for a more rural setting, Whitedale House is a Grade II listed Georgian Country house offered through Knight Frank, set on the outskirts of Hambledon, the home of cricket. This beautiful property offers over 11,000 sq ft of accommodation and includes eight bedrooms, five reception rooms and six bathrooms. Outside, the property boasts 21 acres including walled gardens, tennis court, swimming pool, a two bedroom cottage, outbuildings and – to cap it all – a swimming lake with duck house. On the market at offers in excess of £5.25 million, this home will really make you feel like a Lord or Lady of the Manor.
Finally, my favourite property of them all, and one very close to my heart, is Stakes Farm in Upham, which is on the market with Savills. Bearing in mind the fact that both my mother and my grandmother were born in the front room; and considering that my great grandfather first bought this wonderful house after his return from the First World War in October 1919, you could safely say that this is a farm house I know pretty well. Things have changed a lot in the more than 40 years that I have known it. Where hay barns and pig sties once sat, there are now manicured lawns, tennis courts, flint stable cottages and even a successful brewery. For the horse-lovers among you, there is stabling for seven horses, a large tack room and equestrian arena. On the market at a price of £2.5million, I think that this is the steal of the lot. Set in stunning countryside and with The Brushmakers Arms, a great local country pub, only a stroll up the lane, the only problem may be the neighbours: as I look down to the farm across the fields from my garden, I have a vested interest in who moves in next.