, Church Lane
PROPERTY OVERVIEW Set along a quiet lane in the heart of the historic village of Botley, this spacious and beautifully presented 17th century manor house offers almost 6,300 sq ft of flexible accommodation, arranged over three floors. The property is steeped in history and was previously owned by a relative of Jane Austen. Internally, the manor house has been sensitively modernised and thoughtfully combines the amenities of modern living yet retaining the property’s charm and character, with period features including high ceilings and open fireplaces.
Accommodation on the ground floor briefly comprises an inviting entrance hall, two large reception rooms with open fireplaces, a large dining room, kitchen/breakfast room and smaller dining room, snug, office, pantry, boiler room and cellar. There is then an inner courtyard from which there is access to a log store, pump room and two further useful storerooms. The first floor provides a master bedroom and an additional bedroom, both of which are en-suite. There is then another double bedroom with a shower room and two further double bedrooms with a separate family bathroom. On the second floor there is a large room that the current vendors use as a music room, with three further rooms and a large loft room (formerly the servants quarters), which could be converted into additional accommodation or provide useful storage space.
Outside, the property is approached over a sweeping gravel drive leading to the manicured formal gardens with the driveway providing off road parking for numerous vehicles. The grounds are a particular feature of the property that lead down and front the River Hamble.
Vendor’s comment "I remember jumping off the riverbank and learning to swim in the river at the end of the garden".
The lawns are intercepted by gravel pathways and planted with a wide variety of attractive flowers, trees and faunae. There are also many mature specimen shrubs, with views over the pasture and vineyard. The grounds meander further to reveal two large mature ponds. There is then a 36ft swimming pool with sun terrace, adjoining a 36ft pool room with changing rooms and cloakrooms, ideal for entertaining.
The main property also comes with a 90ft x 39 ft marquee, which could have a number of uses.
"Steeple Court has been our home for nearly forty years, it holds many wonderful memories including our wedding. Its wonderful location, in terms of being surrounded by woodland and on the edge of the River Hamble, has enabled me to indulge my passion for wildlife. Having access to the river, also gave our family the opportunity to enjoy days out in the boat, even water skiing further on up the Solent. The nearby country park and adjoining farmland is perfect for riding our horses and walking our dogs – Steeple Court Manor will always hold a special place in our hearts".
Steeple Court Manor is set in a total of approximately eight to ten acres and to fully appreciate both the accommodation on offer and of course the property’s wonderful location, an early viewing truly is a must.
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