Pretty countryside within easy distance of London has meant that Hampshire is perennially popular with country house buyers. We pick the best of the property crop.
Hampshire/Wiltshire, £1.625 million
Home Farm, Chute Cadley
6 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, conservatory, 2.7 acres
This house has never been on the open market before—it was purchased from the Conholt estate by the current owners in 1958. It faces south-west and many of the main rooms enjoy lovely views over the countryside. There is scope for a tennis court or swimming pool on a levelled area in the garden.
Knight Frank (01488 682 726)
Hampshire, £1.85 million
Heathermoor, Hale Purlieu
6 bedrooms, swimming pool, 41⁄2 acres
Set within the New Forest National Park and on the edge of the village of Hale, this house dates from 1929 and has a mainly south-facing garden, which takes part in the National Gardens Scheme. The spacious kitchen/breakfast room has a playroom adjoining it and outside are a stableyard and three paddocks.
Savills (01722 426 820)
Hampshire, £1.75 million
Heath Farmhouse, Petersfield
Just one mile from the town’s high street lies this Grade II-listed farm- house, which sits in four acres. There are five bedrooms, stables, a studio and outbuildings. The house faces south, with views over a paddock and the open countryside beyond.
Winkworth (01730 267 274)
Hampshire, £2.5 million
Tile Barn Farm, Brockenhurst
This pretty Grade II-listed farmhouse sits on the edge of Brockenhurst. It has six bedrooms, a range of outbuildings, an outdoor swimming pool and 6.3 acres of gardens and paddocks. Additionally, there is a home office and a games room.
John D. Wood & Co (01590 677 233)
In the heart of the South Downs National Park is this four-bedroom, Grade II-listed house. It stands in 1.489 acres and there is a terrace that makes the most of the lovely views over the countryside.
Knight Frank (01428 770 560)
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