Dating back to the early 1800’s and originally the gardener's cottage which formed part of the Old Farmery on the Fair Oak Park estate, this beautiful home has been tastefully modernised whilst retaining much of its original character, with a wealth of original features including open fireplaces, exposed beams and vaulted ceilings. The accommodation extends to just over 3,300 square feet and includes a self-contained two-bedroom guest house.
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INTRODUCTION Dating back to the early 1800's and originally the gardener's cottage which formed part of the Old Farmery on the Fair Oak Park estate, this beautiful home has been tastefully modernised whilst retaining much of its original character, with a wealth of original features including open fireplaces, exposed beams and vaulted ceilings. The accommodation extends to just over 3,300 square feet and includes a self-contained two-bedroom guest house.

Accommodation in the main house comprises a spacious entrance hall, wonderful, 22ft kitchen/breakfast room, 19ft dining hall, further three reception rooms, study, utility and cloakroom. On the first floor there are four bedrooms, ensuite to the master and a family bathroom. Outside there is a good size driveway with parking for multiple vehicles and an attractive, south facing garden.


The guest house has been re-designed by the current owners to now offer a private front entrance, a modern kitchen/dining room, light and airy lounge with wood burning stove, two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a private rear garden, an ideal holiday let/rental opportunity.


LOCATION Located close to Fair Oak village and within walking distance of local schools, shops and amenities, the property is also within catchment for Fair Oak Primary school and Wyvern College for 11-16-year-olds which has academy status.

The pretty neighbouring villages of Bishops Waltham and Botley are a stones throw away with many lovely shops and beautiful walks. Eastleigh and its thriving town centre with mainline railway station is a short drive away, as is Southampton Airport, and the M27 motorway providing access to all routes including Southampton, Winchester, Chichester, Portsmouth, Guildford, and London.


HISTORY The Fair Oak Park Estate sat on the land now known as Mimosa Drive and Camelia Grove, owned by the stockbroker George Herbert Pember. The estate was enormous and included the Dower House, Hall Lands House, the Coach House, and the surrounding buildings including The Old Farmery,

The Old Farmery is made up of part of the head gardeners' cottage, stables and barn, built in 1820 and later converted in the 1970's to create a large family home and separate guest house. Many original features have been retained including the cottage beams, stable door, hay loft stairs and two of the originals stone crests from the estate, rescued from the remains of the mansion and displaying the initials of George Herbert Pember. The history of the estate including George Herbert Pember and the crests are included in The History of Fair Oak and Horton Heath researched and written by Helen Douglas. Extensive paperwork tracking the history of the property can be shown on request.


INSIDE Upon entering the property you are welcomed into a large entrance hall which has been laid to tile effect flooring and has a storage cupboard to one wall, an external door to the rear which opens to the garden, an opening through to a study and doors to the kitchen, drawing room and cloakroom. The study has a window to the front aspect and is laid to wood flooring and is currently used as a playroom.

An original, barn style door to the right of the hall opens to the impressive, 22ft kitchen/breakfast room which has vaulted ceilings, original wooden beams, a feature exposed brick wall and two windows to both the front and rear offering a dual aspect. The original stairs to hay loft are still in place and offer access to the first floor en-suite. The kitchen itself has been tastefully fitted with a range of wooden wall and base level units and complimentary worktops, there is a central island with cupboards and drawers under, with two built-in ovens, a gas and separate induction hob and breakfast bar to one side. The kitchen also benefits from an integrated fridge and dishwasher and is laid to oak effect flooring. A door to one end leads to a utility room which again has been laid to wood flooring with matching base units and worktops with inset sink and space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer.

A further door to one end opens into the grand 19ft dining hall, which benefits from plenty of light and has been laid to Parquet flooring, with high vaulted ceilings and original beams, a feature wood burning stove to one end and space for large dining room furniture and further seating. There is a sealed door to one side, which previously provided access to the now independent guest house. A further door from the entrance hall opens into the beautiful drawing rooms which has both a window and French doors to the rear and has been laid to carpet, There is a central woodburning stove with original Fair Oak Park Estate crest above, original wooden beams, plenty of space for freestanding furniture and an opening to the rear leading to the sitting room and a set of double doors which open to a stairwell which has a hand crafted staircase leading to the first floor.

The sitting room has a window to the side, with wooden beams and arches which add to the charm of the property, there is space for seating and a further door leading to the family room. The family room is a cosy space ideal for relaxing with French doors to the front and a window to the side, there is a centrally located fireplace, original wooden beams, space for freestanding furniture with the room laid to carpet. The ground floor cloakroom is accessed directly from the entrance hall and has an obscured window to the front aspect, with a low level WC and wash hand basin.

The first floor landing has a window to the front aspect, has been laid to carpet with doors leading to all rooms and access to the loft space. The largest room has dual aspect windows to the front and side aspect and has been laid to carpet with space for large bedroom furniture. The current master bedroom has a window to the rear aspect and has been laid to carpet with a built-in storage cupboard to one corner, space for freestanding furniture and a door to one end leading to an ensuite. The ensuite has been laid to tile flooring, with a window to the front aspect and is fitted with a panel enclosed bath with shower over, wash hand basin set in vanity unit and low level WC.

There are two further double bedrooms, both laid to carpet, one with a window to the side the other overlooking the rear garden. The modern family bathroom has a window to the front aspect and is fitted with a double walk-in shower, panel enclosed bath, wash hand basin set in vanity unit and low level WC. The room also benefits tiled flooring, spotlights and a wall mounted heated towel rail.


GUEST HOUSE The re-designed guest house is a wonderful addition to the main house and offers income potential or possibly a home for parents/relatives. Previously directly accessed from the main house, this has since been closed but could be re-opened with only small works required. Upon entering the property you are welcomed into a spacious entrance hall which has a window to the front aspect providing plenty of natural light and is laid to solid wood flooring, there is a storage cupboard to one side, a utility cupboard with washing machine, with a door straight ahead opening to the shower room and an opening to the side which leads through to the kitchen/dining room.

The kitchen/dining room has a large window to the side aspect and is laid to wood effect flooring, with space for a large dining table and chairs and stairs leading to the first floor. The kitchen itself has been fitted with a modern range of wall and base units with Granite worktops and integrated appliances including an electric oven and hob, fridge freezer and dishwasher. A further door to one side opens to a spacious lounge which has a single door and window to one side and sliding French doors, with full length windows to either side, to the rear opening out to the garden. There is a wonderful wood burning stove, space for freestanding furniture, TV and various power points with the room being laid to carpet. The ground floor shower room has been fitted with a walk-in corner shower, wall mounted wash hand basin set in vanity unit and low level WC, with spotlighting and laid to tiled flooring.

The first-floor landing has a Velux window, space for a desk and chair and would make an ideal study/office space. Doors to either side open to both bedrooms. The master bedroom is a good size double room with has two skylights, allowing plenty of natural light, eaves storage space to both sides and laid to carpet. To one end a door opens to a modern ensuite which has been laid to oak effect flooring, with spotlights and benefits from a walk-in shower, freestanding bath, wash hand basin set in vanity unit and low-level WC, there is also access to the boiler cupboard.

The guest house benefits from its own private garden which has two paved seating areas to the front and rear, gated pedestrian side access, with the rest mainly laid to lawn with beautiful, mature borders, well stocked with a variety of flowers, shrubs and trees.


OUTSIDE The property is approached via a set of double gates which open to the tree lined driveway, spacious and providing off road parking for 6+ vehicles, with a shed to one side and a gravel footpath which leads to the front entrance for both the main and guest house. There is a large area laid to lawn, with mature flower beds and further trees and shrubs providing privacy and a secluded feel. The main house offers a large South facing rear garden, with a good size, paved seating/entertainment area, a further BBQ/seating area to the rear, a raised fishpond and raised flower beds to one side, leaving the rest mainly laid to lawn. There is also a further area laid to artificial lawn which is currently used as a children's play area.

COUNCIL TAX Eastleigh Borough Council Band G

TENURE Freehold
Fair Oak
Mortimers Lane, Fair Oak
Offers In Region Of
£950,000
6 Bedrooms
4 Bathrooms
6 Reception Rooms
Call 02382 022199