Fawley Road, Hythe, Southampton

Guide price

Bedrooms: 4
An exciting opportunity to purchase an imposing semi-detached Georgian residence, set in a private off-road position on the outskirts of Hythe, providing a wealth of period features whilst also offering a modern twist. Originally constructed around 1730, this substantial property was thoughtfully situated to enjoy a secluded setting, while (at the time) boasting over 100 acres of surrounding woodland and fields, enjoying an elevated position affording excellent views. Most of this land has now been sold, however it still remains as woodland and fields, offering pleasing surroundings for the present day dwelling. During its time, the estate has seen residence of various high profile owners, including Commander Edward Unwin (The Waterside's only holder of The Victoria Cross) as well as the chief of Hampshire Police. In the mid-1950s, the building was converted into two unique semi-detached residences, Forest Lodge and Forest Lodge West. This opportunity provides buyers the chance to not only purchase an exceptional period home, but also buy into a piece of Hythe's history. An internal inspection is strongly advised to fully appreciate the generous proportions, the character and the pleasing setting on offer.

LOCATION Whilst enjoying a secluded 'semi rural' setting, the property is conveniently placed for the local amenities on offer within both Hythe and Dibden Purlieu Villages. This includes schooling for all age groups, a wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants as well as bus services to the surrounding areas. Proximity to the water and The New Forest National Park offer the opportunity to enjoy many activities. Facilities cater for sailing and water sports, horse riding, golf, tennis and many other outside interests. A passenger ferry from the historic Hythe Pier runs a regular service to Town Quay in Southampton where there are direct train links to London.

MAIN ENTRANCE This is slightly recessed with an outside security lantern and a substantial timber front door with glazed panels.

RECEPTION HALL An impressive feature of the property with oak panelled walls and matching fitted cupboards. A staircase is complemented by spindle balustrading which extends to an equally pleasing galleried landing. An original, full height timber fireplace displays an ornamental mirror and houses a wood burning stove set on a slate hearth. Another character feature is the herringbone oak strip floor extending throughout the hall. Recently installed French doors with glazed panels open to the garden with timber shutters and a sash window looks across to the drive. Inner doors open to the family/dining room as well as the drawing room/lounge.

DRAWING ROOM/LOUNGE This light and airy room has tall shuttered sash windows in with matching French doors opening onto one of the garden areas. A fireplace with a wood burning stove and natural timber beamed mantle is matched to the opposite end by a further open fireplace. Waxed pine floor boarding with natural pine skirtings and architraving complement this magnificent room which also benefits from under floor heating.

DINING ROOM/FAMILY ROOM A large, oak-framed opening provides an open-plan room with two separate areas for a family room and a dining area. The family room has a neutral carpet and the dining room benefits from a solid timber floor with matching skirting. Full width sash windows look onto mature shrubbery on the rear boundary and a feature skylight provides natural light into both of the rooms. A door opens onto the kitchen/breakfast room.

KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM Country style pine cabinets are complemented by granite worktops and a double Butler sink with mixer tap. Part tiled surrounds include a stainless steel splash back to the cooker recess which currently houses a multi-fuel range style cooker. Shelving and dresser units include a plate rack, glazed cabinets and cupboards with wine rack as well as an integrated dishwasher. Two windows overlook the rear courtyard and there are ceiling recessed downlights. Rustic flagstone flooring extends through to the breakfast area where a timber door, with windows to either side, provides access to the side garden. A further door opens to the utility room.

UTILITY ROOM A range of oak finish units and matching roll edge worktops allow space for appliances including plumbing for a washing machine. Wall mounted gas fired boiler. Window to side and door to WC.

WC Extensively tiled and fitted with a white suite complemented by tiled flooring. High level screen window to side.

GALLERIED LANDING This looks down onto the reception hall and features an oak panelled ceiling with matching cornicing. Double french doors with glazed panels open onto the ROOF TERRACE which has wrought iron balustrading and enjoys a landscaped outlook. The first floor is split level with two corridors allowing access to all bedrooms, the family bathroom and a separate shower room.

BEDROOM ONE A generous master bedroom with windows to two sides overlooking the drive, wooded areas and garden.

BEDROOM TWO Featuring a cast iron fireplace with a period surround, picture rail and a sash window to front.

FAMILY BATHROOM A particularly well-appointed white suite includes a double-ended bath with mixer tap, a vanity unit with wall mirror and storage, a walk-in double shower and a WC. Stylish tiling extends to all of the walls and the floor. Ceiling recessed spot lights and partially screen glazed sash window to side.

BEDROOM THREE Located off the second corridor, this delightful room has windows to two sides and timber floor boarding. Fitted bedroom furniture includes wardrobes, a dressing table and a chest of drawers.

BEDROOM FOUR A comfortable fourth double bedroom with a window to rear and a handy, second door to the landing where there is a separate shower room.

SHOWER ROOM Adjacent to bedrooms three and four. Fitted with a contemporary suite including a walk-in glass shower cubicle, a pedestal hand basin, a WC and a heated towel rail. Ceiling recessed spotlights and complimentary tiling extends to the surroundings walls as well as the floor.

OUTSIDE OF THE PROPERTY The property is located well off the main road and approached via a drive, which leads through woodland and fields to a five-bar gate, marking the front boundary to the property. This drive continues to the house and allows ample driveway parking.

GARAGE Built to match the house including an up-and-over door to the front, windows and double doors to the side as well as a window to rear. Internally there is a workbench, shelving, a boarded loft space, an internal light and power.

GARDENS The gardens to front and rear have ornamental borders, lawned and pea shingle areas, paved and cobbled pathways and paved patios. To the rear of the property is a recessed courtyard surrounded by established shrubbery. There is lighting to three corners of the property plus security lanterns adjacent to the front and rear doors. The landscaped surrounds provide a pleasant outlook plus a high degree of privacy and include a part walled, banked wooded area.

IMPROVEMENTS The current owner has made various improvements to the property over recent years. These include a replacement roof, an improved gas central heating system with efficient radiators (all with individual thermostats), a modern consumer unit, re-plastering of the walls and ceilings skimmed.

02380 844405

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