The launch of Spring Cottage to the market could not have come at a better time. This charming thatched property in the village of Chilbolton can be seen at its best at this time of year with the delightful south facing garden bursting into life.

Grade II listed this attached period cottage enjoys a fabulous position overlooking the village green towards St Mary’s Church in this sought after community which has some good local amenities and lovely walks nearby, particularly along the banks of the River Test. With origins dating back to the 17th century, the cottage has seen many changes but has always been at the heart of the village. During the Second World War it was home to Sir Thomas Sopwith who moved here when his house at Kings Somborne was requisitioned by the government, and increasingly rare these days, an underground air raid shelter still exists in the garden, now more useful as a garden store and potting shed.

The wonderful external character gives some idea of what to expect on the inside and there are numerous exposed beams, timbers and framework with an inglenook fireplace in the sitting room. The kitchen has a breakfast area and is beautifully fitted with hand crafted units, an Aga and a flagstone floor. A window seat overlooks the rear garden and there is also a walk-in pantry. A further reception room is currently arranged as a library, with fitted book shelves, and has space for a sofa and desk. There is also a ground floor cloakroom.

From an inner lobby, which could double as a study area, stairs rise to a split level landing, branching off to an inner landing area, two double bedrooms and a spacious bathroom, all with wonderful exposed timbers.

A small garden sets Spring Cottage back from the village lane and there is also a gravelled parking space. At the rear the good size garden is enclosed by beech hedging and there is a delightful display of spring bulbs, shrubs and mature trees around the level lawn. A gate opens to steps descending to the air raid shelter.

Offers around £565,000 are invited by Evans & Partridge in Stockbridge. For further details and to make an appointment to view this unique property call the office on 01264 810702.