THIS delightful £2.5 million country home is set in glorious mature grounds of nearly five acres, complete with swimming pool and double-bank fishing on the River Itchen, which flows straight through them.

The exceptional property is located on the edge of the sought after Hampshire village of Twyford and boasts nearly 7000 sq ft of flexible accommodation including a bespoke two bedroom annexe.

Once through a set of wooden electric gates, the gravel driveway leads to the front of the house with plenty of room for parking several cars.

At the heart of this home is the spacious kitchen with an Aga, central island and dining area for entertaining with French doors leading onto a terrace overlooking the gardens and grounds.

The family/play room next door also enjoys French doors to the terrace and a door through to a rear hallway accessing the guest accommodation / annexe providing two bedrooms, one with an ensuite shower, bathroom, utility and door to the outside.

Great entertaining space is on offer with five large receptions rooms, four of them flowing into each other via double doors. The drawing room, sitting room and dining room all have high ceilings

and large bay windows creating lovely light rooms with the benefit of French doors out to the garden from the drawing room. There is also a cloakroom and stairs from the rear hallway down to the cellar.

There are five double bedrooms upstairs including the master suite, a stunning space with an en suite bathroom, walk in dressing room and doors out onto a balcony with lovely views of the garden.

There are two family bathrooms serving the remaining bedrooms and on the top floor there are two further bedrooms, a cloakroom and a large loft space.

The generous garden and grounds are truly magnificent and see a large manicured lawn extending down to the river with mature flowerbeds, specimen shrubs, mature trees and a fruit orchard. There is a large paved terrace extending from the drawing room around to raised decking outside the kitchen and family room.

The outdoor pool is heated by solar panels and gas and the grounds also boasta a barn, several garages and offices, which could be used to create more accommodation subject to planning permission.

Twyford lies on the eastern bank of the pretty Itchen Valley.

The village itself has a first class range of amenities including a very active post office with village store, adjoining restaurant and physiotherapist, a doctors surgery with pharmacy, hairdresser, church, a further restaurant and public house together with a highly regarded travel agent. There is also the Hunter Park recreation ground with its cricket pitch and tennis courts, together with many other sporting facilities, including several excellent golf courses nearby.

The village is also well known for St Mary’s Church of England Primary School and Twyford Prep School. There are a good selection of state and private schools for all ages in Winchester with bus services from the village to Princes Mead and Peter Symonds Sixth Form College, plus King Edward VI School and The Gregg School in Southampton.

There is a mainline railway station in neighbouring Shawford with a direct service to London Waterloo.

The Cathedral City of Winchester lies just to the north and offers more comprehensive amenities including an excellent range of shops, cultural and recreational facilities, together with its mainline railway station.

To the south of Winchester lies the M3 motorway (Junction 11), providing excellent communications to all parts of the country, including the South Coast, London and the Midlands.

Southampton International Airport is a few miles south in Eastleigh.

Hockley House is being marketed by Strutt & Parker Winchester.

Call 01962 869 999.