Archery Lane, Winchester, SO23

£1,395,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 4
Dining Hall, Drawing Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Snug, Studio, Downstairs Bedroom Four/Study, Downstairs Shower Room, Master Bedroom En-Suite, Two Further Double Bedrooms, Bathroom, Garden, Courtyard, Garage/Utility Area, Parking

The Property:

Formally the Guard House for The Peninsular Barracks and built in a pleasing Georgian Revival style, this unique detached property is moments from all of the amenities that Winchester has to offer and is set behind a most attractive red brick façade, under a slate roof with inset windows and sash openers. Entry to the property is through the wrought iron gates on Archery Lane, where there is parking to the front and access to the garage, with a glazed veranda which sits on iron posts and extends along the front elevation. The Guard House was described by 'Historic England' in its listing as….'an unusually ambitious example of a Guard House, on the Southgate Street entrance to the Barracks. Lower Barracks was occupied from the mid nineteenth century as a hospital and prison attached to the Upper Barracks, and largely rebuilt 1901-5. It forms a complete functional assemblage of late Victorian/Edwardian Barrack buildings and contributes to the considerable overall significance of the Peninsula Barracks site'. Having lived in the property for the last 18 years the current owner describes the property as….'a truly unique and quite special place which viewers really need to see inside to appreciate'.

A traditional front door opens into a stunning double aspect dining hall with fitted window shutters and a brick lined fireplace that has ample space for a large formal dining table as well as sofas and easy chairs. This in turn opens into an inner hallway which leads to the sitting room that is again of dual aspect with a door that opens into the courtyard and an original cell window, with an exposed brick lined fireplace. There is also a double bedroom (which is currently used as a large study) that goes through into a wonderful artist's studio with plenty of natural light from the glazed mono-pitch roof, again with French doors that open into the garden area with a delightful centralised brick pathway flanked by well-stocked beds that really are a sea of colour. There is also a shower room which serves this floor. The kitchen/breakfast room really is the heart of this home; a splendid room for both entertaining and family dining alike, fitted with a range of shaker style painted units, 'Brittania' range cooker and has ample space for a large central breakfast table. This room has large windows to the front with sash openers and fitted shutters. It opens into a snug that has space again for a sofa and has French doors opening into the private courtyard. The first floor has three good double bedrooms all with fitted wardrobes and an en-suite serving the master bedroom which is a double aspect room with a circular window providing a lovely view of Searle's House garden. A large family bathroom serves the remaining bedrooms. Externally, the property has a garden area to the east elevation that is open to the south as well as a more private courtyard offering peace and tranquillity; a real rarity in such a central location and with a gate opening to the public gardens of 'Searle's House'. Parking is situated to the front of the garage, which has double doors and plenty of space for a car as well as eaves storage and a fitted utility area to the back.

The Location:

'The Guard House' is situated in the Lower Barracks which is among one of the most desirable positions in central Winchester. Just to the south of the High Street, St. Cross is particularly well-known for its access to the Water Meadows and the pleasant walks both the City and country alike, encompassing the ancient parts of the City, the College and Cathedral. The City Centre and its amenities offer first class shopping, a varied range of restaurants, cinema, theatre and sports centre. Communications are excellent, with the mainline railway station running a service to London Waterloo (approximately 60 minutes) and the M3, A34, A303 and M27 all easily accessible. Schools in Winchester are first class, with St. Bede primary school nearby being highly sought after. There is a wide variety of further state and private schools in the area including Pilgrims and Winchester College a short walk away, Twyford School, Peter Symonds Sixth Form College and St. Swithun's School is just two miles out of the City.

Directions:

Proceed in a southerly direction from the City Centre along Southgate Street, the property can be found on the corner of Archery Lane just after Searle's House.

Viewing:

Strictly by appointment through Belgarum Estate Agents (01962 844460).

Services:

All mains services are connected.

Council Tax:

Band G (rate for 2019/20 £2,856.92pa).

Marketed by Arrange viewing 01962 807026

Belgarum Estate & Letting Agents

72a High Street, Winchester, Hampshire

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