SITUATED on the edge of the cathedral city of Winchester, Strawberry Hill is one of the finest family country houses Hampshire has to offer and boasts its own leisure complex, ornamental lake and wine store.

Hidden in mature grounds of nearly three acres, it enjoys unrivalled 180 degree views over the rolling countryside surrounding it.

Sports enthusiasts with a spare £3 million will love the swimming pool, tennis court, snooker room and gym.

This seven bedroom property was built in the late 1970s/early 1980s. The current owners have carried out a rolling programme of modernisation and refurbishment throughout the 20 years they have lived there.

The substantial house of nearly 8,000 sq ft enjoys large, light well-proportioned rooms, and is beautifully presented throughout.

On the ground floor are the principal reception rooms which radiate off an entrance and double height staircase

hall. The exceptional family room is the hub of the house with sliding picture windows leading into the children's sitting room /play room and the conservatory, which is laid out into various dining and sitting areas making it the perfect party room.

On the first floor, off the galleried landing, are five principal bedroom suites. The main bedroom is vaulted, all have fitted wardrobe cupboards, three with bathrooms, and two with shower rooms.

The leisure complex lies at the lower garden level and is approached from the main hall by a marble staircase. The swimming pool area is divided by attractive archways creating two sitting/games areas. There are two further bedrooms in the leisure complex.

From the Alresford Road, a gated entrance and a long illuminated carriage driveway sweeps down through the grounds the triple garaging, which includes a wine store.

Surrounding the house are wonderful mature tree lined and hedged grounds. At the front are banks of lawns, an orchard area, and varieties of mature shrubs.

Adjoining the back of the house and on various levels are balustraded terraces, in part linked by a metal spiral staircase. They overlook a wonderful large ornamental pond which is crossed by an iron bridge and has a rockery and waterfall.

There is a hard tennis court and a large stone terrace partly enclosed by hedging and lavender with steps leading down onto the main lawn.

Strawberry Hill is situated on the eastern fringe of the city. The house can truly be described as in the country, and yet it is within feasible

walking and cycling distance of the city centre.

The house adjoins an incredible undulating valley, some the finest in Hampshire and literally has views to the horizon.

It's being marketed by Jackson-Stops at a guide price of £2,995,000.

Call 01962 844299.