A former ex-convicts hostel in a village near Winchester is for sale as a residential development.

Elderfield House in Otterbourne provided a place where low and medium risk ex-inmates can live and undertake rehabilitation courses.

According to its operator for the last 60 years, the Langley House Trust, it was no longer financially sustainable when it closed in 2019.

Elderfield was the only Langley hostel where residents did a six-month Pathways to Change programme that involved cognitive behaviour therapy.

The area also had a large garden attached to it, but it is currently unclear what the future of that area will be.

It closed in 2019 and is now being advertised on the Lambert Smith Hampton website as a freehold for residential development.

It is described as a Grade II listed property divided into 14 bedrooms with a large, industrial type kitchen on the ground floor and five communal rooms.

The origins of the house are 18th century. It was extended in Victorian times and again in the 20th century. The size of the site advertised is 0.481 acres.

On the website, it says: “We understand the current planning use is class C2 (residential institution), however all prospective purchasers should undertake their own enquiries with the local authority.”