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  • Bedrooms: 4

Formally two character cottages, Hurdles is now a charming four bedroom period cottage believed to date back to the 1600's, sensitively restored and located centrally within the wonderful community of Downton. Having undergone an extensive program of improvement by our clients, this delightful home retains much of the original character associated with its era which flows seamlessly with all the comforts of modern living. The soft neutral décor complements the bright and airy feel whilst the character features including exposed wall and ceiling beams represent this homes heritage. The fabulous kitchen breakfast room provides elegance and functionality whilst overlooking the stunning gardens. The mature extensive rear gardens have been lovingly designed with an array of flowering perennials and shrubs fronting the stunning backdrop of the iconic water meadows beyond. Downton is well provided for in village amenities and is situated on the fringes of the New Forest with its wonderful country walks yet also offers convenient access to Salisbury, Southampton and Bournemouth.


Upon entering through the solid wooden door opens into the extensive hallway which features attractive grey Karndean flooring flowing throughout the ground floor with a large storage cupboard and a walk in pantry. The sitting room/snug features exposed ceiling and wall beams and a focal point of the open fireplace with front to back woodburning stove. A separate dining room enjoys abundant light due to three apertures and is an ideal venue for formal dining and complements the large kitchen breakfast room. The kitchen is completed in a shaker style with sage coloured units and extensive solid oak work surfaces with an inset stainless steel sink and chefs tap. There are high quality appliances including a Smeg range oven, contemporary cookerhood, integrated dishwasher and undercounter fridge. There is ample room for a family breakfast table and French doors open onto the patio terrace. The utility boot room is both practical and sizeable with ample space for further appliances whilst featuring a Belfast sink and separate large storage area with a cloakroom and traditional high level W/C. The first floor offers four generous bedrooms, three of which feature fitted wardrobes and are served by a separate shower room with walk in shower and large bathroom comprising corner bath, separate corner shower, wash hand basin and W/C. There is a plethora of hidden storage cupboards throughout this character home.


The courtyard style front garden is a quaint yet unassuming approach to this deceptively large property. There is pedestrian side access via a formal right of way to the rear garden. The gardens are the undoubted showpiece of the house is the delightful rear gardens which are well established and of excellent size. There is a large patio area adjacent to the rear elevation and the attractive feature of the original well the remainder is mainly laid to lawn with mature trees and flanked by borders with herbaceous perennials and overlooking the stunning water meadows beyond.


The period cottage is situated on The Borough in the heart of Downton which is a thriving and long-standing community with a strong sense of identity. There are good local facilities in the village which include shops, doctors, dentist, tennis club, the Borough Cafe', churches, schools, and public houses, as well as the famous Cuckoo Fair held each May. There is easy access to the main regional centres of Salisbury and the B3078 gives access to the M27 and thus opening up Southampton and the M3 corridor. The wide ranging opportunities of the New Forest are only two miles from the village. There is excellent schooling in the village with its own primary and secondary school. It is also within catchment of the highly regarded Salisbury grammar schools.

Agents Notes

A truly rare opportunity to own a character cottage which has been subject of extensive program of works during our clients' tenure. The cottage also benefits from main services including gas central heating via a Worcester Bosch boiler and some double glazing. The rateable value is Band F


Leave Salisbury on the A338 Bournemouth Road. Upon reaching the village turn left immediately after The Bull Public House. Continue along The Borough where the property will be found on the left hand side shortly after the Borough Cafe.

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Charles Powell

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