A beautiful Grade II* listed Manor House set on the edge of Odiham
Reception hall and 4 reception rooms Kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and larder Cellar with wine storage Master bedroom with en-suite and dressing room Three further bedrooms and two further bathrooms (one adjoining) The Great Hall Second floor with two further bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen (self-contained flat) Barn providing garaging and storage Parterre gardens, formal lawned gardens, walled garden and water garden Swimming pool In all about 4.7 acres Occupying a unique position in Odiham village, The Priory is a very special Grade II* listed property. The main house is of Tudor origins remodelled in the reign of Queen Anne. There is a 19th Century addition linking the house to the oldest part of the priory which is medieval, built in 1445 as a Great Hall for clergy of Salisbury cathedral. Although the medieval wing is incorporated into the house, part has been left as ruins providing a reminder of the history of the property and a fantastic addition to the gardens.
The Priory is discreetly situated off the village high street and sits in a secluded position behind mature trees and a red brick wall. The entrance from the road is understated, however upon entering the grounds, automatic gates provide a grand entrance into the property. The gravelled drive takes you into the landscaped gardens, past a large pond, arriving at a central fountain which provides a turning circle at the front of the house.
The impressive two storey porch, thought to be Jacobean, utilises an original studded door with carved surround and, upon entering the reception hall, it is evident that the current owners have carried out painstaking and detailed renovation and upkeep to produce an elegant and comfortable family home.
Off the hall the drawing room is well proportioned with high ceilings and large windows facing south making it a bright and airy space. The room is wood panelled with an ornate marble fireplace to the west and to the east an alcove through to French doors with fan light above giving access to the south parterre garden. This also links through to the dining room, which mirrors the drawing room, with a marble fireplace on the east wall. The family or media room can be accessed from the hall or dining room and is within the Victorian part of the house. A large bay window brings lots of natural light into the room.
Opposite the family room is the kitchen/breakfast room which is a bright open space with fully fitted cabinets, Neff appliances and an Aga. Being in the oldest part of the house there are double height pointed arch windows and a doorway with stone surround giving access to the east lawned garden. There is a larder and, off the hall, a useful utility room with its own entrance. Planning consent has been granted to remove the wall between the kitchen and sitting room to create a huge kitchen/breakfast room. On entering the sitting room, which is currently used as a study, it is evident that you are in the medieval part of the house with arched leaded windows, an Elizabethan fireplace and flagstone flooring. A staircase leads up to the great hall above which illustrates this even more so, with an impressive vaulted ceiling showing the ancient beams and supporting structure.
A wide staircase leads to the first floor, with spacious landing, and to the master bedroom suite to the west. This is a large and bright room with window seating and views over the south garden. There is a grand marble fireplace at one end and a doorway through to a dressing room, which incorporates the first floor of the 15th Century porch. The master bathroom has been beautifully updated with double ended bath and walk-in shower. There are two further bedrooms, a family bathroom and a guest suite comprising a large dressing room, which could be used as a bedroom, and en suite bathroom.
The second floor has two further bedrooms, a family bathroom and kitchen and is accessed from the back staircase which has its own ground floor entrance making this perfect accommodation for staff.
The gardens at The Priory are outstanding. The house sits centrally, in around 4.7 acres of meticulous formal gardens, lawned areas and grounds. From the entrance through the gates there is a large pond to the west with free-roaming ducks and geese and a central weeping willow, past a turning to the barn and on to the front of the house. The house is positioned around an immaculate courtyard knot garden with intricate box hedging and topiary contrasting with the 15th century ruins behind. The pathway leads to the walled kitchen garden which is surrounded on two sides by an impressive Victorian glasshouse. Past the barn is a gravelled walk along the eastern boundary through to the heated swimming pool with terraced surround and storage room.
An arbor runs to a sunken lawned area with central water feature and on to the water garden with a higher level pond feeding streams which weave their way through to the rocks.
Steps lead up to the lawned area in front of the medieval past of the house and either east, to a large lawned area with beautiful mature beds, or west to the Queen Anne garden. This comprises a gravelled area in front of the southern elevation with brick steps leading down, between topieried trees, to paths which divide the garden into quarters of box hedging and rose bushes, and meet at a central fountain.
The Barn This Grade II listed barn is of approximately 1400 sq. ft. and comprises 2 double garages, a single garage and areas for storage. The barn has the potential for conversion to further accommodation subject to the relevant planning permissions.