Reception Rooms: 3
Located in the popular village of Cheriton, the property sits on a secluded plot with plenty of driveway parking, and lovely gardens to front and rear. Oakley is a fabulous architect-designed house, built to the highest eco standards, incorporating the latest sustainable and future proof technologies. Downstairs, the property is largely open-plan, with Velux windows allowing light to flood through the rooms. In the sitting room, a large fireplace with wood burning stove adds to the comfort, as does the limestone flooring with underfloor heating, which extends throughout the ground floor.
On approaching the property, wooden gates open to the driveway, where there is parking for several cars. There is a colonial-style veranda to the front, with the front door opening to a long hallway extending through to the back, with a cloakroom and stairs to the first floor. The majority of the ground floor is open-plan; the dining room has a wonderful vaulted ceiling with Velux windows, and French doors to the garden. It flows through naturally to the kitchen, which is beautifully fitted out with wooden units and granite worktops, and features a range of built-in appliances, as well as a walk-in larder cupboard. The spacious sitting room is the heart of the home, and features the wood-burning stove in a large brick fireplace. A door opens to a study, which could double as a family room.
At the rear, there is a lobby with access to the garden. A door opens to the guest bedroom, which is a double room with its own en-suite shower room. Off the hallway is the utility room, from where a door leads to the garage.
Upstairs, the light and airy landing has doors leading off to two further double bedrooms. The master bedroom has a range of built-in wardrobes, a large picture window with a view, and an en-suite shower room. The other bedroom also has a built-in wardrobe and a similar view to the front. There is a separate bathroom with a white suite and Velux window.
The front garden has two raised lawned areas and a central parking area. A gated side access leads through to the rear garden, where there is a paved seating terrace adjoining the house and some steps up to the beautiful lawned garden. There is a timber/slate outbuilding measuring 6 X 3 metres with double glazing, power and insulation, which would be suitable for a summer house, workshop or home office.
The property was constructed in 2014 with a 10 year structural warranty. The construction is a combination of steel and timber frame, with a brick outer skin. On the Government code for sustainable and energy-efficient homes, the highest level is 6. Oakley was constructed to level 5. The eco credentials include triple-glazed windows with aluminium frames, heating via an energy-efficient air-source heat pump, solar panels for hot water in the summer (in the winter the hot water is heated by the air-source heat pump), and a built-in ventilation system throughout the house. As the house is so well insulated and draft free, it retains its heat, thereby dramatically reducing running costs.
Cheriton is a sought-after village located in the beautiful South Downs National Park. There is good walking in several directions from the doorstep one of which is to the village pub, with another pub nearby in Tichborne. The village has an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ primary school, a shop and post office, cricket and tennis clubs, an amateur dramatics society and much more. Cheriton is located just a few minutes’ drive from the popular market town of Alresford and has good road access to Winchester and beyond.
SERVICES Mains water and electricity are connected. Heating is provided via an air-source heat pump. There is a private drainage system.
LOCAL AUTHORITY INFORMATION Winchester City Council
Council Tax Band: F