PROPERTY SUMMARY This property represents a unique opportunity to buy into an historic and picturesque village, which is just off the square and adjacent to the historic Portchester Castle. The Castle is recorded as an English Heritage site, with the oldest area of Portchester, the waterfront, sailing club, village amenities and public house nearby. When you invest in purchasing a Grade II listed property you are buying more than just a family home in an enviable position, you are also preserving a little slice of history for the next generation. Castle Cottage is believed to have been originally constructed in 1650 and extended up 1st floor in 1750's and the top floor added in 1850's, with its almost symmetrical frontage, under a pitched roofline. When you open the door and walk in you will be surprised at the layout and 4099 sq ft of living accommodation (inc. outbuildings) spread over three floors. It has been sensitively restored and being in a conservation area with Grade II listing, protects its traditional way of living. The accommodation is arranged over three floors and comprises; hallway, dining room, living room, kitchen / breakfast room, utility room and cloakroom on the ground floor with two bedrooms, a home office / sitting room with balcony and a family bathroom on the first floor with a further three bedrooms and a shower room on the top floor. The mature enclosed gardens extend to 0.42 of an acre with the maturity expected of a property on this age. With extra storage space in the cellar / basement with some exposed beams. Early internal viewing of this individual character home is strongly recommended in order to appreciate both the accommodation and location on offer.
ENTRANCE Brick and flint wall with curved coping stones over, pillared gateway providing pedestrian access to courtyard, mature manicured hedge over. To the left hand side is a shingled driveway leading to twin gates with flowering shrub borders to one side with low privet hedge, mature shrubs and bushes, a driveway leads through the gates to a shingled driveway with off road parking for numerous cars, open fronted timber garage with lawns to the left hand side with flint low level wall and curved coping stones over. To the right hand side is believed to have been the original wall with steps leading down to second courtyard, laid to paving with high hedge wrapping round to the side of the property with further hedge and matching wall to the left hand side, steps leading up to main front door with glazed panel, leading to:
PORCH Stone flooring, windows to either side, internal door with brass furniture leading to:
HALLWAY Exposed beams to ceiling and high level walls on one side, wooden flooring, staircase with balustrade rising to first floor, access to cellar and understairs storage cupboard, range of book shelving and lighting, radiator, panelling to walls, alarm panel, twin doors leading to:
DINING ROOM 22′ 7″ x 16′ 3″ (6.88m x 4.9m) Into bay windows, the window to the left hand side overlooks driveway and fields to front of the Portchester Castle with far reaching views towards the harbour, the other window faces to the front overlooking the courtyard with low sills, cast iron surround fireplace with slate hearth, power points, some exposed beams, two radiators.
SITTING ROOM 22′ 4″ into bay window x 14′ 7″ maximum(6.93m x 4.39m) Decreasing to 10'6″ at narrowest point. Double glazed bay to front aspect with twin central doors and windows to either side overlooking the second courtyard and primary garden, wooden flooring, wood surround fireplace with exposed brick inlay with log burner and tiled hearth, panelling to walls, radiator, power points, some exposed beams, panelled door leading to:
KITCHEN / BREAKFAST ROOM 26′ 4″ x 11′ 4″ (8.13m x 3.4m) Feature morning room area with sliding sash window and low sill overlooking courtyard and garden (currently arranged as a dining area), two contemporary style radiators, door to living room, built-in larder style unit with range of shelving, square opening leading to outer lobby, dresser style unit with central shelving, granite work surface with drawers and cupboards under, some exposed beams to ceiling, peninsular style divide with granite work surface, drawers and microwave under, high level over cooker mantle, space for free standing range style cooker with gas point, ceramic tiled surrounds. Range of bespoke wall & floor units, window to rear aspect with wide shelf / sill, inset ‘Franke' 1 bowl sink unit with granite drainer to one side, mixer tap and cupboards under, integrated dishwasher, vinyl flooring, power points, narrow built-in storage cupboard with shelving and integrated fridge and freezer, narrow doorway leading to second staircase to rear of building (former servants access to upper floors), doorway leading to:
WALK IN LARDER Windows to side and rear aspect, tiled flooring, panelling to walls.
OUTER LOBBY Stable style door leading to rear garden, radiator, door to utility room.
UTILITY ROOM 9′ 10″ x 9′ 1″ (3m x 2.77m) Sash style window to rear aspect overlooking garden, radiator, power points, tiled flooring, range of cream fronted wall and floor units with wooden block work surface over, butler sink and mixer tap with cupboard space under, washing machine point, space for tumble dryer, ceramic tiled surrounds, space for fridge/freezer, larder style built-in storage cupboard, access to rear loft space, small window to rear, cupboard housing boiler supplying domestic hot water and central heating (not tested).
SEPARATE CLOAKROOM Low level w.c., wash hand basin, radiator, tiled flooring, window to rear aspect.
FIRST FLOOR Landing with balustrade, staircase rising to upper floor, panelling to half wall level, window to rear aspect, doors to primary rooms. From the landing is the narrow servant's staircase leading to the ground floor kitchen.
HOME OFFICE / SITTING ROOM 20′ 2″ x 19′ 4″ Into bay (5.94m x 5.89m) Granite surround fireplace with arched cast iron inlay with living flame coal effect gas fire and tiled hearth (not tested), stripped and stained floorboards, picture rail, some exposed beams to ceiling with picture lights, to the front overlooking the garden and towards Portchester Castle are twin doors leading to roof top terrace with glazed panelled windows to either side and low sill, to the side aspect overlooking the grounds and towards the Castle is a bay window with low sill and sliding sash pane, panelled door, power points, (bedroom 2 on the floor plan).
BEDROOM 1 19′ 11″ x 15′ 3″ (6.12m x 4.6m) Into recess, narrowing to 12'5″ Bay window to front aspect overlooking garden with low sill, built-in storage cupboard, recessed area, wood surround fireplace with cast iron grate and tiled hearth, panelled door, power points, radiator.
FAMILY BATHROOM 9′ 7″ x 9′ 5″ (2.92m x 2.87m) Window with deep sill to rear aspect, high level window to side, ‘Drummonds' low level cistern with chrome furniture and feature 19th century ‘The Walmore' toilet, pedestal wash hand basin, corner shower cubicle with drench style hood and curved panelled doors, range of open shelving, free standing claw footed bath with chrome telephone style mixer tap and shower attachment, built-in double doored cupboard housing hot water cylinder, panelled door, heated towel rail.
BEDROOM 6 13′ 1″ x 8′ 3″ (3.96m x 2.51m) (10'10” max) Sash style window to front aspect overlooking garden with window seat under, radiator, panelled door, power points.
TOP FLOOR Landing, window to front aspect overlooking garden, access to loft space, balustrade, window to rear aspect, radiator, doors to primary rooms.
BEDROOM 3 20′ 4″ x 13′ 5″ (5.49m x 4.04m) Dual aspect sash windows overlooking Portchester Castle grounds and front garden, built-in wardrobes to either side of chimney breast, wood surround fireplace with cast iron arched inlay, radiator, power points, panelled door.
BEDROOM 4 16′ 8″ x 12′ 4″ (5.03m x 3.76m) Sash style window to front aspect overlooking garden, panelled door, radiator, power points, built-in wardrobe to one side of chimney breast, cast iron surround fireplace with tiled inlay and hearth.
SHOWER ROOM Fully ceramic tiled shower cubicle with drying area to one side and drench style hood, low level w.c., pedestal wash hand basin, ceramic tiled to half wall level, vinyl flooring, window to side aspect, shaver point, panelled door.
BEDROOM 5 14′ 4″ x 13′ 9″ (4.37m x 4.19m) Wood surround fireplace with cast iron inlay and tiled hearth, sash style window overlooking garden to side with matching window to front aspect overlooking garden, radiator, power points, panelled door.
OUTSIDE To the front facing the garden and towards the Castle is a large lawned
garden area enclosed by fence panelling with mature shrubs, evergreens and trees, this wraps around behind the detached garage block with a low brick and flint retaining wall with curved coping stones over leading to shingled driveway, within this area of the garden is a mature tree and a ‘Julian Christian' Salisbury building with thatched style roof and seating, further pathway wrapping to the rear of the open fronted timber garage is a shed, behind this area is a further terraced garden with mature trees enclosed by fence panelling, dropping down into what is believed to be the former moat for the original castle with raised flower beds and stone borders, enclosed by fence panelling and brick retaining wall, area for chickens, wooden built shed, shingled pathway leading to further garden areas with kitchen style garden, large mature tree, flowering borders and curved pathway with steps leading up to raised terrace. From this area is a decked covered area to the front of the gym. To the left hand side of the property, accessible from the utility area is a large raised terrace which wraps around to the front with raised sleeper borders, shrubs and evergreens, cold outside water tap, directly to the front of the property are twin doors from the bay window in the drawing room leading to a terraced area and well with steps leading up to driveway. To the right hand side of this area is a further courtyard with hedge borders and side pedestrian gate leading onto Castle Street.
GYM 13′ 7″ x 9′ 7″ (4.75m x 2.92m) Stable style doors leading to veranda, windows to side and front aspects, fluorescent tube lighting, separate circuit breaker, power points.
OPEN FRONTED TIMBER GARAGE 19′ 11″ x 17′ 8″ (6.22m x 5.51m) Pitch to rear roof, exposed beams and high pitch, electric lighting, power points.
STORE 20′ 0″ x 5′ 8″ (6.17m x 1.83m) High level loft storage area, electric lighting, power points, twin wooden doors to side.
Castle Street, Portchester, Fareham PO16