A truly delightful detached cottage of great character standing in a tranquil lane close to the centre of the thriving village of Selborne. The village is surrounded by scenery of outstanding natural beauty within the South Downs National Park and has a very active community with a shop/post office, pub, primary school, Gilbert White and the Oates Museum and its historic gardens. As well as a host of regular events in the village hall, the village plays host to events including progressive suppers, wine society, Zig Zag Festival and School Music Festival to name a few. Selborne Common is carefully managed by the National Trust and provides ample opportunity for adventure, walking and riding. It is understood that the cottage was originally built by Professor Bell for the gardener of what is now the Gilbert White Museum, and so hence the name. The cottage is Grade II Listed and provides spacious and versatile accommodation with a large sitting room with French windows onto the patio and complemented by a very well-proportioned kitchen/dining room. The cottage is full of character with modern Rayburn, beams, exposed stone walls and a fireplace with a wood burning stove in the sitting room. The ground floor accommodation also benefits from a large hall together with a shower/WC room and either a further reception room / study or bedroom. If required, this room could potentially be enlarged into the existing store area to create a larger bedroom or sitting room (subject to any necessary consents). The cottage has a wide central staircase and good ceiling heights. There are two very well-proportioned double bedrooms and a bathroom to the first floor with fine views over the village and garden towards the grounds of The Gilbert White Museum and the Selborne Hanger.
Gracious Street is a small village lane leading out to open country and the village of Newton Valence yet close to the heart of the village. The village is renowned for its association with Gilbert White, the 18th Century naturalist and is surrounded by scenery of outstanding natural beauty lying at the foot of a beech covered hanger within the South Downs National Park. The larger centres of Alton, Liss and Petersfield provide a range of facilities including public houses and restaurants, sports centres and mainline railway stations to London Waterloo. Also, the A3 can be accessed at Liss (about four) miles) providing a route to London and the south coast.
The beautiful garden is a very special feature of the cottage and is principally set within attractive brick and stone walling with borders well stocked with a wide variety of flowering plants and shrubs surrounding a central area of lawn. The front of the cottage is adorned by climbers and mature roses. To the rear, there is a private walled paved courtyard ideal for outside entertaining. The cottage is approached via a pair of timber gates providing access onto a tarmac driveway providing parking and access to an outside store.
Kitchen / Dining / Room
2 / 3 Bedrooms
Study / Bedroom 3
Gas Fired Central Heating