A truly exceptional, Grade II listed, period Public House conversion conveniently positioned in the heart of this much sought after New Forest village. This exemplary home has been sympathetically reimagined and finished to exacting standards to give an unrivalled combination of detailing, design and character.
The Kings was created to provide the ultimate in luxury living and be the quintessential country retreat with a great deal of thought and care being lavished on the design and finish. The accommodation is beautifully arranged with vast windows and glazed doors providing an abundance of light. The house offers the ultimate in seclusion and comfort, seamlessly blending original period features with sleek open plan living spaces perfect for practical contemporary family living.
The front door opens onto a central lobby running the length of the property. To the far end of the property is a beautiful wall of glass through which there are glorious views of the garden and St Laurence Church. Immediately to the left is a superb formal drawing room and across the hall is the formal dining room. A large archway leads from the dining room to the central sitting room that has a wonderful inglenook fireplace with a log burner. The rear of the home is deeply impressive and a room of particular note. The open plan kitchen, dining and family room has been carefully designed around its views across the garden with swathes of bi-folding glass elevations to two sides. This seamless space provides unrivalled flexibility and is large enough for expansive entertaining while being easily zoned to provide more intimate and individual living areas. Naturally, there is a choice of formal as well as informal dining and seating areas. Much of the living space opens onto a paved terrace and there is a real sense of bringing the outside in. The kitchen is superbly appointed with granite work tops, high end integrated appliances, electric AGA (available by separate negotiation) and large centre island/breakfast bar defining the kitchen from the living areas. Completing the ground floor is a useful shower room, cellar, separate cloakroom and a laundry/utility room, all beautifully appointed.
The upstairs incorporates three generous double bedrooms all with en-suites. The master suite is a truly stunning room with exposed beams and a vaulted ceiling. The chimney breast divides the sleeping area form the luxury open plan en-suite with a feature free standing bath.
It is very rare that houses of this design and specification in this location are available and we highly recommend a viewing of your next ‘forever home’. The whole property leaves a wonderful long lasting impression.
The Kings stands 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.
Communication links are excellent, with strong rail links to London Waterloo via Salisbury (around 83 minutes) or Southampton Airport Parkway (68 minutes). 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 National Park are only two miles from the village.
There is first class schooling in the village with its own primary (OFSTED Outstanding) and secondary school, indeed the primary school has in recent years been recommended by Tatler as one of the top ten best schools in the UK. There are also nearby independent preparatory schools such as Forres Sandle Manor, Chafyn Grove, Godolphin, the Salisbury Cathedral School and Leaden Hall. At senior level there is Canford, Godolphin, Winchester College, St Swithun's, Sherborne, Bryanston and Clayesmore. In the state sector, Salisbury has retained the grammar school model and these score very highly in the national league tables.
The home benefits from a private driveway that gives way to a double car barn with ample additional parking for multiple vehicles. The grounds surrounding the parking area remain unlandscaped allowing the next owner to create additional parking, an orchard and vegetable plot or encompass this excellent space into the current gardens.
The immediate formal gardens are thoughtfully landscaped with ease of maintenance in mind. A mature lawn is flanked by established floral borders and beds. A large paved terrace wraps around the home providing the ideal outdoor entertaining and dining areas.
There are two useful garden stores, one housing the boiler and the other a perfect garden store.
Formal Dining Room
Three Bedrooms all with En-suites