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There are magnificent westerly views across the higher reaches of the Titchfield Haven nature reserve to the Solent from all three floors – and a whole host of reasons suggested by English Heritage in its Grade II listing summary for this house that hides a 16th century core, including fireplaces and other period features, plus some exterior gems.

Set beneath a mansard roof with dormers, the age-old device for creating extra living space on the top floor, the property, Great Crabthorn, on Old Street, was originally an oblong shape but a later addition made it L-shaped before a cross wing was added at the rear.

Great Crabthorn forms a group with Crabthorn Farm Cottage, Crabthorn Farmhouse and its granary off Crabthorn Farm Lane. So despite the expansion of modern housing in the area, the old and welcoming feel remains.

The house sits centrally on an established plot of approximately 0.62 of an acre.

There are good-sized front and side gardens, a driveway, ample off-road car parking and a garage, as well as a courtyard garden, while the extensive accommodation offers 5,377 sq ft of living space with eight bedrooms, two bathrooms, five reception areas, a kitchen with walk-in pantry and an attached two-bedroom, three-storey, self-contained cottage.

Although this has been a family house for many years, its accommodation can easily be adapted to suit many uses and is large enough to accommodate offices for those working from home without encroaching on family space. It has accommodation for staff or a potential rental income, but could equally suit families with teenage children who could enjoy independence in the cottage.

Great Crabthorn has been in its current ownership for more than 40 years and is a truly impressive and very aesthetically-pleasing home, both externally and internally with its painted wooden panelling, exposed brick walls and fireplaces,