Tie yourself to Knots

SOUTHSEA GREEN: A hidden gem

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Pass through it from Park Gate to Bursledon along the A27 and it’s like entering another era, with a parade of shops on one side and the village green, with one of the village’s two cricket pitches, on the other.

Turn beside the cricket pitch and you’ll arrive at Holly Hill Lane and another outstanding, but discreet rather than stand-out, feature of this thriving village community in the form of Knots Berry Wood, a desirable modern house set in almost 2.2 acres with a real parkland feel.

The house is set close to the Hamble but atop the rise that is home to Sarisbury Green. Nearby is Holly Hill Park, a unique nature reserve and public space that ambles down to the banks of the Hamble. With that in mind, the sailing villages of Warsash and Hamble-le-Rice are also close as well as Southampton Water and the Solent coast.

On a more practical level, there’s a choice of M27 access points at Junctions 8 or 9, the former closer to Southampton – even closer to the International Airport and Parkway rail station – the latter ideal for Portsmouth, Chichester, and other points east. Sarisbury Green also has a choice of neighbouring stations for access to rail services along the south coast.

Back at home, there’s no need to worry too much about travel as Knots Berry Wood has a delightful home office above the garage block and a study in the main house. There is also a potential annexe in the East Wing that could be separated to give living quarters with a comfortable sitting room and en-suite bedroom above.

The main house is laid out to take full advantage of its setting, with an orangery featuring cathedral floor to apex glazing at one end that’s a perfect place for relaxation, perhaps after a visit to the house’s own wine store.

The orangery opens to both the kitchen/breakfast room and the family/dining room where a wide flight of steps descends to the drawing room with glazed walls to two sides, each with sliding panels.

Above this is the master suite with a balcony.