Two cottages become one

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Features that mark out late Victorian properties can be easily lost during modernisation or conversion.

But despite two cottages becoming one in the creation of Randells Cottage in Catherington Lane at Horndean, the complex and prominent chimneys together with the small diamond-patterned window bars and bow windows have been retained – along with barge boards and the simple timber porch shielding the remaining front door.

Agricultural workers’ cottages, as this building used to be, also enjoyed good-sized gardens that were enthusiastically cultivated.

So the cottage is set well back from its detached garage and reached by a long path that divides the lawn.

Inside, wooden flooring, exposed beams and fire surrounds have also been retained along with diamond-pattern window bars in the half-glazed drawing room French windows.

But the house hasn’t stood still, explains Colin Shairp, of Fine and Country Southern Hampshire.

‘This is a home that would really suit a growing family and where it needed to benefit from updating there has been no question of cutting corners.

‘The kitchen, for instance, has clean, modern work surfaces, ample storage, an extractor system above the hob in the island work space and twin ovens placed side by side for easy access.

‘One half of the original ground floor has become an open plan dining area and enclosed family room, while the other is now a large drawing room glazed on three sides to flood with light.

‘The first floor is reached via one of the original turning staircases but there has been a major lift in the standard of accommodation.

‘It’s far removed from the Victorian original with a large master bedroom and its adjoining en-suite with double shower cubicle offering much of the space in one of the cottages.

‘The rest is given over to a luxurious bathroom serving the other three bedrooms – and there’s the bonus that every bedroom has built-in wardrobes.

‘There is current planning permission for a single-storey extension to match that of the kitchen, placing an en-suite bedroom with French windows into the garden on the opposite side of the ground floor.

‘A further bygone era is remembered in the garden, where the wartime Anderson shelter remains in place.

‘The garden has extensive lawns and shrubs, some of which screen the shelter. The garden itself wraps around the cottage and has a traditional kitchen area for vegetables and herbs.

‘The double garage block is at the front of the property with a log store to one side.

‘The location is good, just a few minutes from local amenities that include the village pub, highly-regarded schools and church, yet it is within easy access of the Petersfield, Portsmouth, the beaches of the south coast, the South Downs and the motorway links to London.’

Guide price is £625,000 (EPC Band E).

Contact Fine and Country Southern Hampshire on (023) 9327 7277 or e-mail drayton@fineandcountry.com.