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SOUTHSEA GREEN: A hidden gem

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Many of us like to cultivate a touch of luxury in our lives – and what better way than by owning a spacious farmhouse?

Particularly when it’s one that enjoys a very special setting – and for that Shoot Farm in Shoot Lane, Lee-on-the-Solent is very hard to beat.

It’s close to the sea, but far enough inland to be sheltered from the weather’s worst excesses, and the group of buildings that comprises the farm complex is enhanced by a Grade II-listed barn that lines the left side of the driveway.

At the front of the farmhouse is a circular pond, just in front of a curved retaining wall enveloping the semi-circular lawn that helps frame the house’s setting.

To one side is a formal garden with cruciform parterre hedges enclosing shrub borders. Rustic bricks and a gabled roofline, with an attractive timber porch in the facade, help build the atmosphere and, as you might expect of a farmhouse from an era when agriculture was an enterprise involving many people, the house itself is well-blessed with accommodation.

As a result, it has the flexibility demanded by modern families with formal reception rooms at the front and a hugely spacious area behind incorporating a study to one side, forming an L-shape with the family room that extends back to a dining area and impressive kitchen with all the accoutrements needed for catering.

The dining area has French windows on to a sheltered courtyard, perfect for the sunny summer evenings we are all anticipating. Arranged over the first and second floors are eight bedrooms, the master served by a luxurious en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle and the second bedroom by an en-suite shower room.

At the rear of the first floor is a family shower room – the second storey is served by two staircases, each giving access to a pair of bedrooms.

Further living space is provided by an outbuilding with a games room at one end, with a music room above, and a garage / workshop at the other.

Lovers of the great outdoors will appreciate the different areas of the garden, including a raised deck with hot tub and an all-weather tennis court.

The property, set in 2.1 acres, is conveniently situated for access to Lee, Gosport, Fareham, and major roads.