That sense of anticipation as you travel the gently rising track to the cottage will be fully realised upon arrival at your goal – the visual feast of the cottage and its surroundings is matched by the delights inside.
From its proud position above the village, the cottage commands fine views towards Beacon Hill national nature reserve, a lesser-known area than its twin peak jointly standing guardian on the other side of the delightful Meon Valley, Old Winchester Hill, and probably the more attractive because you are more likely to have its delights to yourself.
Warnford is deep inside the South Downs National Park, but still accessible thanks to the A32 passing through it to form a direct link to the M27 and the A272 slightly to the north, which offers a direct link to Winchester in the west and Petersfield, with its mainline station and the A3M to London, to the east.
Around Warnford itself is a maze of lanes, paths and byways that will entice you into the surrounding countryside, with the old Meon Valley Railway offering a not-too-challenging walking or horse and bike-riding route both north and south.
But part of the appeal of Gardener’s Cottage is that it’s such a delightful place to stay at home and soak up the sun. Its gardens face south with a terrace accessed via the breakfast room.
This room has the external appearance of a small chapel attached to the side of the brick and flint property, a feeling reinforced by the internal vaulted ceiling and the use of Gothic-style arched windows throughout the cottage. The central entrance staircase divides the drawing and dining rooms to each side the front door, the dining room having a door to the kitchen at the rear, from which there is access to a side utility room with a cloakroom and study beyond.
There is also an external garden/utility/store room at the rear of the cottage.
On the first floor, the master bedroom has a dressing area and en-suite bathroom at the rear.