House has elegance on grand scale

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Anyone who has visited Broadlands, the Romsey home of Earl Mountbatten, will know the sheer delight of standing on the terrace and looking down the grassy slope to a wide expanse of river.

The big drawback, of course, is the upkeep of the house and the inquisitiveness of the visitors it attracts. Better, then, to have your own house, terrace, and impressive view.

It’s easier to achieve than you may think. Garden House, at Burridge, is a more modern property but the terrace, complete with heated pool, looks directly onto the world-famous River Hamble. In fact with ownership of the house comes ownership of 350 metres of river bank.

For those who worry about such things, the house is 15 metres above the river, so dry feet come with the view unless you dangle your toes in the pool!

The house, standing in almost 16 acres of grounds, was rebuilt and remodelled little more than 10 years ago so allied to its grand elegance is the convenience of living in a modern home planned for the 21st Century.

Not that nature is forgotten – there are paddocks, a pond, lush bog garden, and wildflower meadows so you can share your enjoyment with the native flora and fauna.

The house is as attractive to humans as its surroundings are to wildlife.

Owners who love entertaining will find the large and integrated reception rooms, all opening to the terrace that surrounds the house, are a great place to enjoy time with guests or family.

The main property contains four bedrooms, the master with a very comfortable en-suite and the other three served by the family bathroom.

It sounds like the rural idyll it is, but the glory of Garden House is that there is a choice of three railway stations within easy reach along with ready motorway access that connects to points further afield or international flights at Southampton Airport.

Guide price is £2.35m.

Details: contact Fine and Country Southern Hampshire on (023) 9327 7277 or email