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If the sound of tinkling rigging floats your boat and deck shoes are the ultimate in footwear decorum then it’s time to set your course for Hamble and take a closer look at a luxurious home on the waterfront.

Pond Cottage is perfectly placed for superior views of the Hamble River and marina so it’s hardly surprising that it defies normal convention when it comes to its layout.

The house has a slightly raised appearance, with three steps up to the front door, which is set back to enjoy the shelter of a porch. Leading off the entrance hall there are three bedrooms, a utility, and family shower room. The master suite has a luxurious bathroom with both a bath and shower.

But most of the day is likely to be spent upstairs in the first floor reception area.

There is a large living/dining room across the front of the house with French windows opening onto three Juliet balconies to exploit the superb outlook in this world-renowned nautical village.

To the rear on one side the room is open plan to the kitchen, lit by both a skylight and window. The kitchen is perfectly equipped to make entertaining easy to accomplish – with a house like this you’re never likely to be short of visiting friends, after all.

At the other side of the rear first floor is a study area and this has a door to a cloakroom.

The house is a glorious weekend retreat or a main family home.

,’ says Colin Shairp, of Fine and Country Southern Hampshire. ‘Sailing enthusiasts will love it as there’s only a short step from the front door to the deck of your boat in this bustling village.

‘Hamble is very much at the heart of virtually everything to do with sailing and the outlook, dominated by the Harbourmaster’s tower, is iconic. But Pond Cottage is also a great home, with the living space enhanced by the vaulted ceiling that really enhances the feeling of space.

‘Hamble is close to the M27, Southampton International Airport, and railway stations linking along the south coast or to London. What a perfect way to combine a busy life with maximum pleasure opportunities.’

Guide price is £500,000 (EPC Band C). For more information, contact Fine and Country Southern Hampshire on (023) 9327 7277 or email drayton@fineandcountry.com