Today when dusk turns to dark, fright night begins and soon the nation’s children, out to spook us in their favourite Halloween costumes, will descend upon our door steps to ask one simple question – Trick or Treat? So we’re beating them to it!
To get into the spirit of things, we’ve decided to spend Halloween in Hampshire.
Hampshire, is home to a number of places where there have been many spooky encounters. In particular Hampshire’s county town of Winchester where you’re most likely to get a fright from a female ghost which is said to haunt the stage at the Theatre Royal or at the notoriously haunted pub – The Eclipse Inn, where Lady Alice Lisle was beheaded.
Other paranormal occurrences in Hampshire include sightings of ghostly monks in the village of Beaulieu, a number of ghostly ghouls making appearances in The New Forrest woods as well as in the nearby villages of Burley, Hinton and Lymington.
Aside from ghostly tales, when it comes to property, Hampshire has a lot to offer and this week’s picks are most definitely a treat for your eyes!
An exceptionally bright and airy family house, built for the current owners by the award winning German company Huf Haus, and finished to a very high standard. The design focuses on flowing open plan spaces and an extensive use of glass to maximise light to all areas and to take full advantage of its elevated position with far reaching views over the River Avon and Avon Valley.
Many rooms have access to balconies or the gardens which measure about one acre and are well established with mature trees, hedges, flat lawns and a descending stairway which leads to a wonderful secluded deck on the bank of the river.
The house occupies a secluded and quiet position within the highly sought-after private residential estate of Avon Castle. Many of the older style properties have been replaced in favour of substantial state of the art contemporary homes that have helped to establish the area as a prime residential location.
A stylish detached residence of character situated in a prime position within a stone’s throw of Oram’s Arbour and boasting highly impressive views across the city. Benefitting from a versatile layout arranged over four floors and totalling 3,500 sq ft. The house is well configured for both day to day family living and particularly well suited to entertaining with the 27′ open plan kitchen/dining room serving as a particular highlight, ideally positioned to make the most of the views from the large bay window. A set of bi-fold doors lead to the 19’ drawing room which benefits from the same outlook as well as a feature open fireplace.
The current configuration offers 5 bedrooms in total, two bathrooms and a shower room. Additionally there is a sitting room on the ground floor which could also function as a home office. It should also be noted that the ground floor in its entirety, could serve as a self-contained annexe if required. There is also a sizeable basement which offers great potential and further flexibility.
An imposing and well appointed country house dating originally from 1906. The house has been refurbished to a high standard and provides elegant accommodation. The principal reception rooms and bedrooms all take full advantage of the southerly aspect of the house which is situated on elevated ground and there are distant views over adjoining countryside. From the ground floor an impressive reception hall provides access to the drawing room, dining room, study and kitchen. The kitchen has been designed with open plan living in mind and opens directly into a large family room and separate breakfast room. A rear hall is accessed from the kitchen but also from the outside via a large boot room. There are various stores, a utility room and traditional larder. Upstairs all the bedrooms are of a good size; in particular the master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite bath and shower room. On the second floor, in addition to the sixth bedroom and bathroom, there is a large playroom and even larger media room, both of which could be additional bedrooms if required. The bathroom and kitchen fittings are of the highest quality and provide a combination of comfortable living, luxury and style.