Elderfield House oozes period charm right from the front door. The centuries old wooden door with wrought iron lock and oversized key leads to a large open hallway. The six reception rooms all have their own feel and provide huge flexibility for family life, home working and entertaining.
The heart of the home is the 1100 sq ft open plan kitchen/breakfast room and conservatory. With panoramic views of the gardens this room is warm and bright, an ideal space for daily family life and informal entertaining.
The beautifully renovated double aspect drawing room is suitably grand with high ceilings, a large open fireplace, bay window and two sets of French doors leading to the gardens.
The impressive formal dining room features wooden flooring and two large windows overlooking the garden. This currently doubles as a music room.
The sitting room features a fireplace and is ideal as a casual living area. The ground floor also includes a bright, fun family room and an office with custom wooden cabinets.
To the side of the main house there are a series of store rooms providing useful storage space, or suitable for conversion into leisure space or accommodation if required.
Finally, off the ground floor is a generous cellar, ideal as a wine store.
The large window overlooking the stairway and landing really has the wow factor, with enough space on the landing for a seating area to enjoy this peaceful spot.
The main suite includes a large dual aspect bedroom with garden views, en-suite bathroom and dressing room.
Five further double bedrooms, including another en-suite lead from the hallway, all with large windows and lovely, private outlooks. The family bathroom has been renovated to a high standard, and there’s space for an additional bathroom if required.
Three acres of gardens are mostly laid to lawn and wrap around the main house. Just off the conservatory there is a beautiful flower garden with raised beds full of colourful blooms.
Stable & paddocks
The paddocks and stable are to the rear of the garden and currently house two ponies. The stable has running water, three boxes, a feed store and tack room. Most rooms in the house overlook the paddocks and stables so these facilities are ideal for those looking to keep ponies at home.
Elderfield Cottage is a real gem of an annexe. Hidden away to the side of the main house the 1300 sq ft annexe has two double bedrooms, a sitting room with fireplace, dining room, bathroom and kitchen. It also has a private garage, driveway, terrace and garden.
This annexe is ideal for multi-generational living, entertaining or as a self-contained office. It is currently income generating, figures available on request.
Herriard is a small village community between Basingstoke and Alton. With its roots in agriculture, today many of the residents are entrepreneurial, with a variety of businesses from traditional to tech. The Herriard Estate manages over 600 acres of woodland, residential and commercial properties in the village, dedicated to preserving the beauty of the area and supporting commerce within the community.
The village hall and recreation ground are well used by all generations while the Fur & Feathers pub, walking distance from Elderfield House, is a classic village hub, serving eclectic food and featured beers and gins.
Upton Grey has a delightful village shop for necessities. Basingstoke is 5 miles away with a significant range of high street shops, supermarkets and leisure facilities. The pretty town of Alton is 7 miles away with a great range of restaurants and independent shops.
Surrounded by fields and countryside, Herriard is a wonderful starting point for country walks and days out visiting the surrounding villages, gastro pubs, vineyards and country estates.
I fell in love with Elderfield House for its beauty, size, and potential. Back then, it needed a lot of work but I could see how I could update it for modern life. I’ve done a significant amount of work over the years and it’s now a very comfortable family home.
The house is perfect for entertaining, it has a great vibe and flow. On the first Saturday of the year, we hold a drinks party; we’ve had 100 people inside! People wander from the kitchen through the dining room and hallway into the drawing room, which we set up for dancing. We only use candle light in the dining room for parties. It’s just stunning! Our guests love how the special paint on the ceiling reflects the light beautifully.
Parties aside, I particularly like the drawing room. I sit there when I call family and friends. It has such a lovely, calm, feel and a beautiful outlook. My bedroom is another favourite place, it’s very peaceful and I’ve set up a seating area to relax in. I often spend time in the morning and evening there; it’s a wonderful way to start and end the day.
There are so many nooks and crannies here with enough space for all of us, inside and out. I had a dream of having ponies here, I grew up with them and they’re wonderful for character building. My children have grown up with ponies and they’ve helped them learn how to care, and take responsibility. The children have made good use of the space here; enjoying rooms large enough for double beds and desks, plenty of space to play, and room to hold sleepovers in the garden.
The village has a strong equestrian community and there are lots of clubs including gardening clubs, WI, cricket, and new tennis courts at the recreation centre with a very cheap family membership. There are golf courses all around here and some of the locals fish in the River Itchen. People here really embrace the outdoors.
This area is very popular with London commuters. Trains run every 15 minutes from Basingstoke to Waterloo and then there’s a direct tube to the city so it’s easy and stress-free.
Herriard is in the middle of four towns that offer different things. Odiham and Alresford are wonderful Georgian towns with high-end independent traders whereas Basingstoke is great for high street shops and the cinema. The villages all around are wonderful for award-winning pubs, our local specialises in local beers, gins and has great food.
The Grange at Northington has a wonderful annual festival and regular opera performances, and the Four Seasons Hotel in Hook has a great gym and spa. It’s also very good for formal entertaining.
We’ll be sad to leave as we’ve experienced such a wonderful lifestyle here. However, with our children heading towards university, it’s time to downsize and let the next family make their own memories here. They’ll love it!
A339: 100 yards
M3: 5 miles
A31: 7 miles
Basingstoke train station: 6 miles
Alton: 7.5 miles
Southampton airport: 35 miles
Heathrow airport: 38 miles