A stunning riverside home hidden behind a Grade II listed exterior has gone on the market for a cool £7.5 million.
Lower Chilland House has its its own cinema, spa and swimming pool and has been lovingly modernised by a ‘fitness fanatic’ owner.
The property, in the village of Martyr Worthy near Winchester, Hants, has the River Itchen, a popular fishing spot, running through it.
Now on the market with estate agents Savills, the property dates back to the 18th century, but behind its Georgian facade it is actually an ultra-contemporary country retreat.
It was bought by the current owner in 2006 and has been transformed to create a place designed for relaxation, exercise and entertainment.
The incredible Grade-II listed frontage of Lower Chilland House in the village of Martyr Worthy near Winchester, Hants is on the market for £7.5 million after a full refurbishment project
The vast grounds include a fishing river, large outdoor swimming pool and terrace space, woodland and sports courts set across five acres
A bright and airy poolside space was built by the ‘fitness fanatic’ owner during his 13 years in the property, which also includes a cinema, a gym, spa and even a lap pool
Inside the house is light and open and has been designed with modern technology including Lutron lighting, inbuilt Bang & Olufson speaker systems and underfloor heating.
The former mill house has been converted into an incredible gym, treatment area with steam room and work space and could be converted into a guest cottage if required.
There is also a contemporary glass pool house with a cinema, kitchen and changing rooms.
The main house has 6,715 sq ft of accommodation over three floors with an entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, inner hall, kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room, games room, study, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two large attic rooms.
The River Itchen – widely regarded as one of the world’s great fly-fishing chalkstreams – runs along the southern boundary and the mill leet runs through the grounds, which between them provide 875 yards of double bank fishing
The main house has 6,715 sq ft of accommodation over three floors, with an entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, games room, study, four bedrooms and two large attic rooms
One of the several reception spaces on the ground floor of the historic Grade-II listed main building, which is said to date back to the 18th century by estate agents Savills
The refurbishment project has combined original features from the property but created a new and more brighter atmosphere
A bright and spacious office space shows a contrast between old and modern, completed with a beautiful set of wooden ceiling beams in the Mill House which arches over the small fishing river
The beautifully designed dining room of the main house shows of the signature modern style embodied by the whole property, furnished in a simple yet smart decor
There is almost another 5,000 sq ft accommodation across the pool house, mill house, garage, outbuildings, estate office and eel house.
The house stands in 5.5 acres of land with a swimming pool and terraces designed for outdoor entertaining, a separate lap pool and a walled tennis court.
The wider grounds have lots of seating area, bridges and clever planting to make the most of the riverside location.
The River Itchen – widely regarded as one of the world’s great fly-fishing chalkstreams – runs along the southern boundary and the mill leet runs through the grounds, which between them provide 875 yards of double bank fishing.
To the of the property lies the River Itchen – widely regarded as one of the world’s great fly-fishing chalkstreams – and provides 875 yards of double bank fishing
The wider grounds (totalling over five acres) have lots of seating areas, bridges and clever planting to make the most of the riverside location
Floor plans for the property highlight the vast amount of space the home occupies, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms spread across three floors
The Mill House – which sits over the River Itchen – and the several other smaller outbuildings show the scale of the total estate up for sale
Ed Sugden, from Savills, said: ‘The property is unusual in that it has this beautiful Georgian double-fronted facade, which has got symmetry and stature.
‘But behind that facade it’s all very modern and has been completely redone.
‘The owner was very health conscious and a fitness fanatic so he has put in everything like the lap pool and the gym.
‘It has all been done to the highest specification, money was completely no object.
The previous homeowner was a ‘fitness fanatic’ who was very health conscious and added several of the modern features including the gym and free weights space
Don’t let the home’s historic exterior fool you, a painstaking refurbishment of the interior has given the house all the mod-cons a potential buyer could possibly want (at least for £7.5m)
‘It’s incredibly rare and very special to find something like that on the river. And the beauty of that particular river is you get a lot of wild trout, as opposed to farmed trout, it’s a very special stretch of water.
‘The mill house has been beautifully done but is very personalised to the owner, that could be changed, subject to permission, to provide staff accommodation or further guest accommodation.
‘I think this will appeal to the super-rich looking to add a fishing/weekend retreat for entertainment and relaxation to their portfolio or could appeal to an international wealthy buyer just purely for its fishing.
‘The setting is just beautiful, it’s absolutely stunning and even if you’re not into fishing if you love wildlife, flora and fauna, this is perfect.’