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Catherington Lane
Catherington, Hampshire£1,950,000 Freehold

Catherington Lane

Constructed in the mid-18th century, the main façade speaks a language of classical symmetry and order.

Enveloped by its beautifully landscaped grounds, this Grade II-listed manor house is located in the charming village of Catherington, Hampshire. Spanning just shy of 5,000 sq ft, the home comprises light-filled living spaces and seven bedrooms spread across three floors. There is also a separate 700 sq ft one-bedroom annexe, the subject of a recent sensitive renovation. Outside, the house’s gardens include bordered lawns, a kitchen garden and a fenced terrace with a heated pool. Catherington is close to the wonderful South Downs National Park and to Petersfield, around 8 miles away, from which trains run to London Waterloo in around an hour.

Setting the Scene

Constructed in the mid-18th century, the main façade speaks a language of classical symmetry and order. Its largely Georgian frontage was built from decorative brickwork in the Flemish garden wall style, while the rear has earlier foundations and a more vernacular form. The latter is home to an expansive domestic barn, which has been sensitively converted into a kitchen and living space. For more information, please see the History section below.

The Grand Tour

Entry to the house is via an elegant entrance hall accessed from the northern façade. Wooden flooring runs underfoot and walls have been finished in calming, neutral shades of paint by Designers Guild. Two reception rooms flank the hall; the easterly drawing room is bathed in natural light from French doors that overlook the formal lawn, while the westerly dining room has a later Victorian bay window that overlooks the side of the house. Both rooms have original floorboards painted in a dusky blue.

Beyond the formal rooms of the house, one enters the original service wing. A main passage leads to a vast kitchen, living and dining room (formerly the barn), where its tall ceiling stretches into the apex of the roof. Sensitively converted, the space has a hardy steel island and a painted solid timber kitchen backed by tongue-and-groove panelling. Overlooking a pretty terrace and the kitchen garden beyond, the room has two French doors connecting to the outdoors in warmer months.

Several ancillary rooms are found on the ground floor, including a pantry, boot room, boiler room and shower room.

The house’s original Georgian kitchen has been converted into a large utility/study. The space has newly fitted British Standard cabinetry painted a sunny yellow by Farrow and Ball, original York stone flags and a large open fireplace. Adjacent to the utility is a bright study and music room, with glazed Crittall doors and a later 1920s fireplace.

There are three bedrooms and a dressing room/fourth bedroom on the first floor. The primary bedroom suite is in the north-west part of the plan and has dual-aspect views over the front and side of the house via three original sash windows. From here, there is direct access to a large dressing room currently used as a bedroom. Beyond, an en suite is finished in a dusky pink by Designers Guild and has a handsome claw foot bath, vanity and WC.

Adjacent to the primary bedroom is a large guest bedroom with a fireplace, and dual-aspect windows. The shower room on this floor has been clad in refined Carrara marble subway tiles and has a vast walk-in shower with a separate vanity and a guest WC next door.

There are two further generous bedrooms on the second floor, overlooking the front of the house. Also on this floor, but accessed via a secondary service staircase, is the seventh bedroom.

The guest annexe, with its own private entrance, is in the far corner of the house’s footprint. Recently renovated, it has been expertly considered to respect the Grade II listing of the home; a neutral palette and British Standard fittings have been used throughout. An open-plan kitchen and sitting room occupies the ground floor with a large bedroom, storage cupboards and an en suite shower room on the first floor.

The Great Outdoors

Externally, the house sits within a 0.8 acre plot bordered by high hedging. The gardens belie the house’s central village location, fostering the feel of a secluded oasis. Expertly landscaped, they are awash with fragrant peonies, tulips and rhododendron and have been considered to provide beautiful blooms year-round.

The main lawn runs along the easterly façade of the house, down to a copse of silver birches at the bottom of the garden. Established borders and trim topiary fringe the grass, and the area has been professionally irrigated with timed watering systems. A heated pool surrounded by white picket safety fencing sits adjacent, with a pretty Alitex for National Trust greenhouse.

Beyond the kitchen is a working garden planted with raised beds, fruit trees and thoughtful plantings of erigeron, lupines and woodland sage.

To the front of the house, there is a gravelled drive with parking for four cars.

Out and About

The village of Catherington, just 10 minutes south of Petersfield town centre, is wonderfully well-located. In the immediate village, there is a local convenience store, primary school, preparatory school and village pub, while Petersfield has everything you would expect from a thriving market town. Goodwood and Cowdray Park are within easy reach and host various cultural events across the year. There is  sailing available at Hayling Island Yacht Club, while Chichester and the Witterings are 20 minutes away for wonderful costal walks. Stanstead Park House and Gardens is within reach, offering rolling grounds and a fabulous delicatessen.

There is a host of exceptional schooling in the area, including, but not limited to Bedales Schools (Dunhurst and Dunannie), Kingscourt Preparatory, Churcher’s College, Ditcham Park, The Petersfield School and Portsmouth Grammar School.

Catherington is approximately 8 miles from Petersfield, which runs fast, direct services to London Waterloo in an hour and 10 minutes.

Council Tax Band: G (Annexe: Band A)

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. Inigo has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.


The building has close ties to Catherington House, which sits adjacent. The two ‘big houses’ of the town, Catherington House was home to Viscount Samuel Hood, Commander in Chief at nearby Portsmouth Harbour. A venerated admiral, Hood was a mentor to Admiral Lord Nelson, and lore has it that the two houses had secret tunnels built as escape routes between each other. Catherington lies within Waterlooville; according to local lore, its name comes from those who, on their return from the Battle of Waterloo, stopped to celebrate locally after disembarking at Portsmouth. It is suggested they settled in the area, and that the name was subsequently adopted.

Catherington Lane — Catherington, Hampshire
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