A magnificent country home in Hampshire that dates back to the Jacobean period is now on the market for £5 million

With 10 bedrooms, centuries of fascinating history and a great location in the South Downs National Park, South Hay House is a truly special property. James Fisher is watching.

Situated on the south slope in the South Downs, South Hay House, near the villages of Binstead and Kingsley, is a characteristic property that was once the home of travel writer H. W. Morton.

The huge property is currently up for sale across the Hamptons with an estimated price of £5 million.

Having just covered the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb with Howard Carter, Morton converted the large stone shed into a library, linking it to the main house.

Today, the vaulted room, with expansive shelves and latticed bay windows, offers the perfect place to relax or entertain.

Other interior highlights include 10 bedrooms, plenty of period pieces, and a south-facing vineyard that opens onto the garden.

On the outside, the property covers just over eight acres of gardens and grounds; immediately to the south are the formal and vegetable garden, as well as two paddocks, and another paddock is to the west.

The property is located in the small rural village of South Hay, about a mile from Binsted where you will find the local elementary school, the Binsted Inn pub and a recreation ground with tennis and croquet clubs.

You’ll also find a village shop, post office, local pub and preschool in Kingsley Village, also about a mile away. The Bentley is about four miles from the village and runs on a mainline train to London Waterloo.

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A little further on you’ll find the historic market towns of Alton and Farnham with a great selection of shops, restaurants and weekly food markets.

South Hay House is currently up for sale across the Hamptons with an estimated price of £5 million – see more photos or contact an agent for more information.

With wood paneling and armor in the lobby, the Home Counties Mansion is one of the gems on offer.

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