Up Somborne


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  • Bedrooms: 3
Nestled in the heart of this picturesque Test Valley hamlet of Up Somborne, is this elegant and iconic, Grade II listed Cruck cottage enjoying all of the charm and features believed to date back to 1300.

Owners Comment

“Providence Cottage has been our much loved home for nearly forty years. In 1984 we rescued the Grade II listed 14th century cruck frame barn from almost certain collapse creating a garage, workshop and studio flat while keeping as many of the old beams as possible.”

“The cottage, also listed, has been lovingly maintained and sensitively improved. The beautiful garden is known as one of the joys of this friendly hamlet. Now is the time to pass the custodianship to new owners, the next in the long line of families who have lived here for six centuries, who we know will cherish living here as much as we have.”


This true gem provides characterful living accommodation with beautifully maintained and well sized gardens but also benefits from a most splendid and magnificent, associated Cruck barn facilitating additional accommodation or income potential as well as a practical large garage and workshop. Providence Cottage is the quintessential country cottage of huge architectural significance and aesthetically gorgeous. The enchanting history of this home is apparent in every consideration including the stunning brick fireplaces, slatted latch doors and glazing and of course the magnificent cruck beams evident within the barn which has been painstakingly and lovingly restored by the current owners. The living space is charming, having been more latterly but sensitively extended with three bright and light bedrooms enjoying views to the rear over the impressive gardens. Providence Cottage and the popular hamlet of Up Somborne offer an idyllic lifestyle for discerning buyers wishing to enjoy true ‘village life' yet requiring the convenience of excellent commuter links and well regarded schooling for all ages.


Upon entering Providence Cottage, the history of this home is immediately apparent with a wealth of exposed beams and timbers, doors and glazing to many of the windows. The fireplace in the sitting room is magnificent, hosting a dual fuel woodburning stove and retaining the salt shelf. The hardwood flooring and lathe and plaster walls add to its charm, along with the period built in dresser and storage. A door opens into the small library, which can offer a variety of potential uses. The parlour/dining room is equally delightful and features original ceiling to floor braces and is a lovely dining venue. The study is accessed from an inner lobby with access to the rear and features a wonderful, large bay picture window with deep sill affording lovely views over the impressive garden as well as practical shelving and desk space. The kitchen is fitted with a generous range of wall and base units, ample worktops and includes a gas hob and electric oven with space for various appliances. A stable door opens to the side garden and access to the barn. The ground floor accommodation is completed by the bathroom, traditionally styled with a Villeroy and Boch bath, bidet, low level WC and traditional wash stand. There is also plumbing and space for a washing machine.

The Barn

Cruck frame structures are particularly rare in the south of England and the owners of Providence Cottage commissioned a painstaking and loving restoration of the barn in 1984 to create this exquisite additional accommodation. The original cruck beams are beautifully preserved within the barn and the accommodation has been cleverly arranged around them with a kitchenette on the ground floor, feature oak staircase to the principal vaulted living space which also has a separate WC and wash hand basin. The barn also facilitates a large garage and workshop as well as a useful store.


The front garden is simply show stopping and is revered within the village, providing a typical country garden splendour with a host of specimen architectural and flowering shrubs and plants which features borders and meandering lawn paths. A pretty footpath with original walling leads to the front door and an ancient apple tree is prominent. A paved area and raised border to the side of the house lead to the stunning rear garden which is impeccably maintained with a magnificent Victorian style brick based greenhouse offering power and water. There is a high degree of privacy and seclusion and the garden affords a quiet and tranquil setting. There is a patio area adjacent to the home with steps ascending to the manicured lawns which feature well stocked borders of specimen trees and shrubs. There are lovely diverse offerings including a green roof, herb garden to the front and storage area to the rear including a useful wood store.


The popular Test Valley hamlet of Up Somborne remains beautifully unspoilt, surrounded by picturesque countryside with an abundance of bridleways and footpaths, being close to Farley Mount Country park. The hamlet is well located for amenities in the local Georgian market town of Stockbridge with its renowned butcher, traditional shops and eateries. More extensive facilities and ideal commuting including a mainline railway station direct to London can be found in the Cathedral city of Winchester some 15 minutes drive away whilst Southampton is just a 35 minute drive and there are excellent education establishments close by.

Agent Note

The property is Grade II listed and is served by LPG gas and private drainage via a septic tank. The barn is heated by electric convection heating and is particularly well insulated. The property is Council Tax Band E.


From Romsey take the A3057 to King's Somborne turning right at The Crown Inn and left into Winchester Road. Continue for approximately 2.7 miles turning right into Strawberry Lane. Continue up the hill and Providence Cottage can be found on the left hand side.

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Charles Powell

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