Explore this characterful family home in Hampshire

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  • Nestled in a leafy part of Hampshire, this handsome Victorian house has been lovingly designed with its original features in mind. In 2005, when the owners moved in, they immediately installed central heating and added an additional upstairs bathroom. However, their plans to remodel the house were put on hold when the owner’s work took him to Ireland and they decided to relocate to Dublin. ‘In the interim, we employed an architect to draw up plans, which allowed us to go ahead with getting planning permission.’ The family, which now included a younger daughter, returned to Britain in July 2010 and the owners began work on the refurbishment at full speed. ‘In traditional Victorian style, the interior was a series of smallish rooms with high ceilings and had no relevance to the way we wanted to live,’ she says. ‘However, we wanted to keep the integrity of the house and to retain the original features. Our planning permission included an extension, which meant we could relocate the kitchen to the centre of the house so it could benefit from a garden view.’

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