Enterprising builders several hundred years ago were heavily into recycling.
And one of them quite possibly floated the idea of getting beams from Portsmouth Dockyard to help with the construction of a property called Old London in the north Hampshire village of Liss.
“The house is listed because of its architectural interest going back several centuries and the exposed beams in walls and ceilings are believed to have been obtained from surplus old ships’ timbers in the Dockyard,” explains Colin Shairp, of Fine and Country Southern Hampshire estate agents.
“I have seen other properties where restoration work has revealed timbers that have quite obviously had a previous life because they contain the remains of old joints and other features that would not fit with the building they now help support.
“Old London is an extremely attractive home, enhanced by the timbers but not relying on them alone for its appeal. The sitting room has a superb example of an inglenook under a heavy timber bressummer beam while on the opposite side of the room there are bookshelves set behind an old, exposed timber wall frame.
“The dining room has another fireplace with a yoke-shaped bressummer and all around the property there are colour-washed exposed brick and stone walls. In the dining room, a door opens into a south-facing conservatory where French windows open into the garden. The kitchen is modern but in a style that suits the overall feel of the property and opening off it is a bathroom.
“There is a further bathroom on the first floor serving the three bedrooms, two of which are ample doubles with built-in wardrobes.
“Outside is a spectacular specimen and ancient yew tree thought to be around 800 years old – the garden is also home to clipped box and yew topiary. Even the garage is stylish – a barn design with a catslide roof descending over the log store.
“Despite all this ancient appeal, the area’s newest transport link, the Hindhead Tunnel, means there’s faster road access to Guildford and London while the A3M provides a fast route south to the coast. Liss also has its own station on the Portsmouth to London mainline via Guildford to Waterloo.”
Guide price is £865,000. For more information, contact Fine and Country Southern Hampshire on 023 93 277 277 or email email@example.com