Avon Castle is an exclusive and highly sought after residential area set in the Avon Valley bordering Ringwood. The main drive is lined with mature shrubs and trees, providing the feeling of seclusion and privacy. The market town of Ringwood is just two miles west, offering an excellent range of independent and high street shops, cafes and restaurants as well as excellent recreational facilities and renowned schools. The beautiful New Forest is only a short drive away and offers thousands of acres of heath and woodland, a haven for a range of outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling and horse riding. For the commuter the A338 is easily accessible, providing routes to the larger coastal towns of Bournemouth and Christchurch (approximately 8 to 10 miles south) and Southampton (approximately 17 miles east via the A31/M27). The M27/M3 will take you to London, which is approximately two hours distant. There are international airports at both Bournemouth and Southampton.
A solid hardwood front door leads through to the reception hall with a spectacular central turning staircase to the front door and a porcelain tiled floor and a large built-in mirror fronted storage cupboard. A door leads to the cloakroom with a low level WC with concealed cistern and wash hand basin. Access is gained from here to bedrooms two and three, both very evenly sized and enjoying views over the immaculately presented gardens. Both have dressing areas leading through to en suite shower rooms with a full range of modern fittings including separate shower cubicles, basins in vanity units and low level WC’s with concealed cisterns. A further door leads from the reception hall out to the rear terrace and garden beyond. From the reception hall a door leads through to the ground floor living area, which comprises a beautiful sitting room with double aspect overlooking the rear terrace and garden beyond with bi-fold doors to one aspect and a large picture window and door to the other and a porcelain tiled floor throughout. To one end is a fully fitted kitchen area making this area ideal for summer/al fresco entertainment giving you food preparation at garden level. However this area also doubles up as a perfect utility room at all other times. It incorporates a stainless steel sink unit, induction hob with extraction over, built-in electric oven and grill, space and plumbing for domestic appliances, dishwasher, and a built-in fridge and freezer. A further door leads through to the study, once again having a porcelain tiled floor, a full range of built-in display and storage units and bi-fold doors leading to the rear terrace and garden. This entire ground floor living area could easily be converted into a self-contained annexe with the addition of a bathroom (which could be easily installed).
The first floor landing gives access to all principal rooms with overhead roof lights and an open gabled ceiling. A door leads to the cloakroom with a low level WC, concealed cistern and wash hand basin. Double doors give access to a quite spectacular living/dining room enjoying wonderful views across the garden to the River Avon and meadows beyond. The room has a part open gabled roof with roof lights, windows to three aspects giving a complete open view of the surroundings and two sets of sliding doors giving access to the wrap around balcony which allows access to the whole first floor. The focal point of the sitting room is a gas fired glass fronted feature fireplace and the dining room benefits from a porcelain tiled floor. Adjacent to the living/dining room is the kitchen with a full range of modern fitted kitchen units with granite worktops over, a large central island unit incorporating the sink and breakfast bar area, twin Siemens ovens with warming drawers, built-in fridge and freezer, full height larder cupboard, five ring induction hob with extractor over, porcelain tiled floor and sliding doors leading to the balcony. Once again this room enjoys delightful views. The first floor study enjoys a view to the front aspect and has a range of built-in office furniture adjacent to which is a storage cupboard. Access is gained to the master suite which incorporates a large bedroom area with sliding doors leading to the balcony, a large walk in wardrobe with ample hanging and shelving space and an en suite bathroom with porcelain tiles, panelled bath, low level WC with concealed cistern, twin wash hand basins in vanity unit and a walk-around shower cubicle.
The property is approached via a private lane and gated entrance, leading to a sweeping driveway surrounded by areas of lawn and mature planting. This leads across the front of the property to the triple garage with a further large equipment store, workshop and wine store, to the rear of which is a well laid out kitchen garden. The property lies very centrally within the plot with a large terrace area immediately to the rear bordered by extensive lawns and mature beds and borders creating all year round interest and colour. On opposite sides of the garden, on the river’s edge, are a breeze house and a studio, both with their own patio areas. The plot extends to the far side of the river where it owns a large section of the river bank.
Living in Ringwood
Ringwood offers the best of all worlds. This old market town is positioned on the edge of the New Forest, yet is just ten minutes drive to the coast and also has easy access to the A31, with London, Southampton and Winchester in one direction and Bournemouth in the other.
It is an increasingly popular destination for home hunters. Best known as the home of Ringwood Brewery (inspiration for the current boom in microbreweries), it is undergoing a re-identification. The old cattle market has been transformed into a stylish shopping quarter with names such as Aga, Hobbs, Joules, Waitrose and Waterstones, and a programme of events that includes live music and farmers’ markets. The adjacent high street has retained its character, with a traditional weekly market and a selection of independents, a new artisan bakery, and a variety of decent eateries such as Framptons and Noisy Lobster.
Families are attracted by the sense of community and highly regarded secondary school (its sixth form provision rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted). There is a wide range of property from thatched cottages, through Victorian and Edwardian villas to tree-lined closes of homes built between the wars and every decade from mid-century onwards.
To the north are the quieter, untouched reaches of the Forest and larger country houses. To the west Ringwood is bounded by the River Avon and Avon Castle, a private estate of big, individual, contemporary properties in large plots, many with views across the water meadows. Avon Castle appeals to those looking for privacy and seclusion, and also attracts people moving from London in search of country life combined with contemporary living.
Avon Castle, Ringwood, Hampshire
- 4 Bedrooms:
- 3 Bathrooms:
- 3 Living Rooms:
A unique, contemporary styled property occupying a quite sensational riverside location in this most sought after private estate. The River House enjoys spectacular views across the Avon valley and also benefits from double bank coarse and game fishing rights. The meticulously maintained gardens extend to about one acre incorporating a triple garage and studio. Energy Efficiency Rating: CSave Property
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