The Beaulieu River is one of the world’s few privately owned rivers, being owned by the Montagu family. Custodianship of the river by one family, over four centuries has resulted in it being largely unspoilt in terms of landscape and wildlife. The nearby village of Beaulieu, also principally owned by the Montagus has a range of specialist shops, a garden centre, Michelin-starred restaurant and a good public house.
Lymington is 7.5 miles away and is a charming Georgian market town with a comprehensive range of shops and restaurants along with a large marina. Direct rail services to London can be found at Brockenhurst (from 95 minutes) and Southampton Airport, which takes private aircraft, is 22.5 miles away. The M27 for road access to the M3 and London is 12 miles away.
Principal House: Little Salterns sits in a wonderful, secluded location at the end of a gated, private lane shared by just a handful of other properties. It is accessed from the lane via a gated gravel driveway with a turning circle and framed by beautifully clipped hedges. A spur driveway leads to the garage complex which is east of the principal house and annexe.
The house is built as an open crescent, making the most of the exceptional setting and views. It has recently been the subject of an exemplary scheme of renovation and improvement making use of the finest material and fittings. As you enter the reception hall you are immediately drawn to the view, via south-facing French windows which open out from the adjacent dining room. The drawing room is found to the right, also with outstanding views, an open fireplace with stove and an adjoining bar, ideal for entertaining. To the left of the front door is a comfortable sitting room, again with an open fireplace and south-facing views over the gardens to the water.
The bespoke kitchen/breakfast room has been beautifully designed and includes a central island with a pearlised marble worktop. There is a Larcornue range cooker and further built in high-quality appliances. French doors open onto the terrace and there is a large walk-in pantry, larder and a utility room. Beyond the kitchen, an incredible glazed walkway links the principal house to the annexe and entertaining wing.
A choice of two staircases lead to the first floor, which is cleverly designed to provide flexible accommodation which once again makes the best of the incredible setting and views. The master bedroom suite occupies the prime position and has a large en-suite shower room and dressing room. There are four further bedrooms, one of which is currently laid out as a study and two further bath/shower rooms (one en-suite).
The Annexe: is linked to the principal house via the glazed walkway and provides the most wonderful area for entertaining as well as superb guest accommodation. On the ground floor there is a media room with an adjoining pantry and wine store and a fantastic 34’6” billiard/games room. Both the media and billiard room have multiple French windows opening onto the south-facing terrace and the latter has an amazing stone fireplace. Behind the billiard room is a pantry and cloakroom and a staircase leads to the first floor.
The first floor provides an entirely self-contained annexe with a spacious sitting room, kitchen, three double bedrooms, two shower rooms and a gym/bedroom four.
Garaging and Outbuildings: To east of the house is a substantial 4-bay garage block with an adjoining workshop, garden store and water store In addition and adjoining the annexe is a gated courtyard giving access to the estate office, boiler room and oil store.
Grounds and Gardens: Little Salterns sits in 3.9 acres of the most exceptional gardens and grounds which are beautifully maintained and offer tremendous privacy. The gardens are principally laid to lawn with terraces adjacent to the house and a range of mature specimen trees to the perimeter with oak woodland beyond. Throughout the gardens there are numerous areas of interest including a kitchen garden with a greenhouse, striking clipped box hedges, various mature herbaceous borders and a woodland walk with a charming summer house.
The swimming pool is perfectly located to the south west of the house and there is a pool-house with a kitchenette and shower room. The tennis court has been recently laid and is discreetly set to the far west of the property.
Living in Beaulieu
Beaulieu, as its name suggests, is beautiful. This village is a jewel of the New Forest, sitting prettily beside the River Beaulieu with Palace House, the seat of the Montagu family, as backdrop. This is an estate village which has been in the keeping of the Montagu family for 477 years. Today Beaulieu is familiar worldwide for the National Motor Museum, but the village attracts visitors, too. It has a quaint High Street of smart independents in pretty brick and timber-framed period properties, including art gallery, chocolate studio, floral designer, plus gift shops, tea room, village stores, garden centre, community garden and the village school (rated ‘good’ by Ofsted).
Beaulieu is also home to Beaulieu Garage (specialising in classic and vintage cars) and Terrace Restaurant at the Montagu Arms, the only restaurant in the New Forest to hold a Michelin Star. Along the road towards picturesque Hatchet Pond is Beaulieu Organic Farm Shop.
As for property, there are some good-sized period country houses, while Dock Lane, which runs alongside the river, is considered one of the most prestigious addresses in the Forest with a selection of stunning architect-designed modern builds.
Spencers Lymington Office
- 01590 674 222
74 High Street