This fine house is situated in Bransgore on the southern edge of the New Forest National Park, with delightful access to the National Park, yet within 10 minutes of the beaches at Christchurch, Highcliffe and Barton on Sea. The area, known for its country pursuits and sailing on the south coast offers a huge range of recreational activities. The award winning Chewton Glen Country Club is only a few minutes drive away with extensive facilities including gym, tennis, golf, spa and leisure. The sailing centres of Lymington and Christchurch are both nearby with Lymington also offering a ferry service to the Isle of Wight. The larger coastal cities of Bournemouth and Southampton are both easily accessible, as is the Cathedral City of Winchester. Bournemouth boasts an international airport with an increasing number of national and international destinations, as does Southampton, each within very easy reach. Condor Ferries to the Channel Islands are situated in nearby Poole. The A31 provides access to the M27 and the motorway network. There are railway services from nearby Hinton Admiral (approximately 3 miles), which provides a service through to London Waterloo (1 hour 54 minutes) or from Brockenhurst (1 hour 34 minutes).
Similarly impressive are the grounds that wrap themselves effortlessly around the house, giving interest all year round. The sweeping drive emerges from the woods to reveal the property’s splendid façade. One can choose to park here or continue around to the rear of the property where ample turning and parking space can be found, in addition to a further set of electric access gates. The triple garage complex is to be found in this area along with a barn, which has been cleverly converted to provide a large home office and games room with plentiful space for a snooker table, if work gets too much. Almost adjacent to the garage is a quite breathtaking and original Victorian walled garden, almost a complete blank canvas, but for the enthusiast certain nirvana.
When family and friends exit the rear of the house they do so onto a vast area of patio, with a delightful raised pond to its centre with a fountain to help relax even the most anxious mind. Steps lead through the beautifully landscaped border into the pool enclosure which reveals an oval pool surrounded by carefully planned plant borders and rocks with a gently cascading waterfall. Adjoining is a pool house with sauna, giving somewhere to change after a dip or indeed relax and take in the wonderful surroundings. A large area of lawn surrounded by a plethora of flowering shrubs and specimen trees leads to a gate, beyond which lies a natural haven of calm. Whether somewhere to walk the dogs, or indeed just ones self, or for the kids to run and play, build dens and hurtle down the zip-wire, this is an unexpected but very welcome extra. The woodland has been beautifully tended and cared for by the current owners and provided space for the children to explore from dawn ‘til dusk without having to leave the safety and security of home. In total the grounds extend to about 12 acres.
Built, we believe in the early 1900’s, the property replaced a previous house that was set further into the woods and which was burnt down during a forest fire, giving rise to the name of an adjacent road, Burnt House Lane.
Immediately upon entering the property one is struck by the spectacular reception hall, with it’s use of dark wood bannisters lining the galleried landing above and central stone fireplace to welcome visitors to its Arts and Crafts splendour. A befitting hub from which to explore the entertaining spaces incorporating a wonderful drawing room which stretches the full depth of the original house and boasting a triple aspect and an open fireplace to boot. Enjoying similarly pleasing views of the rear garden is the dining room, with a fireplace for those cosy winter dinner parties and a door to the rear terrace, ideal for the summer garden party. At it’s core, the latest addition to this fine house is the courtyard orangery, flooded with light, a perfect place to relax and while away the hours with a good book and a glass of something cold. Entertaining aside, the family need somewhere to relax, this is provided by a comfortable sitting room, again enjoying the access and views over the rear garden and its own back staircase, where bed is not far away.
The beating heart of the house is provided by the generous kitchen/breakfast room, perfectly located and equipped for all that a modern family wishes with, of course, an Aga at its centre. From here the true flexibility of this home becomes apparent with a rear lobby opening into a cavernous storage room and a fully equipped utility room. A stable door gives further access to the rear of the property and a turning staircase accommodates a first floor bedroom with en suite. A further reception room and bedroom with modern en suite complete the extensive ground floor accommodation. From the galleried landing above the reception hall one has a choice of four double bedrooms, three of which have the use of two modern fitted shower rooms, however the master bedroom has been equipped with not only a large walk through dressing room, but an en suite to rival the very best anywhere in the world. With its glazed wet-room style shower and double bath, luxury abounds and as if that wasn’t enough, from the bedroom a door opens onto a substantial balcony, giving majestic views across the gardens. A perfect spot for a morning cuppa or evening nightcap.
Living in Bransgore
Bransgore is a bit of a secret. This village in the south-western corner of the New Forest has a good selection of facilities, strong community, and easy access to Dorset’s sandy beaches.
The parish also encompasses the adjacent village of Thorney Hill and a few charming, peaceful rural hamlets of country houses and thatched cottages, including Neacroft, Godwinscroft and Waterditch. In the centre of Bransgore is a convenient parade of useful shops (such as a bakery, cafe and Co-op) as well as a medical centre. There’s a well-used village hall with a sizeable recreation ground, supporting a number of clubs and activities, and a clutch of popular local dining inns including The Carpenter Arms, The Three Tuns and The Crown.
For families schooling is impressive with Bransgore Primary School rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and two well-regarded secondary schools at Ringwood (‘good overall and outstanding in its sixth form provision’) and Highcliffe (rated ‘good’). Property includes modern family homes on leafy roads, thatched cottages and Victorian and Edwardian country houses. As for travelling - there’s a mainline station a mile or so away at Hinton Admiral plus access to the A31 at Picket Post.
Bransgore, Christchurch, Dorset
- 6 Bedrooms:
- 5 Bathrooms:
- 5 Living Rooms:
Truly one of the finest properties in Bransgore, Brompton Gates offers the elegance and charm of a bygone era, coupled with the modernity most require in the 21st century. This sizeable and flexible family home offers up to six bedrooms and six reception rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, office/games room and garage complex, all surrounded by about 12 acres of delightful gardens and woodland. Energy Efficiency Rating: ESave Property
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