Castle Hill House benefits from a picturesque setting on the edge of the open Forest with some of the New Forest’s loveliest heathland views on your doorstep. It is also close to the amenities of Burley, a honey pot New Forest village and yet it is only a couple of minutes’ drive to Picket Post on the A31. The location is ideal for those looking for the New Forest lifestyle while requiring easy access to road networks towards Southampton and London in one direction and Ringwood, Bournemouth and Poole in the other. The area has a reputation for good local schools: Burley Primary School is an idyllic village school which attracts parents to the area while the bus for Ringwood School runs past the property.
The property has been carefully extended over the years, and retains many original features. The current owners have configured the accommodation for their own needs providing two very distinct living areas for two generations of the family.
The original part of the house provides a large reception hall with a cloakroom and rear porch. The reception hall leads through to the kitchen/dining room, with a gas fired Aga and a fully fitted kitchen, and access to a utility room and a side door. From the dining area, a door leads through to the sitting room with a bay window and French style doors to the rear gardens. On the first floor are four double bedrooms, two of which benefit from en suite bathroom facilities with a separate shower room serving the other two bedrooms. It should be pointed out that all principal rooms in the house benefit from a lovely outlook over the grounds to the rear. This outlook is south facing and enjoys sun throughout the day.
Beyond the reception hall access is gained to an additional family room and in turn to the more recently constructed part of the property which further provides, on the ground floor, a large kitchen/utility room, cloakroom, boot room with porch and side door and a study/bedroom seven if required. On the first floor are two further bedrooms and a bathroom.
Castle Hill House lies about a mile from the centre of, arguably, one of the most beautiful and sought after villages in The New Forest, ideally situated to make full use of all the wonderful facilities the Forest has to offer. Whether it be sailing at nearby Lymington (12 miles) or golf at one of the many courses in the area including nearby Burley and Brockenhurst with its mainline railway station (8 miles, Waterloo 90 minutes) The market town of Ringwood is but a short drive away (5 miles). The larger shopping towns of Southampton (20 miles) to the east and Bournemouth (16 miles) to the west, both with their airports, are easily accessible.
Outside, the property is approached via an area of Forest track providing parking and turning and leading to both a pedestrian access gate and to an electrically operated vehicular access gate, which in turn leads to the side driveway and garage beyond.
The double garage has an electrically operated up and over door, cloakroom and an interior staircase leading to a games room/office. Immediately to the rear of the house is an area of patio leading to a lawn, which incorporates an ornamental pond, a quite beautiful mature magnolia tree and areas of mature plant and shrub borders. The garden enjoys beautiful views over the paddock land beyond. To the other side of the house is a delightful area of natural garden with numerous plant and flower borders and access to the stable complex which incorporates two block stables, a large enclosed barn and separate tack room. Access can be gained from the yard to the main paddock which is enclosed by post and rail fencing. In the far corner of the paddock is a five bar gate allowing access directly on to the Forest for riding/walking.
Agent’s Note: An additional one acre paddock, situated on the other side of the road to the house, could be available by separate negotiation.
Living in Burley
The first Spencers New Forest office was established here in Burley, a honeypot village that feels untouched by time with its traditional cafes, cider farm, gift shops and tales of old smuggling routes, witches and dragons.
This is the New Forest on holiday as imagined by visitors: quaint and old-fashioned with ponies wandering down the high street. In Burley there’s a perpetual feeling of having escaped, that you are away from it all, especially as it is tucked in the lee of wooded slopes.
In fact Burley has easy access to the A31 (across heathland with spectacular views) and routes west to Bournemouth and east to Southampton, while the mainline station at Brockenhurst is only a short drive away across the Forest.
There’s a lovely sense of community in Burley and it is noticeable that once people move here many are reluctant to move out of the area. A range of activities to enjoy locally includes cycling, horse riding, coarse fishing and Burley Golf Club with a nine-hole heathland course.
The property market is dominated by picturesque thatched cottages and large country homes that feel discreetly hidden away, many with access to open Forest.
Burley, Ringwood, Hampshire
- 6 Bedrooms:
- 4 Bathrooms:
- 6 Living Rooms:
Castle Hill house is a substantial family home of great character, situated on the edge of the open New Forest. It has been sympathetically extended by the current owners to provide extremely flexible accommodation. The property benefits from six bedrooms and up to six reception rooms, double garage, stables and about 1.25 acres of delightful gardens and paddock land. Whilst presented in good order throughout, the property could benefit from some further modernisation. Energy Efficiency Rating: ESave Property
Spencers Burley Office
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