Nestled in the heart of the New Forest National Park, Old House is quietly situated in a sought after rural location just a couple of miles east of the village centre. The traditional village of Burley offers good everyday amenities such as local shops, a regular farmer’s market, pubs, restaurants and hotels. The village’s popular primary school, church, cricket ground and nine hole golf course on the open forest, provide a vibrant social hub. It is also conveniently placed for the
commuter. The nearby A31, M27 and M3 offer fast direct routes to
surrounding areas including Bournemouth (11 miles west),
Southampton (17 miles east), Winchester (21 miles north east),
Salisbury (25 miles north west) and London. There are excellent mainline rail services close by and two good regional airports. Central London can be reached within one and a half hours and the coast is within 8 miles.

Old House is impressive. It has the elegant proportions, classic symmetry and architectural detail of a grand Georgian country house, including high ceilings and sash windows, but in fact it was designed and built in the 1960s, on the site of an earlier Victorian country house, by Sir Dudley Forwood, former equerry to the Duke of Windsor. (Sir Dudley Forwood went on to become Master of the New Forest Buckhounds, Chairman of the New Forest Show and Official Verderer.) Old House therefore combines period style and feel with a layout configured for a modern lifestyle.

The entrance is particularly spectacular: a domed portico opens onto an impressive double-height panelled and galleried reception hall with splendid fireplace, oak boards and turning staircase. The scale of the room makes it particularly suitable as an entertaining space.

On one side double doors with arched fanlight lead to a large study/library lined with book shelves and with full-height sash windows looking out over a swimming pool in a suntrap walled garden.

Running along the back of the house, facing south-west with views across lawned gardens, are two principal reception rooms: the dining room, which accommodates a table seating up to 12, and formal drawing room with a fireplace which is thought to have been salvaged from Brockenhurst Park’s manor house.

Doors hidden in the reception hall’s panelling lead through to a snug or sitting room and a good-sized farmhouse-style kitchen/breakfast room overlooking the south-west facing gardens. In turn these rooms both lead onto a games room and sunny conservatory.

Upstairs the master bedroom suite, with dressing room and bathroom, accommodates the west wing of the house. Off the galleried landing are three further generously-sized double bedrooms each with its own en suite bathroom, and all with garden views.

(In addition there is a substantial loft space.)

Old House enjoys a very private location in a quiet corner of the forest with direct access onto the forest and idyllic grounds of over 11 acres

Elements of the original Victorian mansion, owned by Auberon Herbert, son of the third Earl of Carnarvon remain, including what was probably the original 19th century carriage house, now used for garaging, and a courtyard with stables, tack room, feed room and store rooms.

The grounds themselves are idyllic with over 11 acres including two walled gardens, lawned gardens with mature planting and specimen trees, water gardens, woodland and paddocks.

Old House enjoys a very private location in a quiet corner of the Forest and enjoys direct access onto the Forest, yet is close to all the amenities of Burley including primary school, shops, post office, pubs and cafes, and has good access to main road links.

The location is extraordinary ~ Old House is discreetly tucked into the forest with stunning views and is accessed via a lane over a mile long

Within the grounds are three separate properties, comprising a three bedroom cottage, two bedroom cottage and one bedroom cottage, each with their own enclosed garden, offering a great opportunity to accommodate family, staff or provide revenue.

Living in New Forest

It feels a privilege to live in the New Forest. This is a stunning, semi-wild landscape of more than 220 square miles of heathland and woodland where deer, ponies, donkeys and cattle wander freely.

It is scattered with picture postcard perfect villages such as Beaulieu, thriving communities such as Brockenhurst and Woodgreen, vibrant market towns like Ringwood and Lymington, and hidden hamlets. The variety of properties ranges from old hunting lodges and thatched cottages to equestrian estates and contemporary coastal homes with sea views.

In terms of lifestyle, the New Forest provides a natural playground for walkers, runners, cyclists, riders and watersports enthusiasts. It has miles of footpaths, cycle routes and bridleways, and its coastline includes Lymington, the sailing ‘capital’ of the UK with marinas and sailing clubs. There are also opportunities to go kayaking, wreck diving and sea fishing – or simply crabbing from the quayside with the children.

For families, educational facilities in the Forest range from small day nurseries and ‘proper’ village schools to sixth form provision rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted .There is also a selection of acclaimed independent schools – and all make the most of their New Forest grounds and environment to give children a country childhood.


Burley, Ringwood, Hampshire

  • Bedrooms Bedrooms: 10
  • Bathrooms Bathrooms: 7
  • Receptions Living Rooms: 8

Old House is located in a place of outstanding natural beauty, an estate with a substantial principal house, three cottages, an old carriage house, outbuildings and over 11 acres all surrounded by open forest. Energy Efficiency Rating: Principal House E

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