Access to the house from the drive is via a small rear courtyard with steps leading down to the entrance hall, with pretty colour washed walls and attractively designed old Spanish and French terracotta floor tiles which flow through to the triple aspect kitchen/breakfast room.  Traditionally the heart of any home, this beautifully styled country kitchen blends traditional home comforts with more modern facilities including a Bang and Olufsen sound system (also fitted to the master bedroom, study and drawing room).  The kitchen boasts original Penega wooden beams from Singapore Old Docks and centres upon a 4-oven oil fired AGA within an alcove featuring a hand painted mural by local artist Amanda Bowles, and a multi-coloured glass window panel. The kitchen/breakfast room provides plenty of space for a sizeable breakfast table and features an attractive blend of mixed tiles and wood block, as well as a range of antique pine cabinets under solid wood working surfaces which incorporate a twin Butler sink. There is a freestanding solid wood island unit, handcrafted by Derek Pegrum, with inset Verde Fluvia marble working surface, built-in wine rack, bookshelves and storage cupboards.  A stable door leads through the rear lobby to the pantry and to the utility/shower room, which has a Butler sink and a creatively designed shower area, plus low-level WC. Built-in cupboards house a water softener, with plumbing for a slimline dishwasher and washing machine.  From the rear lobby, an oak panelled door opens to the drawing room (currently utilised as a dining room) which boasts exposed timbers and an impressive inglenook fireplace with original bread oven. This houses a cast iron log burning stove upon an exposed brick hearth, there is also an alcove housing an attractive hand painted mural.  From here an oak door leads past the original canopied front entrance porch through to the sitting room which also centres upon an inglenook fireplace housing Clearview log burning stove.  Steps rise to the adjacent dual aspect study which leads in turn to the entrance hall.  From the sitting room a staircase rises to the first-floor galleried landing and to the master bedroom suite; a naturally bright and airy triple aspect room incorporating a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite shower room, which benefits from lovely views over the surrounding grounds and paddocks.  There are three additional double bedrooms, all of which have built-in wardrobe cupboards and two of which boast large dormer window recesses providing attractive display/storage areas.  In addition, there is the family bathroom with a white suite comprising bath with handheld shower, low level WC, bidet and pedestal wash hand basin, whilst built-in pine cabinets house the airing cupboard and hot water cylinder. 

Ancillary to the main accommodation is an extensive detached outbuilding with a separate oil-fired boiler, security alarm and separate telephone line.  This building comprises an open plan studio on the ground floor whilst the first floor (accessed via an external staircase) is divided into three additional rooms and a separate shower room. This building could serve a variety of uses, subject to any necessary consents.

The stunning parkland style grounds which surround the farmhouse are mainly laid to lawn with an array of mature trees including oak, ash, silver birch, lime and beech trees, whilst an abundance of rhododendron bushes provide a vibrant display of colour when in full bloom. Beyond the formal garden lies a mature wooded copse and an attractive lake, accessed via a bridge.  There is also a fenced vegetable garden, plus an extensive timber barn, stable and several useful outbuildings (with power and light).  

To the front of the house high electric wooden gates with CCTV entry system open to a sweeping gravel driveway which leads to a turning circle and beyond to an Holmsley Mill oak framed triple carport with security lighting. In total there are four well-fenced paddocks, the largest of which is accessed from the main driveway.

The property is situated within the beautiful New Forest National Park village of Godshill, comprising a popular local pub, with local primary schools at nearby Breamore and Hyde, and secondary school at Burgate. Sandy Balls Leisure Centre is just half a mile away offering a swimming pool and gym. The town of Fordingbridge is approximately two miles distant, offering a range of shopping facilities, restaurants and cafes, with a wider range of facilities at the historic city of Salisbury, which is approximately 10 miles north via the easily accessible A338.

The surrounding New Forest is a beautiful, renowned National Park consisting of approximately 140,000 acres of natural Heath and woodland ideal for walking, cycling and particularly riding for the equestrian enthusiast. The scenic south coastal towns of Christchurch and Bournemouth are also easily accessible, being approximately 18 miles via the A338, with excellent marina facilities at neighbouring Lymington and Poole. London is approximately two hours distant by car along the M27 and M3, with a mainline railway station conveniently at nearby Salisbury and Southampton Parkway.

Fordingbridge, with its distinctive seven arch bridge spanning the River Avon, is a former market town enjoying an idyllic location between the heath and woodland of the New Forest and rolling chalk downlands of Cranborne Chase. The Avon Valley long-distance footpath from Salisbury to Christchurch runs through the town, meandering beside the Avon. 

Fordingbridge itself has a high street of interesting independents including an art gallery, bookshop and boutiques, and essentials such as butchers and bakers. There’s also a great selection of pubs and restaurants in the area, such as The George in Fordingbridge, The Three Lions at Stuckton and The Foresters at Frogham.

Fordingbridge is positioned just off the main Salisbury to Ringwood road, so there’s excellent access to the road networks – including the A31 at Ringwood & the M27 at Cadnam.

Living in Fordingbridge

Fordingbridge, with its distinctive seven arch bridge spanning the River Avon, rewards discovery. This former market town enjoys an idyllic location between the heath and woodland of the New Forest and rolling chalk downlands of Cranborne Chase. The Avon Valley long-distance footpath from Salisbury to Christchurch runs through the town, meandering beside the Avon. Round and about are some of the loveliest villages, including Rockbourne with the remains of a Roman villa and good, popular pub, the Rose & Thistle, and delightful Breamore with its picturesque Marsh (surviving manorial green) and Elizabethan manor house.

Fordingbridge itself has a high street of interesting independents including an art gallery, architectural salvage yard (a great resource with treasures such as Victorian fireplaces), bookshop and boutiques, and essentials such as butchers and bakers. There’s also a great selection of pubs and restaurants in the area, such as The George in Fordingbridge, The Three Lions at Stuckton and The Foresters at Frogham.

Property in Fordingbridge and surrounding area represents good value for the New Forest and includes character cottages and modern family homes. Families are also attracted by the well-regarded independent schools of Forres Sandle Manor and Moyles Court.

Fordingbridge is positioned just off the main Salisbury to Christchurch Road, so there’s reasonable access to the road networks - including A31 at Ringwood.

£1,450,000

Fordingbridge, Godshill, Hampshire

  • Bedrooms Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms Bathrooms: 4
  • Receptions Living Rooms: 3

With origins dating back to the 1790’s this stunning cob and brick farmhouse, formerly part of the Prideaux Brune Estate, boasts a wealth of original character features.  The house has been extended over the years to provide almost 2,500 sq ft of beautifully styled living accommodation with the benefit of a detached studio outbuilding, in excess of 1,100 sq ft, which could cater for a variety of uses, subject to any necessary consents.  This attractive period farmhouse occupies an idyllic parkland setting, overlooking its own private plot of approximately 5.5 acres, comprising beautifully maintained formal gardens with lake, woodland and paddocks. Energy Efficiency Rating: E

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