Leicester House enjoys a private position within a stunning setting, which includes parkland grounds, attractive woodland areas and attractive post and rail paddocks. This fine house is superbly set up for those with equestrian interests with access to some of the Forest’s finest riding country. The property is set in the sought after hamlet of Sandy Down, conveniently positioned for the thriving and vibrant village of Brockenhurst with its main line railway station to London Waterloo, as well as the Georgian market town of Lymington, which is renowned for its sailing facilities, marina and wide range of boutiques and restaurants. This prime position means that Leicester House is perfectly balanced for those wanting a mix of country living with all services close to hand. Further afield are the centres of Southampton and Winchester, and Junction 1 of the M27 is approximately 9 miles away, linking in with the M3 and wider motorway network.
Leicester House is a country house set within beautifully established grounds extending to approximately 8.5 acres. Approaching the property through the main gates along the gravelled drive this handsome residence makes a real impact with its fine classic proportions and attractive sash windows.
Internally, the property is equally attractive, with well proportioned reception rooms including the double aspect principal drawing room, which is light and bright with large sash windows. This fine room is ideal for formal occasions with a large open arch leading to the dining room. The sitting room is again well proportioned with double sash windows overlooking the gardens and grounds to the front. The kitchen/breakfast room works particularly well, laid out with an attractive range of wall and floor mounted units and a range of integrated appliances including an Aga. From the breakfast area, a doorway leads through to the family room with a central log burner, which forms an ideal area for everyday living.
To the first floor, the bedroom accommodation is generous, with four good bedrooms including a master bedroom with en suite bathroom. The remaining bedrooms are all generously proportioned, with a study on the landing.
Across the courtyard from the principal house is the detached cottage which has been renovated by the current owners to now offer some particularly useful secondary accommodation, including 2 bedrooms at first floor level and a bathroom. At ground floor level, the cottage offers good space including a superb principal reception room with log burner. The kitchen area is well arranged with wall and floor mounted units and a number of appliances. This area opens out onto the dining area, which is again presented to a good level.
The property is approached via the main entrance where a sweeping drive leads through the beautiful grounds to the front of the property. At the end of the driveway there is a large turning area. There is a second access which is to the rear of Leicester House, and this leads into the courtyard area providing parking for numerous vehicles outside the principal house and cottage.
The grounds are attractively arranged with some distinctive areas, including the old walled garden which is now laid to lawn. From here, there is access to the second garage block, offices and stable yard. The principal gardens lie to the side and front of the property and are attractively arranged in a parkland setting. Large areas of lawn are interspersed by mature trees creating a stunning setting with exquisite views. To the left–hand side is a tennis court, and from here pathways lead down to a more wooded section, which includes a wide variety of trees and shrubs including clusters of rhododendron. At the lowest point there is a naturally fed lake with a wide variety of diverse wildlife. The grazing at Leicester House is well arranged with neat post and rail fenced paddocks providing some fabulous turnout facilities for those with equestrian interests.
Within the courtyard there are a number of outbuildings providing plenty of room for storage, as well as two single garages/workshops. There is a second garage block across from the stable yard which provides two garage bays with a large room ideal for use as a gym or studio, above. Adjoining this garage block is an impressive single storey office block with oak uprights and timber cladding. This superb office facility is an ideal space offering various options, including that of working from home. Across the courtyard is the stable yard complex which provides a number of loose boxes and hard standing area, along with two stores. The location of the stable yard is convenient for the paddocks which provide excellent grazing facilities.
Living in Brockenhurst
It is Brockenhurst’s mainline station (service into London Waterloo approximately 90 minutes) that turns the dream of a country idyll into reality for those working up in London and makes Brockenhurst village a property hot spot.
Brockenhurst is the largest village in the New Forest, a thriving and lively mix of community and cachet, quality and quirky with all the necessary essentials of a proper working village - butcher, bakery and greengrocer, full quota of cafes and tea houses, plus services such as doctor, dentist and post office. Work into the equation the unexpected and the glamorous: premier golf course, luxurious spa and top restaurants such as The Pig (the first in the group of hip country house hotels) and Cambium (fine dining at Careys Manor)... It all makes Brockenhurst a gem in the heart of the Forest.
Property ranges from Edwardian villas to thatched timber-framed cottages, and imaginative new builds to old Forest lodges. Many properties have access or views to open Forest and almost all are within walking distance of the station.
Lymington, Boldre, Hampshire
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An impressive country house with separate cottage, fine equestrian facilities, offices and outbuildings set in about 8.5 acres of delightful grounds in a most sought after location on the outskirts of Lymington in the New Forest. Energy Efficiency Rating: ESave Property
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