The Georgian market town of Lymington has a wide range of shops and boutiques, as well as having the benefit of excellent sailing facilities including two large marinas, a number of chandleries and moorings on the river and at the Town Quay for visiting Yachtsmen. Every Saturday there is a Charter Market which runs the entire length of the High Street. Lymington offers a branch line link to the Forest village of Brockenhurst (approximately 15 minutes), which is some 5 miles to the north by road, which in turn offers a mainline fast link to London (Waterloo 90 minutes approximately). Junction 1 of the M27 lies 12 miles to the north, and links with the M3 for access to London. Miles of open forest suitable for riding and walking can be accessed at Bull Hill, Pilley or the nearby hamlets of Norleywood and East End.
With input from English Heritage, original period features have been lovingly improved including restoration with “Beaulieu buffs” imperial external brickwork to a chequered design and lime mortar approved by English Heritage’s own stone mason. Combining modern technologies to create an unrivalled property of elegance and contemporary flair, the property is controlled throughout by the sophisticated Control 4 home automation system enabling direct interaction with mood lighting, audio and security systems either onsite or remotely via smart devices. The property is heat efficient having stunning original full height sash windows and hidden concealed shutters to the main reception rooms, lamb’s wool injected under the original wooden flooring voids, extensive under floor heating, modern plumbing and wiring throughout to ensure a comfortable temperature is maintained. All bathrooms have quality Burlington fittings.
From the grand entrance the house opens before you with beautiful high ceilings, original plaster ceiling roses and cornicing. Arched wooden double doors divide the main drawing room from the formal dining room, where an extremely unusual black mother of pearl fireplace forms the focal point. All working chimneys have been refurbished and are Hetas certified. There are British cast iron retro radiators throughout.
The handmade bespoke kitchen is finished in Farrow and Ball Wimborne white and has a range of Miele appliances to include an induction hob, combination steam oven, combination microwave, dishwasher, two fridges, ice maker with freezers below. There is a Villeroy and Boch butler sink and ample storage cupboards with larder. A large island unit with breakfast bar divides the room from the vaulted informal dining/living area. Having three walls of glazed aluminium framed “tilt and turn” doors, this is a stunning space and perfect to enjoy the grounds. Two mega flow pressurised hot water systems provide ample hot water and underfloor heating, one system positioned in the basement and one in bedroom four. The two gas boilers are positioned in the kitchen of the annexe.
Lower Ground Floor
From the ground floor, stairs lead down to the stunning self-contained annexe with double bedroom, generous living room with an exposed brick wall and log burning stove, fully fitted kitchen, beautiful bathroom and private courtyard garden. There is also a separate utility and laundry room with a step up to the dedicated wine store.
The sweeping split staircase leads up to the guest wing, currently fitted with a home cinema, including integrated ceiling screen and projector with surround sound, a generous bathroom fitted with Crestwood natural stone floor, slipper shaped free-standing bath, Aqualisa shower with Burlington fittings. An unusual stair-bridge leads to the 1850 addition master suite spanning the entire width of the property. With extensive fitted wardrobes, views to Solent and Isle of Wight, stunning en suite bathroom with dual sinks, separate free-standing bath and shower. There are two further generous double bedrooms and single room to this floor (drainage provision in place providing the ability to make all bedrooms en suite if required).
A further staircase leads to the original nanny’s quarters of two double bedrooms, one with cast iron fireplace and some of the best views from the property. A Crestwood fitted black Amtico floor runs throughout the area and the en suite shower room. There is a generous airing cupboard and a cupboard called the “control room” housing servers etc.
Wooden electrically operated double gates and retaining high brick walls offer extensive privacy to the property and lead to the generous gravel driveway.
The brick home office has been fully restored, originally the game preserving room with herringbone floor and is fully wired and powered. There are two separate brick stores, originally the stables and coach store with adjacent stone stable yard with a gardener’s kitchen and toilet for outside events and entertaining.
A generous limestone terrace spans the rear of the house and leads to the garden enclosed on all sides by an ornamental wall and featuring a croquet lawn and deep, well-stocked herbaceous borders. To the rear of the garden is a Cabana with plumbing and wired for music; an ideal garden bar/entertaining area.
Living in Lymington
This vibrant and picturesque Georgian market town, positioned between the Solent, Lymington River and the New Forest, has been a massive draw for many people over the years.
It has always attracted ‘yachties’ as it’s considered the UK’s sailing capital with its boatyards, marinas and sailing clubs. It is also popular with families and retirees escaping London and the Home Counties in search of a better quality of life, often light-heartedly referred to as ‘Richmond by the Sea’. It’s also the choice for many in the New Forest who are considering downsizing, but want to remain in the area.
Lymington is a lively hub. It has a very distinctive centre with many independents (such as Elliotts of Lymington for designer fashion) as well as a strong smattering of top quality names (including Musto and Waitrose). A tasty range of eateries includes cafes, pubs and restaurants – check out two good tapas bars, Elderflower on Quay Hill (the chef is ex-Chewton Glen) and stylish Stanwells House Hotel. And every Saturday the High Street is taken over by a proper, old-fashioned market with everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to flowers and plants, fashion to fishing equipment, and vintage collectables to artisan food producers.
Property ranges from elegant period townhouses in the town centre to big family homes down leafy lanes ‘South of the High Street’ and new waterside development.
Lymington, Highfield, Hampshire
- 7 Bedrooms:
- 5 Bathrooms:
- 4 Living Rooms:
An exceptional Grade II listed Georgian property recently the subject of an extensive programme of restoration and enlargement to exacting standards, creating a beautiful seven bedroom town house in the heart of Lymington, which includes a self-contained annexe and extensive secure parking. No detail has been overlooked, nor expense spared in the meticulous refurbishment of this outstanding home. One of only six Villas constructed in 1840 for the Sea Captains of the time and to coincide with the first trains arriving in Lymington. Energy Efficiency Rating: CSave Property
Spencers Lymington Office
- 01590 674 222
74 High Street