Located in Minstead, one of the New Forest National Park’s most sought after villages. Minstead has a vibrant community, a village shop, a village hall, a pub (The Trusty Servant), and a Norman church. There is direct access onto the open forest providing a network of footpaths and bridleways for walking and riding. Lyndhurst is approximately a seven minute drive away and is the largest village within the New Forest. It is a popular tourist location with many independent shops, art galleries, cafés, restaurants, pubs and hotels. Southampton is a vibrant, modern city which has the popular West Quay shopping centre and many attractions. The surrounding areas of Southampton and Winchester have a wide selection of well respected private schools along with several others across the Dorset border. Communications are excellent with east and west access to the M27 and M3 within easy reach and Southampton Parkway station giving a link to London Waterloo within an hour and ten minutes. The coastal resort town of Bournemouth is also only a short drive away.
A covered open porch leads to a half glazed front door and in turn to the reception hall with a turning staircase to the first floor, large understairs storage cupboard and a window to the front. A door leads to the cloakroom with a low level WC, wash hand basin and a window to the side. A door leads through to the dining room with windows to both the front and side and a built-in wall mounted LPG gas living flame fire. Half glazed double doors leads through from here to the sitting room, a lovely double aspect room with French style doors leading out to the rear terrace with a further window to the rear and one to the side, central fireplace with LPG gas living flame fire (It should be noted that permission has been granted for the addition of an Orangery to the rear of the sitting room). A door from here leads through to the study with windows to the front and side elevations and built-in shelving. From the reception hall access is gained to the kitchen/breakfast room incorporating a beautifully fitted modern kitchen in cream with black granite worktops over, windows to three aspects, stainless steel sink unit, electric hob with extraction over, built-in fridge and freezer, built-in double oven and grill and built-in dishwasher. A further door leads through to a utility room with space and plumbing for domestic appliances, built-in kitchen units, stainless steel sink unit. A half glazed door from the kitchen leads out to the rear lobby with a wall mounted LPG gas fired boiler, a window to the side and a door leading to the rear terrace, driveway and gardens beyond.The first floor landing has a hatch to the roof space and a large airing cupboard. The master bedroom has windows to both the rear and side and two sets of double wardrobes. A door leads through to the en suite shower room with a Velux style window, low level WC, basin in vanity unit and separate shower cubicle. Bedroom two has windows to two aspects with a bay window to the front and a built-in wardrobe. Bedroom three has windows to both the front and side with a built-in wardrobe and bedroom four has a window to the side and a built-in wardrobe. The family bathroom has a panelled bath, low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin and a corner shower cubicle with a window to the rear.
The property is approached via two vehicular access points or a central pedestrian gate. The second vehicle access leads to a gravel driveway and in turn to the detached double garage with electrically operated up and over door and further side access door. Adjacent to the garage are the stables offering three loose boxes and tack room. A gate from here leads to the well fenced paddocks which are currently split into three defined areas.
Immediately to the rear of the property is a large area of patio leading on to the lawned garden which is surrounded and interspersed by mature planting. The first outbuilding incorporates a gym and workshop. Beyond the ornamental pond is a further timber chalet which is currently used as an office. To the rear of the stables is a large vegetable garden.
Living in Minstead
Minstead is a perfect village in miniature. Tucked down a maze of country lanes and surrounded by woodland, it is tranquil and unspoiled, yet surprisingly and accessibly close to junction one of the M27 at Cadnam.
For a small village it punches well above its size in terms of community and history. Overlooking its delightful green is a popular country inn, The Trusty Servant Inn, and a village shop and cafe tea room that serves as a community hub. There’s also a quirky parish church which is the resting place of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. Nearby are what are thought to be two of the oldest oak trees in the Forest as well as the Rufus Stone, marking the spot where King William II was shot by an arrow.
There’s a busy village hall (the largest in the Forest) which hosts regular antiques and collectors’ markets and the Minstead Players. However, what makes Minstead particularly special are its community-minded organisations including Minstead Study Centre with its sustainability focus and Minstead Training Trust which also runs Furzey Gardens - first planted in 1922 they are ablaze with colour in spring and feature an award-wining garden and ‘fairy doors’ among the trees.
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A beautifully modernised and presented property situated in a delightful location overlooking the open forest in this highly requested village. The property boasts four bedrooms, three reception rooms, a double garage, stables, office and gym, all surrounded by about 1.7 acres of well maintained gardens and paddock. Permission has also been granted for the addition of an Orangery to the rear of the property. Energy Efficiency Rating: FSave Property
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