The property is approached by a long sweeping drive to a good sized parking area and large garage, with an adjoining storage area/workshop. Behind the garage is the yard (with water supply) and numerous adjoining outbuildings, including; 10 stables, a tack room, greenhouse and barn.
The grounds comprise of lawned gardens, paddocks and a beautiful private woodland – from which there is a gate giving access to a bridleway, leading to the open forest (approximately 20 yards). The gardens slope gently away from the property and comprise of an orchard with numerous fruit trees, a tennis court, enclosed swimming pool with paved surround and Spanish style pool house. The well drained paddocks are separated by post and rail fencing (one fenced with a Hippo safety fence), with a 20 x 40 Charles Britton all-weather rubber arena, and gates giving access to the lane and forest beyond.
The property has Forest Rights including the Right of Common of pasture and the Right of Common of Mast.
The property in located in the highly sought after and picturesque New Forest hamlet of Highwood, within the New Forest National Park. This beautiful semi-rural location offers thousands of acres of heath and woodland for a variety of outdoor pursuits, particularly bike and horse riding. There is a popular country pub in nearby Rockford and convenient access to excellent private and state schools, within the delightful market town of Ringwood just 2 miles away.
Ringwood is positioned on the edge of the New Forest, yet is just a short drive from the coast. It is an increasingly popular destination for home hunters having undergone a re-identification; the old cattle market has been transformed into a stylish shopping quarter with names such as Aga, Hobbs, Joules, Waitrose and Waterstones, and a programme of events that includes live music and farmers’ markets. The adjacent high street has retained its character, with a traditional weekly market and a selection of independents, a new artisan bakery, and a variety of quality eateries. Families are attracted by the sense of community, superb infant and junior schools, and highly regarded secondary school (its sixth form provision rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted). For the commuter, the cities of Salisbury and Southampton are easily reached via the A338 and the A31 and London is just an hour away via a train from Southampton Parkway. The larger shopping towns of Bournemouth (10 miles south) and Southampton (20 miles east), both of which have airports, are easily accessible.
The entrance hall, with wooden floor, gives access to the living room, dining room, kitchen/ breakfast room and also the rear lobby; which provides storage space and leads to the cloakroom. All living accommodation has an aspect to the rear over the gardens and paddocks. The spacious double aspect living room features an open brick fireplace and a door to the garden. Steps lead up to the adjacent sitting room, which has impressive high ceilings and built in book shelves and cupboards – ideal if a home office is required – and is finished with attractive wood block flooring. The adjoining conservatory is in need of attention, however is a good size with pitched roof and tiled floor. The separate dining room is also a good-sized room with an aspect to the rear. The updated kitchen/breakfast room has attractive light oak flooring and is fitted with a range of modern units, with oak work surfaces over, two inset sink units, an electric induction hob, built in double oven and integrated dishwasher. There is additional space for a fridge/freezer. Adjacent is a breakfast area with further built in cupboards and a door to the covered porch; a stable door from here leads into the useful utility room/boot room housing the oil-fired boiler and with an external door. Accessed externally from the porch are two self contained en-suite rooms, ideal for guests or for holiday lettings – subject to the necessary approvals. Stairs rise to the part-galleried landing, featuring a window overlooking the private woodland. There are three bedrooms, each with an aspect over the gardens and paddocks, and a family bathroom comprising a bath with shower attachment, wash basin, WC and airing cupboard housing the hot water tank. The spacious master bedroom has a double aspect, built in bedroom furniture, and a particularly large en-suite which includes a Matki walk-in shower cubicle, twin sink unit, additional sink unit, WC and Travertine wall tiles.
Living in Ringwood
Ringwood offers the best of all worlds. This old market town is positioned on the edge of the New Forest, yet is just ten minutes drive to the coast and also has easy access to the A31, with London, Southampton and Winchester in one direction and Bournemouth in the other.
It is an increasingly popular destination for home hunters. Best known as the home of Ringwood Brewery (inspiration for the current boom in microbreweries), it is undergoing a re-identification. The old cattle market has been transformed into a stylish shopping quarter with names such as Aga, Hobbs, Joules, Waitrose and Waterstones, and a programme of events that includes live music and farmers’ markets. The adjacent high street has retained its character, with a traditional weekly market and a selection of independents, a new artisan bakery, and a variety of decent eateries such as Framptons and Noisy Lobster.
Families are attracted by the sense of community and highly regarded secondary school (its sixth form provision rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted). There is a wide range of property from thatched cottages, through Victorian and Edwardian villas to tree-lined closes of homes built between the wars and every decade from mid-century onwards.
To the north are the quieter, untouched reaches of the Forest and larger country houses. To the west Ringwood is bounded by the River Avon and Avon Castle, a private estate of big, individual, contemporary properties in large plots, many with views across the water meadows. Avon Castle appeals to those looking for privacy and seclusion, and also attracts people moving from London in search of country life combined with contemporary living.
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A superb opportunity to purchase an 11 acre equestrian property located very near to the open forest (approx. 20 yards from the adjoining bridleway), in the highly sought after location of Highwood. Comprising of a large detached house with numerous outbuildings including 10 stables, an all-weather arena and well drained paddocks. This 1920’s home offers bright, spacious and versatile living accommodation - with each room enjoying an aspect over the adjoining paddocks – and includes three bedrooms within the main house with a further two adjoining ground floor en-suite bedrooms, which would make ideal guest or holiday accommodation (subject to any necessary permissions). Energy Performance Rating: FSave Property
Spencers Ringwood Office
- 01425 462 600
42 High Street