The New Forest is a deeply historic area which is largely unchanged since pre-Norman times and was granted royal protection by William the Conqueror in 1079 as a royal hunting area. The Forest now has protected status as a National Park and extends to over 100 square miles made up of beautiful open heath and woodland over which there is superb walking and riding.
The property is on the southern fringes of the Forest and occupies a glorious elevated position overlooking the Beaulieu River. The formal gardens are laid to lawn and also incorporate mature woodland which extends across the surrounding area providing a timeless sense of seclusion and tranquillity.
Nearby is the historic 13th Century village of Beaulieu which forms the heart of the protected Beaulieu estate which was created in the time of Henry VIII and belongs to the Montagu family. There is a picturesque traditional high street with a newsagent, general store, post office along with a variety of gift shops and cafes. There is also a bistro, pub and restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel.
Further afield are the centres of Lymington and Brockenhurst. Lymington is a renowned sailing centre with deep water marinas and active sailing clubs. The Georgian high street offers a wide range of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Brockenhurst also has a range of independent shops as well as a well regarded sixth form college and mainline railway station offering direct services to London Waterloo in approximately 90 minutes.
The consented scheme consists of:
This breathtaking estate occupying a prime position on the banks of the Beaulieu River provides a unique opportunity to create a private enclave designed to maximise the potential afforded by its unrivalled position.
• A new build house overlooking the Beaulieu River extending to 10,000 sq ft with three car garage.
• A new build guest cottage of 2,500 sq ft nestled within a walled garden
• A new build boat shed with sail loft, river view balcony, existing slipway and deep water jetty providing mooring at all tide levels.
• New Build outbuildings consisting of pool pavilion designed to enjoy both the tennis court and swimming pool positioned on either side.
• New greenhouse and machinery store
• Three existing staff cottages totaling 3,000 sq ft in a locally listed water tower adjoining building.
• Existing landscaped ponds within 12 acres of an enchanting waterside woodland setting enjoying 335 yards of river frontage.
In addition to the attraction of the riverside gardens, the vision for the Spearbed Copse estate extends beyond its striking architecture to carefully arranged and beautifully stocked recreational gardens which form the heart of the project and will provide a charming and natural link between the main house with the ancillary accommodation.
As the 200 yard long drive approaches the house it is divided into a loop by two central islands planted with mature trees. Beyond the drive lies an area intended for carefully planted formal gardens for which there are designs by the renowned Balston Agius Garden design company of Wiltshire.
Central to this garden is a pavilion the exterior of which is designed to be finished in pale brick with columns creating three glazed door bays opening to both sides. The pavilion is therefore designed to service both the elliptic swimming pool and the tennis court with a central atrium ideal for relaxing or light dining catered by the adjoining kitchenette. There are also two changing rooms with showers and two WCs. The pavilion also houses the plant room for the pool.
To the west of the tennis court is a delightful walled garden with central pond which provides a picturesque outlook from the guest cottage.
To the north of the walled garden are further outbuildings which comprise a large greenhouse, potting room with twin sinks, separate rest area with room for a table, work surface and sink. There is also a separate gardener’s loo with door to the outside. A large machinery store completes the outbuildings.
Living in Beaulieu
Beaulieu, as its name suggests, is beautiful. This village is a jewel of the New Forest, sitting prettily beside the River Beaulieu with Palace House, the seat of the Montagu family, as backdrop. This is an estate village which has been in the keeping of the Montagu family for 477 years. Today Beaulieu is familiar worldwide for the National Motor Museum, but the village attracts visitors, too. It has a quaint High Street of smart independents in pretty brick and timber-framed period properties, including art gallery, chocolate studio, floral designer, plus gift shops, tea room, village stores, garden centre, community garden and the village school (rated ‘good’ by Ofsted).
Beaulieu is also home to Beaulieu Garage (specialising in classic and vintage cars) and Terrace Restaurant at the Montagu Arms, the only restaurant in the New Forest to hold a Michelin Star. Along the road towards picturesque Hatchet Pond is Beaulieu Organic Farm Shop.
As for property, there are some good-sized period country houses, while Dock Lane, which runs alongside the river, is considered one of the most prestigious addresses in the Forest with a selection of stunning architect-designed modern builds.
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An incredible opportunity awaits to create a magnificent coastal home in one of the most exquisite riverside locations in the UK, boasting unparalleled water views and surrounded by private grounds spanning 12 acres. The property benefits from a planning consent, designed by ADAM Architecture, to replace the majority of the existing buildings.
The 'butterfly' plan main house will extend to approximately 10,000 sqft and is poised to serve as the centrepiece of this remarkable estate. In addition, a guest house will form one side of the walled garden and further guest/ staff cottages are provided within the grounds. A spacious boat house and slipway, with a private deep water jetty, provides exclusive access at all stages of the tide to exhilarating sailing adventures on the Beaulieu River and the Solent.