A deeply impressive house that is believed to date from the 1930s and was finished with an exceptional eye for detail using high quality materials. The house is built in the Tudor style yet has large well- proportioned rooms with sweeping southerly views across the landscaped gardens to the river and open countryside beyond. The principal rooms have panelled walls and large, leaded light windows overlooking the garden with both the drawing room and the sitting room having French windows onto the terrace. Opening from the kitchen/breakfast room is a covered courtyard with a mature vine making it an ideal area for outdoor dining. There is a generous reception hall, a sitting room, dining room and study on the ground floor along with a large kitchen and breakfast room with an adjoining utility room. There is also a downstairs double bedroom with adjoining bathroom in addition to a wc and range of store rooms.
On the first floor there are five generous bedrooms accessed off a central landing, two of which have en suite bathrooms. The principal three bedrooms all have stunning views across the gardens to the Beaulieu River beyond. There is also a family bathroom and separate wc. From the landing stairs lead to the second floor where there is a three attic/store rooms.
The property as a whole is an ethereal retreat, perfectly protected from the outside world and offering glorious access to, and views across, the Beaulieu River. The landscaped gardens and wooded grounds extend to approximately 10 acres and include a stone terrace immediately to the rear of the house, beyond which lie terraced lawns leading down to the river and private deep water jetty. On the water’s edge there is a slipway leading to an impressive boathouse making this property a yachtsman’s delight. To the east of the house, and also overlooking the river, is a heated outdoor swimming pool and pool house. There is also a substantial barn that currently provides excellent storage but could be converted to a home office subject to the necessary consents. There is a courtyard on the north east side of the house that provides access to a range of outbuildings incorporating numerous store rooms.
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.
Living in Milford on Sea
Milford on Sea is currently a property hot spot. It is one of the last remaining seaside villages in Hampshire and is delightfully picturesque with a proper village green at its centre. This green is often the focus for popular village events such as maypole dancing and the annual food festival and is fringed by a range of independents (including antiques shops, butcher’s, chemists and greengrocer’s). Recently Milford has developed something of a reputation as a foodie destination with its collection of tea rooms, bistros, wine bar, fish and chips and specialist fish restaurant, plus more.
This is a vibrant village with a friendly and lively community, and appeals to both young families (the primary school has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted) and older couples looking for somewhere on the coast to relax. The old-fashioned seafront stretches from Hurst spit and Keyhaven nature reserve in the east towards Christchurch Harbour to the west, and enjoys lovely views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and the Needles.
A good mix of properties includes striking contemporary seafront homes and cliff top apartments with big sea views, quaint terraced old fishermen’s cottages and some substantial 1920s and 1930s Ravenscroft arts and crafts influenced homes in and around Barnes Lane.
Dock Lane, Beaulieu
- 7 Bedrooms:
- 4 Bathrooms:
- 5 Living Rooms:
An exceptional country house in one of the finest riverside settings in the New Forest enjoying outstanding water views and set in a haven of unspoilt grounds extending to approximately 10 acres. The property has been in the family for fifty years and the substantial main house was built in the 1930s in the Tudor style extending to over 5,500 sq ft. There is a significant range of outbuildings and heated swimming pool as well as a large boat house and slipway. Adjacent to the slipway is a private, commercial standard, deep water jetty offering superb access to sailing on the Beaulieu River and The Solent. Positioned at the end of a long private road that leads onto the private tree lined drive which winds through the grounds and divides to give vehicular access to both the house and boat house. EPR: F
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