Dock Lane is one of the area’s most sought after addresses where large properties sit on generous plots. Approached over a winding drive behind electrically operated gates, the house is very well situated, surrounded by its grounds which provide a high degree of privacy. The outlook from both the house and gardens are stunning with views both up and down the Beaulieu River due to the house’s carefully chosen position on the apex of a meander.
This house is one of a handful that also has a private jetty, slipway and pontoon making it ideal for bilge keel boats and yachts. There is an excellent nearby marina downstream at Bucklers Hard Yacht Harbour with river moorings also available for larger yachts on application to the Harbour Master. Oxleys is accessed via a long private Estate road and the house occupies an outstanding secluded position surrounded by its beautifully managed and well maintained grounds. Oxleys sits on an outside bend of the tidal Beaulieu River which provides glorious views both up and down the river from the principal reception rooms and bedrooms. The house is immediately surrounded by landscaped lawn gardens which give way to more wild wooded areas through which numerous paths lead to the jetty. The nearby village of Beaulieu offers a range of shops, a garden centre and several cafes as well as an excellent restaurant at The Montagu Arms Hotel. Brockenhurst Station provides regular direct trains to London Waterloo. Lymington, a renowned sailing centre with deep water marinas and active sailing clubs, is approximately 7 miles away and has a Georgian high street offering a wide range of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.
This glorious Arts & Crafts house is perfectly positioned to enjoy a waterside lifestyle having been carefully updated and maintained by the current owners. Highly evocative of the era in which it was built the house also incorporates contemporary flair that sits comfortably along architectural styling that is both decorative and highly practical. Natural materials are to the fore in all living spaces. The house sits softly in its setting combining the best of interior design with the effortless grace of this extraordinary riverside idyll.
The house, which is not Listed but lies within the Beaulieu Village conservation area, is approached via a large covered porch and solid oak front door opening to the entrance hall. From the hall, sliding glass doors provide one of many views across the gardens to the river and also give access to a large loggia that can also be reached from the dining room. The drawing room enjoys breath-taking views of the river from both its southerly and westerly aspects. There are French windows that open onto the terrace and a handsome fireplace makes this room perfect for relaxation and entertaining in summer and winter. Beyond the drawing room is a generous sitting room, again with a feature fireplace and bay window which could easily be used as a very generous study. Also on the ground floor is a dining room with ornate pine mantelpiece and open fireplace.The modern fitted kitchen has stone floors and wooden cupboard doors with features designed to replicate the original door furniture in the rest of the house. Dark granite work surfaces complete the quietly contemporary kitchen with space for both a large range cooker and American style fridge freezer. The original household bell pull system with indicators still operates. There is a door to the dining room from the kitchen and the western part of the kitchen opens to a superb glazed family room with south-westerly views over the garden and French windows leading outside. This space is entirely flexible but currently arranged as an informal sitting and dining area that is highly sympathetic to family life. Also accessible via the kitchen is the study which contains fitted cupboards. There is a large utility room which contains a range of fitted cupboards and ample work surfaces. Leading off the utility room is a boot room next to the back door, opposite which is a wine store.
Upstairs, a large landing with exposed period floorboards provides access to the principal bedrooms as well as the loft via an access hatch. The master bedroom is arguably the finest room in the house with exquisite proportions and both southerly and westerly aspects with elevated views down the river in both directions. A glazed door opens to a south facing balcony overlooking the garden and there are ample fitted cupboards and wardrobes at each corner of the room. An adjoining bathroom has a walk-in wardrobe and separate shower cubicle as well as a panelled bath, wc and twin basins. Also adjoining the master bedroom is a charming dressing room with plenty of built in cupboards and an independent door to the landing allowing for a variety of uses.
Bedrooms 2 and 3 are both highly impressive guest bedrooms with feature fireplaces, built-in wardrobes and southerly views to the river. These bedrooms, along with bedroom 4 are served by a separate family bathroom next to which a door leads to an inner hall way, with linen cupboard, that provides access to bedrooms 5 & 6 which both have built in wardrobes and share a further family bathroom with both bath and shower.
New Forest Rights of Common, of Pasture and Mast are attached to the property.
The property is approached through electrically operated double gates leading to a gravel drive running down to a large turning and parking area adjacent to the house. From here, cars can continue to a superb garage block that contains a large car port; a generous workshop; a covered store area as well as a highly specified main garage with work surfaces, power, light and stairs to a first floor loft room ideal for occasional recreation as well as adjacent rooms providing further storage. Opposite the garage block, and next to the back door to the house, is a gardener’s wc. Surrounding the house and accessible from the loggia, drawing room and family room is a flagstone terrace with numerous seating and dining areas.
A dwarf stone wall separates the terrace from the garden which is bordered by mature, carefully planted flower beds. The lawns, which extend to the south and the west are laid to lawn and run as far as the river bank. As one walks south from the house, the formal gardens give way to a wilder, but still carefully managed area of more shaded garden and the hard tennis court.
Winding through the woodland is a made up track providing vehicular access to the property’s enviable boating facilities. These include a superb private timber jetty, alloy access bridge and 40 ft Walcon pontoon on greenheart piles with Rolec services pedestal. Adjacent to the jetty is a concrete slipway with windlass at the top of which is a large levelled area that forms a secluded boat park for dinghies and RIBs. This area contains two detached boat houses. The lower boathouse is highly insulated and has both power and water as well as a sink, fitted cupboard and outdoor shower. The upper boat house has wide double doors allowing access for larger boats.
Behind the garage block is a delightful wildflower garden next to a large fruit cage containing three productive raised beds with a adjacent dog kennel. To the east of the house and accessed from both the drive and the boathouse track is a secluded area that is currently used for storage and gardening equipment. There is a timber shed, covered storage area and three large compost bays.
The gardens to the north of the house are focused around an almost ethereal natural lake that is fed by a small stream at its eastern end and drains over a sluice to the river in the west. The gardens, lake and foreshore are a haven for wildlife with an exceptional variety of birds and waterfowl. The walk around the lake, made possible in places by unobtrusive decking is a delight with the trees and carefully chosen plants reflected in the water’s surface that mirrors the house at certain points. Glimpses of the river are present at all times reminding one of the truly unique location of this exceptional family house.
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.
P.O.A Guide Price
- 6 Bedrooms:
- 3 Bathrooms:
- 4 Living Rooms:
One of the finest period properties in the area offering total seclusion on the outside of a bend on the tidal Beaulieu River providing panoramic views of the water. This beautifully presented Arts & Crafts house sits in spectacular and historic gardens and grounds of approximately 9.5 acres including over 340 yards of river frontage; a slipway and private jetty with 40 ft pontoon; two boat houses; garage block with room above; formal gardens; ancient woodland and hard tennis court. This is quite simply one of the finest riverside properties currently on the market. EPR: E.
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