Blashford is a small rural hamlet situated in the New Forest National Park within Hampshire, close to the open forest and the Blashford Lakes Wildlife Reserve, and just a mile north of the market town of Ringwood. Ringwood boasts a comprehensive range of facilities, including a wide range of independent and high street Shops, Restaurants and Cafes, as well as two supermarkets and two leisure centres and excellent Schools. Just a short drive away is access to the open forest, which offers over 10,000 acres of heath and woodland, a haven for all outdoor pursuits including cycling, walking and horse riding. For the commuter there is easy access onto the A338 and A31 providing direct links to the larger coastal towns of Christchurch and Bournemouth (approximately 10 miles), Southampton (approximately 20 miles east) and Salisbury accessible (approximately 20 miles north). There are international airports at Bournemouth and Southampton and the M27 and M3 make it easy to connect to other parts of the country. National Express coaches regularly depart from Ringwood to London Victoria.
A shingled path leads to the oak front door which opens onto the large reception hall with beamed ceiling and original inglenook fireplace housing a multi-fuel woodburner and antique pan handle. This room gives access to the sunny triple aspect sitting room on the left and third reception/bedroom 5, with smart modern shower room, to the right. Ahead is the generous family kitchen, which was built in 2015, offering a range of bespoke painted wood kitchen units, space for a table and chairs, and French doors opening onto the sun terrace and garden beyond. The utility/boot room is off of the kitchen, and has a ground-floor WC with a stable door to the garden. From the reception hall, an oak staircase leads to the attractive first-floor landing with four bedrooms, some with country views, and a family bathroom. We understand the cottage was re-thatched in 2015.
GROUNDS & GARDENS
Outside, the cottage is approached via a tarmac drive and ample off-road parking. A five bar gate gives access to shingle driveway which leads to the large detached timber barn constructed by Holmsley Mill (2013). The barn has a ground-floor shower-room and a large first-floor hobbies room over. The barn has a separate LPG fired heating/water system. This facility also provides a sheltered garage facility for two cars with direct access to mains power within. The secluded garden is an undoubted feature being laid mostly to lawn with established plants overlooking the farmland of the Somerley Estate. There is a pretty timber summer house and good-sized paved sun terrace. The additional area of garden provides a screened play area at a current rental of £250 pa.
Council Tax Band: F
Energy Performance Rating: E Current: 52 Potential: 82
Mains Electric & Water, Private Drainage, Oil Heating & Hot Water
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. Looking for an Estate Agent in Ringwood? Spencers are here to help.
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*VIRTUAL VIEWING AVAILABLE - PLEASE CALL TO ARRANGE YOUR APPOINTMENT* - Character Cottage - An extremely attractive detached period cottage which has been extended over the years, most recently by the current owners in 2015. The cottage provides a lovely four/five-bedroom family home which is tucked away in the Avon Valley, backing onto farmland. The ground-floor reception rooms benefit from charming views over the gardens, and the third reception doubles as a ground-floor bedroom with an en-suite shower room. The farmhouse kitchen has plenty of room for a large dining table and a south-westerly aspect. The delightful gardens are mainly laid to lawn with established planting, a sun terrace, summerhouse which takes advantage of superb views over the garden and surrounding meadows/farmland. The property benefits significantly from a fully independent home office working facility which has full amenities including heating, electrics, an independent shower room and also excellent access to networked broadband/Wi-Fi and terrestrial TV facilities. An additional separate area of garden is rented from the Somerley Estate. Energy Performance Rating: E
Spencers Ringwood Office
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