Boldre Lane is one of Lymington’s prime addresses offering rural seclusion while remaining within easy reach of the facilities of Lymington; the open spaces of The New Forest and a mainline railway station at Brockenhurst offering direct services to London Waterloo in approximately 2 hours.
The house sits centrally in a slightly elevated position and is surrounded by exquisitely manicured gardens that have been carefully planted and expertly tended over the years. Lymington High Street is only one and a half miles away and offers a wide range of independent and chain stores as well as cafes, pubs and restaurants. Lymington’s reputation as a centre for sailing is well deserved with several yacht havens and marinas catering for all types of craft. There are two sailing clubs that offer competitive and casual racing for all. The house lies within the New Forest National Park and there are attractive walks from the house through leafy lanes that lead to the open spaces of the Forest itself over which there are many walks, rides and cycle trails.
The house was built about 30 years ago specifically for the current owners and was designed to maximise the enjoyment of the surrounding gardens from its many large windows. The efficiency and comfort that the house provides is what one would expect of modern construction techniques and this is reflected in the excellent EPC rating. The proportions and room sizes belong to an earlier era and the sense of space provided by the high ceilings and light from the large windows in many dual aspect rooms are what set this glorious house apart.
The front door opens to an entrance porch beyond which lies a wide staircase hall with a tiled floor and underfloor heating which extends throughout the ground floor. To the right is a study with a fitted book case and a tall window overlooking the front garden. A this end of the house and with a glorious dual aspect is the drawing room which features an open fireplace with a beautiful carved marble surround and French windows opening through a wisteria clad exterior to a large paved terrace and gardens beyond. Also on the ground floor is a large yet cosy sitting room, again with French Windows to the garden as well as an open fire that is flanked by bookshelves.
The kitchen, family room and dining room are beautifully arranged and form a glorious family living space that would be virtually impossible to improve upon. The pale wooden floor extends throughout the living space and there is a long and wide breakfast bar that loosely divides the kitchen from the family room while preserving an open flow between the two areas. The kitchen area is spacious and enjoys dual aspect views across the gardens. The units are solid wood and incorporate contemporary integrated appliances. Beyond the family room is a vaulted and beamed dining room that has three exterior walls all of which contain full height windows with gothic arches that provide exceptional light and views over the gardens as well as access to the terrace via four sets of French windows.
Completing the accommodation on the ground floor is a cloakroom with wc, generous utility room with back door and stairs leading down to a cellar.
From the hall, an elegant wooden staircase with carved bannister rises to the first floor landing. Here the main bedroom has fitted wardrobes and a dual aspect, again enjoying delightful unspoilt views. There is an adjoining bathroom with a bath and shower as well as further cupboard space. Also adjoining the main bedroom, but also having its own door from the landing, is bedroom 5 which is a superb double room in its own right but could also be easily used as a dressing room or nursery. Across the landing is a further double bedroom with a dual aspect and fitted wardrobes. At the far end of the landing is the guest bedroom with fitted cupboards and an en suite shower room. The final double bedroom has a dual aspect, fitted wardrobes and is positioned next to the family bathroom.
The glorious gardens are a particular feature of the house and form the perfect space in which to entertain, eat and relax. The interaction between accommodation and the outside has been carefully considered in the construction of the house with all principal reception rooms having French windows onto an extensive stone terrace that runs along the rear of the house.
The property is approached through a five bar gate that leads to a wide tarmac drive with central lawn and parking area for numerous cars. A pedestrian gate approaches the front door with an arrow straight path leading through a lime tree and lavender avenue before climbing several steps to a front terrace that spans the facade of the house and provides an additional seating area facing the lawn that forms the principle feature of the south western part of the property. A large unfenced paddock lies to the north of the drive and contains a copse of specimen broad leaf trees. Directly adjacent to the house is a wide terrace containing beautifully planted ornamental pond beyond which lies the garage and annexe block. This building provides a wider than average double garage with individual up and over doors.
The Annexe. Forming the remainder of this building is an annexe which contains a living area with kitchen and a shower room. There is a double bedroom on the ground floor and a spiral staircase rises to a large second bedroom or studio above the garage. At the far end of this building is a workshop with access from the garden.
Immediately to the rear of the house is an extensive terrace with raised beds and mature planting sheltering it from the garden. Here is the perfect spot for relaxing in the sunshine or enjoying garden meals with friends and family. Separating the terrace from the garden is a long fish pond with a fountain and a stepping stone bridge leading to the lawns beyond. To the south of the house is a very attractive mediterranean garden featuring low hedging, cypress trees and rose clad arbours. Also on the south side of the grounds is a petanque piste surrounded by silver birch trees and overlooked by an attractive summer house. The rest of the garden to the west is laid to lawn and provides an open park like space ideal for entertaining on the grand scale or enjoying an afternoon cricket match.
Living in Lymington
This vibrant and picturesque Georgian market town, positioned between the Solent, Lymington River and the New Forest, has been a massive draw for many people over the years.
It has always attracted ‘yachties’ as it’s considered the UK’s sailing capital with its boatyards, marinas and sailing clubs. It is also popular with families and retirees escaping London and the Home Counties in search of a better quality of life, often light-heartedly referred to as ‘Richmond by the Sea’. It’s also the choice for many in the New Forest who are considering downsizing, but want to remain in the area.
Lymington is a lively hub. It has a very distinctive centre with many independents (such as Elliotts of Lymington for designer fashion) as well as a strong smattering of top quality names (including Musto and Waitrose). A tasty range of eateries includes cafes, pubs and restaurants – check out two good tapas bars, Elderflower on Quay Hill (the chef is ex-Chewton Glen) and stylish Stanwells House Hotel. And every Saturday the High Street is taken over by a proper, old-fashioned market with everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to flowers and plants, fashion to fishing equipment, and vintage collectables to artisan food producers.
Property ranges from elegant period townhouses in the town centre to big family homes down leafy lanes ‘South of the High Street’ and new waterside development. Looking for an Estate Agent in Lymington? Spencers are here to help.
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An exceptional house with beautifully proportioned rooms sitting centrally in beautifully manicured gardens and grounds that extend to approximately 3.5 acres. The property is bordered by open fields within the New Forest National Park that provide a sense of rural tranquility while lying only a mile and a half from Lymington High Street. There is a separate two bedroom annexe as well as ample parking and garaging. EPR: C
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