Beachern Wood was commissioned and built in 1898 for the Baring family (of Barings Bank). In 1962, the then Duchess of Westminster bought the house and remained in residence until 1970, before selling to the Radonicich family. In 1972, the property was sold to Professor Penny, an internationally acclaimed engineer, best known for his leading role in developing the ‘black box’ flight recorder. It has remained in the same ownership ever since.

This classic property offers an elegant and varied facade of exposed brick and rendered elevations combined with protruding bay windows and stone surrounds, set under tile hung gabled roof lines. Internally, the accommodation extends to approximately 8,368.9 square feet and is beautifully proportioned across three floors.

Ground Floor:

▪ Double aspect open entrance porch with pitch tiled roof and tiled floor 

▪ Entrance lobby with stained glass windows

▪ Main hallway – magnificent space with detailed plaster work, fireplace, high skirting boards, front aspect window and grand staircase rising to the first floor. The hallway links to all the principle ground floor living spaces

▪ Drawing room – stunning double aspect room with feature deep bay window, ornate cornicing, front aspect window overlooking the garden, open fireplace and door opening onto the main garden

▪ Dining room – double aspect with full height wood panelled walls, feature open fireplace, deep bay window and door opening onto the main garden

▪ Garden room – double aspect with part vaulted ceiling, blocked fireplace and door opening onto the rear garden

▪ Family / Snooker Room – superb double aspect space including a feature blocked fireplace, offering options for a variety of uses. 

▪ Cloakroom with wc and wash basin

▪ Inner hallway with built-in storage units and cupboards. 

▪ Second staircase rising to first floor

▪ Pantry cupboard/larder

▪ Kitchen/breakfast room – double aspect room fitted with a range of wall and base units and a double Aga cooker with tiled surround

▪ Utility room – fitted with base units/cupboards. Rear aspect window

▪ TV room – rear aspect window

▪ Inner lobby/boot room with coat hanging space and door opening out onto the driveway

▪ Boiler room

▪ Storage area

▪ Cold room/pantry – fitted with marble shelves

▪ WC

▪ Grand staircase with ornate carved spindles and polished wood balustrades rising to the first floor

First Floor:

▪ Galleried landing area with ornate cornicing and plaster work and five stained glass windows set above the grand staircase. Access to all principle bedroom accommodation on this level.

▪ Master bedroom suite – imposing room with full-length built in wardrobes to one end, additional built-in wardrobes to the other and three front aspect windows overlooking the garden and open forest beyond

▪ En-suite bathroom with full size bath, two large wash basins, bidet and wc

▪ Principal guest suite – deep bay window, ornate cornicing, picture rails and front aspect window overlooking the garden and open forest beyond.

▪ En-suite bathroom with bath, wash basin and wc

▪ Bedroom three – built-in double wardrobes and side aspect window overlooking the driveway

▪ En-suite bathroom with three quarter bath, wash basin and wc

▪ Bedroom four – side aspect window overlooking the grounds

▪ Bedroom five – wash basin and side aspect window overlooking the grounds

▪ Bedroom six – double aspect room with built in wardrobes and views across the grounds

▪ Bedroom seven – part vaulted ceiling, double wardrobes and side aspect window overlooking the driveway

▪ Family bathroom – large room with full size bath, wash basin and wc

Second Floor:

▪ Landing area linking to all principle second floor rooms

▪ Kitchenette fitted with a range of wall and base units as well as a rear aspect window overlooking the grounds

▪ Living room with part vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and window overlooking the grounds

▪ Adjoining loft room offering a large space for storage or conversion into additional accommodation

▪ Bedroom eight with window overlooking the ground

▪ Bedroom nine with window overlooking the grounds

▪ Family bathroom – large space with full size bath, wash basin and wc

▪ NB. The second floor area offers completely self-contained accommodation and an ideal annexe for family or guests

▪ (The property also offers scope for further enlargement (subject to the relevant planning consents being granted)

Set opposite miles of open forest extending as far as the eye can see, the location for this wonderful residence is arguably one of the finest in the New Forest National Park.

The scene is set by a long sweeping driveway flanked by rhododendron bushes either side leading down to a turning circle and parking area in front of the house.

The stunning grounds surround the property to all sides with established tree and hedge borders providing a high degree of privacy and seclusion.

Set to the front of the property is a large expanse of level lawn with woodland walks set off to the far side.

To the rear of the property, a track dissects an area of formal garden and woodland, leading down to a detached garage block with storage facilities and a neighbouring run of stables.

The track continues beyond the stables, through trees before reaching a large metal farm gate, beyond which is a pathway providing access to two large paddocks.

In total, the gardens and grounds extend to approximately nine acres.

NB. The opportunity exists to purchase additional land with the property adjoining the two large paddocks. The additional land made available amounts to approximately 18 acres and can be made available by separate negotiation.

Aldridge Hill is situated at the western end of Brockenhurst between Rhinefield and Black Knoll, directly opposite the open forest and close to the much famed Rhinefield Ornamental Drive. 

The location is arguably one of the finest in Brockenhurst, with the village offering a mainline railway station with direct links to London Waterloo (approx. 90 minutes), a well-regarded primary school and tertiary college and a good local community of shops and restaurants. 

The picturesque village of Beaulieu lies 7 miles to the east with the marina of Bucklers Hard on the Beaulieu River. 

Approximately 4 miles to the south is the Georgian market town of Lymington with its extensive yachting facilities, its famous Saturday county market and ferry service to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. 

To the north is the village of Lyndhurst and Junction 1 of the M27 motorway which links to the M3 giving access to London.

Living in Brockenhurst

It is Brockenhurst’s mainline station (service into London Waterloo approximately 90 minutes) that turns the dream of a country idyll into reality for those working up in London and makes Brockenhurst village a property hot spot.

Brockenhurst is the largest village in the New Forest, a thriving and lively mix of community and cachet, quality and quirky with all the necessary essentials of a proper working village - butcher, bakery and greengrocer, full quota of cafes and tea houses, plus services such as doctor, dentist and post office. Work into the equation the unexpected and the glamorous: premier golf course, luxurious spa and top restaurants such as The Pig (the first in the group of hip country house hotels) and Cambium (fine dining at Careys Manor)... It all makes Brockenhurst a gem in the heart of the Forest.

Property ranges from Edwardian villas to thatched timber-framed cottages, and imaginative new builds to old Forest lodges. Many properties have access or views to open Forest and almost all are within walking distance of the station. Looking for an Estate Agent in Brockenhurst? Spencers are here to help.



  • Bedrooms Bedrooms: 9
  • Bathrooms Bathrooms: 6
  • Receptions Living Rooms: 6

One of the finest and most impressive properties in Brockenhurst, a magnificent and substantial country house set in delightful gardens and grounds extending to approximately nine acres, with further land available by separate negotiation. The property benefits from garaging and stabling and enjoys direct forest access. EPR: G

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