The property is situated close to the open forest, Hatchet Pond and the amenities offered by Beaulieu village centre and Bucklers Hard. The Beaulieu River Sailing Club is within one mile and offers opportunities for sailing enthusiasts, as well as the Royal Southampton Yacht Club in nearby St Leonard’s and a popular marina at nearby Buckler’s Hard. The much famed Georgian market town of Lymington (5 miles) lies to the west with its marinas and yacht clubs serving the sailing enthusiast. The neighbouring forest village of Brockenhurst (4 miles) offers a diverse range of shops, cafes and educational establishments, together with a useful mainline rail connection to London Waterloo (Approximately 90 minutes).
Constructed in 1540 partly from the original stones from the Beaulieu Abbey, which was destroyed during the reign of Henry VIII, Beufre was the ‘Beef’ farm, run by the Cistercian monks. The property has been in the current owner’s family for nearly 50 years and they have many happy memories of significant family celebrations and house parties during this time. This rare property bore witness to the passing of the Spanish Armada, visible from the Isle of Wight, Shakespeare’s ‘world’, Cromwell and the Civil War, the construction of Bucklers Hard, the rise and fall of the Empire with its many significant wars and the pageantry of the centuries right up to date. This is a house with a wonderful embracing atmosphere of calm and a most welcoming feel. Although in need of some modernisation and updating, the fabric of the house provides the framework for a transformation by future custodians to become one of the area’s finest country homes.
On entering the property, the entrance hall has parquet flooring and a curved staircase with spindles and balustrade. From the hallway, the L-shaped drawing room enjoys an impressive focal point provided by the original inglenook fireplace, with beautiful hand-made tiles. This open plan double reception room has a further exposed brick fireplace and leads into the conservatory, which enjoys views over the garden. Again, from the hallway, one can access the light and airy library where steps lead to a spacious study and to the side entrance lobby with second staircase. The kitchen/breakfast room overlooks a secluded and sun-filled courtyard and art studio. Adjacent to the kitchen/breakfast room is a spacious pantry and utility. There is a cloakroom and stairs lead down to the large dry basement providing ample storage and currently used as the laundry/drying room. The oil fired boiler is located here. The formal dining room is accessed from the kitchen and is suspected to be the monk’s chapel from days gone by. This unusual room has a vaulted ceiling and windows overlooking the garden.
There are two staircases leading to the first floor accommodation which comprises four bedrooms to the first floor. The spacious master bedroom enjoys an en-suite bathroom. The family bathroom serves the three remaining bedrooms to this floor. On the second floor there are three further bedrooms served by another bathroom.
The property is approached via a sweeping gravel driveway, which leads to a carriage drive at the front of the main house. Set amongst enchanting grounds of approximately 2.5 acres with the main garden to the rear and west aspects of the property. There are various hidden areas which include those laid mainly to lawn with a mixture of perennial planting, vegetable and fruit gardens, mature shrubs and a variety of indigenous trees. An original brick wall, with arched detail divides the gardens from the paddocks. Beyond the walls lie two paddocks, one formerly a grass tennis court. There is a mature pond with footbridge over and a woodland glade with cherry trees, planted with spring bulbs lying behind the swimming pool and pool house which are close to the main house, accessed through a delightful wooden gate.
Cottage: The separate one-bedroom cottage is tucked away towards the left hand boundary and provides ideal secondary accommodation including a kitchen, sitting room and bathroom.
Outbuildings: The rear of the property links via a most attractive enclosed courtyard with archway to the gardens and the extensive outbuildings. These comprise a large vaulted and brick built art studio, with log burning stove and plumbing for a sink etc. with double doors and overlooks the wild garden. Adjacent to this studio is a tack room and workshop. There is a substantial brick coach house with two stables and garage. In total the outbuildings offer 1349 sq.ft of accommodation and may offer scope to convert to ancillary accommodation, subject to the necessary planning consents.
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.
Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu
- 7 Bedrooms:
- 4 Bathrooms:
- 5 Living Rooms:
A rare example of a Grade II listed property, steeped in history and offering many original features including a separate one-bedroom cottage, a range of brick-built outbuildings including a substantial coach house, as well as an outdoor swimming pool. Built in 1540 with stones from the Beaulieu Abbey, the property extends to around 5,000 sq. ft. yet retains a cosy ambience and enjoys five reception rooms, seven bedrooms, four bathrooms and a private and peaceful location. Situated close to Beaulieu village and near to Bucklers Hard on the Beaulieu river, this wonderful period farm house is nestled at the end of a sweeping driveway in around 2.5 acres of private walled gardens and paddocks. Energy Efficiency Rating: Not Required.
Spencers Lymington Office
- 01590 674 222
74 High Street