Designed and built to the highest specification,Orchard House features an attractive solid oak front door with glazed side panels leading through to a storm porch. Half glazed oak double doors open up to the spectacular reception hall with oak herringbone woodblock flooring. An oak turning staircase leads to a galleried landing overhead with windows to the front, a large understairs storage cupboard, cloakroom with WC and wash hand basin. Access is gained from the reception hall to all principal ground floor living spaces which include a delightfully elegant sitting room with a window and further box bay window with French style doors that lead out to the rear terrace and gardens beyond. To one end there is a lovely library area with built in display shelves and storage cupboards below and to the other in the sitting area a focal point of a glazed gas Living Flame effect fire with a granite hearth and stone surround and mantel. Adjacent to the sitting room is a study which has a box bay to the side and a window to the front. The dining room has glazed double doors leading from the reception hall and once again enjoys delightful views over the rear garden. The wonderfully expansive kitchen/breakfast was only recently re-fitted to an extremely high standard with the beautifully bespoke handcrafted range of handmade shaker style units by Jane Churl with quartz worktops, a full height larder cupboard, built in stainless steel sink with Quooker hot tap, all Miele appliances including a full height fridge and freezer, oven with separate combi oven above, built in coffee machine, built in dishwasher, induction hob with warming drawer below and extraction over and a large central island unit incorporating an extensive range of storage drawers and to one end a breakfast bar area. The kitchen has a window to the side of the property overlooking the forest and also a door leading out to the side. The utility room is set off from the kitchen area with the same handcrafted fitted cupboards, a stainless steel sink unit and space and plumbing for domestic appliances. The spacious breakfast area is a great space for family living and entertaining and boasts a fireplace with quarry tiled hearth and oak surround mantle housing a gas fired stove. There is a further window to the side elevation and French style doors with windows to the side that lead out to a covered seating area and to the open terrace and garden beyond.
To the first floor, a fabulous open galleried landing overlooks the main reception hall below and links to the five bedrooms and a family bathroom. The landing includes a large laundry cupboard, further windows to the front elevation and a projecting bay window. The spacious master suite incorporates the bedroom area with a window to the side and French style doors leading out to a balcony which enjoys uninterrupted views over the garden, forest and neighbouring countryside. There is a large walk in wardrobe with extensive hanging space, hatch to roof space and an en suite bathroom with underfloor central heating, windows to both front and side, having been recently fitted once again to an extremely high standard, incorporating a freestanding bath, twin sink in vanity unit, low level WC and bidet with concealed cistern and a walk around wet room style shower cubicle. Bedroom two has a window overlooking the rear aspect and delightful views over the garden, forest and countryside beyond. The en suite bathroom has a panelled bath, shower fittings and screen over, window to the side, low level WC and a basin in vanity unit. Bedroom three enjoys views to the rear and has an en suite incorporating a large shower cubicle, low level WC and wash hand basin in vanity unit. Bedrooms four and five both overlook the rear of the property with bedroom five having a built in wardrobe. The family bathroom has a window to the front and incorporates a corner shower cubicle, panelled bath, low level WC and wash basin.
The property is approached via wooden electrically operated gates and cattlegrid leading to a long sweeping gravel driveway bordered by hedgerow and areas of lawn planted to orchard. The driveway sweeps across the front of the property surrounded by areas of lawn bounded and interspersed by mature plant and shrub borders. There is a gravel parking area to the side of the property and a block paved driveway immediately to the front with parking for several vehicles. This in turn leads to the extensive garage complex which has twin electrically operated roller doors, a gardeners cloakroom with low level WC and wash hand basin and houses the gas fired Keston boiler system and accompanying pressurised hot water system. The garage currently would comfortably house three cars and has the potential to be adapted to house a further car, however there is currently a staircase which gives access to an extremely large first floor storage area potential for conversion to games area. The gardens extend in total to just over an acre and are a particular feature of the property enjoying complete seclusion and privacy. Immediately to the rear of the property is a large area of block paved patio leading onto an extensive lawn area interspersed with mature trees, plant and shrub borders and surrounded once again by mature hedgerow and shrubs. To the far corner of the garden is a charming hexagonal summerhouse with sun patio. Orchard House benefits from it’s own access to the wooded forest at Shappen Hill via a private gate, where one can walk for miles on the open forest from your own front door.
Orchard House is centrally located in arguably one of the most beautiful and sought after villages in the New Forest, ideally situated to make full use of all the wonderful facilities the forest has to offer. Whether it be sailing at nearby Lymington (12 miles) or golf at one of the many courses in the area including Burley or Brockenhurst with its mainline railway station (8 miles, Waterloo 90 minutes). The market town of Ringwood is but a short drive away (5 miles). The larger shopping towns of Southampton (20 miles) to the east and Bournemouth (16 miles) to the west, both with their airports, are easily accessible.
Living in Burley
The first Spencers New Forest office was established here in Burley, a honeypot village that feels untouched by time with its traditional cafes, cider farm, gift shops and tales of old smuggling routes, witches and dragons.
This is the New Forest on holiday as imagined by visitors: quaint and old-fashioned with ponies wandering down the high street. In Burley there’s a perpetual feeling of having escaped, that you are away from it all, especially as it is tucked in the lee of wooded slopes.
In fact Burley has easy access to the A31 (across heathland with spectacular views) and routes west to Bournemouth and east to Southampton, while the mainline station at Brockenhurst is only a short drive away across the Forest.
There’s a lovely sense of community in Burley and it is noticeable that once people move here many are reluctant to move out of the area. A range of activities to enjoy locally includes cycling, horse riding, coarse fishing and Burley Golf Club with a nine-hole heathland course.
The property market is dominated by picturesque thatched cottages and large country homes that feel discreetly hidden away, many with access to open Forest.
- 5 Bedrooms:
- 4 Bathrooms:
- 4 Living Rooms:
A quite outstanding country house set in just over an acre of beautiful private gardens. The accommodation comprises five bedrooms (three en-suite), three reception rooms, a quite spectacular kitchen/breakfast room and garaging for three/four cars. Orchard House enjoys direct access on to the Forest at Shappen Hill and boasts almost every luxury of modern living, whilst enjoying the seclusion and tranquility of the New Forest. Energy Efficiency Rating: C
Spencers Burley Office
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