Belton Hall lies about 1 mile from the centre of, 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 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.
Built we believe at the turn of last century and boasting many character features, with many Arts and Crafts influences, this wonderful family home provides extensive and flexible accommodation. The property has been sympathetically restored and enhanced by the current owners who, it should be noted, had considered conversion of part of the property to a separate annexe, which could easily be incorporated, depending on a purchaser’s requirements.On the ground floor the accommodation incorporates a fabulous reception hall, most befitting the property which gives access to the three principal reception rooms being a snug/morning room with its arts and crafts fireplace and surrounds and lovely outlook over the partially walled side garden. An outlook and access also enjoyed by the adjacent dining room, which has a central fireplace. The drawing room is a lovely double aspect room overlooking both side and rear gardens through a spectacular semi-circular bay window and has access to one of two raised rear terraces via French doors. It should be noted that original parquet style flooring runs through this entire part of the ground floor. The reception hall also gives access to the front entrance porch, a rear porch and cloakroom, a wide oak turning staircase to the first floor and the beautiful kitchen and breakfast room. The two interconnect whilst retaining their individual purpose, the breakfast room having access to a courtyard style terrace area and a large walk-in pantry and larder. The kitchen overlooks the front aspect and has a full range of built in units by John Lewis of Hungerford and appliances incorporating a large gas-fired AGA at its centre, a further electric AGA and Smeg fridge and dishwasher. From the breakfast room a door leads to a rear entrance hall with cloakroom, plant room and access to the rear stairs and utility. On the first floor, beyond the impressive landing there are six bedrooms, the master having been beautifully remodelled to make the most of the outlook over the gardens and forest beyond and boasting ample wardrobe space and a beautifully designed en suite shower room. The five further bedrooms on this level are served by three well appointed fitted bathrooms and a separate cloakroom and enjoy varying levels of storage and wardrobe space, but all enjoy views over the surroundings. From bedroom six (currently used as an ironing/fitness room) access is gained by hidden staircase to a loft room, ideal for hobbies. The rear staircase and a connecting door give access to a rear landing and in turn a further staircase leads to the second floor and three further bedrooms, one of which the current owners use as an office: a perfect vantage point to the forest beyond.
The beautiful gardens extend to just over one acre and are home to many mature specimen plants and trees. Immediately to one side of the property is the main vehicular access with a gravel driveway leading to a large turning and parking area and to the large garage and adjoining workshop with extensive loft storage. To the far side of the property is a lovely south facing partially walled garden which leads onto the primary lawned area, bounded by the two raised terraces immediately to the rear of the house affording beautiful elevated views of the gardens. The garden has been planted in such a way as to create many individual areas of seclusion and interest including a former Edwardian tennis court and croquet lawn. To the far corner of the garden is a large stable building (currently used for storage), a perfect overnight stop off point for a weary pony, perhaps having taken advantage of one of two gates giving direct forest access. Burley golf course is only a hop and skip away through the trees. The property, we believe, also benefits from Forest Rights of Pasture.
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.
- 9 Bedrooms:
- 4 Bathrooms:
- 3 Living Rooms:
An Edwardian country house of great character situated in one of the New Forest's most sought after locations. Belton Hall bounds the open Forest and offers extensive family accommodation over three floors, including three delightful reception rooms and up to nine bedrooms. In total the living accommodation extends to over 5000 sq. ft. and is complemented by the beautiful secluded gardens that extend to just over one acre. Energy Efficiency Rating: F
Spencers Burley Office
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