Believed to date back to 1845, Sunnydell Cottage is a lovely forest home that has been sympathetically extended and refurbished by the current owners, who have been in residence for the past twenty three years. The major portion of the cottage is of a visually appealing cob construction, with a more recent and modern extension to the side.
The property is accessed from an attractive, covered porch with adjoining log store which opens into a useful utility room/boot room ideal for muddy children and dogs alike.
Internally, the property offers a lovely, cosy ambience combining all the character and charm of a quintessentially English cottage with the benefits of a superb and sympathetic family space.
The cottage centres around a lovely sitting room with an enticing Inglenook brick fireplace and woodburning stove providing an alluring draw for hunkering down on those long winter nights.
The impressive extension to the side of the cottage blends elegantly with the original cottage, offering a wonderful day space where the family can congregate, cook, eat and live together.
The bedroom accommodation is again befitting the warm, homely feel of a country cottage with two inviting bedrooms to the first floor and a superb main bedroom offering all the comforts hoped for, with built-in storage, en-suite facilities and double doors opening out onto the beautiful terrace for breakfast. A ground floor family bathroom serves the remaining first floor bedrooms.
Offering an incredible benefit to the main cottage is the fantastically appointed additional accommodation formed from the substantial, detached outbuilding at the front of the plot.
This superb ‘L’ shaped structure has been built to an exacting specification by well-regarded builders, Prime Oak and offers options for a number of uses, including that of ancillary accommodation or office/gym space.
For those looking to escape the rat race, the spaces can easily be utilised as multiple home offices, offering an extremely pleasant environment in which to ‘work from home’. Alternatively, if you need extra space to accommodate guests, then the spaces can be adapted to suit, with the benefit of three existing shower rooms. This could suit those looking for that rare commodity of a beautiful family home with the ability to accommodate visiting family members separately.
Adjoining the far end of the outbuilding is a delightful pool area with heated swimming pool and picket fence surrounds. This area lends itself superbly to the recreational feel of the property, providing a fun and entertaining space for children and guests alike.
The Local Area
The village of Burley is steeped in history, with evidence of Saxon occupation in the name; Burley is composed of two Saxon words, ‘burgh’ meaning fortified place, and ‘leah’, meaning open meadow or clearing in a wood. Ponies and cattle roam freely through the village following ancient forest tracks that have been used for centuries by Commoners and their livestock. This village is one of the few remaining that still practices the old tradition of Commoning, which allows animals to graze on the open forest.
Witches, smuggling and dragons have all formed parts of Burley’s colourful historical character and evidence of this can be found in the local gift shops! One of the local hostelries, The Queens Head pub, which was built in the 16th Century was reputedly notorious for smugglers and highwaymen alike and a hidden cellar was apparently discovered beneath the floor of the ‘Stable Bar’ which held pistols, bottles and coins believed to be hidden there by smugglers. Burley is one of the most popular villages within the New Forest and visitors are offered a wealth of attractions which include tea rooms, traditional inns and pubs, wagonette rides (in season), bike hire, forest walks, horse riding, the famous Burley Ice Cream and even a Cider Farm.
Grounds and Gardens
An electric five bar wooden gate and pedestrian gate open onto the attractive grounds and a gravel driveway providing off road parking for up to two vehicles.
The grounds sit between the property and the outbuilding and are predominantly laid to level lawn offering a safe and ideal environment for children to play. Planted beds to the side of the lawns add to the visual appeal.
The heated swimming pool set within a fenced surround acts only to enhance the recreational feel of the property, whilst at the other end of the garden and in addition to the driveway, a gate leads straight out onto the open forest forming an amazing extended garden where dens can be built and secret alcoves explored.
In total, the glorious grounds associated with the property extend to approximately one quarter of an acre.
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.
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A wonderful opportunity to embrace New Forest living at its very finest with direct access to the open forest, commoners rights and easy access to the nearby village of Burley. The property is set at the end of a no through lane and comprises a beautiful, double fronted semi-detached cottage with separate ancillary accommodation, heated swimming pool and grounds extending to approximately one quarter of an acre. EPR: D
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