The property is just over two miles from a delightful beach at Lepe in this unique corner of the New Forest National Park where Lepe Country Park offers unspoilt popular coastal country walks, looking directly across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Exbury itself is a pretty, unspoilt village composed mainly of period properties all of which lie within easy reach of the surrounding walks and rides of the New Forest. There are excellent facilities for the sailing enthusiast, with sailing from Ashlett Creek, Calshot, Beaulieu, Bucklers Hard and Lymington. The property is within easy reach of the historic village of Beaulieu (4 miles) which features a pretty High Street, with a range of local amenities and facilities including restaurants, tearooms, a garden centre and a primary school. The bustling forest village of Brockenhurst (11 miles) offers a mainline station linking to London Waterloo (approximately 90 minutes). Approximately 11 miles to the south is the much famed Georgian market town of Lymington with its extensive yachting facilities, famous Saturday county market and ferry service to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.
The house is approached through a split five bar gate that leads to a gravel drive with ample parking space. There is a large shed separating the parking area from the level south facing garden that is mostly laid to lawn with a fence separating the garden from the paddocks and unspoilt countryside beyond. Immediately to the rear of the house and reached via the bi-fold doors in the kitchen / family room is a stone terrace that provides a secluded spot for enjoying the view or outside dining. There is an option to expand the ground by renting land behind from the Exbury Estate.
This beautifully presented house is rich in character that has been carefully retained and original features have been restored where possible throughout. Any replacement doors and latches were made using traditional materials and techniques. The accommodation has undergone a clever rear extension to provide an exceptional open plan kitchen/living room with aluminium bi-fold doors opening onto the south facing garden. The front door is found to the side of the house and opens to a cosy hall with stairs rising to the first floor. The square sitting room features a beautiful engineered oak floor that extends throughout the ground floor and storage cupboard. The chimney breast has a prominent oak mantel with recessed wood burning stove and slate hearth.
Also opening from the hall is the impressive kitchen/living room which features a superb range cooker, solid oak work surfaces and integrated appliances along with space for an American fridge/freezer. There is a central island with a breakfast bar and recessed butler sink. Beyond the kitchen is a spacious and light living room that is dual aspect and features an attractive vaulted ceiling as well as bi-fold doors opening onto a stone terrace with the garden beyond. Also on the ground floor is a utility room with built-in washer/dryer, a sink, work surface and wc.
Upstairs there is a main bedroom with vaulted ceiling and views over the garden as well as a generous en suite shower room. There are two further bedrooms and a beautiful family bathroom featuring a bath with shower over.
The house has been comprehensively enhanced and updated by the current owners. The roof has been replaced using existing and reclaimed slates with new insulation throughout. The drains and water supply have been entirely redone along with a brand new heating and electric system.
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.
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Exbury, Near Beaulieu
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- 2 Bathrooms:
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A beautiful period semi detached house that has been carefully and sensitively updated and extended to create a house with spacious accommodation that encompasses both traditional charm and contemporary comforts. Situated in a peaceful village close to Lepe Beach and the open spaces of The New Forest the house has ample off street parking and a large south facing garden overlooking paddocks. Comprehensively refurbished to include new boiler, plumbing, electrics and drainage. EPR: D
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