Stepping through the front entrance porch, you’re welcomed into a inviting reception hallway, complete with a bespoke understairs storage. Positioned at the front aspect of the property, the ground floor offers either a guest room or an ideal home office space.
To the rear, a captivating open-plan lounge kitchen/diner, featuring a centrally placed log burning stove and bi-fold doors effortlessly connect the indoor space to the outdoors, facilitating seamless entertainment opportunities.
The kitchen offers high-grade appliances, sleek grey gloss handle-less units, Staccato granite worktops, and a spacious L-shaped breakfast bar. A thoughtfully designed utility cupboard and a separate WC complete the ground floor layout.
Ascending to the first floor, there are two generously sized double bedrooms and a family bathroom. The primary bedroom offers access to a sizable balcony stretching across the property’s width, providing serene garden views.
Highcliffe on Sea (or simply Highcliffe) sits on a high bluff above a beautiful stretch of sand and shingle beach. This small leafy coastal town, straddling the Dorset/Hampshire border, is best known for Highcliffe Castle, an ornate early Victorian mansion, once home to Mr Selfridge and now an events venue. Its grounds enjoy outstanding views across Christchurch Bay towards the Isle of Wight while footpaths head off to a wooded nature reserve or zig-zag down to the beach.
Highcliffe is ideal for those searching for a relaxed yet smart seaside lifestyle. A high street of useful independent shops includes a bakery, family butcher and gourmet grocery. Highcliffe also nurtures a foodie reputation with an annual food festival and tasty selection of cafes, gastropubs and restaurants.
Leisure facilities include Highcliffe Castle Golf Club while the New Forest lies just to the north.
As Highcliffe developed post-war property is mostly mid-century character houses, coastal chalets and high-specification new builds. For families, schools are rated ‘good’ while local independents, including Durlston Court and Ballard, are judged ‘excellent’. Mainline railway stations are found nearby at Hinton Admiral and New Milton with services to London Waterloo in two hours.
Externally, the grounds of Glen Cottage are well- maintained. A newly laid gravel driveway welcomes you, offering parking for multiple vehicles. A newly constructed summer house presents versatile opportunities as a home gym, office, or similar space. A spacious swimming pool and elevated patio area overlook the rear land, which holds potential for equestrian activities.
Living in Highcliffe on Sea
Highcliffe on Sea (usually simply called Highcliffe) is a small, leafy coastal town on the Hampshire/Dorset border. West of Barton on Sea and east of Mudeford, Highcliffe is perfectly positioned for those in search of a relaxed yet smart beach lifestyle.
Features include secluded Highcliffe Beach which has panoramic views over Christchurch Bay to the Isle of Wight and Hengistbury Head. It’s a favourite with locals for walking, paddleboarding and surfing and can be reached via a pathway zig-zagging down through the gardens of Highcliffe Castle, once home to Mr Selfridge and now the venue for varied concerts, exhibitions and fairs.
Further outstanding amenities include Highcliffe Castle Golf Club and Steamer Point Nature Reserve. In addition Highcliffe has foodie appeal thanks to the annual Highcliffe Food & Arts Festival, and a good selection of independents and eateries, such as family-owned butcher’s, beachfront cafes, Raymond Blanc’s brasserie-style gastropub The Oaks and, just up the road on the edge of the New Forest, luxurious Chewton Glen Country House Hotel.
Families are also drawn by the schooling. Local primaries and secondaries are judged to be at least ‘good’ according to Ofsted – including Highcliffe St Mark’s Primary and Highcliffe Secondary School and Sixth Form. Meanwhile local independents include Durlston Court and Ballard, both rated ‘excellent’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
The New Forest lies three miles to the north, the nearest sizable town is Christchurch (also three miles), and there is good accessibility via the road network to Lymington (nine miles), Bournemouth (10 miles), and Southampton (21 miles). A mainline railway station at nearby Hinton Admiral provides services to London Waterloo in approximately two hours.
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Glen Cottage stands as a meticulously refurbished character home, renovated to an exceptional standard by its current owner. Nestled on a generous plot, the property offers ample off-road parking and is bordered mature trees, nestled amidst the neighbouring parkland and serene lakes. This charming property enjoys a prime location adjacent to the Chewton Bunny nature reserve, offering a scenic walkway directly to Highcliffe beach.