The property in located in the highly sought after and picturesque New Forest hamlet of Highwood, within the New Forest National Park. This beautiful semi-rural location offers thousands of acres of heath and woodland for a variety of outdoor pursuits, particularly bike and horse riding. There is a popular country pub in nearby Rockford and convenient access to excellent private and state schools, within the delightful market town of Ringwood just 2 miles away.
Situated in the New Forest National Park, this superbly positioned home is set in grounds and paddocks amounting to almost three acres, with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. This desirable home also benefits from a large detached outbuilding which would suit additional accommodation to the main house and annexe (subject to PP), or to use as an office/gym. Further outbuildings include a stable and a barn. The property has the benefit of direct forest access, yet it is conveniently located within a short drive of the market town of Ringwood.
We understand that the original part of Rockford cottage was built over two hundred years ago and has been extended twice over a number of years to become the impressive property it is today. The ground floor comprises an impressive double aspect sitting room with hard wood floors , with the focal point of an open fireplace with a woodburning stove. The generous sized kitchen has an excellent range of fitted units, a walk in pantry and a separate utility/boot room. Adjacent to the kitchen is a conservatory, which is currently being used as a dining and entertaining area, boasting stunning views over the paddocks and countryside beyond. Additional reception rooms include a snug featuring its own fireplace, an office and study. On the first floor there are four bedrooms, including a master bedroom with built in wardrobes and en-suite bathroom. There are two further bedrooms with en-suite facilities, and a modern and stylish family bathroom with a luxury three piece suite. All four bedrooms have superb views, with the majority having built in wardrobes.
The property is approached along a gravel drive which leads to a large parking and turning area, and gives access to the double garage with twin opening doors. Adjoining the garage is an annexe which comprises a sitting room, bedroom, kitchenette, wet room and a sun room/glazed porch. This useful multi-purpose building, with its own separate central heating system, could be used as a games or hobby room or would make a superb gym. There are further outbuildings which include a stable, tack room, tractor store, hay store and log store.
The gardens surround the property and gently slope away, allowing wonderful views over paddocks and beyond. The rear terrace which is adjacent to the conservatory provides an ideal sitting area and vantage point to enjoy the views across the valley. The gardens extend to the west side with a barbeque area and woodland with a pond. The paddocks and grounds in total amount to just under three acres.
Living in Ringwood
Ringwood offers the best of all worlds. This old market town is positioned on the edge of the New Forest, yet is just ten minutes drive to the coast and also has easy access to the A31, with London, Southampton and Winchester in one direction and Bournemouth in the other.
It is an increasingly popular destination for home hunters. Best known as the home of Ringwood Brewery (inspiration for the current boom in microbreweries), it is undergoing a re-identification. The old cattle market has been transformed into a stylish shopping quarter with names such as Aga, Hobbs, Joules, Waitrose and Waterstones, and a programme of events that includes live music and farmers’ markets. The adjacent high street has retained its character, with a traditional weekly market and a selection of independents, a new artisan bakery, and a variety of decent eateries such as Framptons and Noisy Lobster.
Families are attracted by the sense of community and highly regarded secondary school (its sixth form provision rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted). There is a wide range of property from thatched cottages, through Victorian and Edwardian villas to tree-lined closes of homes built between the wars and every decade from mid-century onwards.
To the north are the quieter, untouched reaches of the Forest and larger country houses. To the west Ringwood is bounded by the River Avon and Avon Castle, a private estate of big, individual, contemporary properties in large plots, many with views across the water meadows. Avon Castle appeals to those looking for privacy and seclusion, and also attracts people moving from London in search of country life combined with contemporary living. Looking for an Estate Agent in Ringwood? Spencers are here to help.
£1,850,000 Guide Price
- 4 Bedrooms:
- 4 Bathrooms:
- 4 Living Rooms:
Situated in the New Forest National Park, this superbly positioned home is set in grounds and paddocks amounting to almost three acres, with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. This desirable home also benefits from a large detached outbuilding incorporating a garage and annexe accommodation to the main house. Further outbuildings include a stable and a barn. The property has the benefit of direct forest access, yet it is conveniently located within a short drive of the market town of Ringwood. Energy Performance Rating: E
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