This exceptionally spacious country house occupies a highly sought after rural position yet only 0.8 of a mile from the town’s Georgian High Street. The house sits centrally in its own grounds and is surrounded by open fields with westerly views towards the Lymington River. Walhampton School is nearby as well as numerous the open spaces of the New Forest National Park which offers a superb range of recreational activities including diverse country walks and rides. Lymington caters for most daily requirements with many independent and national shops as well as individual bars and restaurants. Its reputation as an excellent centre for sailing is well founded with numerous deep water marinas in the town and nearby providing access to the Solent and Isle of Wight. London is accessible from the town railway station via Brockenhurst which takes approximately 1h 50m.
In recent years the property has been both a beautiful family home and a highly regarded Bed and Breakfast establishment having the flexibility of both a detached annexe and barn adjacent to the main house. The house is beautifully presented throughout, the property features double glazed casements and characteristic projecting bays and well-lit accommodation arranged over three floors, providing a total of seven bedrooms served by four bathrooms with three spacious reception rooms as well as the usual domestic offices.
The central front door opens to a wide staircase hall that provides access to the principal reception rooms. The main sitting room lies to the left and has a dual aspect with a bay window to the front overlooking lawn gardens. The sitting room is particularly spacious and is currently used as the dining room for the B&B business. Also accessed from the hall is the study and a separate family room that also has double doors opening onto the sitting room providing very spacious entertaining and living space if required. Beyond the family room lies a large kitchen / breakfast room with a modern range of fitted cupboards as well as a generous dining and sitting area. At the rear of the house and accessible from the kitchen is a back hall with a rear door as well as a boot room and downstairs wc.
Upstairs there are three double en-suite bedrooms. The master bedroom is at the rear of the house with French windows that lead to a balcony overlooking the rear garden as well as a dressing room. There is also a generous utility room on the first floor which is particularly convenient and on the top floor there are four further bedrooms and a shower room.
Within the curtilage, which extend to approximately 1.108 acres are two outbuildings:
The Cottage offers a generous kitchen/living room, two bedrooms and a shower room while The Barn provides a kitchen/living room, bedroom and shower room. Both buildings provide excellent ancillary accommodation and are in constant demand, producing a healthy secondary income stream, independent of the house.
The house occupies a glorious position surrounded by unspoilt open countryside. Such a setting is extremely rare in this area and particularly so within such a short distance of Lymington. The house is approached over a long gravel drive that leads through the gardens to a large turning and parking area. The gardens of 1.1 acres that surround the house and are mostly laid to lawn with a very pleasant southerly and westerly aspect. There is a large paved terrace to the south of the house which can be reached from French windows in the kitchen/breakfast room and provides a perfect spot for outside entertaining. Lawned gardens extend to the front of the house which are interspersed near the southern boundary by mature shrubs, trees and hedging. There are further formal gardens lying to the rear of the house which are again laid to lawn with beautiful open views across the surrounding fields and planted with a small selection of specimen trees. There is also a large shed in the far corner of this part of the garden.
Living in Lymington
This vibrant and picturesque Georgian market town, positioned between the Solent, Lymington River and the New Forest, has been a massive draw for many people over the years.
It has always attracted ‘yachties’ as it’s considered the UK’s sailing capital with its boatyards, marinas and sailing clubs. It is also popular with families and retirees escaping London and the Home Counties in search of a better quality of life, often light-heartedly referred to as ‘Richmond by the Sea’. It’s also the choice for many in the New Forest who are considering downsizing, but want to remain in the area.
Lymington is a lively hub. It has a very distinctive centre with many independents (such as Elliotts of Lymington for designer fashion) as well as a strong smattering of top quality names (including Musto and Waitrose). A tasty range of eateries includes cafes, pubs and restaurants – check out two good tapas bars, Elderflower on Quay Hill (the chef is ex-Chewton Glen) and stylish Stanwells House Hotel. And every Saturday the High Street is taken over by a proper, old-fashioned market with everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to flowers and plants, fashion to fishing equipment, and vintage collectables to artisan food producers.
Property ranges from elegant period townhouses in the town centre to big family homes down leafy lanes ‘South of the High Street’ and new waterside development.
- 10 Bedrooms:
- 6 Bathrooms:
- 5 Living Rooms:
Occupying a rare, elevated rural position surrounded by open fields and adjacent to the Lymington River, this stunning late Edwardian country house benefitting from two detached 'income generating' lodges. Lawned gardens extend to approximately 1.1 acres with a circular terrace ideal for entertaining. Non-Domestic EPC: E
Spencers Lymington Office
- 01590 674 222
74 High Street