Well removed from other properties, the house occupies a truly idyllic setting that is remarkable considering the proximity to the centre of Lymington. The gardens and grounds are surrounded by open fields on three sides with open countryside and far reaching views towards the Solent and Isle of Wight. A quiet, tree lined lane provides access to the house and a level walk to the centre of Lymington which is one mile away. There are excellent local walks and rides over the surrounding countryside, a particular local favourite being the path along the Sea Wall. The house sits within the New Forest National Park and the surrounding area is therefore heavily protected against further development that might spoil the unique rural characteristics of this exceptional location. Lymington is renowned as a centre for sailing and watersports with several deep water marinas and active sailing clubs catering for all ages and abilities. There is a railway station in the town offering services to London Waterloo via Brockenhurst in less than two hours.
Beautifully arranged over three floors and featuring under floor heating throughout, this exceptional family house combines a traditional style and atmosphere with modern building techniques, fixtures and fittings. Following an extensive refurbishment programme carried out by the current owners approximately 12 years ago, the house was practically rebuilt allowing the accommodation to be rearranged to suit modern family life. All rooms have high ceilings, large windows and oversized doors to all rooms. The front door opens to a generous reception hall with stairs to the first floor and cloakroom with wc. Accessed from the hall are all the principal reception rooms including the superb drawing room with featuring two working fireplaces and French windows providing views over the gardens and direct access to the terrace. Also on the ground floor is a cosy sitting room and a huge kitchen/family room with a vaulted ceiling, dual aspect views over the gardens and access to a large terrace via French windows. This room forms the heart of the house and offers ample space for sitting, dining, cooking and entertaining. Central to the kitchen is a large island unit incorporating a breakfast bar and numerous inbuilt appliances, all of which are by Gaggenau. Included in the kitchen are a wine fridge; fridge freezer; twin ovens; microwave & grill; dishwasher; steamer oven and waste compactor. There is also a superb Gaggenau cooker featuring gas and electric burners as well as a Teppanyaki griddle. There is also a separate large larder cupboard. Beyond the kitchen is a superb utility room with back door and space for a large American style washing machine and separate tumble dryer. The utility room also has a sink and additional dishwasher, an under counter freezer as well as two generous storage cupboards.
Opening off both the kitchen/breakfast room and the drawing room is a glorious orangery perfect for year round dining and enjoying splendid views of the garden and adjoining fields. The orangery also has French windows opening onto the terrace.
Upstairs there are five double bedrooms arranged over two floors and like the rest of the house features wiring for the Bang & Olufsen audio/visual system. The master bedroom is dual aspect and also features a dressing room that leads on to an impressive, fully tiled bathroom with large shower and bath. There are two further double bedrooms, both dual aspect, one of which has a built in wardrobe. There is also a family bathroom with bath, sink, wc and a shower over the bath.
On the top floor are two superb double bedrooms, both with en suite bathrooms. There is a walk in airing cupboard on this floor and a large cupboard accessed via one of the bedrooms.
The house is approached over a gravel drive that is flanked by areas of lawn. From the drive, gates open onto a brick paved courtyard with further parking and featuring a number of useful outbuildings. There is a timber framed car barn with two bays and loft storage that has to the side a covered storage area as well as a drying room designed to store and dry sailing gear. There is also a separate building currently divided into a hobby room and a separate workshop, both of which have power and light.
The gardens lie predominantly to the side and rear of the house and enjoy a secluded southerly aspect. Immediately adjacent to the house, kitchen and orangery is a superb mediterranean style terrace with distinct seating and dining areas, interspersed by sculpted olive and evergreen oak trees providing structure and shade to this peaceful entertaining area. Beside the terrace is a fenced and heated swimming pool adjacent to which lies a pool house containing a wc. At the bottom of the garden is a timber framed home office that has power, light and data connection as well as a separate ante-room.
The drive itself, and an area of land beyond is in fact owned by Hampshire Council but it is not used by the council and the current owners have occupied it for over 12 years. An agreement has been reached by the current owners to purchase the land and this is in hand.
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.
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An exceptionally fine house combining traditional styling with modern building techniques. The property occupies a secluded, rural position on the fringes of Lymington enjoying open views over fields towards the Solent yet within a mile of Lymington's historic and thriving High Street and Yacht Haven. The house itself offers accommodation over three floors, extends to over 3,700 square feet and is perfect for a variety of lifestyles with a range of outbuildings ideal for hobbies or running several businesses from home. The gardens extend to 0.6 acres made up of beautiful lawn, a large sheltered terrace, heated swimming pool and pool house as well as a car barn, drying room and ample parking for cars and boats. EPR: C
Spencers Lymington Office
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