The house forms an intrinsic part of Lymington’s history and identity. Positioned just 200 yards south of the High Street the house occupies a highly convenient position combined with an exceptional south facing garden and associated drive, parking and outbuildings that are indescribably rare in such a central location.
The house is also within minutes of the Marinas, Sailing Clubs and coastal walks. The Georgian market town of Lymington offers extensive restaurants, boutiques and a picturesque harbour and is surrounded by the outstanding natural beauty of the New Forest National Park.
To the north is the New Forest village of Lyndhurst and Junction 1 of the M27 which links to the M3 for access to London. There is a branch line train link to Brockenhurst Railway Station (approximately 5.5 miles) which provides a half hourly service to London Waterloo with a journey time of approximately 90 minutes.
There is a range of both state and private schooling, with the popular Walhampton preparatory school close by.
This exceptional wisteria clad Grade II Listed house has remained in the ownership of the same family for approximately 100 years meaning the house has not been available for since a time well beyond living memory. The house has been well maintained with only minor alterations over the years meaning the original features remain and provide a distinct sense of history, including a particularly wide hall and front door that are rumoured to have originally been used to lead horses through to the stable yard behind. All reception rooms are well proportioned and, despite the property’s Listing, could be subtly adapted to embrace modern living.
On the ground floor there is a wide central hall with a charming gas fired wood burning effect stove. There is a delightful living room with open fireplace and French windows facing south and overlooking the gardens. Adjoining this living room is a recently fitted kitchen making this space highly attractive as the heart of the house and the centre of daily life.
The dining room also overlooks the garden and has its own fireplace. There is also a separate study across the hall. To the rear of the house is a back hall leading to the former kitchen which is a superb square room with a gas fired Aga, currently disconnected, with adjoining store cupboards and secondary staircase to the first floor. With a little adaptation, this room could be perfectly arranged as a snug sitting room or children’s TV room. There is also a spacious laundry room with original flagstone floor and ample washing and drying space.
A delightful turning staircase rises to the first floor with a large landing opening onto three double bedrooms. The master bedroom was, according to local history, used as a music room in Napoleonic times; its enchanting lantern vaulted ceiling enhancing the room’s acoustics. Off the master bedroom is an en suite shower room and adjoining dressing room. There is also a family bathroom and two further deeply impressive double bedrooms, one of which has a door to the secondary staircase.
Adjoining the main house is a separate flat which has its own front door and utility room, beyond which stairs rise to the first floor offering a double bedroom, sitting room and kitchen / breakfast room. The flat is known as ‘The Loft’ and provides versatile accommodation ideal for guests, extended family or as an ideal holiday let generating significant additional income.
Grounds and Gardens:
The house is approached through double gates onto a gravel drive that leads to an extensive turning and parking area adjacent to the garage and outbuildings. There is a sheltered south facing terrace accessible from the living room’s French windows.
The beautifully planted gardens lie to the south and extend to approximately half an acre. Carefully considered and tended over the last half a century the gardens have been designed to provide colour throughout the year and consist of artfully arranged beds interspersed with generous areas of lawn. There is also a covered well which is fitted with a pump to provide non-mains water for the garden.
The gardens are bordered to the east by a quintessential Lymington ‘crinkle-crankle’ serpentine wall that is believed to have been built by Napoleonic prisoners of war. The curves in the wall provide shelter to plants grown against it and evenly reflected heat ideal for espaliered fruit trees.
Beyond the house is a wide garage with a worktop area and an adjoining potting shed. There is also a further brick outbuilding at the end of the garden.
Living in Milford on Sea
Milford on Sea is currently a property hot spot. It is one of the last remaining seaside villages in Hampshire and is delightfully picturesque with a proper village green at its centre. This green is often the focus for popular village events such as maypole dancing and the annual food festival and is fringed by a range of independents (including antiques shops, butcher’s, chemists and greengrocer’s). Recently Milford has developed something of a reputation as a foodie destination with its collection of tea rooms, bistros, wine bar, fish and chips and specialist fish restaurant, plus more.
This is a vibrant village with a friendly and lively community, and appeals to both young families (the primary school has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted) and older couples looking for somewhere on the coast to relax. The old-fashioned seafront stretches from Hurst spit and Keyhaven nature reserve in the east towards Christchurch Harbour to the west, and enjoys lovely views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and the Needles.
A good mix of properties includes striking contemporary seafront homes and cliff top apartments with big sea views, quaint terraced old fishermen’s cottages and some substantial 1920s and 1930s Ravenscroft arts and crafts influenced homes in and around Barnes Lane. Looking for an Estate Agent in Milford on Sea? Spencers are here to help.
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Available for the first time in 100 years. Owned by the same family for a century, this iconic Grade II Listed house is one of Lymington's most important and recognised period properties with beautifully proportioned rooms, an adjoining annexe and exquisitely planted south facing gardens of approximately half an acre. Located just 200m south of Lymington's High Street the house has garaging, ample parking and is within easy reach of the open spaces at Grove Gardens, Woodside Park as well as Lymington's famous marinas and yacht clubs.
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