The Bay Trees is situated in the very heart of the village being within a few minutes walk of the cliff top that fronts Christchurch Bay. The coastal village of Milford on Sea affords a good range of shops and general amenities clustered around the Village Green, all being within a few hundred yards of the property. The village is situated more or less equidistant between the Georgian market town of Lymington in the east, with its river, marinas and yacht clubs, and the comprehensive facilities of the town of New Milton in the west.
This charming village property has a fascinating history having been variously the village poor house, a bank, haberdashery, tea shop and restaurant. It still includes many original features such as exposed beams, picture rails and sash windows. Whilst currently run as a successful boutique B&B, The Bay Trees is configured perfectly as a comfortable family home.
The house has been renovated to an impressively high finish by the current owners and decorated in a complementary country style using designer paints and wallpapers, such as Farrow & Ball, Osborne & Little, and Designer’s Guild. Features include John Lewis of Hungerford kitchen with AGA, sitting room with Clearview woodburning stove, bespoke UK-made Thomas Sanderson shutters to the front windows, conservatory, study and five double bedrooms, each with individually styled bathrooms.
The house benefits from tranquil and private south-facing gardens of ¼ acre which include covered terrace, pond, arbour, well-established borders, and mature shrubs and trees. Useful outbuildings include hen house, Hartley Botanic Greenhouse, sheds, store room and courtyard with parking for two cars, accessed by electronically controlled gates.
A portico entrance leads into a porch which opens onto a large L-shaped dining hall comprising part of the original 17th century cottage along with a high-ceilinged early-19th century addition. This room opens onto the kitchen/breakfast room – a welcoming space with exposed beams, gas-fired four-oven AGA, John Lewis of Hungerford bespoke kitchen with granite quartz worktop, two inset sinks and fully integrated Bosch dishwasher. There is a further kitchen area with pantry and Glow-worm boiler and a utility room with space for two fridge-freezers, washing machine and dryer. On the other side of the dining hall, glazed double doors lead into the comfortable sitting room with Clearview woodburning stove and an office, probably the old banking room, which now has ample power and charging points at desk level for two workstations. An inner hallway leads to the south and west-facing conservatory, with double glazing and Thomas Sanderson thermal ceiling blinds, which is used year-round as a dining room and opens onto a covered terrace overlooking the gardens. On this floor there is also a bedroom suite (described as the Garden Room) which features fitted wardrobes, wall lights and enough space for a sofa, plus a luxurious en suite with corner bath and big, walk-in shower. On the ground floor there is also a glamorous Oriental-style cloakroom.
What is thought to be the original staircase leads up to first floor accommodation comprising two large double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. One guest suite has a ceiling high-enough to accommodate a four-poster bed and a recently renovated bathroom with white Laufen suite and Porcelanosa tiling – attractively mixing pattern and stone effects. The other guest suite features a generous bedroom and bathroom with contemporary sculptured basin set into a Victorian tiled washstand. On this floor there is also a useful housekeeping room (converted from a family bathroom) and large airing cupboard.
Stairs lead up to the second floor dominated by the master bedroom suite comprising spacious bedroom with built-in, double-depth wardrobes, dressing area with further wardrobe space and room for chest of drawers, and a large bathroom with basin, lavatory, shower, bath, Porcelenosa tiling and striking geese patterned wallpaper. On this floor there is a further, fifth guest suite – this one with sloping eaves, has a pretty cottagey style. Four bedrooms include wall-mounted televisions.
Electronically controlled wooden gates and a side gate lead into a private courtyard area with parking for two cars and a large store room (which could be converted into office, studio or gym). The south-facing gardens back onto the Danestream and are very tranquil and private with mature specimen trees and shrubs including acer, magnolia, oak and weeping willow, camellias, rhododendrons, irises and roses providing year-round colour. The garden is landscaped to provide several sitting areas and features include a terrace, decked area, arbour, pond with fountain, vegetable plot, plus hen houses, greenhouse and useful sheds.
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.
Milford on Sea, Lymington
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Desirable five bedroom Grade II listed, 17th century village house in the conservation area of Milford on Sea – a sought-after coastal village with green, beach with views to the Needles and a wide range of facilities including good food guide recommended restaurants and village primary school judged to be ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Energy Efficiency Rating: Not required.
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