Situated in a prime location within the heart of Milford on Sea, a thriving coastal village positioned between the Georgian market towns of both Lymington and Christchurch. This popular village has a variety of boutique shops, several high-quality restaurants, three pubs, a thriving tennis/squash club and a lively, ever active Community Centre. It is arguably one of the most sought-after villages on the South Coast. The beaches offer crystal clear waters, making them ideal for swimming and water sports. The picturesque hamlet of Keyhaven is close by with sailing clubs and river moorings and the deep-water marinas of Lymington, with world-class yachting facilities, are within only 6 miles.
This beautiful period family house was designed by Ravenscroft, the renowned local architect who also lived here himself. Beautifully proportioned in the Arts & Crafts style the house occupies a secluded position that remains accessible to the many facilities of Milford on Sea. There is a large turning and parking area to the front of the house as well as a side drive providing further parking and access to the detached double garage. The front door opens to an entrance lobby with cloakroom and wc. Beyond the lobby, separated by a wooden screen with leaded and partly stained glass windows, is an impressive staircase hall with a feature staircase and fire surround that provides access to the principal reception rooms as well as a hallway leading to the kitchen and breakfast room. The deeply impressive dining room and drawing room both feature tall ceilings typical of the period with ornate fireplaces and wide bay windows that have glazed doors to the garden. There is also a very generous study. The kitchen is well fitted with a range of low and high level cupboards and also features built in appliances and space for a large fridge freezer. The kitchen is linked by a long serving hatch and breakfast bar to the breakfast room which has southerly French windows opening onto an attractive terrace ideal for dining.
Opposite the door to the kitchen, stairs lead to a lower ground floor which provides exceptional further space which currently offers two large rooms with the same footprint as the dining and drawing rooms above. These rooms are used as a gym / leisure room and TV / Media room respectively. Also on this floor is a dedicated drying room and freezer room, a utility room and a bathroom.
From the hall a wide staircase rises to the first floor where there are six double bedrooms and four bathrooms. The house has been designed in such a way that three of the bedrooms can be separated by closing an integral door and, when combined with the kitchen that is also present, and one of the bathrooms, they create a completely self contained 2 bedroom annexe with a separate sitting room and a private staircase to the ground floor leading to its own front door.
The master bedroom features large built in wardrobes and an impressive architectural bay window as well as an en suite bathroom with corner bath and separate shower. The guest bedroom is also beautifully proportioned and also has a built in wardrobe, a bay window and an en suite shower room. The remaining four bedrooms are all doubles and the two larger rooms have sinks. There is a family bathroom and a further shower room while bedrooms five and six both have built in wardrobes. From the landing on the first floor, the staircase continues to rise to a delightful belvedere with stained glass windows offering elevated views.
There is a very large turning and parking space in front of the house and a further drive that provides additional boat or motor home parking adjacent to the detached double garage. The gardens lie predominantly to the south and west sides of the house and are divided into distinct areas of lawn and terrace. The level lawn garden accessible from the drawing and dining rooms has mature shrubs and is surrounded by trees providing a great degree of privacy. There is a further lawn garden to the south west, again with mature planting that leads to an expansive courtyard terrace garden with pond and ample space for outdoor furniture and dining table. From this area, and close to the kitchen back door, is an attached annexe that has a sitting room with a bed / sitting room, separate kitchen and shower room. This annexe, along with the internal annexe in the main house has been used by the current owners to provide a rental income both long term and holiday lets.
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.
Milford on Sea, Lymington
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LIVE VIRTUAL VIEWING AVAILABLE - PLEASE CALL TO ARRANGE YOUR APPOINTMENT - NO CHAIN. A substantial and versatile period home with over 4,700 sq ft of accommodation including a separate annexe and the ability to separate the first floor to provide an additional integral annexe with its own front door. Set in the heart of the beautiful coastal village of Milford on Sea this rare property has retained many original features and was the home of the renowned architect "Ravenscroft" who constructed houses of distinction in the local area in the early 1900s. With a stunning stained glass 'Belevedere' and minstrels gallery, ornate timber features and large bay windows, ample living accommodation, parking and pretty garden; viewing is highly recommended. EPR: D
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