Minstead has a vibrant community, a village hall, pub (The Trusty Servant), botanical gardens, and a Norman church. There is direct access onto the open forest providing a network of footpaths and bridleways for walking and riding. Lyndhurst is approximately a seven minute drive away and is the largest village within the New Forest. It is a popular tourist location with many independent shops, art galleries, cafés, restaurants, pubs and hotels. Southampton is a vibrant, modern city which has the popular West Quay shopping centre and many attractions. The surrounding areas of Southampton and Winchester have a wide selection of well respected private schools along with several others across the Dorset border. Communications are excellent with access to the A31 westbound at Malwood, the M27 eastbound at Cadnam, and within easy reach of Southampton Parkway station giving a link to London Waterloo within 1 hour and 10 minutes. The coastal resort town of Bournemouth is also only a short drive away.
Curtle Cottage was built in 1873 on a corner of land owned by the Golden family, a well-established Minstead family whose trade was making wooden shovels. The property has Forest Rights, and a safely-covered forty-foot dip well. It still retains the original footprint and many period features including sash windows, a bedroom fireplace and wooden doors. Modern features include double glazing, cavity insulation, and under floor heating to the ground floor.
Approaching the property, a covered porch with side pillars leads to an impressive solid wood front door where a tiled floor hallway leads through to all principal rooms. To the left, a spacious triple aspect living room enjoys a light and airy feel further benefiting from a Clearview woodburning stove and patio doors leading to the rear garden.
The kitchen/dining room again enjoys a beautiful outlook over the garden to the rear and the forest and views beyond to the front. A generous space with feature alcove shelving allows for a dining room table adjacent to the kitchen where base and wall mounted shaker style cupboards provide ample storage. The kitchen offers an integrated oven with ceramic hob above, stainless steel double sink and space for a fridge. Steps lead down to a generous sized utility room housing a boiler, freezer, washing machine as well as further shelving acting as a pantry and a feature wooden door. The downstairs accommodation is completed by a downstairs shower room, WC and sink.
Stairs ascend to the first floor where the landing enjoys elevated views over the forest and beyond, and a double cupboard houses the hot water tank and airing cupboard. All three bedrooms enjoy a beautiful outlook and are of good size; all easily housing a double bed. A family bathroom completes the first floor with panelled walls, shower, bidet, WC, sink and shelving.
The property is approached via a gravel track leading to a five-bar gate providing parking inside for a couple of vehicles whilst a side gate provides pedestrian access. The rear garden has been beautifully designed and meticulously cared for with the lawn interspersed with beds providing a burst of colour in the spring and summer months. The outbuildings are a particular feature of this property. A stable door leads into a timber clad building with tiled roof, making an ideal home office / artist studio with power sockets and electric heaters. Adjacent to this detached building is an open garage with electric vehicle charging point and storage above as well as a workshop to the side providing an ideal space for all gardening equipment.
Living in Minstead
Minstead is a perfect village in miniature. Tucked down a maze of country lanes and surrounded by woodland, it is tranquil and unspoiled, yet surprisingly and accessibly close to junction one of the M27 at Cadnam.
For a small village it punches well above its size in terms of community and history. Overlooking its delightful green is a popular country inn, The Trusty Servant Inn, and a village shop and cafe tea room that serves as a community hub. There’s also a quirky parish church which is the resting place of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. Nearby are what are thought to be two of the oldest oak trees in the Forest as well as the Rufus Stone, marking the spot where King William II was shot by an arrow.
There’s a busy village hall (the largest in the Forest) which hosts regular antiques and collectors’ markets and the Minstead Players. However, what makes Minstead particularly special are its community-minded organisations including Minstead Study Centre with its sustainability focus and Minstead Training Trust which also runs Furzey Gardens - first planted in 1922 they are ablaze with colour in spring and feature an award-wining garden and ‘fairy doors’ among the trees.
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Enjoying elevated views across the New Forest National Park, this attractive Victorian cottage offers light and spacious accommodation as well as a beautiful cottage-styled garden. The property further benefits from outbuildings including a separate home office and large workshop as well as scope for enlargement (STPP) EPC:E.
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