Grounds and Gardens: 

The beautiful gardens and grounds attributed to the property extend to almost two acres and are a particular feature of the property, being cleverly apportioned into different areas of interest. The main area of formal garden extends across the front and to the sides of the property, being mainly laid to lawn and interspersed with areas of wild meadow garden, a mature orchard of apple and plum trees and attractive planted borders. To the front aspect, a pedestrian gate opens onto a pathway leading directly to the front entrance. A driveway to the side provides off road parking and access to the garage/outbuilding, offering options for a number of uses (subject to the relevant planning consents being granted).

The formal gardens are well screened by established hedgerow borders providing a good degree of privacy. To the rear aspect is a large area of paddock land with field shelter, forming the majority of the grounds. From here, wonderful views can be enjoyed across neighbouring fields, with the land gently sloping away to create a stunning vista.

The Situation:

The property is set in a private, tucked away location, along a quiet country lane in the highly sought after location of Minstead. The village enjoys a vibrant community and features a village hall, popular pub (The Trusty Servant), botanical gardens, and a Norman church. 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. The Georgian market town of Lymington, famed for its river, marinas, yacht clubs and coastline, is within an easy 11 mile drive over the forest. Communications are excellent with access to the A31 westbound at Malwood, the M27 eastbound at Cadnam and within easy reach of Southampton Parkway station, providing a link to London Waterloo within 1 hour and 10 minutes. The coastal resort town of Bournemouth is also only a short drive away.

The Property:

Having been in the same ownership for the last 42 years, this lovely cottage occupies what is arguably one of the finest positions in the New Forest. To the front aspect, a wooden front door opens into an attractive, gabled entrance porch, which opens via another door into the main entrance hallway. The hallway extends through to the kitchen, which is located at the back of the house with glorious views across the rear paddock. Also set off the hallway is the family bathroom to one side and a double aspect dining room to the other, offering a stunning Inglenook fireplace with woodburning stove and views across both the front and rear aspects. Set off the dining room is the double aspect sitting room, which features an open fireplace set within a brick surround, views to the front and side and a door opening out to the side aspect.

A stairwell from the sitting room leads up to a small first floor landing providing access to the three bedrooms, all of which enjoy stunning elevated views across the various aspects.

NB. We believe the property benefits from its full planning entitlements, which can be verified through the relevant offices of the New Forest National Park.

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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£1,075,000 Offers in Excess of

Minstead, Lyndhurst

  • Bedrooms Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms Bathrooms: 1
  • Receptions Living Rooms: 2

An incredibly rare opportunity to purchase a charming, three bedroom, period cottage set in a truly wonderful position, in almost 2 acres of glorious grounds, amidst surrounding countryside. The property offers significant potential for enlargement (S.T.P.P.) and further benefits from a substantial garage outbuilding. INFORMAL TENDER. EPR: F

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