Positioned on the edge of the popular village of Pilley, with a community run store and two lovely country pubs, the property enjoys easy access to the surrounding open forest for extensive walking and rides, yet is also within a five-minute drive of the amenities offered by the Georgian market town of Lymington. The town has a selection of excellent bars and restaurants as well as renowned sailing facilities, including two deep water marinas and sailing clubs. There is also a wide range of both independent and state schooling. The main line rail service at Brockenhurst has a regular service to London Waterloo in approximately 90 minutes.
The entirely secluded grounds are kept in immaculate order and the gardens are a stunning feature of the property. A winding gravel front pathway from the entrance gate leads to a detached double barn style garage and then onto one of two lawned gardens. This first raised garden sits above the main house with mature plants and flower borders all meticulously kept. A small summer house nestles gently in to the taller trees at the end of the garden. Steps wind down to the house and the extensive lower gardens with a west facing patio, tiered lawns, rose borders and a second five bar gate providing access on to Pilley Street The lower garden has a large gardener’s work shop with winding pathways bordered by aromatic plants, wisteria, rambling roses and clematis which give glorious colour throughout the spring and summer.
The main front door is accessed from the side where there is a boot room and cloakroom. The inner , with airing cupboard and main staircase, leads in to the country style kitchen with windows on two sides as well as an gas fired AGA, range of fitted cupboard units, oak shelving, wood floors and a butler sink. An ante room holds the plumbing for the washing machine, space for fridge freezer and the modern Worcester gas boiler. The dining room has a feature fireplace with log burner and oak mantel. A step down leads through an original arch in to the main living room with another feature fireplace with wooden mantel, exposed beams, wood floors and large windows overlooking the grounds. The original front door opens from here in to the outer porch. A small snug lies off an inner hallway with a second set of stairs leading to the first floor.
The four bedrooms lead off the first floor landing, each double room has its own style and character with only the fourth being a single. The family bathroom with separate shower completes the family accommodation.
Living in Lymington
This vibrant and picturesque Georgian market town, positioned between the Solent, Lymington River and the New Forest, has been a massive draw for many people over the years.
It has always attracted ‘yachties’ as it’s considered the UK’s sailing capital with its boatyards, marinas and sailing clubs. It is also popular with families and retirees escaping London and the Home Counties in search of a better quality of life, often light-heartedly referred to as ‘Richmond by the Sea’. It’s also the choice for many in the New Forest who are considering downsizing, but want to remain in the area.
Lymington is a lively hub. It has a very distinctive centre with many independents (such as Elliotts of Lymington for designer fashion) as well as a strong smattering of top quality names (including Musto and Waitrose). A tasty range of eateries includes cafes, pubs and restaurants – check out two good tapas bars, Elderflower on Quay Hill (the chef is ex-Chewton Glen) and stylish Stanwells House Hotel. And every Saturday the High Street is taken over by a proper, old-fashioned market with everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to flowers and plants, fashion to fishing equipment, and vintage collectables to artisan food producers.
Property ranges from elegant period townhouses in the town centre to big family homes down leafy lanes ‘South of the High Street’ and new waterside development.
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A charming Grade II Listed detached cottage built circa 1800, once the Old School House for Pilley village. Steeped in character this four bedroom family home has extensive gardens spread over two levels. The ground floor living accommodation includes a beautiful country kitchen, separate dining room, large living room and separate study. Outside there is a double barn style garage and twin driveways. EPR: Not required.
Spencers Lymington Office
- 01590 674 222
74 High Street