The spacious entrance hall features an original inglenook fireplace with log burning stove on a Travertine tiled hearth, exposed beams and solid oak flooring. Access is provided to the dual aspect sitting room which centres upon a wood burning stove with tiled surround, flanked by bespoke storage cabinets, with solid oak flooring. To the opposite side of the entrance hall is an attractive family room with high ceilings, flagstone flooring, exposed beams and a large inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove, with adjacent corner cupboard and built-in bookshelves. A door leads to a triple aspect garden room which has quarry tiled flooring and views over the garden. At the heart of this family home is the generous kitchen/breakfast room which has flagstone flooring and a range of cabinets, designed and built by Guild Anderson of Salisbury, beneath granite working surfaces with a contrasting central island unit with oak working surface, a ceramic sink with Quooker boiling water tap and an integrated breakfast bar, wine rack and additional storage areas. The kitchen centres upon a 3-oven AGA range cooker with adjacent AGA Companion with double oven and 4-ring gas hob, with additional integrated appliances including twin Miele fridges and freezers and twin Fisher & Paykel drawer style dishwashers. There is a door to a walk-in pantry with granite work surfaces, built-in shelving and flagstone flooring, whilst the utility room also has a granite work surface, Belfast sink, built-in Miele washing machine, water softener and cupboard housing the boiler. A further door leads to the cloakroom which features Burlington sanitary ware with a high-level WC, period-style wash hand basin and ceramic tiled floor. The kitchen also provides access to a 20ft conservatory featuring attractive hand-made Moroccan floor tiles with under-floor heating, and French doors allowing access to the gardens.
Stairs rise to the first-floor landing which provides access to the Master bedroom suite, with exposed floorboards, built-in wardrobe cupboards and a door leading to an impressive dual aspect en-suite bathroom which has been designed and built by Guild Anderson and features a William Holland freestanding copper rolled edge bath, high level WC, twin copper wash hand basins and a walk-in shower, with bronze floor tiles and a wall mounted wood burning stove. Bedroom 2 is a dual aspect room with a cast iron feature fireplace and exposed wooden floorboards, perfectly suited for guest accommodation – benefiting from an en-suite shower room fitted with Burlington sanitary ware including shower, traditional high-level WC, wash hand basin and heated towel rail. There are two further double bedrooms, one of which enjoys the benefit of an en-suite shower room whilst the other utilises the family bathroom, fitted with a period-style white suite including a roll top bath with a rain head shower over, WC and pedestal wash-hand basin. From the landing, access is provided to the second floor which houses two useful attic rooms, one of which extends to 39ft.
To the front of the property, a gravel driveway extends around the perimeter of an attractively designed circular lawn enclosed by Box hedging with brick pathways leading to a Lavender garden. The driveway leads to an oak-framed barn-style double garage, whilst gravel pathways lead around the property to an extensive flagstone terrace with low brick & flint walls, featuring a fire pit surrounded by a curved wooden bench, with several raised railway sleeper flower beds and a gravel seating area. The garden is mainly laid to lawn with mature trees and is enclosed by ranch-style fencing to ensure lovely open views over adjacent fields.
Council Tax Band: G
Energy Performance Rating: E Current: 51 Potential: 72
Mains Water, Electric and Drainage
Gas Central Heating via a private LPG tank
The hamlet of Ashley is situated on approach to Avon Castle, an area set in the Avon Valley bordering Ringwood. The historic market town of Ringwood is conveniently located just over a mile away and offers an excellent array of high street and independent shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as superb leisure facilities and renowned local schools. The beautiful Ringwood Forest, which incorporates Moors Valley Country Park and golf course, is approximately 1.5 miles distant and the stunning New Forest is just a short drive away, both providing acres of heath and woodland for a wide range of outdoor pursuits including walking, cycling and horse riding. For the commuter the nearby A31 provides links to Bournemouth and Christchurch (approx. 8 miles south via the A338) and Southampton (approx. 18 miles via the M27). The M27 and M3 will take you directly to London, approximately 2 hours distant.
THE LOCAL AREA
Ringwood is positioned on the edge of the New Forest, yet is just a short drive from the coast. It is an increasingly popular destination for home hunters having undergone a re-identification; the old cattle market has been transformed into a stylish shopping quarter with names such as Aga, Hobbs, Joules, Waitrose and Waterstones. The adjacent high street has retained its character, with a traditional weekly market and a selection of independent and high street shops, cafes and restaurants. For the commuter, the cities of Salisbury and Southampton are easily reached via the A338 and the A31 and London is just an hour away via a train from Southampton Parkway. The larger shopping towns of Bournemouth (10 miles south) and Southampton (20 miles east), both of which have airports that are easily accessible.
Living in Ringwood
Ringwood offers the best of all worlds. This old market town is positioned on the edge of the New Forest, yet is just ten minutes drive to the coast and also has easy access to the A31, with London, Southampton and Winchester in one direction and Bournemouth in the other.
It is an increasingly popular destination for home hunters. Best known as the home of Ringwood Brewery (inspiration for the current boom in microbreweries), it is undergoing a re-identification. The old cattle market has been transformed into a stylish shopping quarter with names such as Aga, Hobbs, Joules, Waitrose and Waterstones, and a programme of events that includes live music and farmers’ markets. The adjacent high street has retained its character, with a traditional weekly market and a selection of independents, a new artisan bakery, and a variety of decent eateries such as Framptons and Noisy Lobster.
Families are attracted by the sense of community and highly regarded secondary school (its sixth form provision rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted). There is a wide range of property from thatched cottages, through Victorian and Edwardian villas to tree-lined closes of homes built between the wars and every decade from mid-century onwards.
To the north are the quieter, untouched reaches of the Forest and larger country houses. To the west Ringwood is bounded by the River Avon and Avon Castle, a private estate of big, individual, contemporary properties in large plots, many with views across the water meadows. Avon Castle appeals to those looking for privacy and seclusion, and also attracts people moving from London in search of country life combined with contemporary living.
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STUNNING FAR REACHING VIEWS - An impressive Georgian residence, reputed to be approximately 300 years old, providing in excess of 4,100sqft of accommodation which has been beautifully remodelled by the current owners to combine traditional period charm and elegance with modern day living. The property boasts an array of original period features, including cosy inglenook fireplaces, exposed beams, high ceilings and flagstone flooring, whilst enjoying the benefit of a tranquil setting with views over surrounding fields. Energy Performance Rating: E
Spencers Ringwood Office
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