Blashford is a small rural hamlet situated in the New Forest National Park within Hampshire, close to the open forest and the Blashford Lakes Wildlife Reserve, and just a mile north of the market town of Ringwood. Ringwood boasts a comprehensive range of facilities, including a wide range of independent and high street Shops, Restaurants and Cafes, as well as two supermarkets and two leisure centres and excellent Schools. Just a short drive away is access to the open forest, which offers over 10,000 acres of heath and woodland, a haven for all outdoor pursuits including cycling, walking and horse riding. For the commuter there is easy access onto the A338 and A31 providing direct links to the larger coastal towns of Christchurch and Bournemouth (approximately 10 miles), Southampton (approximately 20 miles east) and Salisbury accessible (approximately 20 miles north). There are international airports at Bournemouth and Southampton and the M27 and M3 make it easy to connect to other parts of the country. National Express coaches regularly depart from Ringwood to London Victoria.
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. Looking for an Estate Agent in Ringwood? Spencers are here to help.
£780,000 Guide Price
- 4 Bedrooms:
- 5 Bathrooms:
- 4 Living Rooms:
An impressive late 19th century four-bedroom 5 bathroom semi-detached house which is located on the edge of the market town of Ringwood within a level walk of the town centre. This beautiful period home retains many of the original period features which include a stunning hallway with the original encaustic tiles.
Most of the rooms still have the cast iron fireplaces, original internal doors, tall, elegant ceilings, generous rear gardens, plenty of parking and a superb garage complex including mezzanine.