The historic Somerley Estate with its plethora of foot paths and bridleways is an ideal environment for walkers, riders and cyclists as well as those with a love of nature and the countryside. Somerley Park Golf Club is very close by as well as facilities for game and coarse fishing. Amenities can be found at the market towns of Ringwood and Fordingbridge whilst the A31 is only a short drive providing ease of access onto the M27, Southampton and Bournemouth both with their regional airports and mainline railway stations. The cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester are within a comfortable drive whilst the New Forest and the Coast are also on the door step. The area is also renowned for its wealth of educational, recreational and cultural amenities.
Exit Ringwood along the A31 heading west, come off shortly after passing the petroleum station and signposted to Verwood. Go under the fly over and continue round two bends and up a hill, then turn right sign posted to Alderholt. Stay on this road for about two miles, passing the entrance on your right to Somerley House, shortly on your left is the entrance to Har- bridge Court. Turn left and then immediately left again and follow the gravel track until you come to the gates of Harefield House.
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.
£1,750,000 Guide Price
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An exceptional country house of Georgian origins which has been extended and reconfigured into a stunning 3500sqft five-bedroom house beautifully situated in formal gardens and paddocks of approximately 2.7 acres. Originally forming part of an eighteenth-century model farm, designed by renowned architect Samuel Wyatt, Harbridge Court was converted into nine dwellings in the late 1990s and this particularly impressive home enjoys a southerly aspect overlooking its own private gardens. This charming home also benefits from access into the stunning sunken gardens of Harbridge Court and also access from the paddock onto a bridleway leading to the nearby Ringwood Forest. EPR: C