Stoney Cross is located on the edge of Minstead, one of the New Forest National Park’s most sought after villages. Minstead has a vibrant community, a village pub/shop (The Trusty Servant), a village hall and a Norman church. There is direct access onto the open forest providing a network of footpaths and bridleways for walking and riding. 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. Southampton is a vibrant, modern city which has the popular West Quay shopping centre and many attractions. The surrounding areas of Southampton and Winchester have a wide selection of well-respected private schools along with several others across the Dorset border. Communications are excellent with east and west access to the M27 and M3 within easy reach and Southampton Parkway station giving a link to London Waterloo within an hour and ten minutes. The coastal resort town of Bournemouth is also only a short drive away.
The property is accessed via antique wrought iron entrance gates, which open onto a long tree lined driveway leading through to a large, shingle parking area. The beautiful grounds attributed to the property are apportioned into areas of formal and woodland gardens. Set at the end of the driveway and to the side of the front of the house is a large outbuilding incorporating a triple garage, triple carport, WC and storage. To the side of the outbuilding is a sunken area of lawn, which would provide an ideal space for a tennis could if required (subject to the necessary planning consents being granted). In total the grounds extend to approximately five acres, with the whole plot being flanked by beautiful woodland and forest.
Built in the late 1980’s, Grovewood House is an extremely impressive, Queen Anne style family residence offering extensive and well configured accommodation set across three floors. A spectacular, central reception hall makes a wonderful first impression, with doors leading off to the drawing room/games room, dining room, sitting room, study and kitchen/breakfast room. From the kitchen/breakfast room, an inner hallway, with separate front access door, links to a utility room, plant room, storeroom and gym. An additional hallway from here provides access to the impressive swimming pool complex, two separate shower rooms and a stairwell leading down to the sauna, plant room and storeroom. A stairwell from the main reception hallway ascends to the first floor galleried landing, which in turn links to all bedroom and bathroom accommodation, as well as the front aspect balcony. From bedroom seven a staircase ascends to a large loft, divided into three separate spaces, which provides huge potential for further accommodation.
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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Stoney Cross, Lyndhurst
- 7 Bedrooms:
- 5 Bathrooms:
- 5 Living Rooms:
A superb, modern country house set in glorious grounds of approximately 5 acres, in a wonderfully private and secluded setting. The property offers flexible and extensive accommodation extending to approximately 14,389 square feet and includes a magnificent swimming pool complex, extensive garaging and space for a tennis court. EPR: D
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