Brook House is situated out on the open forest in an area referred to as Shirley Holms, the property being situated approximately 2 miles north of the Georgian market town of Lymington renowned for its river, marinas and yacht clubs. The neighbouring forest villages of Sway (about 1.5 miles west) and Brockenhurst (about 2.5 miles north) both have useful mainline rail connections to London/Waterloo (journey time about 90 minutes). Lymington, Brockenhurst and Sway provide a comprehensive range of shopping, leisure and educational facilities.
This beautiful home originates back to 1935, when it was built for the then Kings Surgeon, Henry Horace Alexander Emerson who was responsible for the hygiene of the entire British Army.
Epitomising the much revered ‘Art Deco’ period, an attractive white rendered façade of curved white lines reminiscent of a ship, give way to clean straight lines inside. Internally, the accommodation is both lavish and grand with large, well-proportioned rooms dominating throughout.
To the ground floor, an attractive entrance portico with brick pillars and balcony above opens via a solid wood front door into an entrance hall. From here, an imposing reception hall with exposed wooden floors links to the principle reception rooms which are orientated to enjoy the southerly aspect.
An impressive triple aspect sitting room with log burning stove and marble surround and an adjoining double aspect dining room set opposite the main entrance both offer impressive proportions, with access via a door from the sitting room onto a covered terrace and gardens.
The triple aspect kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with an Aga cooker and a comprehensive range of modern units and appliances with granite work surfaces extending the full length of the room. At the far end of the kitchen is a dedicated pantry room and doors opening into a boot room, which in turn opens onto the rear terrace.
Set the other side of the sitting room is a lovely double aspect multi-purpose music/family room with log burning stove with marble surround.
Further rooms to the ground floor include a study, double aspect bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a good size cloakroom.
From the hallway, a turning stairwell ascends to the galleried landing overhead, which in turn links to first floor bedroom accommodation and a front aspect balcony with wrought iron balustrade.
The particularly impressive double aspect master suite features a good size bedroom with built-in wardrobes. The adjoining en-suite bathroom is magnificent and opulent featuring a standalone bathtub with marble surround in the centre of the room, shower, vanity basin, wc and fitted wardrobes extending the full length of the room. From the en-suite bathroom there is a doorway opening onto a private balcony overlooking the grounds and fields beyond.
There are a further two good size guest bedrooms to this level, both of which feature en-suite shower rooms and private access doors opening onto a wonderful roof terrace with wrought iron and trellis surround and Italian ceramic tiling.
The first floor layout is completed by a family bathroom with feature tiling and a stylish oversized basin.
The property is approached via a five bar field gate set between brick columns opening onto an extensive gravelled driveway leading to a detached three car open garage and down to a turning circle in front of the house. The driveway then continues around the side of the property to a large area ideal for boat storage.
Set to the side of the main residence is a detached, fully self-contained annexe comprising a double aspect sitting room/bedroom area opening onto a sun terrace, kitchenette and shower. The annexe offers considerable potential for the purposes of additional/guest accommodation or as a holiday let for additional income.
Adjoining the end of the annexe is a triple aspect garden room with tiled floor overlooking the fruit cages and raised beds.
Further outbuildings include a stable and a large timber workshop/outbuilding set to the side of the car port.
The stunning rear garden is a real spectacle and features a summer house and a large expanse of manicured lawn garden adjoining fields surrounded to the side by specimen planting and wonderfully established woodland, with a delightful meandering pathway through the trees.
To the other side of the garden is an extensive kitchen garden/vegetable plot featuring large fruit cages, raised vegetable beds, a greenhouse and potting shed.
Living in Sway
This leafy village on the southern edge of the New Forest has everything you could want for family life in the Forest. There’s a village primary school rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, a vibrant community with annual carnival, village hall (activities range from archery to yoga), plus cricket, football and tennis clubs. And while there’s easy access to the Forest’s open grassland, heathland and woodland for dog walking and cycling, Sway is off the Forest’s usual tourist tracks and feels peaceful and relaxed.
The village centre combines the unusual with the desirable: a contemporary arts hub, quality businesses like Sway Woodburning Centre, mainline railway station, choice of popular pubs, good cafe/deli, award-winning butcher’s, village store and post office among others.
Property is an attractive pick ‘n’ mix of everything including substantial country houses, individual modern builds in good-sized plots, family homes, imaginative refurbishments, closes of quality new terraces, chalet bungalows and a smattering of Edwardian semi-detached villas and thatched cottages.
Sway’s claims to fame include 200-foot high Sway Tower, the tallest structure made out of non-reinforced concrete, and the countryside around Sway was the setting for Captain Marryat’s work The Children of the New Forest.
Looking for Estate Agents in Sway? Spencers are here to help.
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SET ON A 2 ACRE PLOT WITH DIRECT FOREST ACCESS AND HOLIDAY LET INCOME POTENTIAL. A stylistically beautiful classic Art Deco residence set in sumptuous grounds approaching 2.5 acres fronting the open forest. The property enjoys a private location and further benefits from a detached annexe, triple open garage and additional outbuildings. Energy Efficiency Rating: D
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