Blashford, Ringwood, Hampshire

£995,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 4
SUMMARY A fascinating period detached residence standing in a secluded South facing garden plot approaching half an acre in addition to which there is a paddock, located directly opposite, which extends to about 0.7 acres with a range of ancillary outbuildings. The house, which we believe was built in the late 18th century, was originally constructed as two separate dwellings, but now offers extremely characterful accommodation arranged over three floors, including three double bedrooms and two attic rooms, which subject to the necessary consents could provide two additional bedrooms. There are a wealth of exposed ancient timber beams and a fine inglenook fireplace in the sitting room with wood burning stove. Despite its period origin the house does offer every modern convenience including gas fired central heating, which sympathetically blends the old with new.

SITUATION The property is situated in Blashford on the edge of the New Forest National Park a stones throw from Ivy Lake and Snails Lake which are well known for sailing and fishing within the Nature Reserve area. The area offers easy access to Ringwood, the historic market town in Hampshire and the New Forest with hectares of heathland and forest. Within this area there are plenty of country style Inns and fine eateries, not to mention the draw of the Ringwood's diverse culinary choice, cafes and pubs. The popular co-educational school, Moyles Court is approximately one mile from this property and the well reputed state schools of Ringwood or Fordingbridge are a short drive away. For commuters there is easy access to the major routes of the A31 and M27 nearby as well as Bournemouth and Poole renowned for their award winning sandy beaches.

ACCOMMODATION Covered front entrance porch with solid oak multi pane front entrance door leads directly into the reception/dining hall; an immensely characterful room with beamed ceiling, open fireplace (not in use) with beam above, Dimplex electric stove, further corner 'inglenook' recess with bressummer beam above and stone corner seat, oak strip flooring, four wall light points, latched door leads into the 30' rear entrance hallway; stunning fired earth flooring, solid oak staircase rises to the first floor, panelled deep under stairs cloaks cupboard, adjacent broom cupboard and smaller storage cupboard, oak multi pane door provides direct access to extensive parking, double garage/workshop and the rear garden, doors also leads to: The kitchen/breakfast room; electric Aga with two hotplates and double oven, tiled splash back with bespoke and handmade Aga Motif, pine shelf above with pan hooks, feature brick fireplace with bressummer beam above, range of laminated work surfaces with tiled splash backs, including a peninsula style breakfast bar, stainless steel double drainer sink unit, inset Neff four ring gas hob, oak finish cupboard and drawer units beneath, matching wall hung kitchen cabinets, beamed ceiling, quarry tiled floor, ample space for breakfast table and chairs. The utility room, approached from the rear entrance hall; work surfaces with inset single drainer sink unit, tiled surround, space/plumbing for a dishwasher and washing machine or tumble dryer, floor mounted Potterton Kingfisher gas fired central heating boiler, wall hung shelving. The sitting room enjoys a South and West aspect, approached from the rear entrance hall via an oak latched door; a very atmospheric room with a feature inglenook fireplace, bressummer beam above, fitted Vermont Casting Co Encore wood burning stove, flagstone hearth, window to the left of the fireplace frames a lovely garden view, beamed ceiling, a further oak latched door leads into the garden room with a South and West aspect including double glazed French doors providing access onto the patio and rear garden, bespoke hardwood bookshelves, beamed ceiling, trap door with steps down into a wine cellar with racking. The family bathroom is once again approached from the rear entrance hall via a solid oak door with period cast iron key feature; white suite with heritage style furnishings comprising of; pedestal wash hand basin, low flush wc and panelled bath with mixer tap/shower attachment, fully tiled shower cubicle with Aqualisa thermostatic shower valve, heated towel rail, pivoting mirror and shaving mirror. Staircase rises from the rear entrance hall to the first floor landing; beamed ceiling, three wall light points, doors lead to all rooms; cloakroom: low flush wc, pedestal wash and basin with mirror strip light and shaver socket above. Bedroom one; South Westerly dual aspect, wardrobe with clothes hanging rail and adjacent storage cupboards, all with louvre doors, further under eaves deep built in wardrobe/storage with latched door, beamed ceiling. Bedroom two; Westerly aspect, two wall light points, beamed ceiling, deep recessed area ideal for fitted wardrobes, leaded light internal windows provide borrowed light to the landing. Bedroom three; North Westerly aspect, attractive period fireplace, beamed ceiling, deep built in linen cupboard with factory lagged hot water cylinder, cupboard houses the electricity consumer unit. The second floor attic bedrooms are approached via the first floor landing. Attic room one; a wealth of exposed roof timbers, cold water storage tank and header tank, North aspect gable end window. Attic room two; a wealth of exposed roof timbers, access to eaves storage and inspection hatch for the television aerial, South aspect gable end window.

EXTERNALLY The house is approached via a private road. A wrought iron gate and pathway leads to the front entrance door. The front garden area is retained by a low brick wall topped with timber railings and is mainly to lawn bounded by extremely well stocked flower and shrub borders, a timber screen gate on the South side provides access into the rear garden, whilst on the North side, adjacent to the front garden, blockwork paviour driveway parking leads to a pair of stout timber gates, beyond which there is a further expansive area of blockwork paving which provides plentiful of road parking and leads to the detached double garage and workshop with twin up and over doors, power and light, slingsby ladder with access to attic storage space above. The workshop has a South Westerly dual aspect with power and light, adjacent to which there is an attached potting shed. Immediately to the side of workshop and in front of the potting shed is a South facing paved patio with a full view of the rear garden. A further patio abuts the garden room in the main house, and leads onto the rear garden which is mainly to an expansive area of lawn, bounded and interspersed with an array of specimen shrubs and trees which provides peace, tranquility and a high degree of seclusion. Positioned around the garden there are several further paved patios areas for quiet contemplation. The house and its grounds extend to almost half an acre. Immediately opposite the main house is an enclosed paddock which extends to about 0.7 acre. A double width blockwork paviour apron with parking for several vehicles provides access via a five bar gate into the paddock, where there is also an enclosed inner paddock area. The paddocks are suitable for sheep and goats etc but is not suitable for ponies, horses and donkeys etc. A number of ancillary outbuildings are sited within the paddock including a Marley garage, tractor store, sheep shelter, which is brick with a tiled roof and small stable and feed room, with open barn/storage area. The paddock also has its own water and power supply.

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