London Minstead, New Forest, Hampshire


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  • Bedrooms: 4
SUMMARY An exquisite four bedroom character residence within the New Forest National Park, standing on a beautiful South and West Facing garden plot of just over three quarters of an acre, with the added advantage of a three and a half acre paddock which enjoys direct forest access. We believe the present dwelling dates from 1938 and is constructed from materials reclaimed from an earlier period dwelling on the site. The present owners have progressively and sympathetically extended and remodelled the property during their thirty one year occupancy to create a wonderful family home which has numerous fine features including a bespoke Charles Yorke fitted kitchen breakfast room and an orangery style conservatory. The property presents mainly aged brick faced elevations under a clay tiled roof with cream painted timber framed double glazed casement windows. The well planned and tastefully decorated accommodation is arranged over two floors that benefit from full LPG gas fired central heating, including underfloor heating in the conservatory, family bathroom and en-suite bathroom. Ancillary buildings sited within the garden include a double garage/office block and a double carriage house with further integral storage rooms. The property is offered with no onward chain.

SITUATION The property is located in arguably one of the finest parts of the New Forest National Park, set amidst extensive and picturesque areas of woodland and heathland, a region noted for its equestrian and outdoor pursuits. London Minstead is an ancient civil parish close to the small village of Minstead, where there is a public house 'The Trusty Servant' and the 13th century All Saints Church. The property lies about two miles North of Lyndhurst and is within easy reach of both the A31 and the M27 for Ringwood (10 miles), Bournemouth/South coast (22 miles), Southampton (13 miles), or Winchester (20 miles), and beyond. Southampton International airport, which offers a comprehensive range of European and domestic services is approximately 14 miles away.

ACCOMMODATION An enclosed front entrance porch with double panelled glazed front entrance doors, fitted bench seat/shoe rack beneath, quarry tiled floor, further panelled glazed door with side panel window leads into the entrance hallway; fitted book shelves, quarry tiled floor, panelled internal doors lead to all rooms including an inner vestibule area with access to the utility room and the first floor landing. From the entrance hallway double doors with beautiful reclaimed leaded light stained glazing leads directly into the sitting room; triple aspect with south, east and west facing views, feature limestone fire surround and hearth with a fitted gas fired coal/flame stove, bespoke range of fitted furniture to either side of the chimney breast including fitted cupboards with bookcases above and including a base cupboard with provision for a concealed widescreen television. The study is once again approached from the entrance hall; quarry tiled floor, contemporary style computer desk with shelving above, additional fitted shelving, telephone and internet point, casement window with south aspect. The ground floor cloakroom, also approached from the entrance hall, has Laufen sanitary ware comprising of a low flush wc with concealed cistern and Grohe push button waste, wall hung wash hand basin with a tiled splashback. The bespoke and comprehensively equipped fitted kitchen breakfast room by Charles Yorke is approached from the entrance hallway; solid granite work surfaces with an extensive range of cupboard and drawer/pan units beneath and matching wall hung kitchen cabinets with concealed pelmet lighting, Myson pelmet mounted kick heater, The granite work surfaces house an under mounted stainless steel sink unit and draining board, which extends to a peninsula with a further inset circular basin and swan neck mixer tap, integrated Miele four ring induction hob and centre wok gas ring with solid granite back stand, Miele externally venting extractor canopy in a housing to match the wall hung kitchen cabinets, under mounted Fisher Paykel dual 'dishdrawer' dishwasher, integrated tall AEG fridge and freezer units in between which there is an internally lit tall larder storage cupboard, further integrated appliances comprise of a Miele combination microwave oven, Miele fan assisted oven grill and warming drawer. The kitchen breakfast room enjoys dual South and East aspects with Amtico flooring flowing into the breakfast area with a fitted wood burning stove which has a tiled hearth and limestone fire surround, fitted cupboard houses the valiant LPG gas fired central heating/hot water boiler, and also a log store beneath, staircase to the first floor and also access to the rear vestibule area with connecting doors to the entrance hall way and utility room, sliding pocket doors from the breakfast area lead directly into a quite spectacular orangery conservatory which has under floor heating, timber framed double glazed windows and roof panels with ceiling mounted perimeter halogen down lighters, double glazed casement doors lead onto paved areas to the west and east side of the conservatory. From the entrance hallway a glazed door leads to the aforementioned inner vestibule with staircase to the first floor and shared with the staircase access from the breakfast area, and also access from here into the utility room; rolled edge work surface with inset stoneware double bowl sink unit with monobloc tap, work top mounted shelved cupboard with roller door, further double cupboard beneath the work surface, space/plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer, wall mounted consumer unit, under stair recess, clothes washing line. The first floor landing is part galleried with double built in airing cupboard with slatted shelving and housing the unvented hot water cylinder, adjacent built in broom cupboard and cloaks cupboard with clothes hanging rail, panelled doors lead to all rooms. The master bedroom suite enjoys a dual aspect with lovely garden and countryside vistas, large centre ceiling fan, integrated padded headboard with full width shelf behind and bedside cabinets, door to the en-suite bathroom; underfloor heating, white Laufen sanitary ware, low flush wc with concealed cistern and Grohe push button waste, bidet, panelled bath with with contemporary style fittings and telescopic shower hose, full width mirror above the bath, contemporary style circular basin and 'riser style' monobloc tap, hinged three piece bevelled glass mirror with shelf above, very attractive limestone tiled surrounds, plentiful wall hung shelved storage. From the bedroom a sliding mirror fronted pocket door leads into the bespoke dressing room with a comprehensive range of storage compartments, integrated drawer units and clothes hanging space. Bedrooms two and three are both doubles which enjoy dual aspects with beautiful garden and countryside views, the former has a fitted wall to wall wardrobe whilst the latter has a fitted single wardrobe. Bedroom four is a small double bedroom with fitted book shelves and display shelving and also a fitted cupboard. The luxurious family bathroom features white Villeroy and Boch sanitary ware, all with full height tiled surrounds, low flush wc with concealed cistern and Grohe push button waste, panelled bath with clicker waste, offset contemporary mixer taps, telescopic shower hose, semi circular vanity unit with granite effect basin surround and contemporary monobloc tap, mirror above with pelmet and down lighters, shaving mirror, heated towel rail, walk in wet room style shower with glazed side screens and circular shower valve, stainless steel finish towel storage cubbies, tiled flooring with under floor heating.

EXTERNALLY The house together with its double garage block, office, storage room and carriage house with storage stands in its own garden plot of approximately 0.8 acre, whilst opposite the property and held on a separate title is the three and a half acre paddock. The property and its formal garden is approached over a cattle grid via a five bar gate with pedestrian gate and leads to a gravel parking apron for numerous vehicles, and is immediately in front of a substantially built double garage; twin up and over doors and a personal side entrance door, electric power and light, Valiant LPG central heating boiler provides central heating/hot water to the adjoining office and en-suite, and a staircase rises out of the garage to a very useful boarded first floor storage room with a skylight window and strip lighting. Adjoining the double garage there is an insulated office space, that is approached via a panelled door and vestibule area from the aforementioned parking apron, with a built in double shelved cupboard and further deep overhead storage cupboard. A further door leads into an en-suite shower room which has a fully tiled shower cubicle with glazed screen door and thermostatic shower valve, wash hand basin with mirror above, low flush wc and heated towel rail, mirror fronted medicine cabinet. Adjoining the office there is a very useful 'gardeners wc' with wash hand basin, and at the end of the block there is a a deep storage room with timber framed double opening doors. Beyond the parking apron a cellular grid driveway leads directly to an oak framed carriage house with two very useful integral storage rooms both with power and light. It should be noted that there are external water taps and lighting at various points around the garden. The main formal area of garden is nearest the house. There is hard landscaped paving and patio with brick edged borders on the eastern boundary, which continues into the rear garden and wraps around the orangery conservatory, beyond which there is also access to the professionally landscaped south and west facing garden which comprises of an L shaped wisteria clad pergola with attractive brick and pebble stone paving, leading to areas of lawn interspersed with extremely well stocked borders with an eclectic mix of ground cover shrubs and ornamental trees. A gaily painted corrugated garden hut and seated arbour are also sited in this area of the garden. Beyond the formal garden there is a large expanse of lawn with an orchard interspersed with hard fruit trees, and where there is also sited the aforementioned carriage house. Immediately opposite the property is the three and a half acre paddock, which has a water supply and direct access onto the surrounding forest.

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