Purlieu Lane, Godshill, Fordingbridge, SP6


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  • Bedrooms: 3
NO FORWARD CHAIN - A truly unique New Forest cottage, dramatically redesigned and remodelled to an exacting specification to create a stunning, bespoke country home which combines both original character with quirky design features including a recently built guest roundhouse of cob construction with wild grass roof, detached double garage with Sedum living roof, traditional cast iron style radiators with exposed copper pipework, York stone flags and a wealth of exposed oak beams. The original unlisted period cottage is of cob construction with more recent additions in traditional brick with attractive oak frame and glass gable end, all of which sits beneath an extremely durable reed thatch. This idyllic cottage occupies an elevated position within the desirable cattle grid area of the New Forest National Park and commands far reaching views over the adjacent countryside and forest. Energy Performance Rating: D

The property is situated within the beautiful New Forest National Park village of Godshill, comprising a popular local pub, with local primary schools at nearby Breamore and Hyde, and secondary school at Burgate. Sandy Balls Leisure Centre is just half a mile away offering a swimming pool and gym. The town of Fordingbridge is approximately two miles distant, offering a range of shopping facilities, restaurants and cafes, with a wider range of facilities at the historic city of Salisbury, which is approximately 10 miles north via the easily accessible A338. The surrounding New Forest is a beautiful, renowned National Park consisting of approximately 140,000 acres of natural Heath and woodland ideal for walking, cycling and particularly riding for the equestrian enthusiast. The scenic south coastal towns of Christchurch and Bournemouth are also easily accessible, being approximately 18 miles via the A338, with excellent marina facilities at neighbouring Lymington and Poole. London is approximately two hours distant by car along the M27 and M3, with a mainline railway station conveniently at nearby Salisbury and Southampton Parkway.

Fordingbridge, with its distinctive seven arch bridge spanning the River Avon, is a former market town enjoying an idyllic location between the heath and woodland of the New Forest and rolling chalk downlands of Cranbourne Chase. The Avon Valley long-distance footpath from Salisbury to Christchurch runs through the town, meandering beside the Avon. The town has a high street of interesting independents, including an art gallery, bookshop and boutiques, and essentials such as butchers and bakers. There's also a great selection of country pubs and restaurants in the area, as well as excellent local schooling. The easily accessible A338 gives access to the cathedral city of Salisbury, with mainline railway station (approximately 8 miles north), and the bustling coastal towns of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (approximately 18 miles south). Southampton is approximately 20 miles east (via the M27), and London approximately a two hour drive (via the M27/M3/M25).

Oak steps lead to the entrance hall which has flagstone flooring and a hand carved oak staircase, from here steps lead down to the triple aspect sitting room which features a dramatic full height vaulted ceiling with oak and glass walls designed to encompass the garden and surrounding views. This characterful room boasts an open fireplace within a freestanding pumiced-lined chimney breast, which creates an attractive focal point. Adjacent to the sitting room is a triple aspect family room which has a wealth of exposed wall and ceiling timbers, oak floorboards and rather unique hand painted plaster wall panels. From the hallway a lever latch oak door opens to the study which has flagstone flooring and solid oak built-in office furniture. The heart of this charming cottage is the cosy dual-aspect kitchen/dining room, which has original cob walls and flagstone flooring, with an inglenook housing an electric AGA range. There is a range of handmade painted wood cabinets under stainless steel and Elm working surfaces, with double Villeroy Boch Butler sink complete with filtered drinking water tap. The flagstone flooring continues through to the utility room which has a ceramic Butler sink with plumbing for a washing machine and dishwasher, plus a water softener and cupboard housing the pressurised hot water cylinder, whilst a door opens to the ground floor cloakroom with period style WC. An oak door opens to a useful boot room ,with glazed roof ,which has an external door opening to the garden . From the hallway a bespoke oak staircase provides access to the galleried landing and to the master bedroom suite (originally 2 bedrooms) which has twin walk-in wardrobes and an impressive vaulted en-suite bathroom featuring a freestanding bath with hand held shower attachment, Villeroy & Boch oval wash hand basin on a contemporary glass topped vanity unit, heated towel rail and tiling with underfloor heating, whilst a wall conceals a WC and storage cupboard. The dual aspect guest bedroom has a vaulted oak ceiling with feature glass gable end and a bespoke oak wardrobe cabinet. The family bathroom features a roll top bath with hand held shower attachment, with a high level WC and traditional style wash basin.

Outside, a creatively designed cob roundhouse provides a remarkable guest cottage comprising sitting room with an atrium roof light within the living grass roof, this room is open to a glass seating area designed to maximise the surrounding views, the accommodation is completed with a double bedroom and bathroom. There are several areas of lawn linked by pathways within these lovingly maintained gardens which are interspersed with mature planting and feature a natural pond with adjacent seating deck, a timber sauna with outside shower and a log store, whilst to the rear of the cottage lies a pretty kitchen garden, all of which is enclosed by mature hedgerows to ensure privacy. High level wooden gates open to a gravel driveway providing parking for several vehicles and leading to a detached colour washed double garage with living Sedum roof.

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