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4 bedroom property for sale

Off Beechwood Road, BARTLEY, Southampton

Guide Price £1,250,000

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A superb equestrian site with direct access onto the open forest for riding. This quintessential 4-5 bedroom thatched country residence is located within a private plot in excess of 8 acres in the heart of the New Forest National Park, within easy walking distance of amenities.

GROUND FLOOR: Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Snug, Drawing Room, Study, Utility Room, Shower Room. FIRST FLOOR: Master Bedroom, Three Further Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms, Hobbies Room

A stunning cottage which not only provides a picture perfect family home but also incorporates an excellent range of equine facilities including stable block, barns & paddocks, only enhanced by its sought after location within the cattle grid area of the New Forest, boasting immediate access to the open forest for those who enjoy horse riding, cycling or purely taking in the country air whilst ambling through its ancient woodlands.

Oakapple Cottage is understood to have origins dating back to the 17th Century and currently enjoys an unlisted status.  It has, over the years, been sympathetically extended to create an impressive family home which boasts a wealth of original period character coupled with many modern day features.  Unusually for a thatched property Oakapple Cottage enjoys a light and airy ambience with large low level windows on the ground floor providing views over the gardens and allowing natural light to stream through. 
The cottage is centrally positioned within beautifully landscaped gardens of approximately 1.5 acres and enjoys an open outlook from all principal reception rooms and bedrooms.  As is traditional with a property of its age and heritage the cottage offers an abundance of original period features including an impressive inglenook fireplace with a double fronted cast iron log burning stove, wooden lever latch doors throughout plus an extensive array of original exposed  oak beams and wall timbers.
The remainder of the plot is devoted to equestrian pursuits with 3 sizeable paddocks positioned either side of the cottage, benefitting from a separate vehicular access point, a stable block incorporating three stables and a tack room, plus an open barn and two large field shelters.  It also enjoys immediate access to the open forest for those who enjoy horse riding, cycling or purely taking in the country air whilst ambling through its ancient woodlands.
A pretty thatched entrance porch with a solid oak door leads through an entrance lobby into the extensive open plan living area which centres upon an impressive inglenook fireplace which the current owners have opened both sides to create a stunning central feature between the Dining & Sitting Rooms. The fireplace has a cast iron double fronted log burning stove placed upon a large flagstone hearth with oak beams over. A cosy Snug with exposed brick walls and beams provides access to the Study and through an inner hallway which hosts one of two oak staircases that rise to the first floor. The spacious triple aspect Drawing Room is understood to have been extended in the 1960's to create an extensive formal reception room which centres upon a modern inglenook fireplace with an attractive bay window and French doors leading to the terrace and garden.  It is understood that beneath the   current carpet lies an original Parquet wood block floor. During the late 1980's the current owners  extended the opposite end of the cottage to create a light and airy triple aspect Kitchen/Breakfast Room. This attractive room centres upon a green four oven gas fired AGA and has been beautifully fitted with an extensive range of light oak cabinets with a Corian sink and integrated appliances including a refrigerator and a Miele dishwasher. The Kitchen also has a Fired Earth Terracotta tiled floor and features an attractive solid oak spiral staircase providing additional access to the first floor. To the front of the Kitchen a low level bay window provides views over the front gardens and beyond to the open forest and creates an ideal area for informal dining. There is also a large Utility Room with external access, which could easily be sub divided to create a separate Boot Room if required, plus a useful ground floor Shower Room. From the inner hallway an oak staircase rises to the first floor landing where the dual aspect Master Bedroom, Bathroom and Bedroom 4 are located. Continuing through Bedroom 4 access is provided to Bedroom 3 and to an adjacent open room which would be perfect for use as a hobbies room or as a quiet reading area.  From here the second landing provides access to Bedroom 2 and an additional Bathroom which provides ideal guest accommodation.  
Outside, the property is approached via an unadopted gravel lane with a five bar gate opening onto a sweeping gravel driveway and a guest parking area. There is also a second driveway with electric gates leading to an additional enclosed parking area and an oak framed Garage Block which incorporates a triple garage with an adjacent enclosed fourth garage with a security alarm (currently used as a workshop) and two log stores.  From here a pathway leads to a concrete stable yard and a timber Stable Block, complete with power & water supply.  The Stable Block comprises three stables and a tack room, with a hay barn and a field shelter with a concrete yard. The land is divided into three sizeable paddocks enclosed by mature hedging and post & rail fencing, one of the paddocks has a large timber field shelter (with mains water supply in the paddock).  The remainder of the land is laid to beautifully manicured formal lawns featuring pretty Lavender borders, Laurel hedging, raised brick flower & shrub beds and a covered well.  A large productive orchard has been established  over the years which features Apple, Pear, Plum, Damson and Cherry trees.  In addition there is an attractive timber Summer House (with power & water supply) benefiting from lovely garden views, an ideal place for relaxing or al fresco entertaining.
o Superb equestrian plot in excess of 8 acres
o Direct forest access for riding & walking
o Historic Common Rights of Pasture & Mast
o Stable Block, two Field Shelters & an open Barn
o Triple Garage with adjacent Workshop/Garage
o Timber Summer House  
o Three separate vehicular entrances
o Immaculately presented accommodation  
o UPVC double glazed windows
o Water softener in Utility Room
o External Boiler Room housing gas fired boiler
o Beautifully manicured private grounds
o Security alarm
TENURE: Freehold
SERVICES: Mains gas, electricity, water & drainage
LOCAL AUTHORITY:  New Forest District Council, Tax Band H
Lyndhurst - 3 miles
Ashurst Train Station - 4 miles
Brockenhurst Train Station - 7 miles
Southampton Airport/Parkway Train Station - 11 miles
Bournemouth Airport - 18 miles
Winchester - 18 miles

The Agent has not tested any apparatus, equipment, fixtures and fittings or services and so cannot verify that they are in working order or fit for the purpose. A Buyer is advised to obtain verification from their Solicitor or Surveyor. References to the Tenure of a Property are based on information supplied by the Seller. The Agent has not had sight of the title documents. A Buyer is advised to obtain verification from their Solicitor. Items shown in photographs are NOT included unless specifically mentioned within the sales particulars. They may however be available by separate negotiation. Buyers must check the availability of any property and make an appointment to view before embarking on any journey to see a property.

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