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6 bedroom detached house for sale
- EXTENDED FAMILY HOME
- MASTER SUITE COMPRISING HIS AND HERS EN-SUITE
- THREE FURTHER BEDROOMS ON FIRST FLOOR
- TWO BEDROOMS ON GROUND FLOOR BOTH WITH EN-SUITES
- THREE RECEPTION ROOMS
- FLOODLIT TENNIS COURT
- VIEWS TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 7736 SQ FT
Swimming in the pool with the family or playing tennis with friends on a summer's afternoon - the owners of Rosefield have watched their house become a beautiful home that brings great enjoyment to all.
They first came to the Lymington area for their love of sailing but quickly decided they wanted to spend more time here.
Finding a sizeable house, however, was not easy. There were just not many properties of this size around, remembered one of the owners.
Eventually, however, he found Rosefield and following a huge renovation project, it became their perfect home - a super family base and a wonderful entertaining house.
It took about 18 months before we were able to sit down with a glass of champagne and celebrate the fact it was finished, he said.
But now we love the space - it is a massive house - and the fantastic indoor swimming pool he added. The National Park setting is also wonderful. We are in a green belt area and have lovely views across the fields opposite.
Although the exterior of the house retains its traditional style, they were keen to create a more stylish, contemporary interior, with neutral walls, wooden floors and sunken ceiling lights.
We have a massive L-shaped kitchen, which is where we do tend to spend most of our time, he said. There is an Aga in there and we have a nice seating area.
But this is one of those houses where you can go off to be on your own if you want to as well. I can go off to my office or the library. The boys used to go off to their playroom or to the cinema room.
He added: The children used to get up every morning to swim before school and would be in the water as soon as they returned home too.
In fact, he suggested, the cinema room has been fun for all the family. It has been good for watching films together but also a great space to share with friends.
I sometimes have a few of my mates over to watch the big sporting events and my son and his friends are often in there watching MTV.
They can play music and watch films without disturbing the rest of us and can also have access to the garden, he said.
Bedrooms in the house have been well-designed to give family and guests their own space too. The master bedroom, with its private balcony is a favourite.
It is beautiful. On nice days, we sit out on the balcony by the bedroom and can see the Isle of Wight. On warm nights, we leave the balcony doors open, he said.
From the office built above the garage through to the unusually deep, indoor, heated swimming pool, the house has been carefully planned to meet the family's every need.
This has also been a great party house for all of us, he said. We have had lots of fabulous parties here - with music and everyone outside. Because we have such a good barbecue area and can access the swimming pool from the garden, it works really well.
He added: We threw an unbelievable 50th birthday party here, where we put a marquee up right across the tennis court.
SPACE TO PLAY
Weekends spent playing tennis on the court or playing children against adults football matches, and afternoons delighting in sailing out from Lymington or exploring the area on horseback - the owners will take lots of happy memories with them when they leave Rosefield.
I have so enjoyed having all this space - having the room to keep three old Porches here, for example, has been wonderful, he said.
I will miss that when we go. But I will also miss the comfort we have here, the fact that despite all the space there is, this is such a great family home too.
A bespoke oak panelled front door opens into the reception hall with exposed slate flooring. From the hall a further door leads into the library which boasts wooden flooring, book shelving to three main walls and a feature brick fireplace with views over the landscaped front garden, a wonderful place to relax and unwind. Moving on locate the dining room which has original wood flooring, a striking brick fireplace and views over the front lawns while an exposed ceiling beam generates a wealth of character. Double glazed doors provide access into the stylish drawing room creating a lovely social flow. This expanse has further original wooden flooring and a seated bay to the front with a handmade oak framed window allowing an abundance of natural light to flood through. A large open fireplace with a brick surround and a discreet overhead projecting facility with remote control screen makes this a versatile area, ideal for family gatherings and movie nights. Double sliding glass doors flow through to the tranquil conservatory with a spiral staircase leading up to a studio/games room. Further sliding doors move through to the magnificent swimming pool complex.
At the heart of the home is the superb kitchen, fitted with a fully integrated range of bespoke natural wood cabinets with surrounding carved marble work surfaces. Exposed slate flooring continues throughout and there is a central island with a circular breakfast area to one end. Additionally you will find a black twin oven Aga with an adjacent twin oven companion set, incorporating two gas rings. The kitchen is open plan with the family room which has part slate flooring, a great space for soft furnishings and to appreciate glorious views over the front lawns. A Welsh slate spiral staircase rises up through the vaulted ceiling to the first floor. Concluding the ground floor accommodation are two bedrooms both with en-suites.
The first floor can be accessed from either the family room or the reception hall. The master suite is divine and comprises a his and hers en-suite bath and shower room, a dressing room with an extensive range of walk-in shelving, hanging areas and a fabulous balcony with views towards the Isle of Wight. There are three further bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom and also a study with a moulded work station and open display shelving, ideal for those wanting to work from home. Completing this area is the family bathroom.
SETTING THE SCENE
One of the most delightful features of Rosefield are its grounds. Originally built on gravel, the current owner has recently installed an underground watering system. A large gravelled driveway lined by conifers and roses leads to an extensive parking area. There is also a triple garage with external stairs to the office above and an internal hatch door providing access to a purpose built wine cellar.
The front garden is mainly laid to lawn with herbaceous borders and a variety of interesting and unusual shrubbery with a circular ornamental pond with fountain. To one side of the property is the floodlit tennis court, an enclosed vegetable garden with an adjacent Hartley Botanic greenhouse and a further freestanding timber built store barn.
The formal gardens to the rear have been professionally landscaped and are bordered by a large terrace made from Indian tiles with a purpose built barbecue, perfect for outside entertaining. There is an oblong pond with a contemplation pool and seated area centrally to the bordering parterres. To the rear of the formal gardens is a wooded area, beyond which is the National Forest.
Behind the house is an Italianate parterre, with a reflection pool where you can sit and reflect, said the owner. Beyond the garden is another area which is wild, and then there are fields. We like the fact that parts of the garden are formal while others are informal.
WITHIN EASY REACH
Despite its secluded setting, Rosefield is within easy reach of everything the family needs. The house is conveniently situated approximately one and a half miles west of Lymington which offers a range of shops including two supermarkets, a selection of boutiques and a market every Saturday. For boating enthusiasts there are two marinas and both permanent and visitors moorings on the Lymington River.
Brockenhurst lies approximately four miles to the north where there is a mainline rail connection to London Waterloo.
I work from home most of the time but there is a train to London Waterloo from Brockenhurst, which is three miles away. It takes about one hour and 35 minutes, and there are trains every 30 minutes, he said.
We have a place in Chelsea too and it takes us under two hours to drive there.
There are good state and private schools nearby, he said.
From the A337 turn right onto Sway Road and continue along for approximately half a mile where the gates to the property will be found on the right hand side.
For those with satellite navigation the postcode for the property is SO41 8LR.
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