6 bedroom house for saleDock Lane, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire
Guide Price £8,000,000
- Entrance Hall, Drawing Room, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Study, Utility Room, Vine-covered seating area, Downstairs Bathroom, Cloakroom
- Master Bedroom Suite, 2 Guest Suites, 4 Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom
- Wendy's Cottage:
- Open-plan Sitting Room/Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast room, Cloakroom, 2 Bedroom Suites
- 2 Double Garages
- Large, former Pump House and Tower:
- 3 Bedroom Flat, 2 Bedroom Flat, Further 2 Bedroom Flat
- Extensive Stores and Barn, Swimming Pool with thatched Summer House, Tennis Court, Mature
- Wooded Gardens
- Fixed river jetty with deep water mooring, Substantial Boat House with winched slipway
Spearbed Copse offers an unmatched position on the banks of the Beaulieu River, elevated for stunning river views and complete peace of mind. Accessed either by private road or by water, the property is surrounded by a rich variety of mature trees. So perfectly private and peaceful, this is a true natural haven and uniquely English hideaway. A magical place from which to watch the tide rise and fall each day and the seasons turn each year.
The plot extends to over 12 acres and could provide an exceptional holiday home. Whether you're relaxing by the pool, sailing on the river, exploring secret paths through the woods, feeding swans from the jetty, playing tennis on the court or croquet on the lawn - memories of Summers at Spearbed will last a lifetime.
The house was originally built in the 1930s and sits on the eastern banks of the river for all day sunshine and fabulous views from every room. Spearbed has been in the same family ownership since the 1960s when it was extensively redeveloped to the very highest standards of the time. From the wood panelled drawing room French windows open onto an elevated paved terrace overlooking, the gardens and the river, leading to a swimming pool which enjoys the same timeless riverscape. To one side of the pool stands a charming thatched pool house, with seating area, kitchen and a bar.
The Beaulieu River is one of Britain's most picturesque and exclusive waterways, flowing gently through the heart of the New Forest National Park which extends to approximately 150 square miles. Once designated a Royal hunting ground, it is now famous for its abundant walks, equestrian activities and wildlife.
Very much the 'beautiful place' its name suggests, the immaculate Beaulieu village is less than two miles away and provides local shops, a Post Office and the renowned Montagu Arms Hotel. The village and surrounding Estate is owned and protected by the Montagu family who have maintained it since the 16th Century. More extensive facilities are available from the Georgian market town of Lymington, with the regional centre being Southampton.
There are good communication links from Spearbed Copse with a direct train service from Brockenhurst to London Waterloo in 95 minutes. The national motorway network is easily accessible via the M27 which links to both the West Country and London via the M3. International travel is available via Southampton Airport.
There are excellent schools in the area including Walhampton School and King Edward VI in Southampton. Winchester College, St Swithuns Bryanston, Clayesmore and Canford are also easily accessible.
The area enjoys world-renowned sailing affiliations. Bucklers Hard Marina is just around the river bend and provides full marine services for boat owners. The historic hamlet also plays host to a fascinating Maritime Museum together with its Shipwright's Cottage, quaint tea rooms and wonderful river walks.
The grounds offer absolute privacy and, in effect, one's own little "New Forest". Predominantly deciduous woodland, and interspersed with a maze of pathways, the grounds are wonderful for children to enjoy, and full of riverside and woodland wildlife.
A beautiful formal garden lies in front of the main house and overlooks the river, with sloping lawns and beautifully manicured topiary. Thanks to Spearbed Copse's elevated position, this garden and the river beyond offer a breath-taking vista from the house, the terrace and the swimming pool. A series of useful outbuildings populate the woodland grounds, ranging from simple sheds and garaging to larger stone built outhouses and a barn. Perhaps the most important is the substantial Boat House. It's concrete slipway is suitable for large craft, and the large double doors and three phase electric winch mean it can launch, recover and store several of them. It also serves as a workshop, and the tarmacadam driveway connects the building and slipway with the main drive to the house.
Spearbed Copse is one of very few houses which has its own commercial standard pier and jetty. This extends well into the river allowing for a substantial yacht to be kept there during the season. It is the uppermost jetty on the river at which one can moor a yacht at all states of tide. An annual fee is levied for the pier by the local estate, who own the riverbed, and swing moorings are also available to rent.
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