Detached House Sold
Set in 5.84 acres of garden and paddocks, a beautifully refurbished, stylishly presented period home occupying an idyllic position surrounded by open forest, with direct forest access.
Bracken Cottage is at heart a period home that has been extended and considerably improved by successive owners into a fine country home in an enviable position surrounded by attractive gardens and level paddocks extending to 5.84 acres. The current Vendor has recently completed a comprehensive programme of imaginative refurbishment that is stylish and sensitive to the period origins of the house in equal measure. Highlights include a stunning kitchen/dining/living room within an oak framed extension and a luxuriously impressive principal bedroom suite. Further works included bespoke replacement windows and staircase, a replacement roof, new flooring throughout the ground floor and high quality sanitary ware that contributes to the panache and high quality of the house. The equestrian enthusiast is blessed by almost 5 acres of level, sheltered paddocks with stabling and immediate out riding to the wonderful surrounding heathland of the New Forest. Alongside the house is a detached double garage with spacious room above that could provide the ideal setting for purchasers seeking work-from-home space.
Entrance Porch Canopy porch under tiled roof.
Entrance/Reception Hall A spacious, welcoming reception hall with wood effect tiled floor. Exposed timbers. Hand made bespoke stair case to first floor.
Study Dual aspect with large bay window. Exposed timbers. Wooden parquet floor.
Sitting Room Triple aspect with double doors to rear terrace. Brick fireplace housing wood burning stove on slate hearth. Exposed ceiling beams.
Inner Hall Wood effect tiled floor.
Cloak Room Wood effect tiled floor. WC. Wash hand basin.
Utility/Boot Room Wood effect tiled floor. Cupboards housing hot water cylindar. Raised "dog shower" with tiled surround and storage drawers under. Plumbing for washing machine. Stable style door.
Kitchen/Dining/Living Room A superb, open plan space set within an oak framed room featuring a magnificent vaulted ceiling and glazed elevations on two sides that provide a lovely forest outlook.
Kitchen Area: Fitted with a range of bespoke wooden units comprising floor level cupboards and bespoke dresser unit to one wall. Reclaimed wooden work surfaces over. Ceramic Butler's sink with swan neck mixer tap and separate drinking water tap. Integrated appliances including dishwasher, triple fridge and freezer, microwave oven and wine cooler. Impressive island unit with matching range of bespoke cupboards and drawers with inset electric 5 door Aga with 2 hot plates and induction hob.
Dining/Living Area: Ample space for table and separate sitting area. Tiled floor. Vaulted ceiling. Exposed oak timbers and joinery. External doors to rear garden.
Landing Roof access.
Principal Bedroom Suite
Lobby Area Steps up to dressing room.
Bathroom Luxuriously appointed bathroom comprising slipper bath with shower attachment, walk in shower cubicle, wash hand basin inset to vanity unit with cupboard under and W.C.
Bedroom Dual aspect with lovely forest outlook.
Bedroom 3 Front aspect with outlook to garden.
Shower Room Stylishly fitted with steps up to raised walk-in shower cubicle with glazed shower screen. Wash hand basin inset to reclaimed wash stand. WC.
Bedroom 2 Dual aspect with forest outlook.
Bracken Cottage is idyllically situated on the edge of the sought after hamlet of Blissford, at the far end of a Forestry Commission track. The position is both private and discreet, with direct access to the open acres of the New Forest quite literally on the doorstep. The adjoining village of Godshill (approx. 1 mile) has a public house and village hall, whilst there is a shop and leisure facilities open to local residents at Sandy Balls Holiday Centre. The neighbouring villages of Frogham and Hyde between them provide another popular public house, a reputable primary school, church, garden centre and The Potting Shed cafe. Fordingbridge (approximately 1 1/2 miles) has facilities for most everyday needs, including a range of local shops, an excellent health centre and further state and private sector schooling.
Excellent communication links connect with the Cathedral City of Salisbury, the market town of Ringwood, Bournemouth and Southampton. The latter two both have airports with mainline rail links at Salisbury, Bournemouth and Southampton. Blissford is an ideal stepping stone for further exploration of the New Forest and thousands of acres of moor and heathland are outside the gate for walking, riding and cycling enthusiasts to enjoy. There are a number of golf courses in the area including nearby Bramshaw and angling opportunities within the Avon Valley.
A cattle grid entrance opens onto a long gravel drive which leads to a parking area alongside the house. Gated access leads to the rear section of garden where the driveway continues behind the house to the DOUBLE GARAGE 5.56m (18ft 3in) x 4.88m (16ft 0in) with twin up and over doors (one electric), and power and light connected. A personal door opens to a lobby with access to:
Shower Room: Shower cubicle. Wash hand basin. WC.
Studio/Office 6.17m (20ft 3in) x 4.11m (13ft 6in) maximum.
The attractive gardens surround the property and include an extensive flagstone terrace area at the rear under a covered verandah, which leads to a an area of lawn with further seating area. The front garden is laid to sweeping lawn interspersed with well stocked flower borders with established trees, shrubs, wisteria and honeysuckle clad pergola.
The land is arranged as paddocks lying to the east and west of the house and garden and are enclosed by a combination of post and rail and post and wire fencing. In the uppermost westerly paddock stands a STABLE BLOCK with the potential for 3 loose boxes (two are currently employed as a workshop) and there is direct forest access for superb out-riding from two of the paddocks.
New Forest District Council. Tax Band G.
Oil fired central heating with external boiler. Private drainage. Mains water and electricity.
Leave Fordingbridge crossing over the River Avon and follow the B3078 in the signposted direction of Godshill. Continue out of the town for approximately 1 mile and turn right onto Blissford Road at the top of the hill. Follow Blissford Road and pass over the watersplash at the bottom of the hill. Turn immediately left into the Forestry Commission track and follow it to the far end whereupon the entrance to Bracken Cottage will be located.