Agent online is delighted to bring to market Castletop House, a prime country house and one of the finest properties within The New Forest, itself amongst the most desirable locations in the UK and renowned for its lifestyle and natural beauty. The property has direct forest access and its unique situation makes it ideal for equestrian activities, yet it has all necessary amenities only 5 minutes away by car in Ringwood. It is also close by to the UK premier sailing hubs of the Solent.
The house is situated only 90 miles from London via the M3 and approximately just over an hour from Heathrow Airport.
It is rare to find a property that offers so much and yet is so conveniently located.
The New Forest was created by William the Conqueror as a hunting park, and the ancient landscape is unchanged since 1079. Now a National Park, management of the area is centred around protection of the local environment and its wildlife. Ponies, cattle, pigs, donkeys and deer roam free following ancient forest tracks.
Arthur Clough and his wife Eleanor Freshfield built Castletop in 1898. Eleanor's father was president of the National Geographical Society and he travelled extensively to the Himalayas, bringing back rare and unusual specimens to be planted in the gardens of Castletop House. The Cloughs were friends with renowned Victorian garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and local word suggests she was responsible for the original garden layout.
The Cloughs were connected to Florence Nightingale through Arthur's mother Blanche. Arthur's father became Florence Nightingale's secretary and was a renowned British poet in his own right. On her death, the Cloughs inherited from the Nightingale estate.
Arthur Clough won several notable prizes for building rural homes around the country. He built many properties and developments within Burley, leading to many of the streets and lanes in the area to be named after him. His nephew was Clough William Ellis, the eminent architect who built 'Portmeirion' in Wales in 1926.
A fine Late Victorian country house and two cottages with total living area of about 12,000 sq/ft. Restored by its present owners, it has lost none of its original charm or period features including large sash windows, panelling, high ceilings and solid oak floors throughout.
The house's grand proportions partnered with the south facing aspect give a light and airy feel. An attractive and original oak front door leads to the entrance hall and two-storey, glass galleried atrium. The panelling throughout is a striking feature. There are 4 main reception rooms on the ground floor: The drawing room, dining room, sitting room and a further sitting room / study. There is also a large playroom and a study on the first floor.
Main house is with approximately 6.5 acres with the option for an additional 6 acres.
The drawing room is perfect for grand entertaining. Guests glimpse the room from the entrance hall through the folding panelled doors and enter this overwhelmingly impressive room (28ft x 26ft approx.). Light streams in through three sets of double French doors leading onto the formal lawns. There is a marble fireplace with slate inset which is fully operational. Hidden within the panelling, there are two large cupboards and a walk in storage room.
Extravagant proportions continue into the dual aspect dining room which can easily hold large dinner parties comfortably and in style. The room is panelled throughout, incorporating a library and panelled alcoves. The bay window gives views over the North wing patio to the Lime Trees. There is a working fireplace with original delft tiles. A glazed door leads out to the arched loggia and gardens.
The large kitchen possesses dining and family seating areas, an aga, larder, utility room and French doors onto the formal lawns. A secondary kitchen is located near the sitting room to facilitate entertaining in the north wing.
Further reception rooms
In the west wing there is a "den" and study/sitting room both with double French doors leading to the outdoor patio and views over the swimming pool. With two shower rooms, this is well suited for use as a pool changing room. There is also an art studio and first floor games room. In total, therefore, there are five reception rooms plus a study and a playroom.
The master bedroom is situated at the top of the main staircase through double mahogany doors. Splendid high ceilings and the southerly aspect make this a very bright and spacious room. There are full length fitted wardrobes and an en-suite bathroom. Double French doors lead onto a private large balcony with views over the formal lawns and further gardens.
There are 8 large king-size bedrooms (5 en-suite) and 1 single bedroom. Bedrooms 4 & 5 share a south-east facing balcony overlooking the sunken garden.
The property has four staircases in the different wings of the house and a lift for easier access to the first floor. A galleried landing and atrium overlooks the gardens at the front. Upstairs there is a glass study also overlooking the front gardens.
The south facing gardens consist of mature herbaceous borders surrounding the formal lawns and provide a beautiful setting for the house. Sweeping lower lawns lead down to woodland gardens. There is a track all the way around the property for vehicle access.
The borders have been professionally designed and well stocked with a large variety of shrubs and perennials. The lower woodland has special and rare flowering rhododendrons, azaleas and mature rare trees, under-planted with daffodils and bluebells. One particularly stunning, deep, red, rhododendron has been named after the house.
There are many seating areas on the terraces connecting the paved walks, heated outdoor swimming pool and elevated wooden deck. There is a par-terre kitchen garden and greenhouse, with a dove cote.
The Cottage's main entrance hall leads to the kitchen & breakfast room, sitting room and downstairs cloakroom. The second storey consists of 3 bedrooms and bathroom. The cottage benefits from an independent walled garden. The Cottage is also connected to the main house making it ideal for an extended family.
The converted stable complex consists of a kitchen & breakfast room, sitting room, 3 bedrooms, bathroom and cloakroom with its own enclosed garden.
Burley is an established centre for walking, cycling, shooting, fishing and riding. It has a lively village community with its own golf course, pubs and gourmet restaurants. The property is 5 miles, only a few minutes by car, from the market town of Ringwood, which boasts all modern conveniences including a David Lloyd Sports Club, Waitrose and boutique shops.
The house is situated only 90 miles from London via the M3, approximately one hour from Heathrow Airport, just 20 miles from the two cosmopolitan sea front cities of Bournemouth and Southampton and has the regional airports of Bournemouth and Southampton close by.
There are several excellent private schools in the area, both day and boarding, including well known public schools of Canford, Bryanston, and Claysmore. Other good schools close by include Godolphin, Moyles Court, King Edward VI, Embley Park, Dumpton School, Castle Court, The Stroud, Sandle Manor, and local Grammar Schools.
Lymington Yacht Haven, Salterns Marina, New Forest Polo Club
option to rent
The vendor would consider leasing the property for a period of 12 months or more at a rent of £10,000 pw.
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