Situated out on the open forest at East Boldre and abutting the open farmland of the neighbouring Beaulieu Estate, a quintessentially classic New Forest character Cob Cottage.
Reputed to date back some 300 years the property has been beautifully restored and refurbished to a high specification with great emphasis on retaining and enhancing its undoubted period features.
Set in a private matured mainly lawned garden the cottage of pleasing mellow colour wash rendered Cob construction incorporates small pane glazed casements surmounted by a steep pitched thatched roof (ridge replaced in 2016).
The accommodation, arranged over 2 floors opens off a central lobby and hall that serves a cosy drawing room, with an adjacent study and ground floor guest bedroom. To one side is a live-in kitchen/breakfast room, a separate utility room with a useful ground floor cloakroom and rear lobby/hall. Overhead 2/3 further bedrooms (1 interlinked) are served by a modern bathroom.
Externally, a substantial drive and parking splay links to a fine detached garage/workshop, built in keeping with the cottage. Affording total privacy and seclusion and affording fine vistas out over the neighbouring Estate farmland, the gardens feature a charming thatched gazebo, ideally suited to external entertaining.
4 bedrooms, bathroom, cloakroom, drawing room, dining room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, garaging, gazebo, gardens.
EAST BOLDRE Keeps Cottage occupies a pleasant location in the village of East Boldre. East Boldre is situated approximately 5 miles north east of the renowned Georgian market town of Lymington, the town being known for its river, marinas and yacht clubs. Approximately 1 mile east of East Boldre is the picturesque manorial village of Beaulieu and its associated historic hamlet of Bucklers Hard both of which front the Beaulieu River. Village amenities include a Post Office stores, public house, church and bus services trading between the Waterside and Lymington to the east and west respectively. The mainline railway station at Brockenhurst provides fast frequent services to and from Waterloo with a journey time of about 1 ½ hours. This rural area is well placed to take full advantage of all the amenities offered throughout the forest and Solent shoreline.
ACCOMMODATION IN MORE DETAIL Painted panelled door opens to:
ENTRANCE LOBBY With tiled floor. Small pane glazed panelled door opens to:
RECEPTION HALL With exposed ceiling beamwork. Stairs ascending to first floor. Painted panelled doors to:
DRAWING ROOM An elegant reception room affording fine views across the gardens. Feature open fireplace incorporating a wood-burning stove set under a rustic beam with a range of shelved store cupboards to side. Extensive characteristic exposed ceiling beamwork. Door to:
STUDY Situated to the rear and fitted with a range of open display shelving.
BEDROOM 2 Accessed via the drawing room. A fine through room with twin small pane glazed casement doors opening to the garden. This room has been previously been utilised as a separate reception room.
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM Fitted with a comprehensive range of painted wooden store cabinets to both base and high level with surrounding wood capped, mosaic style worksurfaces. Inset one and a half bowl single drainer enamel sink with monobloc tap. Inset Bosh 4 ring LPG Gas hob with base oven. Extensive exposed ceiling beamwork. Traditional electric AGA set in a tiled recess, the whole set under a rustic beam. Tiled floor. Accessed to a shelved pantry store cupboard. Small pane glazed door to:
UTILITY ROOM Space and plumbing for washing machine. Extensive exposed ceiling beamwork. Tiled floor. Door to:
CLOAKROOM Fitted with suite comprising a low-level WC with corner mounted wash hand basin. Exposed ceiling beamwork. Tiled floor.
REAR HALL Tiled floor. Small pane glazed door to gardens.
On The First Floor
LANDING Access to overhead roof void. Painted panelled doors to:
BEDROOM 1 A fine through room affording an outlook across the farmland associated with the neighbouring Beaulieu estate. Fitted with a range of wardrobe store cupboards. Characteristic exposed ceiling beamwork. Door to:
BEDROOM 4 Currently utilised as a stopover bedroom. With a similar outlook over the Beaulieu estate.
BEDROOM 3 Affording an outlook over the gardens towards the thatched summer house. Exposed ceiling and wall beamwork.
BATHROOM Fitted with a suite comprising a low-level WC and wall mounted pedestal wash hand basin with mosaic tiled relief. Roll top ball and claw period style bath with Victorian style shower mixer and separate hand held shower. Separate walk-in in glazed shower cubicle with drencher head. Access to an airing cupboard housing a pre-lagged hot water cylinder with fitted immersion heater. Heated ladder style towel rail. Recessed ceiling lights.
OUTSIDE The property is approached of the access lane over a gated gravelled driveway that provides areas suitable for the unobstructed parking of various vehicles, the drive linking to a sizable DETACHED GARAGE/WORKSHOP.
Abutting the extensive farmland associated with the neighbouring Beaulieu estate, the gardens, designed for ease of maintenance are laid essentially to tracts of well-maintained lawn interspersed with a variety of ornamental shrubs providing colour and interest.
A gravelled spur off the drive with crazy paved steps links to the cottage with a simple decorative bed of Lavender. The paving extends alongside the cottage to link with a further pathway which terminates with a sizable rustic GAZEBO being set under thatched roof, the Gazebo making an ideal setting for informal dining area. To one side is a further timber garden STORE SHED.
The gardens and setting of Keeps Cottage assures a wonderful sense of peace, tranquillity and privacy, the property being equally suited as either a permanent home or weekend retreat.
SERVICES Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil fired central heating with radiators in all principal rooms. Calor gas to hob. Electrically powered Aga. The services and equipment remaining with the property have not been tested by John D Wood & Co. and we are unable to verify that they are in working order.
FIXTURES & FITTINGS All items usually denominated as fixtures and fittings, apart from those mentioned specifically in these particulars, are excluded from the sale.
DIRECTIONS From our office, continue east over the Lymington River on the A3054, continuing out over the cattle grid onto the open Forest travelling in the direction of Hatchett Pond/Beaulieu. Continue for a distance of approximately 2 ½ miles (after the cattle grid) and turn right in the direction of East Boldre. After a short distance take the first left and then immediately right into Masseys Lane. Proceed down Masseys Lane and bear left. The cottage will be found on the right hand side. The entrance is via a five bar gate with adjoining pedestrian gate.
VIEWING Strictly By Appointment by John D Wood & Co.