Birch Wood House has evolved over the years under the auspices of the current owner, who acquired the property in a derelict state in 1980 to make for a fine family home with an interesting provenance. The property, in the form of an enlarged and re-modelled former Coach House and Stabling complex was formerly part of the historic Bartley Lodge Estate with the principal house of late 18th Century origins now being a renowned boutique hotel. Standing in beautifully maintained park-like matured grounds that extend to an area of approximately 1.65 acres (Promap) the forest-side setting makes for a tranquil oasis.
The property, of distinctive mellow brick, set under a steep pitched tiled roof features traditional sash casements extends to an area of some 2996 sq ft with the majority of the accommodation set out over an extensive ground floor featuring an impressive central dining hall with a stairwell serving 2 suites at first floor level.
Within the curtilage of the part walled gardens is a fine stand-alone garden/home studio and a range of purpose built garaging accessed off the gated gravelled splay to the fore.
In all, an individual property of great character and undoubted charm offering a diverse array of versatile accommodation, in a tucked away, though in no way remote forest-side location.
4 bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms (2 en suite), cloakroom, drawing room, kitchen/breakfast room, dining hall, study, utility room, studio, gardens, double garage, ample off-street parking, plot of 1.65 acre (promap)
RECESSED CANOPY PORCH Hardwood panelled door with glazed insets opens to:
DINING HALL With turnaround stairs ascending to first floor. Further glazed doors serving garden hall to the fore.
DRAWING ROOM A spectacular triple aspect reception room (originally the Carriage House) with vaulted cathedral style ceilings featuring exposed ceiling beamwork. Projecting oblong bay to fore and drive approach. Feature raised multi fuel stove set in a traditional stable block hearth with log store to side. Glazed double doors with side panels open to:
CONSERVATORY Situated to the garden side of uPVC construction set on a dwarf brick base. Tiled floor. Glazed double doors opening to partially walled gardens beyond.
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM With recessed ceiling lights and tiled floor throughout.
KITCHEN Fitted with a comprehensive range of store cabinets to both base and high level with surrounding Corian style worksurfaces with a one and a quarter single bowl sink. Space and plumbing for dishwasher. Built-in AEG oven and grill with space to side for a full height fridge freezer. Island featuring a utility sink and 5 ring AEG halogen hob. Glazed door to side. Shallow steps link to an adjacent:
BREAKFAST ROOM Dual aspect room with tiled floor. Glazed double doors opening to paved seating terrace and gardens beyond.
GROUND FLOOR SHOWER ROOM Fitted with a suite comprising a low-level WC and pedestal wash hand basin. Tiled shower cubicle. Tiled floor. Access to overhead roof store.
BEDROOM 3 With built-in double wardrobe.
BEDROOM 4 Currently utilised as a Craft Room overlooking the gardens and drive approach. Cupboard incorporating a cloaks hanging area and hot water cylinder.
CLOAKROOM Fitted with low-level WC and wall-mounted wash hand basin. Mosaic style tiled walls and floor.
UTILITY/WORKSHOP Fitted with a comprehensive range of wall-mounted cupboards. Mosaic tiled worksurface with Belfast sink. Space and plumbing for washing machine and various additional appliances. Panelled door to drive approach.
On The First Floor
LANDING With access to a shelved store cupboard. Doors to:
PRINCIPAL SUITE Comprising a bedroom with exposed wall beamwork. Fitted with a range of bespoke bedroom furniture comprising partial mirror fronted wardrobe store cupboards linked by a range of base store cupboard with a window seat and kneehole desk. Opening to a WALK-IN DRESSING ROOM fitted with display shelving. Door to: EN SUITE BATHROOM 1 fitted with a coloured suite comprising a low-level WC and pedestal wash hand basin together with a panelled bath set in a tiled surround. Walk-in glazed shower cubicle.
GUEST SUITE Comprising a double bedroom overlooking the gardens and drive approach. Door to EN SUITE BATHROOM 2 Fitted with a suite comprising a low-level WC, pedestal wash hand basin together with a panelled bath and corner shower cubicle. Return door to landing.
OUTSIDE The property is approached over a gated gravelled driveway with brick piers onto a substantial parking splay area for numerous vehicles. A spur leads to a DETACHED DOUBLE GARAGE with remote controlled twin up and over doors. The gardens form an undoubted feature of the property and are laid essentially to sweeping areas of lawn with the backdrop of walling in part, housing a variety of ornamental trees, shrubs linked by low-maintenance island beds. Within the curtilage of the gardens is stand-alone 'L' shaped Studio/Home Office. Beyond the tracts of formal gardens is a delightful wooded area of pasture incorporating an ornamental Wildlife pond the area forming a fine habitat for much fauna and floras being enclosed by stock proof fencing. In all, the gardens and pasture extend to an area of approximately 1.65 acres (Promap).
SERVICES Mains water and electricity. Shared private drainage. Oil fired boiler. 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 London, continue south west on the M3 and M27 leaving the M27 at Junction 1 (Cadnam). Follow the directional signs south onto the A337 towards Lyndhurst, taking the first turning on the left hand side which indicates the private drive to Bartley Lodge Hotel where the property will be seen set back on the left hand side at the head of the approach drive.
VIEWING Strictly By Appointment by John D Wood & Co.