A detached chalet bungalow on a plot approaching 1.7 acres within a popular rural location offering the potential to use as a smallholding with scope to enlarge and extend including associated outbuildings, landscaped gardens and a large woodland area adjoining Hurn Forest.
SUMMARY A detached chalet bungalow on a plot approaching 1.7 acres within a popular rural location offering the potential to use as a smallholding with scope to enlarge and extend including associated outbuildings, landscaped gardens and a large woodland area adjoining Hurn Forest. The bungalow benefits from UPVC double glazing and gas central heating with the advantage of a converted loft room above the garage, an outside covered area and a stable block utilised for storage. Externally, there is a horseshoe driveway to the front and to the rear the gardens are well established with a large Koi pond and water feature combined with a variety of smaller trees and shrubs among scattered beds to three sides of the property.
SITUATION The property backs onto Hurn Forest which offers hundreds of hectares of heathland and forest with nature trails and some good open space for horseback riding and cycling. The village area of St Leonards also encompasses Avon Heath Country Park which provides a further area of resource to the region. The annexe villages to St Leonards are St Ives and Ashley Heath found on the outskirts of the historic market town of Ringwood and close to commuter routes via the A31/M27 to London and the A338 to Bournemouth and Poole. Moors Valley Country Park is approximately 2 miles away offering fabulous country walks and an 18 hole golf course. Transport links include the coach service to London from Ringwood and the nearest train station is Bournemouth. Regular bus routes are close at hand to all major towns. The New Forest National Park is within a short drive as is the Jurassic Coastline with its fabulous and award winning sandy beaches.
ACCOMMODATION The property’s layout offers much versatility with two ground floor receptions and a ground floor bedroom with an adjacent shower room leaving the possibility of accommodating an elderly relative or staying guest. On the first floor there is a large master bedroom en-suite and luxuriously appointed bath/wet room and an additional double bedroom. There is also a converted loft room and a garden room which have been utilised in the past by the owners to put up temporary guests.
The entrance hall offers internal doors to the ground floor bedrooms and an attractive oak wood block floor extends from the hallway into a large sitting room which is triple aspect incorporating double doors to the rear garden and a further window to the side and front. Within the sitting room is an attractive coal effect gas fire. To complement the large sitting room there is a separate dining room with aspect to the front overlooking the wonderfully landscaped lawn and horseshoe driveway. The kitchen is well fitted in a light oak effect with ample base level cupboards and drawers. A small UPVC conservatory leads off the kitchen to the rear garden. The ground floor bedroom has aspect to the front and is served by a large ground floor shower room.
Stairs from the entrance hall lead to a feature half landing with a full size floor to ceiling window overlooking the fabulous rear garden and Koi pond. On the landing there is a linen cupboard and internal doors lead to the bedrooms. The master bedroom lets in plenty of natural light with a side aspect window and a roof velux and benefits from eaves storage through two cupboard doors and a range of built in wardrobes. The en-suite is accessed via a glazed casement door and is of a generous size with a corner bath and sunken shower tray with overhead shower attachment and wall mounted mixer. There are built in ‘his and hers’ wash hand basins with vanity cupboards and a low flush WC. The second bedroom on the first floor is a good sized double with aspect to the side and two velux style windows.
EXTERNALLY There is a generous frontage to the property well secluded by mature hedging and well established boundaries. A paddock style gate offers in and out access via a horseshoe style driveway and access to the garage storage. There is a well tended front lawn and a well manicured side garden with a large block paved drive to the adjacent side.
The rear garden is adorned with small trees and shrubbery with plenty of well established planting and a wonderful sized Koi pond with an ornamental bridge and feature water fall. The remainder of the garden is laid to a neatly shaped lawn with a greenhouse and fenced boundary. Within the rear garden area there is the stable block and garden room offering great storage options with power and light. The boxes within the stable block are lined and have electric power. Between the stable block and garage storage is a large covered area. The garage has been sub-divided into two useful storage areas but could easily convert back to a garage. Above the garage is the converted loft room which has an internal staircase from the rear storage room. The loft room has a large apex double glazed window to the front.
There is a large area of woodland beyond the main garden area that was acquired by the owners separately and is accessed via the side garden alongside the animal shelter and leads to the rear section of garden beyond the formal garden enclosure. Before reaching the woodland there is an open area with a sparse arrangement of trees that is protected by deer fencing and offers a paddock style gate to the woodland area. The woodland area is a thick copse in the main and ultimately finishes at the rear boundary with some long meadow grass at the adjoining boundary to Hurn Forest. Within the rear woodland there is also a large chicken house which hasn’t been used in some years.