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Best Dressed Burley

We are delighted to announce that our Burley Office has received a stylish new makeover.

A new open plan layout allows for a much more expansive feel. Parquet wooden flooring, exposed brickwork and a gallery wall of beautiful photography of the local area are among the many lovely features.

“Our Burley Office, in the heart of the village, is always very busy and I’m delighted we have now maximised our inside space to accommodate our growing team. It’s a real benefit to now have comfortable and discreet seating area, providing the ideal spot to chat to clients about their property plans.” Dan Burkinshaw, Director – New Forest Sales.

We have thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful and sympathetic refurbishment of our Burley office, which was in fact the first Spencers office to be established. Our team love working in this wonderful New Forest community; Burley is a honeypot village that feels untouched by time with its traditional cafes, cider farm, gift shops and characterful tales of old smuggling routes, witches and dragons!

Burley Office: 01425 404088

The Cross, Burley, Hampshire, BH24 4AB

Put your property in the London Eye! London & Country Property Show 2024

The demand to move out of London has never been higher, so there has never been a better time to market your property to a wider audience.

The New Forest and surrounding coastal area are experiencing a consistently high demand for quality properties and homes, with families keen for more space and a better quality of life.

On Tuesday, 14 May, The London and Country Property Show 2024 will be held at Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3. Our associates will be marketing Spencers properties from across our five branches: BrockenhurstBurleyHighcliffeLymington and Ringwood, to serious buyers from London and beyond.

Our experienced team, all of whom live in the area, are perfectly placed to share their expert knowledge with buyers keen to move into the area and learn more about properties currently on the market with Spencers.

Andrew Grice, Director – Coastal Sales, explains.

“We anticipate meeting numerous buyers at this event who are inquisitive about moving to the New Forest and Ringwood area or the coastal hotspots of Lymington, Milford, Highcliffe and the popular Christchurch Bay area. The London and Country Property Show provides an ideal opportunity for buyers to chat to the Spencers team; we can answer questions relating to specific properties we are currently marketing, as well as provide balanced advice on topics such as local schools, commuting times and more.”

If you are considering selling and would like to take part in this London showcase, please contact one of our offices.

More Information and contact

The London and Country Property Show 2024
Tuesday 14 May
Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Rd, Chelsea, SW3.

[email protected]

Spencers’ new Highcliffe Office extends success of the Spencers network

Since opening our newest Spencers office on January 10th 2024, we have received a very warm welcome from local residents and businesses, as well as new clients keen to experience the Spencers standard, meaning we have already been instructed on over £27million of property to sell in Highcliffe and the surrounding areas. We have picked up such momentum that we have brought a new property to the market every other day.

Our fresh approach to marketing property seems to have struck a chord with coastal homeowners who are keen to promote their property not just through our five sales offices across the New Forest, but to a wider regional and national clientele drawn by the beautiful coastline we are lucky enough to call home. Our London Office is continuously approached by those in the city and beyond, looking to relocate to our area.

Rob Batten, Founder, said

“The Spring market is shaping up to be very active and our fantastic Highcliffe team are hugely excited about making greater inroads into Barton, New Milton, Highcliffe, Friars Cliff and Mudeford properties throughout what we are confident will be a very successful 2024.”

If you’re passing our smart new offices on Highcliffe High Street, do pop in and say hello.

Planning for the Future: Inheritance and Land Ownership

Land ownership has always been synonymous with wealth, stability, and legacy. As we move through the intricacies of life, thinking about the future becomes paramount, especially when considering inheritance for the next generation. How can strategic land development intertwine with inheritance and estate planning? This article delves into the dynamic relationship between the two.

1. The Land Legacy

Owning land, particularly in areas of rising demand, is an appreciating asset. As the landowner, not only do you have the privilege of enjoying its benefits today, but you also have the responsibility of ensuring its continued value for future generations.

2. Strategic Land Development and Its Impact on Inheritance

  • Maximising Asset Value: Developing the land can significantly boost its value. Instead of passing down just a piece of land, you could be leaving behind a developed property with higher earning potential, be it commercial spaces, residential properties, or recreational areas.
  • Tax Implications: In the UK, inheritance tax might apply when you pass on an estate to the next generation. The development of land can influence the estate’s total value. It’s essential to understand these implications and strategise accordingly.
  • Liquid Assets: While land itself can sometimes be illiquid, a developed property can offer more liquidity. This provides heirs with flexibility should they need funds for other ventures or investments.

3. Estate Planning Considerations

  • Clear Documentation: Ensuring that all documents related to the land and any developments are clear and up-to-date is essential. This can prevent disputes among heirs and legal complications.
  • Engage Professionals: Land development and estate planning can be complex. Engaging with financial advisors, tax consultants, and legal professionals can guide you through the nuances of inheritance laws and development regulations.
  • Diversifying Inheritance: With strategic land development, you can diversify the assets you leave behind. For example, different plots or properties can be bequeathed to various family members, aligning with their individual aspirations and needs.
  • Environmental Considerations: As we move towards a greener future, considering sustainable land development practices can be a legacy in itself. This ensures that you’re not only passing down financial assets but also a commitment to the environment.

4. Open Dialogue

It’s essential to maintain an open dialogue with potential heirs about your plans for the land and its development. This can align expectations, clarify intentions, and pave the way for a smoother transition when the time comes.

Conclusion

Strategic land development goes beyond just enhancing the monetary value of your assets. It’s about legacy-building, foresight, and ensuring that the next generation inherits not just land but opportunities. With the right planning, the lands we hold dear today can be the cornerstone for our family’s prosperity tomorrow.

DRINK IN THE VIEW!

One of the pleasures of life, particularly in summer, is dining with a waterside view. In the New Forest and along Christchurch Bay, we are spoiled with a choice of restaurants and pubs beside rivers or on the coast. Here are just a few of Team Spencers’ favourites.

The Noisy Lobster at Avon Beach is a must-visit. This busy, buzzy, family-friendly hang-out is perfectly positioned on the beach among pastel-coloured beach huts. Coastal vibes don’t come better than this! Seafood aficionados will be happy as they serve Mudeford lobster, local crab and fish fresh from the day boats.

The Cliff House at Barton on Sea is a popular restaurant with rooms perched on the clifftop and enjoying breathtaking views across to the Isle of Wight. A good selection of menus is accompanied by an excellent drinks choice, including cocktails such as Cliff Top Garden and Cliff House Sunset which can be sipped in the gardens. It has a seaside sister bar and restaurant at Milford on Sea: The Light House. Located right on the seafront, The Light House has breezy views of Hurst Spit, serves tasty meals throughout the day from breakfast through to supper, and has a laid-back, coastal casual approach, including live music on the terrace every Friday evening throughout summer.

In Lymington, The Haven Wine Bar & Bistro, tucked away in Lymington Yacht Haven, has a nautical vibe and a dining terrace among the yacht masts with ’wrap-around’ views over the Solent. Menus are strong on seafood, from crab to bass.

Away from the coast, The Old Mill, Silver Road, is a riverside pub with rooms. The pub and its waterside gardens have recently been refreshed and now offer a delightfully soothing spot to wind down and relax over breakfast, lunch, dinner or even afternoon tea.

SHOWBUSINESS! IT’S SHOWTIME, FOLKS!

At Spencers, we love a local show and there is a trio, including a county show and a village show, that we always support and attend as part of our local community. We also find they provide a convivial, relaxed, and fun environment in which to welcome familiar faces, make new friends, and discuss New Forest and coastal life and the local property market.

1 New Forest Show 25-27 July 2023

The Showground, New Park, Brockenhurst

Newforestshow.co.uk

Established over 100 years ago, this is an extravaganza of agriculture and countryside. Spencers have long been one of the Show’s main sponsors and have a ringside stand so that visitors can take a seat and watch the action. A few of this year’s attractions include REME Lightning Bolts Army Parachute Display Team, Pony Club Mounted Games and Heavy Horse Musical Drive.

2 Burley Village Show 5 August 2023

Manor Park, Burley Manor

Burleyvillageshow.co.uk

This charming, small traditional country show dates back to 1908. Today it is a celebration of village life, bringing together local people and visitors. However, it has also retained its original format of a flower and produce show with plenty of friendly competition.

3 The Ellingham Show, 12 August

Somerley Park, near Ringwood

Ellinghamshow.co.uk

The Ellingham and Ringwood Agricultural Society is an entirely volunteer-led charity which stages this family-friendly event to raise money for local good causes – usually in excess of £20,000. This popular Show has plenty of attractions, including Shetland pony racing, heavy horses, steam engines, vintage farm machinery, and dog, donkey, and horse shows.

Live, laugh, love

Spencers are raising laughs along with funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by holding a comedy night on Wednesday, 28th June, at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.
This Comedy Night is being organised as part of Spencers’ Three Peaks Challenge, launched earlier this year with the goal of raising £20,000 for the BHF in memory of their colleague and friend Justin Hannam who died from a cardiac arrest in September last year.

Others at Spencers were also keen to be involved in the fundraising efforts, including Tracy Harding, Associate Director, Spencers Lettings Office, who has contributed by organising this special Comedy Night. Tracy used to run a monthly comedy club in Lymington, which was always highly successful. Therefore, she approached a London comedy agent she had worked with in the past and they put together a great lineup for Spencers’ Comedy Night.

Tracy Harding says: “The line up are all professional comics travelling around the comedy circuit, including some who have been on TV. However, there are very few opportunities for comics to perform in this particular area, so it is a chance for locals to enjoy an evening of laughter and also an opportunity for the comics to build their following.
The Royal Lymington Yacht Club have been fantastic, offering us the use of their facilities free of charge and helping us to promote the night. I think Justin would have appreciated it as he had a great sense of humour. If this event is successful, we would love to hold further comedy nights and continue our fundraising efforts for this important cause.”

If you want to buy tickets or find out more about the event, email Tracy Harding at [email protected]. To make a donation to Spencers’ Three Peaks Challenge, please visit giftofhope.bhf.org.uk/in-memory/Justin-Hannam.

‘Live, Laugh, Love’ is taken from Bessie Anderson Stanley’s poem Success which seems a fitting accolade to Justin and his approach to life: “He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much… Who has left the world better than he found it…”

New Forest Monopoly ‘BIG REVEAL’ Features Spencers!

Thursday, 27th April saw the ‘Big Reveal’ of a brand new MONOPOLY: New Forest Edition. In this unique edition, Spencers features with our own square and a community chest card, as well as appearing on the back of all property cards!

Spencers is one of 30 plus New Forest organisations to ‘Pass GO’ in the MONOPOLY: New Forest Edition game. The New Forest version of the world’s most popular board game features ‘the great and good’ of the region – from the New Forest National Park Authority to Rufus Stone, Exbury Gardens to Bolton’s Bench, and many more!

What is the New Forest Monopoly?

This timeless classic which first hit the shelves in 1935, has become the world’s favourite family game. In this edition, the multi-coloured MONOPOLY property sites become exclusively New Forest. The cards and tokens have changed, too. The boot game piece gets the boot, literally, along with the top hat, Scottie dog and ship. Amongst those in their place? A pony, a tent and a pig!

The new edition has been produced by games company Winning Moves UK, under licensing from global branded entertainment leader Hasbro. It is in the shops now with local stockists including Waterstones in Lymington where it is currently centre stage in the window display.

The new edition was formally launched at Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst, at exactly the same time as it hit the shops. Mr Monopoly went on to visit Spencers’ Lymington office, where the team enjoyed having a go at playing this latest edition.

Rob Batten, Director, Spencers, comments:

“We were delighted to be involved with the MONOPOLY: New Forest Edition game. It is such an entertaining and playful way to tell the story of the New Forest and the local community – although it’s a very different take on the local property market!”

London and Country Property Show 2023

The demand to move out of London has never been higher, so there has never been a better time to market your property to a wider audience.

The New Forest and surrounding coastal area are experiencing an extremely high demand for quality properties and homes, with families choosing to escape cities, keen for more space and a better quality of life.

On Tuesday, 16 May, The London and Country Property Show 2023 will be held at Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3. Our associates will be marketing Spencers properties from across our five branches: Brockenhurst, Burley, Christchurch Bay, Lymington and Ringwood, to serious buyers from London and beyond.

Our experienced team, all of whom live in the area, are perfectly placed to share their expert knowledge with buyers keen to move into the area and learn more about properties currently on the market with Spencers.

Andrew Grice, Associate Director, explains.

“Whether you are inquisitive about moving to the New Forest, the coastal hotspots of Lymington and Milford, or the popular Christchurch Bay area, or interested in investing in property, then we can inform and advise you. The London and Country Property Show provides an ideal opportunity to chat to the Spencers team; we can answer questions relating to specific properties we are currently marketing, as well as provide balanced advice on topics such as local schools, commuting times and more.”

If you are considering selling and would like to put your property in the London eye, please contact one of our offices.

More Information

The London and Country Property Show 2023
Tuesday 16 May
Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Rd, Chelsea, SW3.