Friars Cliff is an attractive and quiet residential enclave tucked immediately behind Friars Cliff and Avon Beaches. In the 18th Century this area was a patchwork of fields and part of Prime Minister and botanist Lord Bute’s estate. In the 19th century parts of this estate were sold, which led to the development of Friars Cliff in the 20th century.

This little known area chiefly comprises leafy avenues and closes of modern family homes. It is a favourite with families and retirees thanks to its relaxed holiday lifestyle and easy access to local sandy beaches. These sweeping bays of gently sloping sand offer safe swimming, stunning views over Christchurch Bay, and are prettily edged with pastel coloured beach huts and trees.

Facilities are provided by seafront Beach Hut Café and the Noisy Lobster restaurant with bakery and deli. Open spaces include Steamer Point, a clifftop woodland nature reserve, and Highcliffe Castle Golf Course. Local primary schools are considered very good with Mudeford Junior judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. The nearest mainline station is at Hinton Admiral with services to London in around two hours. Access to the road networks is via the A35.

The property is accessed via electric gates opening through to a large block paviour driveway providing extensive parking and leads through to the double garage.

EV charge points fitted

Low maintenance rear garden, mainly laid to lawn bordered by mature hedging creating much privacy, with a patio area to the rear of the property

Living in Highcliffe on Sea

Highcliffe on Sea (usually simply called Highcliffe) is a small, leafy coastal town on the Hampshire/Dorset border. West of Barton on Sea and east of Mudeford, Highcliffe is perfectly positioned for those in search of a relaxed yet smart beach lifestyle.

Features include secluded Highcliffe Beach which has panoramic views over Christchurch Bay to the Isle of Wight and Hengistbury Head. It’s a favourite with locals for walking, paddleboarding and surfing and can be reached via a pathway zig-zagging down through the gardens of Highcliffe Castle, once home to Mr Selfridge and now the venue for varied concerts, exhibitions and fairs.

Further outstanding amenities include Highcliffe Castle Golf Club and Steamer Point Nature Reserve. In addition Highcliffe has foodie appeal thanks to the annual Highcliffe Food & Arts Festival, and a good selection of independents and eateries, such as family-owned butcher’s, beachfront cafes, Raymond Blanc’s brasserie-style gastropub The Oaks and, just up the road on the edge of the New Forest, luxurious Chewton Glen Country House Hotel.

Families are also drawn by the schooling. Local primaries and secondaries are judged to be at least ‘good’ according to Ofsted – including Highcliffe St Mark’s Primary and Highcliffe Secondary School and Sixth Form. Meanwhile local independents include Durlston Court and Ballard, both rated ‘excellent’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

The New Forest lies three miles to the north, the nearest sizable town is Christchurch (also three miles), and there is good accessibility via the road network to Lymington (nine miles), Bournemouth (10 miles), and Southampton (21 miles). A mainline railway station at nearby Hinton Admiral provides services to London Waterloo in approximately two hours.

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£1,300,000

Friars Cliff, Christchurch

  • Bedrooms Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms Bathrooms: 2
  • Receptions Living Rooms: 2

A beautifully appointed character detached residence which has been sympathetically modernised, occupying a private position in one of the area’s most sought-after locations. This impressive home comprises a recently fitted open plan kitchen/dining room, four well-proportioned bedrooms, two reception rooms and a double garage.

Property Details

  • Council Tax: Band G
  • Tenure: Freehold


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