This desirable home is located along a country lane in the small hamlet of Ibsley, which is a short distance from the cattle grid, open forest and local pub. The village of Gorley is nearby with a superb farm shop. There is a good range of local amenities in the nearby towns of Ringwood (3 miles) and Fordingbridge (4 miles). North of here is the well-known Cathedral city of Salisbury (14 miles) which has a considerable range of shopping and leisure facilities. The 900 year old New Forest provides superb recreational activities, walking, sailing, riding and cycling. The coast is nearby with two marinas (Lymington and Poole).

A large sunny porch leads to the lovely reception hall with its restored wooden flooring, tall vaulted ceilings and elegant staircase rising to the first floor galleried landing. An attractive feature of this room is the open fireplace with recently installed wood-burning stove. The drawing room has a pleasant double aspect. The tall windows in this room, as in others, still have their original shutters, whilst the main focal point is the decorative open fireplace. A part glazed door leads to the rear garden from the separate, spacious dining room and the study with a brick fireplace, has an aspect to the front of the house. The kitchen is ideally placed at the rear of the house with views across to the paddocks and easy access to the walled garden. This spacious room has the original flagstone floors and a generous range of base, wall and drawer units with ample worktops over. The integrated appliances included are a Hotpoint oven, ceramic hob with extractor over and a four oven mains fired AGA, which is suitably placed in this style of kitchen. There is room for a good size family dining table. A wide door leads to a rear lobby with a brick floor and further doors lead to a rear staircase, and steps down to the utility room and a separate and useful tack room. On the first floor the generous master bedroom has a delightful triple aspect and retains the original cast iron fireplace. There are four further bedrooms which all have the original sash windows and lovely views across the gardens and some with glimpses of the lakes. The family bathroom has been recently renewed with a modern suite comprising; bath and hand shower, a vanity unit fitted with a hand basin, a low level WC and porcelain tiled walls. In addition to the main bathroom there is a separate shower room which comprises a corner shower cubicle, WC and wash hand basin set into a vanity unit with fully tiled walls.

The property is secluded from the lane by established hedging and is accessed along a drive which leads to two areas of parking (front and side of the house). The double garage leads off the main drive and has a small office and store at the rear. Attached to the house is an array of useful outbuildings including the period stable block with hay loft, two boxes and feed store. The front garden features a large level, well screened lawn with access to the rear gardens including the completely private walled garden, which includes a brick garden shed and a greenhouse. Adjacent to the kitchen is a rear brick-paved area and boiler house and a lawned area leads to the extensive paddocks, which have post and rail fencing, a four bay pole barn, field shelter and additional timber stabling.
There is a separate small paddock with additional brick pony stables and access onto Mockbeggar Lane. NB. This paddock is available by separate negotiation.
We understand Ibsley Grange has forest rights of pasture.
Agents Note: Planning permission (now lapsed) was granted in 2012 for two-storey side and rear extensions and alterations to front porch to integrate the brick stables and adjoining rooms into the family accommodation. Interested parties are advised to make their own enquiries with the planning authority.

Living in Ringwood

Ringwood offers the best of all worlds. This old market town is positioned on the edge of the New Forest, yet is just ten minutes drive to the coast and also has easy access to the A31, with London, Southampton and Winchester in one direction and Bournemouth in the other.

It is an increasingly popular destination for home hunters. Best known as the home of Ringwood Brewery (inspiration for the current boom in microbreweries), it is undergoing a re-identification. The old cattle market has been transformed into a stylish shopping quarter with names such as Aga, Hobbs, Joules, Waitrose and Waterstones, and a programme of events that includes live music and farmers’ markets. The adjacent high street has retained its character, with a traditional weekly market and a selection of independents, a new artisan bakery, and a variety of decent eateries such as Framptons and Noisy Lobster.

Families are attracted by the sense of community and highly regarded secondary school (its sixth form provision rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted). There is a wide range of property from thatched cottages, through Victorian and Edwardian villas to tree-lined closes of homes built between the wars and every decade from mid-century onwards.

To the north are the quieter, untouched reaches of the Forest and larger country houses. To the west Ringwood is bounded by the River Avon and Avon Castle, a private estate of big, individual, contemporary properties in large plots, many with views across the water meadows. Avon Castle appeals to those looking for privacy and seclusion, and also attracts people moving from London in search of country life combined with contemporary living. Looking for an Estate Agent in Ringwood? Spencers are here to help.

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£2,500,000 Guide Price

Ibsley, Ringwood

  • Bedrooms Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms Bathrooms: 4
  • Receptions Living Rooms: 4

A most appealing five bedroom detached Georgian equestrian residence, perfectly situated along a country lane, within grounds amounting to approximately 9 acres,with the open forest only about 200 yards away.

Ibsley Grange, exudes tremendous flair and character. Its long history includes a period when it was commandeered, by the RAF and used as lodgings for air crew who were based at RAF Ibsley Air Station, they were involved in the D day landings and Dambuster raids.

The house has been upgraded by the current owners and retains many period features which include, lovely open fireplaces, tall, elegant ceilings, exposed floorboards in many of the rooms, Flagstoned floors in the kitchen and many original internal doors.

The grounds are split into 5 paddocks with formal gardens and a walled kitchen garden. There are many outbuildings, including pole barn stabling, field shelters and a full-size manege.

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