Living in Fordingbridge

Fordingbridge, with its distinctive seven arch bridge spanning the River Avon, rewards discovery. This former market town enjoys an idyllic location between the heath and woodland of the New Forest and rolling chalk downlands of Cranborne Chase. The Avon Valley long-distance footpath from Salisbury to Christchurch runs through the town, meandering beside the Avon. Round and about are some of the loveliest villages, including Rockbourne with the remains of a Roman villa and good, popular pub, the Rose & Thistle, and delightful Breamore with its picturesque Marsh (surviving manorial green) and Elizabethan manor house.

Fordingbridge itself has a high street of interesting independents including an art gallery, architectural salvage yard (a great resource with treasures such as Victorian fireplaces), bookshop and boutiques, and essentials such as butchers and bakers. There’s also a great selection of pubs and restaurants in the area, such as The George in Fordingbridge, The Three Lions at Stuckton and The Foresters at Frogham.

Property in Fordingbridge and surrounding area represents good value for the New Forest and includes character cottages and modern family homes. Families are also attracted by the well-regarded independent schools of Forres Sandle Manor and Moyles Court.

Fordingbridge is positioned just off the main Salisbury to Christchurch Road, so there’s reasonable access to the road networks - including A31 at Ringwood.

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£4,300,000 Guide Price

Stuckton, Fordingbridge

  • Bedrooms Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms Bathrooms: 4
  • Receptions Living Rooms: 4

A handsome early 20th Century country home with amazing uninterrupted views of the Avon Valley west towards Cranborne Chase.

The Merrie Thought was originally built around 1900 for Miss Christine Hulse of Breamore on land belonging to the Breamore family estate in an Arts and Crafts style. Since then, it has undergone several refurbishments and significant modernisation, yet retains all the elegant properties and features of a period home of its era, including a number of working fireplaces, beautiful tall ceilings, a cellar and attic rooms.

The house and the adjacent detached cottage offer extensive accommodation amounting to over 9,000 square feet (837 square metres) in total. The rooms in the main house are very well proportioned, with ceiling heights of 10 feet to both ground and first floors. The cottage has its own private garden and a useful studio suite overhead. In addition, there are extensive outbuildings, which include garaging for at least five cars, various garden buildings and workshops.

The gardens and grounds surround the house and are laid out as beautiful, landscaped gardens, as well as a swimming pool, a small lake, terracing and lawns, woodland, and paddocks. The total area of the house and grounds amounts to around 18 acres.

The current owners have lived there for almost 20 years, and it has been a much-loved family house, suitable for multi-generational living.


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