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Where the forest meets the water…..

Christchurch, Mudeford, Barton-on-Sea & Milford-on-Sea

Year on year, Christchurch & Mudeford are constantly praised as one of the UK’s best places to live. The areas’ quaint small-town feel and Christchurch’s busy high street make it both a relaxing place to live, with a gentle pace of life and, all in all, a serene coastal destination, as well as a bustling centre for great food, shopping and picturesque walks along the quayside.  Home to some of the South Coast’s most beautiful homes, with the Avon and the Stour meeting at Christchurch Harbour, you’re never far from great views and fresh maritime air.

Moving eastwards, Barton-on-Sea and Milford-on-Sea offer both coastal and agricultural heritage, resulting from a number of estates that have traded hands over the years, and have organically formed a network of scenic hamlets, that each have their own character and strong community feel. Beautiful, sometimes isolated, homes crop up on the market every so often, often with useful and characterful outbuildings, and these homes tend to gain individuality as they’re sympathetically adapted to each new owner.

 

Burley & Brockenhurst

Burley, one of the New Forests’ most popular villages and accessible only via some of the Forests’ most idyllic roads over the area’s famous heathland, is home to some of the Forests’ most fabulous homes. Always dotted with ponies, cows and at the right time of year pigs, Burley seems to be where the flora and fauna of the forest seem to coexist most peacefully with the human element. With well-loved long established local pubs and hotels, such as the White Buck, a hunting lodge-styled Hotel and Restaurant with 11 newly renovated en-suite rooms, or the Queens Head Pub, for a more traditional family pub experience, there are plenty of places to stop whilst rambling the many walking trails the area offers.

Brockenhurst is one of the Forests’ larger villages by population and has its origins over 4,000 years ago in the Bronze Age. Brockenhurst has grown into a beautifully lush and green commuter town, with tea rooms, shops, and restaurants and benefits from a significant train line to London Waterloo which makes it one of the south's most picturesque commuter towns. As a result of this, Brockenhurst has some incredible, large, family properties, with nearby schools and well as the outstanding Brockenhurst College. With easy access to London, and Bournemouth and Poole, Brockenhurst continues to be especially popular with commuters, and purchasers of Second Homes.

 

Lymington and Sway

On the western banks of the Lymington River sits the port town of Lymington, a bustling town with a busy high street and plenty of independent shops and places to eat and drink.  Its coastal position makes it the home of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, which has fantastic facilities for seafaring, and also serves as a social hub for the most passionate of boating enthusiasts. The town also boasts incredible green spaces and benefits from a warm and connected community.

Sway is one of the New Forests most sought after civil parishes. It occupies a convenient location on the southern edge of the New Forests wooded heathland and boasts many beautiful premium homes. With shops, a church, a village hall, and a number of pubs and hotels, it is a tight little community, but surrounded by large areas of untouched woodland, heathland, grassland and scrub, the area supports and rich and diverse range of wildlife, making its fantastic for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts.

 

Lyndhurst

The delightful New Forest village of Lyndhurst, commonly known as the capital of The New Forest, since William the Conqueror established it as a royal hunting ground in 1079. Today, Lyndhurst is an idyllic, quintessential New Forest town, popular with families out for a day trip, but also serving as the administrative heart of the New Forest.  Home to Verderers’ Hall, the meeting place of the ancient Verderers’ Court whose history stretches back to at least the 13th century, and the New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst is an important ‘hub’ for the New Forest. Although Lyndhurst itself does not have a railway station, it has for many years been served by the former Lyndhurst Road station, three miles (5 km) away, which has been renamed Ashurst New Forest.  It is also only four miles (6 km) from Brockenhurst and under 4 miles from Beaulieu Road station.

 

Beaulieu, Beaulieu River & Bucklers Hard

The village of Beaulieu presents us with perhaps the New Forests most picturesque village.  The village is surrounded by a variety of dense woodlands, rolling pastureland, and the river reflects the rippling environment, providing for a broad array of beautiful wildlife.  Notably, Beaulieu is home to the world famous Beaulieu Motor Museum, which houses record breaking speed machines, famous Top Gear vehicles and a number of Bond cars too. The river is flanked on both sides by some of the South Coasts grandest properties, with large acreages and jetty access to the water.  Buckler's Hard is a hamlet on the banks of the Beaulieu River, instantly recognisable by the gorgeous Georgian cottages that run down to the river.  The hamlet is home to small maritime museums and pubs and has become a key destination for second homes in the Forest.

 

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