Castle Hill Lane, Burley, Hampshire


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  • Bedrooms: 15
The St Quintin Property Group are delighted to bring to the market place, Castletop House, a prime country residence that in the agents opinion is one of the finest properties within The New Forest National Park which is widely regarded as being amongst the most desirable locations in the UK to live. Renowned for its lifestyle and natural beauty the picture postcard village of Burley offers excellent shops, cafés and public houses. This sublime property that is a stones throw away from the village has direct forest access and its unique situation makes it ideal for equestrian activities. Just ten minutes away by car lies the historic market town of Ringwood with excellent amenities including a Waitrose supermarket, Close by is the UK premier sailing hubs of Lymington and The Solent. THE PROPERTY The property is recognised as one of the premier properties in the New Forest and in an ideal location. Castletop House is a fine Late Victorian country house and two guest cottages with total living area of about 12,000 sq/ft, set in 6 acres plus a further 6.5 acres by separate agreement. Totally restored by its present owners to modern standards, it has lost none of its original charm or period features including large sash windows, panelling, high ceiling and solid oak floors throughout. The house's grand proportions with the south facing aspect give a light and airy feel. HISTORY The New Forest was created by William the Conqueror as a hunting park, and the ancient landscape is unchanged since 1079. Now a National Park, management of the area is centred around protection of the local environment and its wildlife. Ponies, cattle, pigs, donkeys and deer roam free following ancient forest tracks. Arthur Clough and his wife Eleanor Freshfield built Castletop in 1898. Eleanor's father was President of the National Geographical Society and he travelled extensively to the Himalayas, bringing back rare and unusual specimens to be planted in the gardens of Castletop House. The Clough's were associated with Florence Nightingale through Arthur's mother Blanche. Arthur's father became Florence's secretary and was a renowned British poet in his own right. Arthur Clough won several notable prizes for building rural homes around the country. He built many properties and developments within Burley leading to many of the streets and lanes in the area to be named after him. His nephew was Clough William Ellis, the eminent architect who built Portmeirion' in Wales in 1926. SITUATION In the heart of a stunning National Park yet with all the amenities close by. Castletop House is situated on the edge picturesque village of Burley in the heart of The New Forest National Park, only 90 miles from London via the M3. Bournemouth and Southampton airports are easily accessible. This prime country house is one of the finest properties within The New Forest, which is amongst the most desirable locations in the UK, renowned for its lifestyle and natural beauty. Having direct forest access and its unique situation makes it ideal for equestrian activities and offers total privacy. Castletop House is less than 10 miles away from the sailing hub of Lymington. Burley itself is an established centre for walking, shooting, fishing and riding. It is a lively community with its owngolf course, village pubs and gourmet restaurants. The property is 5 miles of the market town of Ringwood, which boasts all modern conveniences including a David Lloyd Sports Club, Waitrose, Sainsbury and boutique shops. It is also just 20 miles from two cosmopolitan sea front cities with a full range of facilities of city living, including hotels and restaurants, excellent range of shop, sporting clubs and airports. The area has a wealth of secluded beaches of outstanding beauty with easy reach. There are several excellent private schools both public and prep schools in the area, including Canford School, Clayesmore, Castle Court School, Durlston Court, Walhampton, Chafyn Grove, Godolphin, Moyles Court, and Forres Sandle Manor at Fordingbridge.

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