OVERALL SQ FT APPROX 5500 .Planned in the 1930s by the reputed engineer and inventor, Clayton Allen, and constructed circa 1978, Clayton House is an exceptional family home encompassing versatile accommodation situated in FIVE & A HALF ACRES of beautiful, parklike grounds. This unique property showcases SUPERB COUNTRYSIDE VIEWS with glimpses of the Purbecks and offers four double bedrooms, three of which are ensuite, in addition to three substantial reception rooms. Highlights include a bespoke kitchen, a paddock with stabling, an ORNAMENTAL LAKE with an island and bridge as well as a detached, brick built garage complex incorporating an office, cloakroom and games room, which offers great HOME & INCOME POTENTIAL.
You are welcomed into the property via an entrance hall, bathed in natural light by the full height glazed window, which showcases the stunning view across the formal lawn and superb countryside beyond. The entrance hall features an individual spiral staircase and provides access to all principal rooms.
The substantial kitchen, fitted with a range of floor and wall mounted units, display cabinets, granite worktops and complimentary tiling, enjoys beautiful views across the rear garden. An exposed brick archway creates a focal point, leading into the breakfast area, perfect for more informal dining. This social space also benefits from the picturesque views in addition to access into the garden, lending itself to alfresco entertaining. Adjacent to the kitchen & breakfast area is a utility room with ample space to house laundry appliances and further access to the garden. From the kitchen, a rear lobby leads into the light and spacious family room featuring a stone fireplace with an inset log burner as well as full height glass doors which lead onto a patio and the rear garden.
Two of the four bedrooms can be found on the ground floor. Both of these are generous, the larger of the two enjoying an en-suite bathroom, fitted wardrobes and views to the front of the property. The second bedroom is subdivided into two areas: a double bedroom and study area. This is serviced by the adjacent large bathroom equipped with his and hers wash basins, a shower and a bath.
Upstairs, the master suite comprises a sizeable bedroom complemented by a dressing room and luxurious en-suite. The en-suite is well appointed, incorporating a marble topped vanity unit accommodating his and hers basins in addition to a corner shower cubicle and recessed bath. An interlinking bedroom benefits from a large shower room and has the flexibility to be utilised as a nursery, formal dressing room, games room or cloak room when needed. The charming first floor sitting room takes full advantage of the outstanding view with a full height glazed triple panel of doors opening out onto a substantial balcony complete with glass screening and a metal balustrade. A feature fireplace with an inset gas fire furnishes the room with a welcoming focal point.
Crow is a small village situated in the New Forest National Park. The thriving town of Ringwood is only 1 mile distant and offers a bustling community, well supported by a range of local and national shops, cafes, wine bars and restaurants. There is an equally good range of schooling in both state and private sector, and the Sixth Form at Ringwood Secondary School is rated Outstanding by OFSTED. The outdoor enthusiast only has to step out of the gate to experience unrivalled walking, cycling and riding opportunities and the Spinnaker Sailing Club is only a few miles distant. The location is well placed for excellent communication links, with the A31 and A338 providing convenient access to Southampton and Bournemouth respectively, where mainline rail services and international airports can be found.
The property is accessed directly from the road via twin electronically operated gates via an impressive, tree lined driveway, with an arboretum to one side. This leads to a central island and turning circle, extending to the office block. Built in the same style as the house, the ground floor of the office block encompasses two garages, a WC/wash room and a workshop/office. From the workshop/office, a staircase leads into a very large room, perfect for use as a studio or ripe for conversion to an annexe or ancillary accommodation, subject to necessary consents. The office block benefits from an independent heating system, a security system and electricity.
The grounds provide a haven for wildlife and keen gardeners will enjoy the wonderful array of plant specimens available. Natural and manmade pathways meander through this breathtaking garden and perfectly placed mature trees line the far reaching lawn with a heated swimming pool for the family to enjoy. Bridges and walkways have been created to ensure every aspect of the garden can be reached and further include a fruit cage, orchard and sunken garden. There is also a pretty brick pillar and timber pergola entwined with a series of mature wisterias which blooms to its full glory during the spring. The Lake is home to mallards and moorhens; the central island offers the perfect nesting place and a bridge conveniently provides access. Two brick built tunnels create an interesting and decorative element; once researched by local historians, it was suggested they were used to air dry bricks which were used locally in construction. Access to a paddock can be gained from the driveway, this paddock was once used to keep a pony and there are also two loose boxes and a hay/tack store to the side. The gardens have served as a true delight to the current owner and have been generously opened to local societies to help raise money for charity over the years.
New Forest District Council Band: H
There is one septic tank for the property. Water, electricity and gas are connected by way of mains connections.