- 6 bedrooms
- 6 bathrooms
- 4 reception rooms
- 6 bedrooms
- 6 bath/shower rooms
- 4 main reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- Swimming pool
- Extensive outbuildings including garaging and an equestrian complex
- Approx. 6.11 acres
Description The location of Crossley Tower is unique, nestled at the head of its own valley approached by an ancient droverâs track, surrounded by the specially protected New Forest National Park on all sides. Dating back to the 1920s, this family home in its magnificent tranquil setting is surrounded by, quite literally, square miles of open forest, making for unsurpassed riding and walking.
The property is situated at Mockbeggar, some 3 miles to the north of the extensive facilities afforded by the historic market town of Ringwood, the town itself being situated on the western periphery of the New Forest. The market town provides for a diverse variety of shops, including supermarkets Waitrose, Sainsburyâs and a new Lidl and good local schools, with also a renowned David Lloyds sports centre. Fordingbridge also lies 3 miles to the north. The village of Mockbeggar has essential facilities including a local prize winning farm shop and servicing garage. The well-known public houses and restaurants, The Old Beams and Alice Lyle are both within a mile. For those with an interest in Field Sports throughout the season, the New Forest plays host to both a Fox Hound and Beagle pack. To the north lies the Wilton Country and for those in pursuit of hedge hopping, to the west both the Portman and South Dorset provide many a challenge for the brave. Low Goal Polo can be (truncated)
The property has an interesting documented provenance, having been originally constructed in the Arts & Crafts style, the curved doors being a retained feature. Requisitioned as the Officerâs Mess serving nearby RAF Ibsley in WW2, the property takes its name from a former occupant, the much decorated Wing Commander Michael Crossley dso obe dfc - the Red Knight. Set in a classic New Forest parkland garden that has evolved over the years to make for a wonderful setting, a haven for much flora, fauna and an abundance of birdlife, with some fine natural spring fed linked ponds. The mature rhododendron collection has many special varieties originally acquired from the Rothschild collection at Exbury. The gardens and grounds extend in total to an area of approximately 6.11 acres. Ideally suited to an equestrian, the area incorporates extensive tracts of grazing featuring a superb sizable purpose built brick stabling complex complete with overhead grooms accommodation that links (truncated)
Of rendered cavity wall construction under a Bradstone Cotswold tiled roof and arranged essentially over two floors, the accommodation has in part been skilfully restored and refurbished, though there remains scope in certain areas to further enhance the property, blending modern and classical styles to create a 21st century home with a âcountry houseâ feel.
Crossley Towers is served by a wealth of both primary and secondary schooling, to include the Ringwood Church of England Infant School, The New Forest School at Nomansland and Corpus Christi Catholic primary School. Moyles Court School is very close at hand, together with The Godolphin School in Salisbury, Bishop Wordsworthâs School also in Salisbury and Talbot Heath in Bournemouth.
Accommodation In More Detail
Contemporary fully glazed door with side panel opening to:
Tiled floor covering. An historic Airforce Red World War II Post Box to side. Panelled hardwood door opening to:
Grand Reception Hall
Marbled throughout featuring a spectacular octagonal tower to side with a featured vaulted ceiling fresco based on a work by 18th Century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo âThe Triumph of Virtue and Nobility Over Ignoranceâ, painted by renowned television and film scenic artist James Gemmill, favoured by Director Ridley Scott. Door to:
Ground Floor Bedroom Suite
A gardenside bedroom with a range of mirror fronted fitted part shelved wardrobe cupboards. Corner wash hand basin set in a roll topped vanity surround. Door to:
En Suite Bathroom 1
Suite comprised of a wood clad panelled bath set in a tiled surround with matching pedestal wash hand basin, low-level WC and bidet. Ladder style towel rail. Recessed ceiling lights. Return door to reception hall. Bevel glazed double doors leading from the reception hall opening to:
Natural wood floor covering. Glazed hatchway through to sitting room and return door to:
Providing various areas of cloaks hanging. Side door to drive approach. Further door to:
Fitted with a range of carved wood store cabinets to three walls. Space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer. Belfast style ceramic sink with adjacent drainer. Indian Slate floor covering.
A fine gardenside reception room with the backdrop of the surrounding open forest. Carved Portland stone fireplace with projecting hearth incorporating a large Dovre wood burning stove. Projecting gardenside bay of double glazed construction with a travertine floor covering. Discrete lighting. Three quarter glazed doors with side panels opening to:
Indian slate tiled floor covering throughout.
Fitted with a comprehensive range of carved solid oak wooden store cabinets to both base and high level with surrounding carved Corian worksurfaces with contrasting tiled relief. Inset sink with adjacent carved drainer. Further secondary sink with waste disposal facility. Oil fired aga set under a concealed canopy extractor with an adjacent secondary 2 ring gas hob and similar adjacent DeDietrich deep fat fryer. Space for substantial American style slot-in fridge/freezer and microwave housing. Further small pane glazed illuminated china display cabinets linked by areas of open display shelving, with further storage under. Space and plumbing for domestic dishwasher. Recessed LED ceiling lights.
Open Dining Area
With character ceramic angled wood burning stove. Return secondary stairs ascending to the first floor. Sliding glazed doors opening to a verandah leading to the gardens beyond and a terrace with brick style floor. Further double glazed French doors with side panels opening to an enclosed Yorkstone paved courtyard garden abutting the open forest, with direct gated access.
(to be fitted out). Situated off the reception hall, an elegant stairwell ascends to the drawing room, being a naturally well-lit through room featuring a potential open fireplace with glazed double doors which in due course could lead to a potential balcony overlooking the parklike grounds. Return door to fore and drive approach.
On The First Floor
An elegant turning stairwell with large triple glazed arched window and discrete LED uplighting ascending to the first floor with recessed ceiling lights. Fitted with an extensive range of general shelved airing cupboards to one wall, one incorporating a lagged hot water cylinder with fitted immersion heater. Secondary stairs descending to kitchen/breakfast room.
(currently a secondary sitting room) Glazed double doors opening to balcony overlooking the gardens. The suite has been used to provide for a self-contained unit comprising:
Fitted with extensive hanging and shelving space.
Carved wooden store cabinets including single drainer polycarbonate sink. Space for small electric hob with oven under. Space for adjacent fridge/freezer.
(currently utilised to provide a secondary bedroom). Return door to:
En Suite Shower Room
Suite comprised of a tiled shower cubicle, together with a pedestal wash hand basin with mirrored relief and low-level WC.
A naturally well-lit forestside through bedroom incorporating a range of wardrobe store cupboards to an entire wall with a forestside knee-hole vanity area. Glazed double doors opening to balcony with steps descending to garden.
Separate bathroom with bath and WC adjacent to bedroom 2 which could easily become an en-suite. A glazed door on the principal landing with access to a forestside balcony opens to:
With a stairwell to one corner serving the upper first floor. Recessed LED ceiling lights. Further door to:
A fine gardenside room with glazed double doors opening to a balcony. Recessed LED ceiling lights. Turnaround stairs ascend to:
Recently fitted with a contemporary shower with glazed side screen, the whole having mosaic tiling to floor, ceiling and walls. Contemporary sculpted Corian wash hand basin set in a matching surround with illuminated mirrored relief and low-level WC. Heated towel rail. Recessed LED ceiling lights.
The following 2 suites are situated on the upper first floor:
A dual aspect room with recessed ceiling lights. Glazed double doors to projecting Juliet style balcony overlooking the drive approach and swimming pool. Door to:
En Suite Bathroom
Fitted with a white suite comprised of a panelled bath set in a tiled surround with independent overhead shower and glazed side screen. Recessed LED ceiling lights. Matching wall mounted wash hand basin and low-level WC. Contrasting marble tiling to floor and walls. Heated towel rail.
A fine room overlooking the forest with double doors to a Juliet balcony. Recessed LED ceiling lights. Access to a deep walk in wardrobe with hanging and shelving. Door to:
En Suite Bathroom
Fitted with a white suite comprised of a panelled bath set in a tiled surround with independent overhead shower and glazed side screen. Matching wall mounted wash hand basin and low-level WC. Contrasting marble tiling to floor and walls. Heated towel rail. Access to overhead roof void to side.
The property is approached off the open forest over a gravelled access track, featuring a cattle grid at its head with a side pedestrian gate opening to a substantial gravelled driveway providing unobstructed areas of parking suitable for numerous vehicles.
Detached Triple Carport
Featuring a useful area of rooms currently providing for an overhead home office.
Gardens And Grounds
The majority of the gardens are situated to the rear of the property, laid to tracts of maintained lawn being sub-divided by areas of classic topiary having the backdrop of a diverse array of specimen rhododendrons and azaleas originally acquired from the Rothschild collection at Exbury, that with their underplanting of spring bulbs afford a wealth of colour throughout the seasons. Within the curtilage of the extensive gardens a natural spring feeds a series of linked ornamental ponds and water features planted with aquatic marginal. Beyond, gated access links to the:
With its series of paddocks with a lane side area devoted to vegetable/soft fruit production.
Magnificent purpose built stables built of brick set under an interlocking tiled roof with cropped hips, accessed off the forest track, these are configured into an l-shape comprising 5 Lodden style quality traditional loose boxes on a projecting brick apron with complete rubber flooring in both the boxes and corresponding walkways. These boxes have stable access both inside and out. Tack room With Yorkstone flag floor through to:
With low-level WC. Feed room with sink and overhead:
In the form of a bedroom/sitting room with kitchen area to side comprising Formica units, with an adjacent bathroom Accessed off the approach lane, double gates lead to a gravel block paved apron. At right angles to the principal stabling complex is a separate horsebox garage suitable for a 7.5 ton lorry set under a substantial hay loft that links with a covered walkway. To one side is a mÃ©nage using a premium Daytrack waxed silica sand, rubber and fibre surface with a conifer surround and a range of timber outbuildings in the form of open-fronted stores and barns
A heated pool set in a tiled surround.
Set under the drawing room, encompassing potential changing rooms and cloakroom. Stairs ascending to reception hall. In isolation are 2 further stables of rendered construction surmounted by a pitched tiled roof that provide garden stores.
In total the land associated with the property extends to an area of approximately 6.11 acres (Land Registry (Promap) measurement).
Mains 3 phase electricity and water. Private drainage. Oil central heating. The services and equipment remaining with the property have not been tested by John D Wood & Co. And we are unable to verify that they are in working order.
Allowing grazing of New Forest ponies.
Fixtures & Fittings
All items usually denominated as fixtures and fittings, apart from those mentioned specifically in these particulars, are excluded from the sale
From London, continue south west on the M3 and M27 towards the New Forest. On approaching Junction 1 (Cadnam), continue in a westerly direction out over the open New Forest on the A31. On reaching the market town of Ringwood (approx. 9 miles) leave the A31 following the directional signs for Fordingbridge/Salisbury (A338). Drive for approximately 2.3 miles turning right by The Old Beams Public House into Mockbeggar Lane (signed Mockbeggar/South Gorley). Follow the lane to the cross roads, continuing straight over. Follow the lane up onto the open forest terminating at the property.
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