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A rare opportunity to acquire an outstanding family home within the curtilage of the New Forest National Park.
Boasting an abundance of versatility, Little Mere offers a superb opportunity to purchase a substantial family home with additional income potential from the self contained bed and breakfast rooms.
This charming home has had a varied history, having most recently been a successful, popular tea rooms and restaurant and once the village shop. The present owners have continued with recent improvements creating the fluid and flexible home you find today.
The main home orientates around the vast family room, once the main restaurant and bar, with a sizeable, well appointed kitchen accessed from it. The kitchen leads through to a large utility/ boot room, ideal for outdoor life and cloakroom beyond. A second door takes you through to the sun room/ conservatory that also has access to two further cloakrooms and is open to the family room, allowing plenty of light to flow through the entire sociable living area. In addition there is a separate formal sitting room with a large inglenook fireplace and a study. The first floor has been subject to a recent schedule of work and now offers 5 generous bedrooms, all redecorated and carpeted with a brand new modern en-suite shower room to the master bedroom and a family bathroom servicing the remaining bedrooms. The accommodation in its entirety enjoys wonderful views across the grounds and fields beyond to the rear or the New Forest National Park and the Mere to the front.
In addition to the main residence there are two bed and breakfast rooms interlinked to the home. both rooms have their own access and boast modern en-suite bathrooms. A interlinking room offers the opportunity to provide a second bedroom to either suite if needed or could become a kitchenette to service either suite. This additional accommodation could however be absorbed into the main home to create an annexe, home office, studio or be used as 2 further en-suite bedrooms.
Little Mere is positioned at the front of its plot with majority of its grounds found to the rear affording a wonderful degree of privacy. There is ample parking for many vehicles behind a cattle grid and gateway with the parking area giving access to the large carport/ garage and stable block. The formal gardens are predominantly laid to lawn interspersed with herbaceous borders and bushes. Beyond these grounds there are two small mature paddocks. There is a rear paved terrace adjacent to the rear of the home that provides an ideal area for summer entertaining and al-fresco dining.
This iconic home has been a landmark within the popular village of Gorley for many generations and now presents a wonderful opportunity to create a substantial family home in the heart of the New Forest National Park. The property still offers ample scope for further development, there are two further rooms on he second floor prime for conversion, as well as the possibility of conversion of the outbuildings, subject to relevant permissions, should the commercial opportunity this home presents be continued.
Little Mere is located in North Gorley which is a quiet and secluded part of The New Forest famed for its wonderful walking and riding country. The village boasts the famous Hockeys Farm Shop which offers a range of award winning delicacies as well as The Royal Oak public house. North Gorley is conveniently situated approximately 4 1/2 miles from the Avon Valley Market Town of Ringwood which offers comprehensive shopping facilities, a weekly market and a full range of other services such as doctors, dentists and recreational facilities. Nearby is Fordingbridge, a small market town, which has a post office, a number of banks and a variety of other shops. Shopping centres and a wider range of amenities are available a short drive away in the cathedral city of Salisbury to the north and Bournemouth to the south. As well as the leisure opportunities in the New Forest, the property benefits from easy access to Poole, Christchurch and the Solent ports for sailing and water sports. There are numerous good schools nearby including the prep school Forres Sandle Manor and Moyles Court. An excellent range of schools in both the public and private sector are located nearby in Salisbury. North Gorley is also very well placed for commuting to the business centres in Salisbury, Southampton and Bournemouth, all with good train services to London Waterloo (Soton Parkway 62 minutes).
Two bedrooms with en-suites
Gardens & paddocks
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