The New Forest is England’s smallest National Park. It spans roughly 150 square miles and was created in 1079 by William the Conqueror. The park today remains owned by the Crown and managed by the Forestry Commission. However there are still laws and roles within the Forest which date back 900 years for example the rights to roam animals on the Forest, to collect fire wood etc. More information on the history and laws of the Forest can be found at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk.
The property market here is particularly specialist and often bucks national trends. This is fuelled by a combination of factors including:
- The area’s natural beauty and history
- The National Park status and strict planning laws
- Limited property supply
- Excellent commuter and transport links with mainline trains to London, two International airports (Southampton and Bournemouth) and ferry terminals to mainland Europe
- Excellent schools both public and private.
Lyndhurst is considered the 'historic capital' of the New Forest and is home to the Verderers Court, the original custodian of Forest laws. The village houses the New Forest Centre and is often a key stop for visitors. The thriving High Street offers everything from cafes to gifts shops and antiques. The local Infant School is highly sought after and there is an excellent doctors' surgery, new library and community centre. A golf course, tennis courts and the popular local theatre company offer some great entertainment together with numerous hotels, pubs and restaurants to choose from. The open Forest is never more than a walk away.
Lyndhurst, in common with most of the Forest villages, had a building boom in the Victorian / Edwardian period so there are many red brick cottages and houses as well as a mix of more modern homes. Properties range from small flats (including some great period conversations) and cottages to large detached houses. The Parish of Lyndhurst also includes the traditional picturesque conservation villages of Bank, Emery Down and Minstead, each with their own distinct communities. The properties in these villages often include thatched cottages and some of the oldest homes in the Forest including a number of larger prestige country houses.
Ashurst, Barclay/Woodlands, Copythorne, Cadnam and Netley Marsh are villages that really provide a 'gateway' to the Forest. All offer a range of great family property and thriving local communities with local pubs, shops and good facilities. Each houses a popular school and Ashurst has a train station on the Weymouth to London mainline and offers an hourly fast train service to Waterloo.
Brockenhurst, another large village, is situated to the South of Lyndhurst. It has a mainline railway station and the fast train service reaches London in 90 minutes. This tends to put a premium on prices. Once again there is a mixture of property from cottages to larger beautiful houses and most properties have direct access to the open Forest. From Brockenhurst the A337 continues down to the waterside town of Lymington.
Lymington is a thriving market town situated on the coast. Very popular with the sailing community the town offers all expected amenities and several marinas, a public sea water swimming pool, a town quay and bustling high street.
Beaulieu is probably the most famous of the locations within the forest. The Beaulieu Estate owned by the resident Lord and Lady Montagu houses the World famous car museum amongst other attractions. Property on the estate is generally leasehold but the surrounding areas offer some beautiful rural country properties. Bucklers Hard can also be found here, historically a shipyard which built many naval ships, including many in the fleet of Admiral Nelson.
For more information on the Forest speak to a member of our team who will be happy to offer guidance on areas in the forest most suitable to your requirements.