Monthly Archives: May 2016

Stunning waterfront living in Lymington

A stunning waterfront development of apartments and detached villas in Lymington with breath-taking views is being marketed by Savills.

Lymington Shores, by award-winning Redrow Homes, is a prestigious development of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, including an exclusive range of penthouses, as well as three, four and five-bedroom detached villas.

Most apartments feature balconies and the villas, which are on the water’s edge, have rooftop terraces, offering spectacular 360-degree views of the Lymington River, The Solent, the Isle of Wight and inland towards the New Forest National Park.

Nikki Penman, from the Residential Development Sales team at Savills Southampton, said: “We are thrilled to be involved with this stunning waterfront development. The homes at Lymington Shores enjoy an enviable, tranquil location with spectacular views, close to the picturesque coastal town of Lymington and all it has to offer.

“Steeped in history and famed for its Georgian architecture, Lymington is a world-renowned sailing resort on the edge of the New Forest National Park which provides the perfect setting for a relaxed lifestyle.”

The town is home to the Isle of Wight ferry and consequently has superb road and rail connections to the rest of the UK.

Apartments at Lymington Shores are priced from £259,950, and villas are from £1,895,000.

For more information, contact Savills on 023 8071 3900.

Investing in property ‘more profitable than stock market’

Buy-to-let investors typically enjoy a greater return than those who choose to invest in FTSE 100 companies.

New research reveals that while total returns on property investments rose by 9.57 per cent in the 12 months to the end of March, the London-based stock exchange has lost 1.4 per cent in the year to date.

Allison Thompson, managing director at property specialist Leaders, says: “Despite recent buy-to-let tax changes imposed by the government, there is no doubt that the property market still offers an extremely attractive investment opportunity.

“With returns increasing by almost ten per cent over the last year, investing in property is a shrewd way for people to use their savings. In comparison, the stock market has failed to deliver a return for many investors and even the best savings accounts are typically offering rates of less than two per cent at the moment.”

London continued to drive the buy-to-let market in the 12 months in question, with landlords enjoying a 16.49 per cent increase in returns. It was followed by the east of England (13.18 per cent), the south-east (12.1 per cent) and the East Midlands (8.59 per cent), according to Property Partner’s residential market index.

Allison adds: “While returns may be greatest in the south, investors should also consider buying to let in the north where purchase prices are often cheaper and demand in many areas is rising rapidly. In particular, Manchester has witnessed a sharp spike in investment activity in recent months.

“Those who wish to benefit from the largest returns in the south can still find good value for money and, with the help of a local property expert, can pinpoint the most up-and-coming towns in their region.

“Properties to rent remain in high demand, with experts predicting that more than half of young…

Exciting opportunity in Soberton

Exciting opportunity in Soberton

Situated within the South Downs National Park, this elegant detached house stands in its own private gardens of half an acre with a further two acres of recreational land with a westward outlook over fields and countryside.

The local community of Soberton has good access across the south coast and is within easy distances of a range of schools for all ages.

This property has been created from a pair of cottages dating back to the early 19th century, which together with an extension, now provides a spacious and well presented family home with five double bedrooms.

The porch opens to a reception hall which is welcoming with its wood burning stove and one of the three reception rooms has an open fire. The kitchen is very well fitted, has an Aga, and opens onto a new breakfast room with flagstone flooring and underfloor heating throughout. The study area has an attractive southerly facing bay and fitted library shelving.

On the first floor three of the bedrooms have their own bath or shower room and there is also a family bathroom. This floor has newly fitted carpets and two of the bathrooms have been recently fitted.

The services of a gardener to maintain the newly landscaped gardens are included in the rent to enable the tenants to sit back and enjoy the mature shrubs and planted borders around the lawn, with wisteria and hydrangea adorning the front of the house.

Get in touch with the agent for more information. A monthly rent of £2,500 is quoted on an unfurnished basis from the end of July. A well behaved pet may be considered by the landlord. Contact The Country House Company on 023 9263 2275

Period home in central Alresford

Period home in central Alresford

Enjoying a superb central location at Pound Hill within Alresford, this charming period home is available for someone to move in without delay. This could mean that within just a few days the new tenant could be enjoying all the individual shops, coffee shops, bars and restaurants within this pretty Georgian town and then strolling back to a very comfortable home with lovely period features.

Grade II listed, the house stands prominently on a corner and has exposed beams and stripped wood flooring, with an open fireplace in the sitting room. At the rear of the house is a dining room and kitchen which is well equipped with appliances.

Upstairs are two double bedrooms, an open space on the landing ideal as a study area, and a modern bathroom.

The house also has a small courtyard garden to enjoy the next few months.

Purdie & Swan says a monthly rent of £995 is asked and Katherine Treseder-Griffin, Director at the independent agency, will be happy to arrange a personal inspection. Call Katherine on 01962 717711 for more details.

Opportunity of a lifetime

Opportunity of a lifetime

A unique opportunity has arisen to rent a fabulous Georgian country house, fully furnished and set in two and a half acres of gardens and grounds which encompass a swimming pool, tennis court and manege with stables.

Grade II listed and enjoying a lovely location within ten miles of Winchester, Fir Tree Farmhouse at Horton Heath offers very spacious accommodation including a self contained annexe.

The house has been meticulously maintained and the lovely period features blend well with the modern touches that have been introduced to provide comfort. The layout allows for a versatile lifestyle and the principal living space is impressive with high ceilings, tall sash windows and a fantastic Smallbone kitchen with a breakfast area and space for relaxing.

The annexe has its own entrance hall and staircase up to two bedrooms and a bathroom and also has the flexibility to connect with the main house on both floors.

An extensive driveway is accessed via electrically operated wrought iron gates and there is a turning circle with access to the double garage and a further drive to another garage. The gardens adjoin farmland and paddock and there is a sunny terrace close to the heated pool and pool house, and a further outbuilding is currently arranged as a gym.

The manege is approximately 20m x 40m with stables, a hay store and tack room located adjacent to the property.

Offered on the market at a monthly rent of £4,750 this glorious house could be made available by early July. Contact Charters in Winchester for more details on 01962 830880.

Epitome of classic Regency styling

Epitome of classic Regency styling

Sitting in one of the most attractive streets in Winchester, this beautiful semi-detached Regency villa nestles comfortably with its neighbours with its colour washed stuccoed elevations and sash windows set elegantly back from the road behind a pretty front garden.

Dating from 1830, this Grade II listed house in St James Villas lies within very easy walking distance of the centre of the historic city where coffee shops, bars and restaurants, individual and high street shops, galleries, theatre and cinema all await discovery with wonderful walks around the Cathedral, Winchester College, water meadows and banks of the River Itchen within just a few minutes. There is a shortcut to the station via Mews Lane and Crowder Terrace which means that commuting becomes a viable option.

The spacious accommodation is arranged principally over two levels with a versatile lower ground floor currently used as a double bedroom, bathroom and store.

At the entrance level the period front door has a fanlight above and opens to the hallway from where doors open to the cloakroom and the charming drawing room to the front, with a Victorian fireplace. The kitchen/breakfast room lies to the rear and has an opening through to the formal dining room, beautifully lit by French doors to the walled courtyard garden. The kitchen has defined areas with a range of units and integrated appliances and at the rear is a lobby with a stable door to the garden and also leads to the study.

On the first floor are two good double bedrooms, one with a door to a further room, and the large family bathroom.

The outside is hugely appealing and the front garden has a terrace, lavender hedging, wisteria, roses and a flowering cherry tree, still leaving space for two…