The original cob and thatched cottage was granted planning permission to extend but the original part had to retain its original features including low oak beams and inglenook fireplace. The result is a successful architectural blend of old and new with spacious communal areas in the extended part linked to cosy traditional rooms in the original part of the cottage.
Situated on a quiet country road in East Boldre in the New Forest, an Area of Outstanding National Beauty, the cottage sits in its own landscaped gardens and has a private roof terrace that looks out with distant views across the open Forest − the perfect place to relax, unwind and recharge. Ivy Roost Cottage is perfectly located near the Solent (The Isle of Wight ferry is 5 minutes away) and just a few miles from both Lymington town centre and Beaulieu village. The village of East Boldre still has a well stocked friendly village shop , an organic butcher and farm shop and 2 excellent pubs are within easy reach.
Ivy Roost Cottage has been extensively renovated with the highest standards of furnishings, fixtures and fittings. It combines quality and style with comfort and luxury. There is ample accommodation and living space to relax in the cottage with three main reception rooms, a large kitchen dining room and four beautifully appointed bedrooms. The upstairs living room is a spacious double height open plan living area looking out through large double doors onto a private roof terrace and out onto the Forest.
The sense of space, enhanced by the thick oak beams and high-pitched roof, makes for comfortable sitting for all the house guests together for reading, games, TV, music (there is a high-end stereo) or just a doze after lunch. The ‘snug’ is situated in the old part of the cottage and has comfortable sofas and a lovely wood-burning stove for cosy nights around the fire as well as a surround sound system for the TV, DVD/CD, ipod dock and radio tuner.
An open staircase leads down to an airy, large, kitchen/dining room which has views of the garden from all sides and french doors that lead onto the terraces. The kitchen/dining room is well equipped with two ovens, a microwave, a 5 ring hob, dishwasher etc., and oak and granite work surfaces. The dining area feels part of the garden, with triple aspect windows, a huge 12-seat kitchen table, the heart of the house, that sits under a 14 feet high oak-beamed ceiling. A place to celebrate!
There are also four luxuriously furnished bedrooms that are especially peaceful, all sitting under thatched roofs, with a master bedroom, dressing area and en-suite, two further twin rooms with their own spacious shower room and a three-bed room and large bathroom on the ground floor.
In the utility room you will find washing machine, tumble drier, a wet cupboard to dry sailing / walking / riding gear and another shower for your ‘before and after’ hot tub shower. There is also an extra freezer so that you can stock up when you arrive.
Stepping outside into the 3/4 acre landscaped garden, there are two beautiful terraces, one under a vine and rose-clad pergola for al fresco dining and one a sun trap for afternoon tea and lounging. There is plenty of room for family games on the lawn, a huge pine tree with a swing and an outdoor hot tub for a bubbly soak.