Centrally located for walking, fishing, horse riding, golf and sailing
Over 900 years ago William the Conqueror claimed the magical heathland, glades, woods and shoreline of the New Forest as a royal playground. Its' subsequent history is steeped with smugglers, snake catchers and witchcraft. Now the smallest of our National Parks, the peaceful atmosphere of this wonderful 220 square mile landscape has remained largely unchanged and also includes 26 miles of coastline. There are more than 7,300 ponies, cattle, donkeys and pigs and deer wandering through the villages and the Forest itself. The Forest has 5 types of deer, 2,700 species of fungi, 700 types of wildflower and is also the largest remaining area of lowland heath in Europe, reputed to be rarer globally than rainforest.
Built at the turn of the century as two cottages to house the Water Baliff and Kennel Master, of the local Otter Hound Pack. The Auld Kennels was later converted into a single imposing thatched residence for private use. Set on a rise, the cottage commands views across Moortown, the Meadows and the Hampshire Hatches and down to the River Avon. To the rear, it looks over farmland to Hightown and Crow Hill, from where access into the New Forest, some one and a half miles away, may be gained.
The cottage is one mile from Ringwood, a small market town situated on the edge of the New Forest that still retains its rural identity with a weekly street market. Larger amenities are to be found in Bournemouth, Poole and Southampton, located eleven, fourteen and eighteen miles away respectively.