3 bedroom cottage for sale

Minstead, Lyndhurst SO43 7GD

£1,850,000 via Hamptons, Salisbury: 01722 444859

A charming and unique property comprising a 2/3 bedroom main residence, guest cottage and an array of outbuildings in gardens and paddocks extending to approximately 4 acres.

Main House

A wonderful and exquisitely restored home with celebrity provenance, being formerly owned by Jack Hargreaves, host of the immensely popular television series ‘Out of Town’ (1959 -1981). The hit TV series was filmed in the bothy, which is now a studio/therapy room.

The property is very much about the sum of its parts and the flexibility it offers.

The main residence comprises well-proportioned and beautifully appointed accommodation comprising three reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room, a ground floor shower room, and a charming garden room/orangery opening onto a large, decked terrace.

To the first floor, there is a sumptuous main bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a separate walk-in wardrobe, an equally impressive guest bedroom with an en-suite shower room and a further, separate shower room. Both bedrooms enjoy elevated views across the grounds, whilst an additional dressing room provides the potential for a third bedroom if required.

Guest Accommodation and Outbuildings

Adjacent to the main house lies an extensive range of outbuildings formed around three sides of a large gravel yard/parking area. The outbuildings comprise numerous stables, as well as a storeroom, home office, gym, barn/garage and a one-bedroom, two-storey cottage offering excellent guest accommodation or income potential.

Set behind the house is the famous little bothy where Jack Hargreaves filmed ‘Out of Town’. This delightful outbuilding has now been fully restored and converted into an office space and therapy room. Further outbuildings include a substantial ‘pig shed’ and wood store.


Externally, the property is accessed from the lane via electric gates opening into a large gravel yard providing secure parking for multiple vehicles and access to the garaging.

The gardens and grounds attributed to the property are apportioned into different areas of interest and include three turn out paddocks, two of which feature field shelters and one providing gated access onto the lane.

A separate area of level lawn offers the potential to create/reinstate a tennis court if so desired, whilst a spring fed pond with ornate sleeper bridge offers a wonderful haven of tranquillity away from the rigours of everyday life.

In all, the property stands in grounds extending to approximately 4 acres. The gardens are beautifully planted with a variety of well stocked, decorative beds housing a diverse array of specimen shrubs, including a fabulous collection of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas.


This superb property is located in Minstead, one of the New Forest National Park’s most sought-after villages. Minstead has a vibrant community, a village shop, a village hall, a pub (The Trusty Servant), and a Norman church. There is direct access onto the open forest providing a network of footpaths and bridleways for walking and riding. Lyndhurst is a short drive away and is the largest village within the New Forest. It is a popular tourist location with many independent shops, art galleries, cafés, restaurants, pubs and hotels. Southampton is a vibrant, modern city which has the popular West Quay shopping centre and many attractions. The surrounding areas of Southampton and Winchester have a wide selection of well-respected private schools along with several others across the Dorset border. Communications are excellent with east and west access to the M27 and M3 within easy reach and Southampton Parkway station giving a link to London Waterloo within an hour and ten minutes. The coastal resort town of Bournemouth is also only a short drive away.

Additional Information

Mains electric and water. Oil fired heating. Private drainage.

Agent: Hamptons, Salisbury

Countrywide Hamptons Sales, 54 Castle Street, Salisbury, SP1 3TS

Phone: 01722 444859