Country houses for sale

A cute, 17th century thatched cottage on the Dorset coast that is just a stone’s throw from the beach

With its mix of charming interiors and idyllic location, Little Meggs is a delightful home that offers period living by the sea. Annunciata Elwes takes a look.

Close to the clifftops and beaches of Highcliffe-on-Sea and on the fringes of the New Forest, 17th-century Little Meggs is supposedly the oldest building in the Chewton Common conservation area and has certainly come a long way since it was used as a school for Victorian waifs and strays.

Grade II listed and recently re-thatched, the main house has five bedrooms and there’s also a cosy one-bedroom Cobb Cottage. 

The property is currently on the market via Winkworth with a guide price of £950,000 and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. To the front, a gravel path flanked by flower beds leads to the front door, whilst the private rear garden is formed of a paved, York stone patio area, a summerhouse, mature trees and a log shed. 

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Yachting paradise Lymington lies to the east, Christchurch Harbour and Bournemouth to the west and fast trains to London Waterloo run from nearby Hinton Admiral. 

Little Megs is currently on the market via Winkworth with a guide price of £950,000 — see more pictures, or enquire with the agent for further details.

Highcliffe-on-Sea: What you need to know

Location: On the south Dorset coast, Bournemouth is about 9 miles to the west and Lymington is just over 9 miles to the east. A fast train runs from Hinton Admiral station to London Waterloo.

Atmosphere: The bustling seaside village is home to beautiful beaches, a large selection of restaurants and cafes, shops, a butchers, post office, medical centre and the renowned Relais & Chateaux Chewton Glen Hotel.

Things to do: This is a yachting and watersports paradise. The Highcliffe sailing club hosts a number of social events, including an annual Bournemouth Pier race, whilst the sheltered harbour waters are perfect for paddle boarding and kayaking. The New Forest National Park is also just a few miles to the north, with plenty of scenic walking trails and great local pubs.

Schools: Highcliffe St Mark Primary School, Highcliffe School and The Eaglewood School are all rated ‘good’ in Ofsted reviews.

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