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Bursting borders, blue windows, and a sense of perfection in the New Forest

At Stocks Hill near Burley, a five-bedroom family home seems like something out of a fairytale.

I quite like the colour blue, so I find it interesting that so often the connotations it is associated with are negative. Feeling blue, for example, seems quite negative, while a ‘blue movie’ is certainly one of the last things you would like to find on a hotel bill.

A more colourful house you will struggle to find.

It would be difficult to feel blue when approaching Stocks Hill near Burley in Hampshire. I mean just look at it. Those blue window frames, that delicious terracotta tiled roof, the white exterior. It just looks so inviting. It is for sale with John D Wood & Co for £1.95 million. I am checking behind the sofa cushions.

The entrance hall, with skylight.

Like most houses we try and bring you here at Country Life Online, the interiors are just as impressive as the exteriors. It’s quite clear that the current owners have taken a great deal of care with renovating and restoring this five-bedroom house.

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When I said a spacious kitchen, I meant it.

Highlights include, but are certainly not limited to, the triple-aspect kitchen/breakfast room which is achingly spacious, a double-aspect sitting room with a recently installed woodburner and a formal dining room.

A most cosy sitting room.

Upstairs the bedrooms and bathrooms have all been finished to a high standard, and some of the choices of wallpaper are frankly divine. The master-bedroom suite is hugely spacious, and features a free-standing bath, which I always think is a nice touch. One of the other bedrooms even has a little roof terrace.

The snug, with snazzy wallpaper

Back outside now, and the home stands in 1.7 acres of immaculate grounds. Looking at the pictures, it’s hard not to think that this property was specifically designed to be photographed. The lawns surrounding the house are perfectly striped. The beds are bursting with colour. The property is even approached via a tree-lined drive. 

Those immaculate gardens.

The village of Burley, situated in the New Forest, is only 0.25 miles away and has a range of amenities, such as shops, hotels, a primary school, cricket ground and golf course, that only add to the sense of charm surrounding Stocks Hill. The larger market towns of Ringwood and Lymington are both within 10 miles.

And a little balcony, just for good measure.

Stocks Hill is for sale with John D Wood & Co for £1.95 million. For more information and pictures, click here