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Oozing chocolate-box charm from every angle, Wellow Mead is a quintessentially English thatched cottage, set in several acres of grounds, hidden away in the beautiful Hampshire countryside. With its sugared almond pink exterior, this Grade II listed home is utterly dreamy. And behind its enchanting timber-framed walls and deep eyebrows, you'll find a generously proportioned cottage, with original and quirky features, replete with character. Perfectly intertwining old with new, and warm and cosy with sheer spaciousness, Wellow Mead is quite extraordinary, and a treasure chest of delights.
A lovely island takes centre stage in the capacious, well thought out kitchen. There's seating aplenty for the most sociable of times, and swathes of worktop space, satiating the keenest of chefs. The adjacent laundry room is a great size, and can accommodate even the busiest of households with ease. Hunker down in winter next to the large inglenook and wood burner in the historic snug, or relax in the sitting room with its Jetmaster open fire, made locally in Hampshire, and integrated log store. The patio and gardens provide a wonderful backdrop here through the stunning floor to ceiling windows, and doors lead to the pool room. Meanwhile, the study is the ideal location for a home office.
By day, Wellow Mead is breathtaking. And at night, its charisma really comes alive. Take a sensual candlelit dip in the swimming pool, enveloped in biophilia, and soak up the tranquility. With an almost ethereal atmosphere, this is seclusion at its best. There's a breakfast kitchen in here too, for poolside drinks and light snacks.
Dating back to the 17th Century in parts, the original wing, with its gorgeous oak beams, has more than a touch of Narnia about it. A winding, wooden staircase rather magically leads to a bathroom through one wall, and a bedroom through another. The master bedroom is light and spacious. A real sanctuary. Wooden steps lead up to the en suite bath, and panelling adds a touch of elegance. There are four bedrooms in total in the main cottage, all as individual as a fingerprint, with two en suites and a & Jack and Jill' bathroom, and an additional four bedrooms in the suites.
The individual suites, known as The Stores (think the Onion Store, Grain Store, Apple Store and Sheep House...) all have their own en suite bathroom, sitting room and private courtyard with deck. One even has a hot tub where you can luxuriate beneath the stars. Wellow Mead is not only a much-loved family home, but also offers an incredible commercial opportunity and was run as a successful business for many years. This divine, historic cottage offers potential in spades. And then some. A writer's retreat? A wellness haven, perhaps? Or maybe a boutique B&B? There's oodles of space. Dream big - the only limit here is your imagination. And if business isn't on your mind, The Stores make the most wonderful, versatile guest accommodation for friends and family.
If you were ever in doubt that you're on the edge of the New Forest, the frolicking deer give it away, coupled with the occasional clip-clop of horses' hooves. That's as far as the passing traffic goes down the peaceful lane. Given the six and three quarters' acreage of this special home, the garden is unsurprisingly enormous! There are wonderful play areas for children, and it has a natural, organic feel.
The outside suites all have their own private gardens as well, and the uninterrupted views of open fields and countryside stretch as far as the eye can see. We love the large patio, lined with stones from the sounding arch from Embley Park - Florence Nightingale's grand family home, and the secluded terrace with the old mill wheel. Entertain and make memories here, with everyone gathered round the large dining table, away from the outside world.
- Three words : Pink. Thatched. House.
- Tenure - Freehold
- EPC Rating - G
- Services - Mains water and electricity. Septic tank
- Plot: 6.75 acres
- Total Size: 3000 sq feet (and the pool room 1300 sq feet)
- All the outbuildings have their own private courtyard
- This beautiful home was featured in CountryWide and was a successful holiday let business. It ran from May-October and turned over £50,000 - £60,000.
Around Wellow Mead
The rural dream
As its name suggests, Wellow Mead (meadow in Old English) sits on the edge of the New Forest in a peaceful oasis, surrounded by open countryside and not a building in sight. Yet it’s just minutes from the New Forest, and the M27 is within easy reach, with Southampton 9 miles away and Winchester around 30 minutes away. It’s a ten-minute walk to the local bus stop, which takes you to the historic market town of Romsey, and the Cathedral city of Salisbury.
Gaze at the deer from the bluebell wood at the end of Sheep Field and meander down the country lanes at your leisure. There are myriad walks to enjoy here.
Schools are well catered for, including several excellent preparatory and independent schools; Embley School (originally Embley Park, the home of Florence Nightingale), Stroud School, Godolphin School and King Edward VI School, to name a few.
There are some lovely pubs and restaurants within easy reach. Le Frog Bistro and The Lamb Inn, both in Nomansland, are firm favourites, as is The Rockingham Arms in the quiet hamlet of Canada, and the thatched Royal Oak in Fritham. Carlo’s Ice Cream Parlour and Tea Rooms is close by and a wonderful place to enjoy an authentic Italian sundae or light lunch.
East Wellow church, the burial place of Florence Nightingale, is well worth a visit, and there are riding stables and golf courses galore. There’s even a spectacular fishing lake, within five minutes’ walk.
The Isle of Wight is also readily accessible with regular ferries from Lymington, Southampton and Southsea.
- Pubs: Le Frog Bistro and The Lamb Inn, both in Nomansland, are firm favourites
- Walks: Endless rambling opportunities