Spencers New Forest Summer 2022

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Hello & Welcome To the very latest edition of Spencers New Forest lifestyle title, showcasing our portfolio of amazing properties, from coastal apartments to country estates and everything in between, including quaint cottages and modern family homes. Features also include market insights, and the best of New Forest living. The last issue was published pre-pandemic. However, after a two-year hiatus, our title is back: returning with a new look. Although publication of our magazine was paused, Spencers New Forest teams have been working flat-out across our New Forest offices. The past couple of years have been something of a rollercoaster, with so many people reviewing and adjusting their lifestyle expectations, resulting in what has seemed like a seismic shift out of London and the Home Counties towards the New Forest and the coast. We are very proud of all that our teams have achieved – not just over the past couple of years, but since Spencers New Forest inception back in 2010. Circumstances surrounding the pandemic meant that we were not able to celebrate our tenth anniversary in 2020. However, it is enough for us that we have embedded ourselves in our local communities over the last decade. This has included supporting our local clubs and schools, for example sponsoring Brockenhurst Pre-School’s recent move into a new building, as well as sponsoring racing nights at Royal Lymington Yacht Club. Being an integral part of our communities is an achievement and a strength. We are a people business – we like to talk and listen. This is why we are delighted to see the New Forest events calendar returning this year. You will find the Spencers New Forest team at all the local shows, namely New Forest Show (26th-28th July), Burley Show (6th August), and Ellingham Show (13th August). Come and talk to us about all things property and New Forest. We always enjoy seeing both familiar and new faces. Alternatively, pop into one of our offices across the New Forest area for a chat. These include key locations in Brockenhurst, Burley, Lymington and Ringwood, and our Lymington-based Lettings Office. We look forward to continuing to serve the New Forest area for decades to come. In anticipation of this, as part of our forward-looking ethos, we are planning to expand in the near future. Watch this space for news of a new Spencers New Forest office opening soon!







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Contents Summer Collection 2022

06 Property Matters

23 James Martin’s Butter

36 Perfect Timing

A selection of stunning properties from Spencers New Forest

Comforting and delicious recipes celebrating Butter from James Martin

With the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust

46 Grand Designs

54 New Forest by the Sea

76 The Business of Letting

Award-winning New Forest interior design studio Harris Jackson

If you want to enjoy a life beside the seaside, the New Forest’s coast offers an easy escape

A look at the current lettings market with Spencers New Forest lettings office

80 Market Insight


96 Watchmaking Artistry

An overview of the property market, from the experts at Spencers New Forest

500 miles of food, friends and local legends with THE PIG

Patek Philippe, redefining fine watchmaking since 1839


Boldre Grange £10,000,000 Guide 10 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, 6 Reception Rooms Boldre Lymington SO41 8PT

Boldre Grange was built in 1872 for local landowner John Lane Shrubb to a design by eminent architect Richard Norman Shaw RA. Shaw is a significant figure due to his role in the English Domestic Revival Movement, helping to shape the direction of the 1890s Arts & Crafts Movement. His picturesque country house designs, including Boldre Grange, derive from his study of the English manorial style of the 16th and 17th centuries and are marked by a respect for the nature and character of differing building materials. Boldre Grange’s design encompasses many elements that became the Arts & Crafts Movement’s key features – namely asymmetrical composition,


traditional construction, variety of materials and quality craftmanship. Shaw’s architectural drawings for Boldre Grange are kept at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Boldre Grange was also mentioned by the art historian Nikolaus Pevsner in his architectural guides. He described Boldre Grange as having ‘all the Shaw features – asymmetrical facades, timber-framed gables, some mullioned and transomed windows, high chimneys, brick laid in English bond.’ As Boldre Grange was built for the nephew of the then vicar of Boldre, it is worth noting that the pulpit in Boldre church was also designed by Shaw.

Post-war the house was bought by two families and sympathetically divided with the ‘service’ rooms and main rooms behind the porch as one part, and the porch wing and rest of the main house as the other part, in addition to a cottage which was once the estate’s dairy. The current owners moved into the main section of the property 20 years ago. Over the years they took the opportunity to acquire both the porch wing and the cottage, refurbishing each with care following purchase, and reinstating Boldre Grange as one property. The cottage remains separate with its own entrance door, back door, gardens and garaging, and can be rented out as additional income. The main house offers great flexibility, as the accommodation can be lived in as one dwelling or arranged as two separate properties as required: for example to accommodate family, staff or provide further income. This flexibility of accommodation is supported by the property’s different sections each being heated by a separate gas central heating boiler.

An outstanding Grade II* Listed Victorian country house, considered one of the most important houses in the New Forest, enjoying commanding views over its own land extending to 24 acres with adjoining cottage and garaging.

Boldre Grange is an exceptional Grade II* listed country house with well-proportioned, light-filled rooms, high ceilings and many large mullioned windows. Original features include oak boards, parquet and flagstone flooring, stone fireplaces, exquisitely detailed panelled doors and architrave, elegant staircases, and exposed brickwork and beams in the original kitchen. Altogether accommodation is in excess of 10,000 sq ft. The grand entrance opens onto an equally impressive yet welcoming reception hall with stone fireplace with woodburning stove, and fine turning staircase to galleried landing. Doors off this reception hall lead to the principal reception rooms, as well as a guest cloakroom, cleverly hidden utility, and entrance via a stone staircase to the cellars which run under much of the house, with original silver vault, ‘beer cellar’ and wine bins. Reception rooms in the ‘porch’ wing include an airy and distinguished drawing room with stone fireplace and woodburning stove, two pairs of French windows opening onto a terrace, and large mullion windows with extensive southfacing views over the gardens.


Of particular note is the Billiard Room with barrel ceiling, a signature feature of the architect. This room has been cleverly adapted into an inviting open plan kitchen/dining/living room ideally suited to the expectations of the 21st century lifestyle. The room features oak boards and flagstone flooring with underfloor heating. The elegant Smallbone walnut kitchen cabinetry with quartz worktop includes an Aga re-enamelled in complementary shade of brown, central island, ceramic induction hob, dual-purpose oven, microwave oven, separate full height fridge and freezer, and wine cooler. Intelligent storage solutions include a larder cupboard, media drawer with inbuilt USB ports for charging mobiles, double sink with waste disposal, and hidden dishwasher and bin storage. There is room for a table that can comfortably seat 20, and to one side is a cosy sitting area around the stone fireplace and woodburning stove. The room is lit by a lantern window in the barrel roof and windows on every side, creating a bright, airy living and entertaining space. An integrated lighting system also controls spots, wall lights and uplighters subtly hidden within picture rails to create different light scenes and atmospheres throughout the day and evening. There are glazed doors onto the gardens as well as a lobby that leads to a boot


room with sink, wc, boiler, and what is referred to as a ‘back’ door, which actually provides convenient access to the front of the property. A further door off the main reception hall leads into the original Dining Room, a richly panelled room with parquet flooring, fireplace and open fire. This is used as a principal Drawing Room if the house is divided into two sections. From this room, one door leads through to a lobby with access to the gardens, while another opens onto the second reception hall with a further front door, original flooring, turning stone staircase and antique Italian heater. There are doors onto a sitting room or snug overlooking the gardens, as well as an office/study with bespoke fitted shelving and storage, stone fireplace and gas fire. This room was originally the Butler’s Parlour and still has access to the cellars via a wooden staircase under a trapdoor. This section of the property has a farmhouse country style kitchen which was originally the Servants’ Dining Hall. This characterful and sociable room features exposed original beams and brickwork, John Lewis cabinets in pale wood, and appliances including Aga, ceramic hob, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, wine cooler, dishwasher and double sink. There are French windows

opening onto the terrace and a good-sized table with built-in bespoke bench seating. In addition, there is a utility/ boiler room, store room and small conservatory with brick floor overlooking a private west-facing courtyard. Outbuildings in the courtyard include a further utility and wc, while doors lead into both the cottage garden and the house’s gardens. Upstairs the bedroom accommodation is currently divided, by a temporary screen across the gallery landing, into two separate parts, each accessed by the staircase rising from one of the two reception halls. The gallery landing, with the temporary screen removed, can be appreciated as another of Shaw’s signature features: it runs the full length of the house and is cleverly designed to be broader at the owner’s end. On the first floor there are two principal bedroom suites. Both feature barrel ceilings, fireplaces and large windows with wide, south-facing views across the gardens and grounds. One suite includes a bathroom with dual basins and fireplace, and an adjacent dressing room with bespoke built-in wardrobes, dressing table and chest of drawers. The other suite includes a delightful dressing room with its own southfacing, sheltered balcony.

“This exceptional country house sits in a very private and tranquil parkland and country setting, yet Brockenhurst mainline station is five minutes’ drive to the north.” Glazed doors lead to an en suite bathroom with oak boards, dual basin and freestanding bath tub positioned under the window for relaxing garden views. There are four further guest bedrooms, all very generously proportioned, two with sinks and fireplaces, as well as two family bathrooms, and extensive store cupboards. Long-distance glimpses of the Solent and the Isle of Wight through woodland are possible from the first floor, south-facing rooms and balcony. A further turning staircase leads up to a suite of rooms

on the second floor: comprising three good-sized bedrooms opening off a central sitting area. One of the rooms, with built-in bespoke shelving and storage, is currently used as a home office. The adjacent cottage is approached via a driveway that leads to a separate garage. The cottage sits in its own private gardens and it is accessed by a separate front door onto an entrance hall, with kitchen, dining room, living room, garden room and cloakroom on the ground floor. On the first floor are two bedrooms and a family bathroom. Boldre Grange is reached down a long, private carriage drive that runs through mixed woodland before turning a corner to reveal a stunning view of the house, set among trees, including copper beeches, and beyond a lawn that is a drift of daffodils, bluebells and primulas in spring. A broad circular gravelled driveway sweeps round in front of the house, and provides extensive parking. To one side, a driveway leads to a separate brick built double garage with office, two bedrooms and wet room. In addition, gates on either side of the property provide access to the extensive grounds,

approaching 22 acres and surrounding the house. The grounds feature the original formal Victorian gardens. These include a raised enclosed terrace garden with pond, magnificent yew walk, orchard, south-facing terrace running the length of the house, sweeping lawns with specimen trees, such as twisted willow and magnolia grandiflora, pergola, and ha-ha. Beyond the ha-ha are fields, extensive mixed woodland, and a viewing platform among the Scot pines. From these grounds, the charming aspect of Boldre Grange’s garden elevation can be fully appreciated. Of particular note is the security of the extensive rural views, across Boldre Grange’s own landscape of field and woodland to a far tree line to the south of the property. This exceptional country house sits in a very private and tranquil parkland and country setting, yet Brockenhurst mainline station (direct service to London Waterloo in one hour and 40 minutes) is five minutes’ drive to the north, and the amenities of the Georgian market town of Lymington, a renowned sailing resort, is a short drive to the south. Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222



Living the Dream Sold by Spencers New Forest in June 2022 8 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, 10 Reception Rooms Hincheslea, Brockenhurst

Imagine all the features you would desire in your dream home. Now open the door to Hincheslea House. This magnificent property was built just 12 years ago: an English country house in the grand tradition, designed for 21st century living. This house features just about


everything you could possibly want or need. Hincheslea House is hidden in the heart of the New Forest with a long driveway leading to the house’s impressive wrought iron entrance gates. Beyond these the drive runs through beautiful, landscaped gardens, sweeping round to

the front of the property and its colonnaded portico. The scale of the house is immense: ceilings are Georgian manor house high, light floods into the wow-factor entrance hall with central oak staircase leading up to a galleried landing. Beyond this hall is a dazzling orangery, while on each side are suites of partly interconnecting, well-proportioned reception rooms providing for formal entertaining, relaxed socialising and family life. These include an elegant drawing room, morning room and study on one side, and a fabulous open plan kitchen, family room and dining room (plus pantry, boot room and utilities) on the other. Both of these ‘wings’ enjoy lovely views over the sweeping lawns and gardens with established planting and mature trees

“It is very rare that you find a house of this stature available in the New Forest, especially one of recent construction” Rob Batten, Director, Spencers New Forest

that surround the house. Leisure pursuits are integrated into the accommodation. There is a gym off the morning room, while the lower ground floor is given over to a multifunctional home entertainment area, incorporating cinema room, games room and professional wine cellar. Upstairs, off the spacious galleried landing, four bedroom suites deliver boutique hotel glamour with dressing rooms, study areas and en-suite facilities to a top specification finish.


Further accommodation is available within a converted stable block, part of an extensive courtyard complex linked to the main house by a covered loggia. Hincheslea House sits on the site of an older property, a substantial 19th century manor house, and that earlier house’s original Georgian stable block is a central feature of this courtyard complex. The stable block has been converted to provide luxurious guest accommodation as well as a snooker room with bar. There is also a two-bedroom mews cottage, currently used for staff accommodation, a gardener’s office, workshop, tool store, large tractor store, triple garage and trio of car ports. Outbuildings have never looked so charming and picturesque.


“The glorious gardens also feature a hard tennis court, beautiful heated outdoor pool with terrace and barbecue area, an imaginative children’s play area with fun tree house”

Hincheslea House and its courtyard complex have been built on a rise and are completely surrounded by some 12 acres of grounds, comprising 8 acres of paddock land and 4½ acres of gardens. The gardens have been designed for seasonal interest throughout the year. In addition, seating areas have been created that take advantage of the property’s elevated position and its stunning views across the Forest landscape of mixed woodland and open heathland. The glorious gardens also feature a hard tennis court, beautiful heated outdoor pool with terrace and barbecue area, an imaginative children’s play area with fun tree house and a productive walled kitchen garden.

The property benefits from direct access onto open Forest - ideal for walking, running and riding out to nearby favoured areas of the New Forest, among them Hincheslea Moor, Hincheslea Wood, Long Slade Bottom, Wilverley Inclosure and Wilverley Plain. Well screened by trees, Hincheslea House seems far away from the madding crowd, yet it is within easy reach of Brockenhurst, Burley and Sway. It is, in brief, a dream home in an idyllic location and combines the best of all worlds, including past and present. Please contact the Brockenhurst Office on 01590 622551


Dock Lane, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst £2,250,000 Guide 6 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 5 Reception Rooms A substantial house dating from 1912 occupying an extremely secluded position with glorious views of the surrounding countryside and Beaulieu River. The house has well arranged, nicely proportioned rooms the majority of which face south overlooking beautifully planted gardens. The land totals approximately 2.75 acres and incorporates ample parking, formal gardens, vegetable garden and woodland. Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222


Lymington, Hampshire £1,595,000 Guide 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 3 Reception Rooms An elegant and spacious Grade II listed town house in one of the most sought-after roads in Lymington, being only a short walk from both the famous Georgian High Street and the stunning cobbled streets to the quay, where the frenetic boating activity provides year-round enjoyment. The world renowned yachting facilities are within a few minutes' walk from the house. The property has been recently refurbished and features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, large drawing room, dining room, fitted kitchen open to a stunning orangery, off road parking, attractive south facing walled garden and brick summer house/office. Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222

Lymington, Hampshire £1,550,000 Guide 5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 3 Reception Rooms

An impressive five bedroom detached family house with no onward chain benefitting from a large and versatile separate home office as well as ample parking and a double garage. This characterful period house is located on a popular tree lined road south of Lymington high street and within a short walk of the marinas. Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222



Boldre, Lymington £2,400,000 Guide 5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 4 Reception Rooms

A quintessential New Forest country home set within beautiful gardens and paddocks extending to over five and a half acres and positioned on a quiet lane within a few minutes of Lymington, with it's world renowned sailing facilities, deep water marinas and yacht clubs. This stunning five bedroom, three bathroom period home is presented in immaculate condition with four reception rooms, ample parking and an attached double garage building. Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222


Butter is the essential book for anyone who loves to cook with this glorious, versatile ingredient.

Butter By James Martin

Through over 130 original recipes, James Martin presents some of his favourite new dishes and classics – everything from savoury delights like Butter-poached lobster, Truffle butter brioche, Chicken with 'nduja butter and Dover sole meunière, to sweet treats including Rhubarb custard bread and butter pudding, Shortbread and Rum Baba. Butter can bring so much to a plate of food and James showcases this comforting superstar of cooking to its very best.



“Quite simply the most important ingredient in our kitchen. But James, everything in moderation!” Galton Blackiston - Morston Hall

Sea Bass En Croute with Hollandaise Sauce This is a true classic that I have been cooking for years and a fish like sea bass is great for this dish, but you can use any white fish, such as cod or haddock, or salmon. The most important thing with this recipe, apart from the quality of the fish, is the homemade puff pastry. There is a massive difference in colour and texture and above all else, taste. Served with hollandaise sauce, this is a classic that is worth the effort.


To make the mousse, blend the sea bass, scallops, whole eggs, egg yolk and cream in a Thermomix, in one movement, until homogenous and smooth. Fold through the pistachios and tarragon and season with salt and pepper.

FOR THE MOUSSE 75g sea bass, skinned 75g scallops 125g egg (about 3 eggs) 1 egg yolk 200ml whipping cream 25g pistachios, chopped a few sprigs of tarragon, chopped sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Mix together the eggs and milk for the egg wash. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry to a thickness of 3mm, then divide it into 2 equal pieces. Transfer one piece to a baking sheet. Lay the first sea bass fillet onto the pastry and spoon the mousse evenly down its centre. Sandwich the other fillet on top. Carefully place the second sheet of pastry on top, trimming any edges to fit, and seal it in with egg wash. Cut out a pastry fish using the pastry offcuts to decorate the top of the sea bass parcel. Brush the top and sides with the egg wash and chill for 30 minutes, then add the pastry fish and any other details. Preheat the oven to 190oC (170OC fan)/375oF/gas 5. Bake for 20 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and evenly baked. While the fish bakes, make the hollandaise. Add the wine, wine vinegar, thyme, tarragon and 4 grinds of black peppercorns to a pan over a high heat and boil rapidly to reduce by half. Pass this through a sieve and store refrigerated in a clean jar, for use now and with leftovers another time.

600g puff pastry plain flour, for dusting 1 sea bass (approx. 1.2–1.4kg), skinned, boned and cut into 2 fillets

FOR THE HOLLANDAISE SAUCE 250ml white wine 100ml white wine vinegar 2 sprigs of thyme 2 sprigs of tarragon black peppercorns 3 egg yolks 225g butter, melted 35g clotted cream FOR THE EGG WASH 2 eggs 25ml full-fat milk

In a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, whisk the egg yolks with 3 tablespoons of the reduction and a good pinch of salt until you have a thick, glossy, light sauce. Then carefully, in stages, whisk in the melted butter, pouring it in a steady stream. Finish the hollandaise by mixing in the clotted cream and seasoning with some salt and pepper. Set over a pan of simmering water to keep it warm. Serve a slice of the sea bass en croute with the hollandaise sauce on the side.


Squid with Burnt Butter & Fried Capers SERVES 4 600g puff pastry plain flour, for dusting 1 sea bass (approx. 1.2–1.4kg), skinned, boned and cut into 2 fillets 4 large squid, cleaned 2 tablespoons plain flour 50g butter sea salt and freshly ground black pepper FOR THE SAUCE 200g butter 2 tablespoons small capers juice of 1 lemon 1 small bunch of flat-leaf parsley, chopped


Fresh squid seared in a very hot pan is such a simple dish, perfect for alfresco dining. The burnt butter with a touch of lemon and the fried capers are both key to this dish. Simply drain the capers and deep-fry them so that they pop open. Alternatively, just add to the foaming butter before serving. Slice the squid into 10 x 3cm pieces and score. Place the flour and some seasoning in a shallow bowl, and coat the squid, dusting off any excess flour. In a large frying pan, heat the butter and, when foaming, add the squid. Cook for 2 minutes, then flip over and cook for a further 2 minutes. To make the sauce, put the butter in a large pan and heat until it’s nut brown. Add the capers, lemon juice and parsley. To serve, divide the squid between 4 plates and spoon over the sauce.

Shortbread with Strawberries & Cream SERVES 20 250g cold butter, cubed 110g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling 360g chilled plain flour, plus extra for dusting 1 tablespoon water TO SERVE fresh strawberries and clotted cream

There are so few ingredients in this recipe; it relies simply on good-quality butter, flour and sugar. If your mixture is a little bit too dry, add a little cold water, but not too much as the shortbread gets its name from the ratio of butter to flour to make it short – you are not making pastry! Preheat the oven to 170oC (150oC fan)/325oF/gas 3. In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar and flour, rubbing them together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir through the water to bring together into a dough. On a lightly floured surface, roughly roll out the dough and then press into a 20 x 15cm baking tin. Sprinkle with caster sugar, prick with a fork and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes. Bake for 10–15 minutes, then leave to cool in the tin on a wire rack. Cut into 20 rectangles and serve with strawberries and cream.

James Martin at The Kitchen, Chewton Glen, Hampshire The Kitchen at the award-winning Chewton Glen delivers stylish, informal, family-friendly, dining in a beautiful, brand-new, purpose-designed space. www.chewtonglen.com

Lymington, Hampshire £5,000,000 OIEO 9 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, 5 Reception Rooms

"Show stopping" aptly describes this fine Grade II* Listed property extending to over 8,000 sq ft. of carefully restored accommodation including five stunning reception rooms, nine bedrooms (with six suites) and ambitious design rarely seen. Monmouth House combines grandeur and a history of nearly 375 years with a bespoke interior of contemporary design finished to the highest quality. There is also a private entrance with extensive off street parking and a detached coach house with self-contained apartment. One of the most


important and prominent historic houses of Lymington, situated opposite St. Thomas church in the heart of our Georgian town which is famous for world renowned sailing and yachting facilities and the playground of the south coast. The house dates back to the early 17th Century with an 18th Century façade and one where the discerning buyer surely will not fail to be awed by the attention to detail bestowed upon this beautiful property.

“Quite simply, one of Lymington’s finest houses”

The south facing garden is a particular feature of the property and has been carefully designed to blend seamlessly with the living space. The stone paving that surrounds the garden is precisely level with the internal floor level and when the slimline sliding doors from the kitchen are opened the garden becomes another room and beautiful space from which to admire the glorious rear facade. The garden is level and the majority of the space is laid to a highly realistic artificial grass requiring little maintenance. There is a discrete space for a hot tub and ample room for relaxing or outdoor dining. Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222


Burley, Ringwood £1,699,950 Guide 4 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms

An impressive property, offered to the market for the first time in 66 years, situated in a sought after location in the heart of the New Forest, with stunning elevated views across the surrounding countryside. The property further benefits from a beautifully maintained gardens and outbuildings including a double garage and triple car port as well as potential for enlargement (STPP). Please contact the Burley Office on 01425 404088

Lymington, Hampshire £1,595,000 Guide 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms

A charming detached four bedroom family house surrounded by lovely gardens and a double garage in an extremely rare and sought after rural position south of Lymington High Street and a short walk to the sea wall and coastal path. The house offers spacious accommodation with a lounge and separate dining room, large kitchen and four double bedrooms comfortably arranged to provide flexibility to suit a variety of lifestyles. Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222


Lymington, Hampshire £2,850,000 Guide 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 5 Reception Rooms

This iconic Grade II Listed house is available for the first time in 100 years having been in the ownership of the same family since the early 1900s. The house is well maintained and provides extremely comfortable accommodation with wellproportioned rooms as well as substantial and beautifully planted south facing gardens. There is an independent annexe that functions either as extra accommodation and currently provides a superb income as a holiday rental. Located just 200m south of Lymington's High Street. Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222


Perfect Timing

“A classic designed for a lady.” So might some describe the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust.

Maybe they’re right. If “classic” means perpetuating tradition with a blend of elegance and precision, grace and resistance, beauty and technical performance. If being “a lady” means constantly pursuing a higher standard with unyielding determination. Then indeed the LadyDatejust is a classic designed for a lady. 1957. The Birth of an Icon Audrey Hepburn was captivating Hollywood, Sylvia Earle obtained her Master of Science, Françoise Sagan was shaking up the literary landscape, Pat Smythe reigned supreme in equestrian sport, and fashion designer Adèle Simpson had New-York clamouring for her latest creations. Women were changing. No less ladylike than their mothers, they were enjoying new, active lifestyles. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex, understood this: the modern woman wanted to manage her time to control her destiny. She needed as much precision as men. And so was born, in 1957, Rolex’s classic women’s watch: the Lady-Datejust. A watch of smaller proportions built on unwavering standards of excellence. A watch for women that was every bit as reliable as a man’s. With this innovation, the brand had broken new technical ground in terms of the case size,

while also obtaining COSC chronometric certification for this small model.

Left: M279138RBR-0015 - £29,900 Above: M279174-0013 - £6,400

The Lady-Datejust was inspired by audacity. It addressed not only a technical challenge but a cultural one, too: this watch would serve to further women’s independence. An uncompromising creation, combining elegance and accuracy on the wrist of a modern, graceful and accomplished woman. A symbol of assertiveness expressed in exquisitely feminine form. Incorporating several decades of watchmaking innovations, the Lady-Datejust has established itself as the ultimate classic women’s watch: a piece of technical prowess made for women who believe in themselves. Multiple dial variations are possible on the LadyDatejust. They are available in a wealth of materials, colours, motifs and markers – indices, Roman or Arab numerals – with numerous gemsetting options for the hour markers or the dial itself. Among the iconic champagne-colour, silver, white, pink and diamond-set dials, the dial in mother-of-pearl stands out for its singularity. Domed, fluted or gem-set, the bezel of the LadyDatejust is available in three different designs, each conferring its own distinctive aesthetic.

“A watch of smaller proportions built on unwavering standards of excellence.” SPENCERSNEWFOREST.COM | 37

And so was born, in 1957, Rolex’s classic women’s watch: the Lady-Datejust. A watch of smaller proportions built on unwavering standards of excellence. A watch for women that was every bit as reliable as a man’s. With this innovation, the brand had broken new technical ground in terms of the case size, while also obtaining COSC chronometric certification for this small model. The Lady-Datejust was inspired by audacity. It addressed not only a technical challenge but a cultural one, too: this watch would serve to further women’s independence. An uncompromising creation, combining elegance and accuracy on the wrist of a modern, graceful and accomplished woman. A symbol of assertiveness expressed in exquisitely feminine form.

innovations, the Lady-Datejust has established of technical prowess made for women who believe in themselves. Multiple dial variations are possible on the LadyDatejust. They are available in a wealth of materials, colours, motifs and markers – indices, Roman or Arab numerals – with numerous gemsetting options for the hour markers or the dial itself. Among the iconic champagne-colour, silver, white, pink and diamond-set dials, the dial in mother-of-pearl stands out for its singularity. Domed, fluted or gem-set, the bezel of the LadyDatejust is available in three different designs, each

Incorporating several decades of watchmaking


Above: 1957 Lady Datejust

itself as the ultimate classic women’s watch: a piece

conferring its own distinctive aesthetic.

Laings Southampton Westquay, Harbour Parade, Southampton, SO15 1QE www.laingsuk.com



Lymington, Hampshire £5,500,000 Guide 7 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 4 Reception Rooms

An extraordinarily well-positioned house with expansive water views across the mouth of the Lymington River to The Solent and Isle of Wight beyond. The property extends to just under 10 acres with land running down to the water and owning 300 yards of the shoreline. Currently a seven bedroom house of approximately 3,656 sq ft with planning permission granted to extend to create living accommodation of 5,296 sq ft plus a detached garage block and separate home office. The house sits in beautiful gardens with a walled garden,


swimming pool and within a short drive of Lymington which is just 1.5 miles away. Lisle Court House is a charming period property which currently extends to approximately 3,656 sq ft including garaging and ancillary accommodation. The house is now in need of considerable updating and several options are open to potential purchasers. The existing house could be refurbished or, alternatively, one could carry out the extensive planning permission that has been granted and create a beautifully designed family home of 5,296 sq ft in one of the south coast's most breathtaking positions.

“Planning permission granted to adapt and extend this extraordinarily well positioned house with expansive water views across the mouth of the Lymington River to The Solent and Isle of Wight beyond.” Lisle Court House occupies one of the prime waterside positions in the area. With southerly views across the Lymington River and The Solent from both house and garden the outlook is as striking as it is unspoilt. Houses in such a glorious position and with this degree of potential are vanishingly rare. To the south of the formal gardens lie beautiful paddocks that run down to water with a grassy foreshore perfect for picnics, barbecues and launching paddleboards and dinghies. The paddocks are ideal for grazing or, as currently, left as wild meadow with a profusion of native grasses and summer wildflowers. There is vehicular access from the lane to the paddocks. Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222


Milford on Sea, Lymington £1,395,000 Guide 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 4 Reception Rooms This superb modern house occupies one of Milford's most sought after positions at the end of a private road with exceptional south westerly sea views ranging from The Needles in the east to the Purbeck Hills in the west. Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222

Lymington, Hampshire £775,000 Guide 5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms A fully refurbished Grade II Listed town house positioned on the famous cobbled Quay Hill at the bottom of the high street. Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222

Somerley, Dorset £1,200,000 Guide 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms A beautifully appointed country home located in the picturesque grounds of Harbridge Court, set in mature landscaped gardens and two acres of paddocks. Please contact the Ringwood Office on 01425 462600


Award-winning New Forest Interior Design Studio brings dream spaces to life.

Grand Designs Whether you’ve just moved into your dream home or you’re preparing your property for sale, when it comes to creating a show-stopping space interior design can make all the difference. Harris Jackson is a luxury interior design studio based in the heart of the New Forest specialising in high-end residential, property and boutique hotel design. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, the expert team can help with all aspects of interior design from creative concepts and spatial planning through to complete project management.


“From stunning New Forest country homes to boutique hotels, Harris Jackson offers a completely tailored service.”

From stunning New Forest country homes to boutique hotels, Harris Jackson offers a completely tailored service. Working with clients across the south coast the team is renowned for bringing truly memorable spaces to life. “We’re incredibly passionate about not just designing interiors but designing lifestyles,” says Samantha F. Crockett, founder of Harris Jackson. “We strongly believe that carefully thought-out spaces not only impact people's everyday experiences but their lives too.” Samantha’s global experience has led to collaborations with some of the most elite hoteliers in the world including Mandarin Oriential, JW Marriott and Langham alongside a variety of independent brands and high-end property developers. After working with a range of clients throughout the Middle East and Asia, Samantha returned to the New Forest (where she grew up) to offer a complete interior design service to luxury residential clients. With a growing team and extensive client base, Samantha says the vision remains the same as it always has: “We draw creative inspiration from all around and we are always focused on striking the perfect balance between style and functionality. Our passion is steeped in creating wonderful spaces where people can make long-lasting memories; emotive spaces and memorable experiences for the worldly-wise and inquisitive.”


BRINGING YOUR DREAM SPACE TO LIFE Whatever stage of the process you are at, Harris Jackson can help you bring your dream space to life and will guide you every step of the way. Their bespoke service spans concept to completion and covers everything from stylish kitchen and dining areas to cosy living rooms and stunning bathroom sanctuaries. Samantha explains: “We work with a variety of clients on different aspects and we completely tailor our service depending on what is required. If it’s early concepts, our design, sourcing, specification and procurement team are on hand to develop bespoke material boards that include everything from architectural finishes and fabrics to furniture and lighting. We then work with trusted partners to sketch out interior drawings, plans and elevations and if the client requests we can provide 3D renderings before styling and sourcing artwork and accessories to bring the design life.

Above: The Harris Jackson team.

“We’re incredibly passionate about not just designing interiors but designing lifestyles.”


We also offer a consultation service which helps people to put things together and make their ideas stand out, giving them the tools to move forward with a concept or idea and complete the later stages of the project themselves. We have a staging service too, which is ideal if you are looking to prepare a house for sale. We often find clients who opt for this are too close to their own home to see what needs changing to guarantee a sale, so that’s where we come in. Our team can offer a new set of expert eyes to show you what needs to be omitted, moved around or cleared away. We can even repurpose existing decor or replace it entirely with our experience in unique antique sourcing.” To find out more visit www.harrisjackson.co.uk or contact the team on info@harrisjackson.co.uk to arrange a bespoke consultation.

Rockford, Ringwood £2,350,000 Guide 5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 5 Reception Rooms

Rockford Farm is a lovingly restored Grade II period farmhouse, situated in a stunning rural location with far reaching views of the New Forest. Located near to the charming market town of Ringwood, this desirable home dates back to medieval times and was even mentioned in the Doomsday book. Originally owned and used as a successful dairy farm by the Somerley Estate, the house was redeveloped during the Georgian period with a later extension during the late nineteenth century. Please contact the Ringwood Office on 01425 462600


Lyndhurst, Hampshire £700,000 Guide 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms Please contact the Brockenhurst Office on 01590 622551

Lymington, Hampshire £1,495,000 Guide 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222

Lymington, Hampshire £625,000 Guide 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222

Milford on Sea, Lymington £495,000 Guide 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, 1 Reception Rooms Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222


Wish you were here? If you want to enjoy a life beside the seaside, the New Forest’s coast offers an easy escape.We take a journey along its shoreline, from east to west, revealing secret gems along the way.

New Forest by the Sea The New Forest may not be widely known for its coastline, however this is an enchanting landscape of glamorous marinas and retro seawater pools, sheltered harbours and lagoons, shingle beaches and pebble spits, Tudor forts and quaysides for crabbing. This journey starts with Waterside on the western shore of Southampton Water, an area gradually undergoing exciting redevelopment. This started with Hythe Marina Village. Inspired by Port Grimaud on the Mediterranean, this was the first marina village to be built in the UK and features picturesque waterside properties with their own berths. Hythe itself offers regular ferry sailings across to Southampton Town Quay, a journey of just 15 minutes, providing an alternative commute to the office. The ferry


leaves from the end of Hythe’s historic pier, one of the longest in Britain, and you can jump on the world’s oldest pier train to take you there. Plans are also underway to open a passenger waterside rail service, connecting Southampton with stations at Marchwood, Hythe and Fawley by 2024. This will be in demand as the new Fawley Waterside development takes shape. Beyond Fawley, Calshot sits where Southampton Water meets the Solent. Calshot is notable for its length of shingle beach, backed by brightly coloured beach huts with views across busy waters towards Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. This is a popular destination for watersports enthusiasts. There’s Calshot Sailing Club, a family-orientated dinghy sailing club, but the

main draw is Calshot Activities Centre, one of the largest outdoor adventure centres in Britain with climbing wall and dry ski slope as well as opportunities to learn to kayak, paddleboard, windsurf and sail in sheltered waters. Located on Calshot Spit, the Centre has the functional appearance of a warehouse, however it is adjacent to Calshot Castle, a well-preserved example of one of a chain of forts built by Henry VIII along the South Coast. Heading west the scenery softens into Lepe’s pine-fringed beach, a favourite with families and dog walkers. This relaxing spot features historic remains of D-Day activities as well as a distinctive modern structure floating above the sand - The Lookout café, which won a RIBA architectural award.

Left: Mudeford Quay, above: Sailing on the Solan, right top: Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu, right bottom: Beaulieu River

“The New Forest may not be widely known for its coastline, however this is an enchanting landscape of glamorous marinas and retro seawater pools...”

its owners, the Montagus, have taken care to protect the environment and character of both the river and the estate for almost five centuries.

Lepe Road runs west alongside the water’s edge and between coastguard cottages and an old watch house before turning inland at a new lighthouse, known as the Beaulieu River Beacon, positioned near the mouth of the aptly named Beaulieu River - Beaulieu meaning beautiful place.

New Forest Activities, based beside Beaulieu River, is the biggest provider of outdoor activities in the New Forest National Park, creating archery, cycling, canoeing and kayaking adventures for nearly 20 years. This is an opportunity to take to the water and discover a different view of this unspoiled river with its estuary creeks and wooded banks. There’s the occasional glimpse of character homes, old and new, squirreled away on the river bank, some with access to private moorings and pontoons.

This is a peaceful corner of the Forest and yet it includes world renowned attractions, among them Exbury Gardens, 200 acres of spectacular formal, wildflower and woodland gardens running down to Beaulieu River, where a riverside walk provides visitors with viewing points for watching birds and wildlife on the estuary’s tidal flats. As one of the few privately owned rivers in the world,

Beaulieu itself is a picturesque riverside village, home to the National Motor Museum and Palace House, built in 1204 as the gatehouse to Beaulieu Abbey and ancestral home to the Montagus since 1538. This charming village is also the location of country house hotel The Montagu Arms, which has two excellent restaurants: The Terrace and Monty’s Brasserie.

The Beaulieu River Sailing Club was set up over 90 years ago to provide private informal racing between Beaulieu residents and encourage a relaxed approach to pottering and socialising on this river.

Gypsy Moth IV was moored here before Sir Francis Chichester’s epic journey around the world in 1966-67. Sir Francis described Beaulieu River as “the most attractive and beautiful river I know”. Gypsy Moth IV returned recently to mark the reopening of Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour, following a £2M redevelopment, while preserving its natural charm. Walkers can follow a riverside path that runs from Beaulieu to Bucklers Hard, which was an 18th-century shipbuilding village famous for building vessels for Nelson’s navy. Today it is a visitor destination including museum and The Master Builder’s House hotel and restaurant, plus seasonal bar and street food pop-ups. But where the River meets the Solent is a little known windswept landscape, home to Royal Southampton Yacht Club’s Gins Clubhouse and North Solent Nature Reserve where valley mires and ancient oak woodlands meet coastal grazing marsh and heath. Hidden here is the occasional isolated retreat, such as an erstwhile inn hunkered low on the edge of a wild foreshore of shingle and salt marsh. This unspoiled landscape is dotted with hamlets and villages, among them East End, home to the East End Arms, a country inn owned by John Illsley, bass guitarist of Dire Straits, and a meeting point for local donkeys.


“The market town of Lymington is arguably the UK’s sailing capital with what is considered some of the finest sailing in the world.”

To the west is the Lymington River which is certainly no secret among the sailing fraternity. The market town of Lymington is arguably the UK’s sailing capital with what is considered some of the finest sailing in the world. Marinas include Lymington Yacht Marina and family-owned Berthon Lymington Marina, as well as Lymington Harbour with good value berths and moorings at Town Quay. Clubs provide a variety of opportunities for those keen to get out on the water, among them Lymington Town Sailing Club, Royal Lymington Yacht Club, with Spencers New Forest as main sponsors for the Club’s Thursday Night Racing Series, and Salterns Sailing Club, run for children by children and based in an old saltpan, an ideal Swallows and Amazons environment. More family-friendly local facilities include the Lymington Open Air Sea Water Baths. Built in 1833, this is the oldest lido in the country and it is one of the largest, too. It features a vast inflatable obstacle course and offers paddleboard sessions, all with views of the Isle of Wight ferry plying to and fro from Lymington to Yarmouth. One London escapee described Lymington as ‘Richmond by the Sea’ because of its selection of chic boutiques and excellent cafes, pubs and restaurants. These include The Elderflower on Quay Hill - raved


about by Fred Sirieix in BBC TV’s Remarkable Places to Eat. Lymington certainly enjoys a year-round liveliness. That is another advantage of this coastline it is not defined by a traditional holiday season. In terms of property, Lymington is a glorious architectural mash-up of Georgian townhouses, Victorian terraced cottages, mid-20th century family homes on leafy avenues near the marinas, and contemporary riverside apartments. Walkers can follow the Solent Way (a 60-mile long distance footpath running along Hampshire’s coastline between Emsworth and Milford on Sea) along the seawall through Keyhaven Marshes Nature Reserve, a stunning landscape of lagoon, mudflat and salt marsh thronging with birdlife and enjoying views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Stop off at Keyhaven, an idyllic waterside hamlet where there is a quirky little sailing club, New Forest Paddleboard Company, very good Gun Inn and a seasonal ferry service to Hurst Castle at the end of Hurst Spit. This is another of Henry VIII’s coastal forts, however this one also served as a prison for Charles I. There is the occasional spectacle of kite surfers jumping and spiralling over waters sheltered by that high pebble spit that leads to Hurst Castle and Hurst Point Lighthouse. There’s also a footbridge that is a family favourite for crabbing, while beyond the spit is Milford on Sea’s shingle beach with views to the Needles.

Left: Lymington Sea Wall, above: Beach huts on Mudeford Sandbank

highly regarded restaurants such as Pebble Beach and The Cliff House, both perched near the cliff edge, while super smart Chewton Glen is a short walk from the seafront. Chewton Glen was one of the country’s first ever country house hotels. Today it has an awardwinning spa, tree house suites and a casual dining restaurant with cookery school overseen by TV chef James Martin. Milford on Sea is a coastal village with its centre around a delightful green. It has increasingly become recognised as a foodie destination as it has so many recommended bistros, cafes and restaurants. These include Verveine, an innovative fine dining restaurant incorporating a fishmonger, La Perle channelling classic French bistro, The Lighthouse for relaxed beachfront dining, Saltwater café, considered a real find, and Mr Pink’s traditional fish and chippy. Beyond Milford on Sea the coast changes into a landscape of shingle and sand beaches edged by cliffs. A breezy clifftop path, with wide views over Christchurch Bay from Hurst Castle to Hengistbury Head, leads west into Barton on Sea, a clifftop village with a golf course that benefits from those panoramic coastal views. Here the foodie focus continues with

Just across the border into Dorset is Highcliffe, home to Highcliffe Castle, a grand romantic confection of a 19th century country house. Royalty, politicians and the great and good of the day stayed here, while Harry Gordon Selfridge, the owner of the London department store, lived here for six years. Today the Castle hosts fairs, exhibitions and weddings. Steamer Point, between Highcliffe Castle and Friar’s Cliff, was once part of the Castle’s grounds. Originally intended as a formal woodland, it is now a 24 acre clifftop nature reserve overlooking sweeping bays. This coastline comprises increasingly sandy beaches backed by lush tree-lined cliffs. The beaches carry the names of the local area: Highcliffe, Highcliffe Castle, Friar’s Cliff and Avon Beach. The latter is a lovely

stretch of beach popular with swimmers and known for its great seafood restaurant, The Noisy Lobster. Backed by a smart leafy residential district, this beach also has a subtle continental ambience. Avon Beach sits east of Mudeford Quay at the entrance to the sheltered waters of Christchurch Harbour, where Christchurch seems to float on the confluence of the Rivers Stour and Avon. Here are a number of sailing clubs, taking advantage of the Harbour’s sheltered waters, and a choice of excellent harbourside restaurants among them The Jetty and Upper Deck at Christchurch Harbour Hotel. Mudeford Quay itself is a popular destination with several places to eat and drink, and stores to buy buckets and nets for crabbing. A ferry can take walkers across the Harbour entrance to Mudeford Sandbank, otherwise reached via Hengistbury Head. The Sandbank is known for its iconic much-photographed beach huts, the most expensive in the country: a reminder that this stretch of coast, from Southampton Water to Christchurch Harbour, combines glamour with a breezy, outdoors lifestyle.


Linwood, Ringwood £2,750,000 Guide 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms Impressive country home in a New Forest setting with approximately 12 acres of gardens, woodlands and paddocks. This four bedroom home benefits from substantial outbuildings which include an annexe, games room, gym and a large stable block with adjoining barn. This individual home has much character, yet offers modern living and features flagstone floors, oak floors as well as an open plan kitchen/dining room with adjoining conservatory. The property is also conveniently situated just a short drive away from the old market town of Ringwood. Please contact the Ringwood Office on 01425 462600


Hordle Grange, Nr Lymington £2,395,000 Guide 13 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, 10 Reception Rooms

A wonderful country manor house extending to over 8,700 sq ft and arranged around a central courtyard, the property offers truly versatile accommodation. Currently arranged for multi-generational living, the property would suit a number of requirements as a whole and with the potential to derive an income. This is a substantial residence comprising of a Main Residence, North Wing and ancillary accommodation within the East Wing, making a total of thirteen bedrooms, ten reception rooms and eight bathrooms.


A particular feature of the property are the beautiful rear gardens which benefit from southerly aspects and are bounded to two sides by neighbouring fields. Extending to approx. 2 acres with an array of complimentary planting, mature shrubs and trees. The garden is divided into two main lawned areas and screened with hedging and large trees to the boundaries. Further areas of interest include parts of the formal Edwardian garden and maze, potting area with chicken run, old ‘piggery’ and a ‘hidden’ garden which provides an additional seating area as well as the formal terrace which abuts the main house and

A wonderful country manor house extending to over 8,700 sq ft and arranged around a central courtyard, the property offers truly versatile accommodation. provides for extensive seating and entertaining. The grounds further incorporate a tennis court, welltended raised vegetable beds, and an attractive pergola arch arranged with climbing wisteria. The property enjoys a semi rural setting with lovely views across the gardens to fields beyond. The village of Hordle is a close neighbour of the busy town of New Milton to the west, and the popular Georgian market town of Lymington to the east. Please contact the Brockenhurst Office on 01590 622551


Pennington, Lymington £2,350,000 Guide 5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 4 Reception Rooms

A quite exceptional property on the outskirts of Lymington offering glorious views over its own land which extends to 8.93 acres including gardens, paddocks, woodland and stream. The house, gardens and land have a south-westerly aspect with an Lshaped stable block and yard adjacent to the paddocks and a large paved area (formerly a tennis court) ideal for parking. While occupying an idyllic rural setting the property is only 1.25 miles from the centre of Lymington. Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222


Brockenhurst, Hampshire £1,950,000 Guide 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 3 Reception Rooms This four bedroom family residence is situated on one of the most sought after locations in Brockenhurst. The property stands in stunning mature grounds approaching half an acre, with a sweeping driveway accessed through double gates leading to the detached double garage, large shed/garage and car port. A further plot of garden is set to the side of the garaging which provides for many options subject to the relevant regulations and benefits from a separate access point to Armstrong Road. Please contact the Brockenhurst Office on 01590 622551


Burley, Ringwood £1,950,000 Guide 6 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 6 Reception Rooms A stunning, bright, and airy family home recently refurbished to an extremely high specification, offering idyllic country living coupled with all the luxuries of modern life, the property benefits from six bedrooms and up to six reception rooms, configured to offer flexible accommodation and would make the prefect multi-generational living accommodation. Situated right on the edge of the open New Forest, numerous outbuildings including a garage, stables, and further benefits from approximately 1.25 acres of delightful gardens and paddock land. Please contact the Burley Office on 01425 404088


Ringwood, Hampshire £1,900,000 Guide 5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, 4 Reception Rooms

A deceptively large four bedroom bungalow in gardens of approximately 3/4 acre in the exclusive Avon Castle. The accommodation comprises four bedrooms, three bathrooms (two en-suite) and two reception rooms. It features a large open plan living room and dining room, an impressive master bedroom suite with dressing area and en-suite bathroom. Outside the sizeable gardens occupy a corner plot and they are extensive with a large pond and a variety of specialist trees. Please contact the Ringwood Office on 01425 462600

Braemore, Fordingbridge £1,450,000 Guide 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 4 Reception Rooms

An outstanding opportunity to purchase an exquisite period barn amassing to approximately 4250 square feet that has been converted beautifully to exacting standards and is situated on a 1.8 acre plot. It is thought the property dates back to circa 1650 and was formally converted in 1996. Since then, the current owners have refurbished and improved the property to an exceptional level throughout. Outside, there are 2 recently installed feature ponds creating a real oasis to reside at in the ever popular forest village of Breamore. Please contact the Ringwood Office on 01425 462600








Ashley Heath, Ringwood £1,750,000 Guide 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms

A most appealing unlisted thatched cottage which requires some upgrading, but retains many original period features and offers tremendous opportunity for home and income. This property is set in 17 acres of paddocks, woodland and gardens with nearby access to the Ringwood forest (via the Castleman Trailway). This traditional cob cottage dates back to around 1780 and benefits from numerous substantial outbuildings, which also includes five rental units providing an opportunity for home and income. Please contact the Ringwood Office on 01425 462600

Frogham, Fordingbridge £1,400,000 Guide 6 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 3 Reception Rooms

Presented to the market for the first time since being redeveloped is a millennial Grand Designs-esque 6 bedroom detached residence situated in one of the New Forest’s blue chip locations. The original part of this home was built over 200 years ago, of which the current owners have sympathetically extended; creating a wonderful mixture of period and modern, hence the formation of two staircases and wings provides a great opportunity for multi – generational living as well as ample space to work from home. Please contact the Ringwood Office on 01425 462600


Lymington, Hampshire £2,600,000 Guide 5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 4 Reception Rooms A unique five bedroom Victorian Gothic family home in a private location with impressive views of Lymington river. Bridge End House is a lovely, spacious, light-filled family home, orientated to make the most of its south-facing aspect and river views. Offering plenty of flexible accommodation to suit a variety of lifestyles, the house sits in half an acre of private grounds with triple garaging and beautiful contemporary accommodation including 4 reception rooms, luxury kitchen, Victorian fireplaces and walnut flooring. Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222



This year, as we celebrate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, many have been considering the changes we have experienced over the past 70 years. Comparisons have been drawn about the price of a pint of milk and a pint of beer, then and now. However, property prices are the big talking point.

The Business of Letting: A Platinum Investment

In 1952 the average property cost £1,891; that’s £56,000 in today's money. Now the average home is £260,771; that’s 130 times higher than in 1952, as reported by financial website thisismoney.co.uk. Back in 1952 a house was worth four times the average salary. In 2022 it is more than eight times the average salary. In brief this means that property has provided a secure investment over the decades. It also means that the rental market is key for those who may not be in a position to buy into their chosen area. Therefore the private rental market can be a valuable asset to the community as well as providing income for landlords. Over the past couple of years, however, the pandemic has shaken up the lettings market and there is now a shortage of


property to rent. As Tracy Harding, Associate Director, Spencers New Forest lettings office, explains: ‘The pandemic has had a huge effect on the lettings market. Due to lockdown and the opportunity to work from home, people reassessed their work habits. Even with restrictions in place, our lettings office was busy with enquiries as there was a huge increase in people looking to move into the area, particularly people moving from London, wanting more outside space and lovely surroundings, including access to countryside and coast. ‘But with the economy on hold for many businesses, during this period the Government decided to bring in strict and prolonged processes to protect tenants and delay landlords being able to regain

TIPS FOR TENANTS ‘As there is so little available we always recommend people looking to rent a property sign up to alerts on websites such as Rightmove. Alerts are sent through immediately we press Go Live, and literally within minutes the phone rings! We advise people to call us as this is the quickest way to arrange a viewing. It can be very frustrating if you are looking for rental properties at the moment as they do move quickly. We suggest you call agents, pop into the office, make yourself known to agents… You never know they may be just about to press the Go Live button on the perfect property for you.’

possession of their properties if tenants defaulted. There was, understandably, some nervousness around people’s incomes and whether tenants would still have jobs as the economy emerged from the pandemic. ‘In the event, at Spencers New Forest we were very proud of the very low number of tenants we had falling into arrears during this time. This was down to the strong relationships we always build between tenants and landlords. We helped them work together to find solutions and work out payments plans to ease the difficulties some were experiencing. ‘We have now emerged from the worst of the pandemic, yet there is a notable lack of properties coming onto the lettings market. There are a number of reasons for this. In particular, some landlords decided

to take advantage of the booming sales market in the area and the record prices properties were achieving. Others were nervous of the legislation changes. ‘However, we are now seeing a lot more stability with tenancies; confidence is returning with processes in place to protect both landlords and tenants. We are keen to spread the message to prospective landlords – the lettings market remains a sound investment option, particularly if you choose the right agent who understands the systems and processes, and has a strong record of working with landlords and tenants to establish strong relationships that benefit everyone. ‘Lettings can be plain sailing with the right agent on board and navigating! Plus, we have a dedicated team who can be all hands on deck if required!’

HELLO TO LANDLORDS ‘We are still seeing investment landlords buying in the area. The New Forest and surrounding area is a bit of a bubble, where keeping hold of property in the long term can be very lucrative, providing both a regular income and excellent capital growth. It can be daunting letting out what is a valuable asset, but with the right agent by your side your investment will be cared for and your and your tenants’ best interests looked after. The perfect business arrangement. So, don’t be scared, lettings is still a great option, particularly if you choose the right agent.’

THE LETTINGS OFFICE Spencers New Forest lettings office celebrates its tenth anniversary next year. It opened in 2013 and offers a specialist dedicated lettings service managing every aspect of the lettings process in house, including maintenance and property inspections. The team undergo regular training to keep on top of legislation and are frequently praised by both landlords and tenants for their friendly professionalism and reliability.


Ringwood, Hampshire £3,950,000 Guide 6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, 5 Reception Rooms

Spencers of Ringwood are pleased to offer this exquisite home which amounts to approximately 9,000 sq. ft, situated in the prestigious Avon Castle Drive, set in secluded grounds of approximately 1.2 acres. Built in 2015, Mulberry house effortlessly blends stateof-the-art fixtures with elegance and style, further improved by the current owners to provide an exceptional contemporary home. The property offers the ultimate modern lifestyle and is finished to the highest standard, featuring a spectacular indoor swimming pool complex and fully integrated cinema room, and is installed with the latest state of


the art technology, including an automated control 4 home management system. Avon Castle is an exclusive and highly sought after residential area set in the Avon Valley bordering Ringwood. The main ‘drive’ is lined with mature shrubs and trees, providing the feeling of seclusion and privacy. The market town of Ringwood is just two miles west, offering an excellent range of independent and high street shops, cafes and restaurants as well as excellent recreational facilities and renowned schools. The beautiful New Forest is only a short drive away, and offers sprawling heathland and woodland; a haven for a broad range of outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling and

Spencers of Ringwood are pleased to offer this exquisite home which amounts to approximately 9,000 sq. ft, situated in the prestigious Avon Castle Drive, set in secluded grounds of approximately 1.2 acres.

horse riding. For the commuter the A338 is easily accessible, providing routes to the coastal towns of Bournemouth and Christchurch (approx. 8-10 miles south) and Southampton (approx. 17 miles east via the A31/M27). The M27/M3 will take you to London, which is approximately 2 hours distant. There are international airports at both Bournemouth and Southampton. Please contact the Ringwood Office on 01425 462600


An overview of the property market, from the experts at Spencers New Forest

Market Insight: New Forest “The bounce back in the property market following the first lockdown has been quite phenomenal,” reports Rob Batten, Director and Co-founder Spencers. “This is partly due to pent up demand, but mostly due to the number of buyers from London and the Home Counties moving out, looking for bigger homes with larger gardens and easy access to open spaces. “Across our offices, Spencers New Forest recorded a staggering 39% increase in London-based applicants registering to move out of the capital last year. This resulted in one in two buyers moving here from London and the Home Counties. From talking to these new purchasers, it is evident that they reassessed their priorities during lockdown.” Bob Bickersteth MRICS, the London Office, showcasing Spencers’ properties to purchasers in London, agrees: “There is still an appetite to move out of London. People want properties that possess what they don’t have in London, which is access to beaches and countryside and views, and space around their properties, whether a garden or paddock. People are looking for properties with good broadband and ideally with a room or separate space to have an office in order to work from home. “Due to the pandemic, people have reappraised what they want in life, and quite a few people have decided they want to live a slightly different lifestyle and live closer to where their hobbies are - whether that’s sailing or horse riding, running or walking. People have questioned whether they really want to be working and commuting in London when they could be living elsewhere, with a better quality of life and spending more time with their family.”

“The bounce back in the property market following the first lockdown has been quite phenomenal” Rob Batten, Director and Co-founder Spencers New Forest

This has been echoed in an Office for National Statistics survey that reported that 28 per cent of adults planned to make huge changes to their lives after society recovered from the pandemic, with 35 per cent of them intending to change where they lived, particularly as many companies have adopted a more flexible approach to home working. Others have moved out in preparation for a semi or earlier retirement, with destinations such as the New Forest being particularly sought after. This is due to its mix of countryside and coast, and excellent transport links, including mainline train services from Brockenhurst and Sway, connections to the M3 and M27, and close proximity to Southampton airport. Nationwide Building Society reports that detached homes have gone up by 22% since the start of the pandemic, as people working from home sought out bigger properties. Overall, the market has seen the strongest pace of increase

in the year to March 2022 since 2004, according to Nationwide. Spencers New Forest have seen demand across the price range, although more noticeable in the middle to higher end of the market, reflecting the desire for larger properties and more outside space. Demand has barely slowed this year with the new work-home hybrid set to continue for the future, allowing greater lifestyle flexibility and work-home balance. Spencers New Forest report that although demand is split evenly between those looking for a principal home and those looking for a bolthole, there is one very noticeable difference. Those people who had a principal home in London and a smaller weekend property in the country or by the sea are now wanting the reverse. This has seen Spencers New Forest securing record prices for New Forest properties in a competitive market. Contracts were recently exchanged on Hincheslea House, a magnificent modern country house with Forest views in 12 acres which came to the market with Spencers New Forest at £9M. Spencers New Forest have also taken on their first ever £10M property instruction: Boldre Grange, considered one of the New Forest’s most prominent properties. It was designed by the architect Richard Norman Shaw, who took inspiration from manorial houses of the 16th and 17th centuries and directly influenced the Arts & Crafts Movement. Rob Batten is proud of Spencers New Forest achievements, although he clarifies, “Spencers New Forest is not just about spectacular high end properties. We are an agent for all prices, all markets, all seasons and all areas. Our property portfolio includes coastal apartments, terraces in market towns, village houses, quaint cottages, farmhouses and equestrian estates as well as grand country houses. Spencers New Forest are proud to be inclusive, covering the whole market. Our strength is that we have a local network of offices, supported by the London Office. We have strong local connections, in-depth knowledge and market intelligence across the area.” Rob Batten concludes, “Despite increases in borrowing costs and pressure on household budgets, robust demand and limited stock continue to drive property prices. The market is more price sensitive than it was in early spring, however a calmer market also provides a more enjoyable process for buyers. There’s definitely a continuing confidence in the market place and a confidence across the New Forest area.” SPENCERSNEWFOREST.COM | 81

Redlynch, Salisbury £750,000 Guide 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms Please contact the Ringwood Office on 01425 462600

Bransgore, Christchurch £835,000 Guide 5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms Please contact the Burley Office on 01425 404088

Coach Hill Lane, Burley £995,000 Guide 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms Please contact the Burley Office on 01425 404088

Minstead, Lyndhurst £995,000 Guide 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms Please contact the Burley Office on 01425 404088


Frogham, Fordingbridge £1,300,000 Guide 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 3 Reception Rooms One of the most outstanding locations in the North Forest. Boasting panoramic views over open forest and situated in complete privacy is this exceptional Victorian detached four bedroom property. Please contact the Ringwood Office on 01425 462600

Ringwood, Hampshire £1,100,000 Guide 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms A wonderful nineteenth century three bedroom period home, located along a quiet lane on the edge of the market town of Ringwood. Please contact the Ringwood Office on 01425 462600

Bickton, Fordingbridge £1,000,000 OIEO 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 3 Reception Rooms A beautifully presented four-bedroom thatched house boasting original character features and the potential to create additional living accommodation. Please contact the Ringwood Office on 01425 462600


Breamore, Fordingbridge £1,150,000 Guide 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms A superb example of a 17th century country retreat, located in the quiet and picturesque hamlet of Breamore, close to the open forest. Please contact the Ringwood Office on 01425 462600

Brockenhurst, Hampshire £1,150,000 Guide 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 4 Reception Rooms A charming four bedroom detached character home set centrally on an approx 1/3 acre plot on one of Brockenhurst’s premier roads on the edge of the village. Please contact the Brockenhurst Office on 01590 622551

Boldre, Lymington £1,950,000 Guide 5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 3 Reception Rooms A pretty cottage style property set in the sought after forest location of Sandy Down offers accommodation extending to over 2800 sqft. Please contact the Brockenhurst Office on 01590 622551



THE PIG opened in 2011 in the New Forest and became an instant hit. A more relaxed take on the country hotel, THE PIG’s unique selling point was, and still is, its kitchen garden which remains at the heart of each hotel.

500 Miles of Food, Friends and Local Legends

Founded by Robin Hutson OBE (who created Hotel du Vin and launched Lime Wood), his wife Judy Hutson (who is responsible for the interiors) and David Elton, THE PIG’s litter has grown to eight, with hotels across southern England. The hotels have won a fervently loyal following and a string of industry accolades. This summer comes the second book from THE PIG. Following the success of their first book, this new book focuses even more on the homegrown and the local, celebrating the talented artisans, growers, farmers, foragers and fishermen who make each PIG hotel - and its menu - unique. Eight chapters - one per hotel - will take readers from coast to coast across southern England, featuring beautiful photography, anecdotes, tips, interviews and, of course, delicious, simple recipes that reflect each hotel’s region. Commenting on the new book, Robin Hutson says: “A lot has happened


“Our PIGs now reside in every county across the south coast of England and this book celebrates the unique produce and flavours of each one.”

Above: THE PIG, New Forest Hotel & Restaurant in Brockenhurst

in the three years since we published our first book. We have opened three more hotels and, of course, we’ve all had a global pandemic to contend with. Our PIGs now reside in every county across the south coast of England and this book celebrates the unique produce and flavours of each one, as well as the incredible artisans who have become a big part of our story. With this second book, we wanted to take readers photographically behind the scenes to see a little of the life and people ‘backstage’ at THE PIG: the unsung heroes of hospitality. It’s this crew, who aren’t always seen by guests, who keep the show on the road.” Over the next few pages we take a look at some recipes from the New Forest restaurant. SPENCERSNEWFOREST.COM | 87


Pannage is an extremely exciting time of year, not only because you get to see pigs roaming free in the forest but also because you know their incredible meat is soon to follow - so for a few precious weeks every autumn this dish is on our menu. The black garlic butter with oyster mushrooms grown in our mushroom house is one of our favourite pairings. We use black garlic from The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight, available in farm shops and online. We repurposed our old walk-in fridge for our mushroom house at The Pig, where we grow a range of fungi using recycled coffee grounds.

Pannage Pork, Black Garlic Oyster Mushrooms Heat the oven to 220ºC, 200ºC fan (425ºF), Gas Mark 7. Using a sharp knife, remove the sinew from the tenderloin – take care not to cut too deep and waste any of the meat. Season well with salt and pepper. Bring a frying pan up to a high heat. Add the oil and the tenderloin (you can cut the pork in half if that makes it more manageable); turn regularly until all the sides are golden brown. Add the butter, garlic and herbs and baste by spooning the oil over it. Cook in the oven for 4-5 minutes and rest for 3 minutes before serving. Your pork should be blushing.

SERVES 2 FOR THE PORK 1 pannage pork tenderloin, weighing 400-500g 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 25g butter 3 garlic cloves, crushed

Soften the salted butter. Place the black garlic into a mixing bowl and, using a fork or spoon, crush to a paste. Add the rest of the ingredients plus the butter and mix well. Spoon the butter onto a sheet of parchment paper. Make a sausage shape by rolling up the parchment then chill. Place a frying pan on a high heat and add the vegetable oil. Add the mushrooms and cook until slightly softened and starting to turn golden. Add the broccoli and season with salt and pepper, then add 50g of the black garlic butter (the rest can go into the fridge or freezer for later, maybe for a risotto or any number of dishes). Cook until the broccoli is softened but still has some bite. Once the pork has rested, slice it into thick rounds and put on a plate with the broccoli and mushrooms. Finish with the red wine sauce, gently heated through.

“ ‘If you want a relaxed break in great surroundings and enjoy great food, fresh from the kitchen garden, The Pig is always my first port of call.’”

4 sprigs winter savoury FOR THE BLACK GARLIC BUTTER 125g salted butter at room temperature 25g black garlic, peeled zest of ½ lemon ½ banana shallot, finely diced 10g parsley, chopped FOR THE MUSHROOMS AND BROCCOLI 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 100g oyster mushrooms (halve them if they’re big 100g purple-sprouting (or Tenderstem) broccoli (split it if it’s large) 200ml red wine sauce (you can get good quality sauces from the chilled aisle in the supermarket)

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This is cheesecake but not as you know it. The honey adds a lovely sweetness to the base and the Potter soft cheese from Book & Bucket makes it extra special. We ran a competition for The Pig guests to name one of our favourite local maker’s new cheeses, and the winner by a mile was Potter, of Peter Rabbit fame. It’s beautifully creamy, which works well with that zesty dash of lemon. We grow a few different types of strawberry at The Pig, including the small but flavoursome white Alpine and wild varieties, which work well. You can adapt this to make one large cake if you prefer.

New Forest Strawberry Cheesecake Break the biscuits into a food processor and blitz until fine. If you don’t have one, place in a freezer bag and crush with the base of a pot or rolling pin. Gently heat the butter and honey until just melted. Pour the hot liquid onto the crushed biscuits and, with a spoon, work in the butter mix until all the crumbs are coated. Divide the biscuit crumb between the dessert rings and press down with the base of a teaspoon. Chill in the fridge.

SERVES 8 FOR THE BASE (You’ll need 8 stainless steel dessert rings measuring 7 x 4.5cm) 200g McVitie’s Hobnobs or digestives (best to use biscuits that aren’t overly sweet) 50g unsalted butter

In a food mixer with the beater attachment (or large bowl and spatula), combine the cheese and 50g of the sugar - take care not to overwork it! In a small pan, place the diced strawberries with the juice of the lemon and the remaining 20g sugar; gently heat until the strawberries break down to a pulp. Leave to cool completely. In another large bowl, whip the cream with the lemon zest until it forms soft peaks - again, don’t whip it too much or it’ll split. Using a spatula, gently fold the cream into the cheese in three or four stages. Mix in the chilled strawberry pulp (this adds a bit of colour and sharpness to the rich mix). Remove the bases from the fridge. You can either spoon the cream cheese mix onto the base or you might find it easier to use a piping bag. Now, with a stepped palette knife (or the back of a spoon or spatula), level the mixture (if you run the spatula under hot water then dry it, it’ll be easier to smooth).

20g runny honey FOR THE CHEESECAKE 350g Book & Bucket’s Potter cheese (a soft cow’s milk cheese), or any full-fat cream cheese 70g caster sugar 80g ripe strawberries, diced zest and juice of 1 lemon 150ml double cream FOR THE TOP 1-2 punnets ripe strawberries icing sugar zest and juice of 1 lemon

Chill uncovered for at least 2 hours. While it’s chilling, hull and cut the small strawberries into halves and the larger ones into quarters, place in a bowl and sprinkle with a good amount of icing sugar and the zest and juice of the lemon. Cover and leave at room temperature. When you’re ready to serve, gently remove the cheesecakes from their moulds and decorate with the strawberries, then drizzle over the strawberry juices.

Published by The Home Grown Hotels. Food photography © John Carey. Hardback £30.


Minstead, Lyndhurst £1,095,000 Guide 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 3 Reception Rooms A rare opportunity to purchase this three bedroom exquisitely styled cottage, set in an idyllic location close to all the amenities that Minstead has to offer. Please contact the Burley Office on 01425 404088

Lyndhurst, Hampshire £1,395,000 Guide 7 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 4 Reception Rooms A magnificent and substantial Grade II listed residence comprising accommodation set over three floors totalling in excess of 3900 sq ft. Please contact the Burley Office on 01425 404088

Beaulieu, Brockenhurst £1,250,000 Guide 5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms This beautiful Grade II listed house is enviably positioned on Beaulieu's historic and exquisite high street with beautiful exposed beams and casement windows. Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222


Sway, Lymington £895,000 Guide 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 3 Reception Rooms Please contact the Brockenhurst Office on 01590 622551

Brockenhurst, Hampshire £735,000 Guide 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms Please contact the Brockenhurst Office on 01590 622551

Sway, Lymington £415,000 Guide 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Reception Rooms Please contact the Brockenhurst Office on 01590 622551

Brockenhurst, Hampshire £875,000 Guide 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms Please contact the Brockenhurst Office on 01590 622551


Avon Castle, Ringwood £2,000,000 Guide 5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, 3 Reception Rooms

A truly exquisite residence offering over 5200 sq. ft. of modern and versatile living accommodation. The property has been recently extended and remodelled to a superior standard and is complimented perfectly by wonderful sweeping lawns and landscaped gardens. Boasting five luxury bedrooms suites, an enviable games room, and a Mediterranean styled swimming pool, hot tub and a gymnasium. Avon Ridge is perfectly set in over half an acre of private grounds within the prestigious private estate of Avon Castle. Please contact the Ringwood Office on 01425 462600


Patek Philippe are masters of creating extraordinary complications in elegant and finessed style, perfect for the modern woman.

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feature dual time zones, annual calendars and World Time displays. A lifetime of artistry and skill are embedded in each complications timepiece, creating objects of timeless worth. Patek Philippe Complications showcase the brand’s sophisticated functionality, with some of the most complicated watches that take up to two years to create. MOON PHASES A complication that reminds us of the link between time measurement and the revolution of the great heavenly bodies, the moon-phase indication is a poetic complication, signature in the renowned collection of Patek Philippe’s complicated watches. The profound complication depicts the evolution of the moon, as seen from earth, shown usually in an apeture and sometimes displayed by hand. In Ref. 7121J-001, the phases of the moon is housed in a case reminiscent of the iconic Calatrava, with a bezel decorated with 66 sparkling hand-set diamonds. Miriam Ainslie, Laings Southampton Watch Manager, shares her adoration of the Moon Phase complication: “What a pleasure to glance at your wrist and envision the stars and moon as they appear in that moment, a mesmerising mechanism.” Redefining the standards of fine watchmaking since 1839, Patek Philippe is renowned for its pioneering craftsmanship and inspiring design. With watches that go beyond telling time, the humble leader of horology is dedicated to constant innovation, creating timeless ladies and gents’ timepieces that you never truly own, but simply look after for the next generation. Trailblazers in the realm of ladies’ timepieces, Patek Philippe produced its first ladies’ complications wristwatch in 1916, with a five-minute repeater. Today, the series of ladies’ complications models has thrived, with Annual Calendars, World Time watches and Chronographs entering the assembly, graced with the traditional and exceptional craftsmanship details of guilloching and gem-setting – a signature of the Swiss manufacture. Craig Robertson, Patek Philippe Brand Manager of Laings Glasgow, says: “Patek Philippe have created a collection of ladies complications timepieces that is truly unrivalled. Each watch features not only some of the most impressive mechanisms in fine watchmaking, but are designed with finesse and elegant design.” A ‘complication’ in watchmaking is anything a mechanical watch might do beyond telling the time and simple date. Patek Philippe upholds a tradition in complications that accompany their wearers in everyday situations, with exquisite timepieces that

THE GEMSETTING Patek Philippe maintains a belief of rare and traditional techniques, with each precious gem placed by the hands of the experts. Where watchmaking becomes haute horology, setting of gemstones in a Patek Philippe timepiece is a delicate art, decorating each watch with the finest precious stones, adorning the bracelet, dial, lugs, case and bezel. Gracing each timepiece with the finest gemstones, each diamond placed in a Patek Philippe watch will uphold the highest quality, only allowing diamonds that are internally flawless, conform to the Top Wesselton colour specifications and display an immaculate cut. By making a depression with a ball burr, the gem-setter prepares the bed for the stone. They then work the metal with their graver, raising it into beads or grains. These tiny amounts of metal will hold the stone firmly in place. ANNUAL CALENDAR One of the most useful complications in the Patek Philippe series, the Annual Calendar has earned its rightful place as flagship models in Patek Philippe’s collection. The ingenious mechanism first arose in 1996 and indicates the day of the week, the date


and month, requiring only one manual adjustment each year. This innovative and userfriendly complication accompanies women in the every-day, arranged elegantly in timepieces adorned with gemstones and hand-crafted with the finest materials by the artisans of Patek Philippe. The warmth of rose gold and the vibrant, hand-stitched, shiny violine strap is strikingly placed against the silvery sunburst dial in Patek Philippe’s Ref. 4947R-001, housing the patented Annual Calendar in the most distinguished fashion. WORLD TIME In 1884, the International Meridian Conference in Washington, D.C. established the system of standard time and the division of the globe into 24 time zones. Patek Philippe channelled its expertise and ingenuity from this day to create a timepiece that would display multiple time zones across the globe, equipping voyagers with the ability to travel throughout the world, telling the time for every next destination. The chosen location is positioned at 12 o’clock, indicating the time and whether it is day or night. Local time is read from the hands in the traditional way, while the pusher at 10 o’clock allows you to transition between the time zones. Ryan Williams, Laings Cardiff ’s Patek Philippe Brand Manager, regards the World Time models of Patek Philippe as his favourite of all: “The World Time mechanism has to be one of Patek Philippe’s most impressive complications, interconnecting cities across the world, it is truly the watch for adventurers.” CHRONOGRAPH 120 years ago, Patek Philippe established its patent for the first double chronograph. Upholding a traditional of reinvention paired with age-old skill, Patek Philippe’s chronographs have evolved and in the ladies’ collection, display technical brilliance married with elegant design. In Ref. 7150/250R, Patek Philippe has given a new look to its manually wound chronograph for women by engineering it with a timeless, understated rose-gold case adorned with vintage details, such as round guillochéd pushers and a gently cambered sapphire-crystal “box” glass. The pulsimeter scale respectfully pays tribute to the


tradition of classic chronographs that can measure the rhythm of an active lifestyle or the slightly increased heart rate. THE GUILLOCHÉ The age-old technique of hand-guilloché is used to engrave straight or circular grooves only a few tenths of a millimetre thick and three to four hundredths of a millimetre deep. This delicate art creates the beautifully engraved patterns seen on dials, movements, cases and bracelets across the collections of Patek Philippe. The art of guilloching thrived in watchmaking in the 19th century, but toward the end of the 20th century, it was at risk of becoming extinct along with the artisans who knew how to use the ancient machines. However, the demand for fine decorations and geometric patterns rose as the end of the millennium drew closer and so the remaining artisans were able to gift their knowledge to new craftspeople. Today, Patek Philippe keeps alive the once-fading art with artisans who carry a great love of the tradition. 7234R The Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is the first self-winding Travel Time model in Patek Philippe’s collection for women. The dual time-zone mechanism allows its wearer to, at a glance, read the time zone of loved ones afar, ensuring special connections are forever bonded and reminding its wearer of home. The Reference 7234R combines a rose-gold case with a brown dial and is designed in unique aeronautical style. As a medium version of the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time launched in 2015, Patek Philippe channels its ingenuity to reinvent and reimagine its impressive timepieces. Laings Southampton Westquay, Harbour Parade, Southampton, SO15 1QE www.laingsuk.com

Boldre, Lymington £7,950,000 Guide 7 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, 4 Reception Rooms

A secluded miniature estate occupying a particularly private location in the New Forest National Park only 2 miles from Lymington. Dating from 1895 this extensive house offers beautifully proportioned rooms and well-arranged accommodation overlooking its own secluded gardens and grounds. The house sits centrally in approximately 30 acres which features a lodge cottage, studio, formal gardens, pasture, woodland, tennis court, walled garden and extensive outbuildings.


A long, winding drive to the house leads past its own two bedroom lodge cottage at the gate and through a picturesque avenue of mature broadleaf trees flanked by gently rolling pasture. The house lie of the land provides the house with a slightly elevated position providing entirely unspoilt views across the countryside of the Lymington River valley. The house is remarkably private and cannot easily be seen from any nearby lanes or roads and has been a much-loved family home for many years. Large, beautifully proportioned rooms, the majority of which overlook the view, extend across the width of the ground floor with an expansive central staircase hall providing a

A secluded miniature estate occupying a particularly private location in the New Forest National Park only 2 miles from Lymington. superb welcome to this beautiful home. There are large boot rooms and domestic offices as well as extremely useful cellars. Bedroom accommodation extends over two floors providing 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms along with associated dressing and laundry rooms. Part of the first floor accommodation could potentially be separated to provide an independent apartment for guests or staff. The grounds surrounding the house are exceptional where formal lawns surrounding a circular lake blend seamlessly with well maintained paddocks. There is a walled garden which could become an extremely productive kitchen or cutting garden which lies alongside a hard tennis court. There is a yard of extensive buildings ideal for a variety of uses including a small studio cottage. Please contact the Lymington Office on 01590 674222


Beaulieu, Brockenhurst £3,000,000 Guide 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 3 Reception Rooms

Overlooking the Beaulieu River valley this exceptional house enjoys extraordinary south westerly views across unspoilt countryside from all principal rooms. The accommodation extends to approximately 3923.5 sq ft and includes a very versatile suite of rooms that can either be entirely incorporated into the main house or separated off as an independent annexe. The house sits centrally in its gardens which extend to approximately 0.9 acres which provide an oasis of calm and far reaching views. Please contact the Brockenhurst Office on 01590 622551