The village of Bucklers Hard was once an important ship building village in the 18th century and sits on the western bank of the Beaulieu River, a couple of miles south of Beaulieu Village.
Bucklers Hard Village has been in the private ownership of the
Montagu family since it was founded in 1724. It was here that wooden ships for the English fleet were built, some notably serving in the Battle of Trafalgar. Today the village retains much of the atmosphere of its ship building origins.
There are many moorings along the river and the uniquely situated Yacht Harbour has 110 deep water berths in a beautiful and sheltered reach of the Beaulieu River. From here yachtsmen are centrally located to make use of the glorious sailing offered by the Solent and beyond.
The New Forest is famous for its wonderful riding and walking as it's criss-crossed with plenty of footpaths and bridleways.
The famous chalk streams of the Rivers Test and Itchen. There is racing at Salisbury, Newbury and Goodwood. Golf at Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club, Bramshaw Golf Club and New Forest Golf Club in Lyndhurst.
Lymington has a good range of boutique shops and restaurants with Southampton, Winchester and Salisbury offering a wide range of opportunities within easy reach.
Lime Wood Hotel in Lyndhust (about 8.9 miles) has a state of the art "Herb House Spa" to compliment their already extensive facilities. Offering holistic and beauty therapies and include a hydro therapy pool, saunas and steam room.
There are a number of good schools including Hordle Walhampton, Godolphin, Bishop Wordsworth's, South Wilts Grammar as well as Norman Court and Forres Sandle Manor.
Greatfield is an exceptional country house. Expense has not been spared on the refurbishment of the house and in the
creation of the most wonderful gardens.
The original house is likely to date from the early part of the last century and has grown considerably to provide a combination of rooms for traditional living, such as the drawing and dining rooms, and open plan areas such as the kitchen/sitting/eating areas. Not only is the main house thoughtfully laid out with superb attention to detail, there is the inspired addition of the Japanese wing providing guest accommodation with a corresponding garden. There is planning permission for an extension to the cottage garage for bikes and windsurf storage and also planning permission for an oak barn with parking for 3 cars and a workroom near the back gate. This is a superb family house in a magnificent secluded location.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The gardens are truly exceptional with a swimming pool area, tennis court and lakes all providing peace and seclusion only minutes from the Beaulieu River. There are south and east facing terraces leading to an area of lawn with extensive rose gardens. Further from the house the grounds become more park-like, although still beautifully maintained, with specimen trees.
Postcode: SO42 7XE
From the M27 leave at Junction 3 and turn south towards Southampton on the M271. At the Redbridge Roundabout take the 2nd exit then merge onto the A35 signposted to Totton and Lyndhurst. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A326 signposted to Fawley.
At the Dibden and Applemore roundabouts continue on the A326 to Fawley. At the Dibden Purlieu roundabout take the 5th exit onto the B3054 signposted to Beaulieu. Pass through Beaulieu and at the T-junction turn left onto the B3054. Then turn left signposted to Bucklers Hard. Continue to Bucklers Hard then follow the road around a sharp right hand turn. The entrance to Greatfield is after approximately � mile on the left hand side.