A delightful 17th century thatched cottage for sale in a magical corner of the New Forest

Old bones meet a 21st-century restoration at the charming Nightingale Cottage in the rural Hampshire hamlet of Norley Wood.

There’s something slightly anthropomorphic – and a little fairy-tale – about Nightingale Cottage, located in “one of the most coveted hamlets in the New Wood,” Norley Wood.

Perhaps it’s because its thatched roof slopes down to soot-painted casements that contrast with the traditional whitewashed adobe and brick walls. A matching thatched porch only enhances the effect – a thick mustache on the façade.

Now on the market through John D Wood & Co at an estimated price of £1.45 million, Nightingale Cottage offers four bedrooms and over 2,000 sq. Feet of housing.

Passing through the thatched entrance porch, a corridor lined with stone tiles opens up in front of you. Immediately to your left is the family/dining room, which is connected to the living room via a series of stairs. Dark wooden ceiling beams run throughout the space, creating a fluid feel.

The double-sided living room is said to be the oldest part of the house, built in the 1690s. With an impressive cathedral-style vaulted ceiling and double-sided windows, it naturally acts as a focal space in the home.

Beyond that, however, there are surprises – including the kind of kitchen/breakfast room you would never believe is a house that looks like this from the outside. This newly remodeled kitchen/breakfast room features sleek appliances, polished granite countertops and double glazed French doors that open onto the terrace.

As the name suggests, Nightingale Cottage sounds like it’s a home where birdsong can be heard through the windows and the scent of summer flowers permeates the rooms on warm days. With its elevated position overlooking the surrounding New Forest National Park, this pastoral dream has become a reality.

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Norley Wood is surrounded by picturesque countryside but only three miles from the Georgian market town of Leamington. The coastal town is famous for sailing and is home to two major marinas and several sailing clubs.

With a main street full of boutiques, great restaurants and charming pubs, this pocket of the New Forest truly has it all.

Nightingale Cottage is currently listed for sale through John D Wood & Co with an estimated price of £1.45 million – see more photos or ask the agent for more information.

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