A truly impressive Grade II listed period family home offering an exceptional living environment set within an oasis at the heart of Lymington high street.
Pilgrim is quite simply one of Lymington's finest houses. Combining convenience, privacy, security, parking and a beautiful south facing walled garden with swimming pool. This rare gem is expansive, inviting and comfortable while also offering beautifully proportioned accommodation that has been carefully restored by the current owners. Behind the elegant yet understated Georgian double frontage lies a blend between traditional and contemporary design throughout. The recent renovation remains true to the property's early 1700s roots while completely overhauling the house's infrastructure to modern standards, with careful thought given to insulation, wiring, plumbing and lighting as well as underfloor heating throughout the majority of the ground floor. The principal reception rooms are designed around the south facing walled garden which offers far more space than one might imagine and extends to approximately half an acre.
On the ground floor, the accommodation begins with a charming, cosy reception hall with painted beams, oak floors and a fireplace fitted with a modern wood burning stove. Leading from this hall is the drawing room with a delightful south facing bay window with garden views and a door opening onto the terrace and garden beyond. The drawing room also has a wide chimney breast with a wood burning stove and carved pale stone surround. Also on the ground floor is a study/snug, again with a wood burning stove, full height wood panelling and ornate period style radiators. Moving through to the rear of the house is a charming family room, again with an open fireplace and wood burning stove. From here there is an electrically powered trapdoor which provides access to steps leading down to a characterful barrel vaulted cellar ideal for wine tasting parties. Beyond the family is the exceptional kitchen/dining room. The east wall of this superb room is glazed floor to ceiling providing an abundance of light and views across the York stone terrace to the garden beyond. In summer, four sets of crittall double glazed doors can be opened to join this room with the beautiful courtyard bringing the outside in. The contemporary, wooden hand painted kitchen integrates a wide selection of top of the range appliances including several dishwashers, refrigeration and a variety of ovens. There is a large island which incorporates drawers and further storage as well as providing an impromptu and informal space for dining. Towards the far end of the room is a superb space for a large dining table for more formal meals. Also off the kitchen is a separate utility room with sink, work surfaces, cupboards and space for appliances.
Stairs lead from the hall to the first floor where a central landing provides access to all bedrooms and the second floor. The master bedroom and en suite bathroom occupies the entire rear portion of the house and is beautifully decorated with built in wardrobes and views over the garden, there is also under floor heating and air conditioning in the principal bedroom. The bathroom is expansive with a large walk in shower and free standing bath by Catchpole & Rye complete with Waterworks fittings. There are two further double bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en suite) on this floor. From the landing, stairs lead to the second floor where there is a landing with a door into the fourth double bedroom which has a separate dressing room with a free standing copper bath as well as a separate en suite shower room.
The gardens lie to the rear of the property and are a stunning feature of Pilgrim and create a real oasis of calm at the heart of this vibrant town. They face due south allowing for light all day with the easterly aspect of the glazed wall in the kitchen allowing morning light to flood in. Immediately behind the house and enclosed by the kitchen wing is a York stone terrace which is flanked by mature pleached trees and forms the ideal space for outdoor dining, entertaining and relaxing. To the south of the terrace lie beautifully landscaped walled gardens with manicured paths leading through established flower beds and wisteria walks all carefully managed by an automated irrigation system. Beyond the wisteria walk the garden opens up with a characterful wrought iron gate in an old brick wall leading to a spectacular wide, level lawn and cleverly screened swimming area with heated pool and pool house. There is room for a Nordic hot tub as well as a delightful traditional lean-to green house which has hosted many summer parties. Adjoining the house and accessible from both front and back is a long tandem garage. In addition to the immediately adjacent garage, there is a larger secure parking area nearby with parking for boats and cars as well as a large double garage.
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A very special property - the most perfect blend of town living and country house lifestyle I think I have seen- truly impressive.Giles MuddleProperty agent