- Idyllic two-bed log cabin nestled down private country lane in New Forest
- The 76sq ft hideaway is made entirely from timber imported from Norway
- Cabin encircled by 141,000acres of forest and can be lived in all-year round
- Its location near Godshill, Hants, means the cabin is worth more than twice what it would be worth elsewhere
Steph Cockroft for MailOnline
11:00 EST, 19 April 2015
11:11 EST, 19 April 2015
Living in the depths of an ancient woodland might sound like a fairytale. But for anyone with a few hundred thousand to spare, it could be a dream come true.
An idyllic two-bedroom log cabin, nestled down a private country lane in the heart of the New Forest, has gone on the market for £350,000.
The 76sq ft hideaway, based near the tiny Hampshire hamlet of Newgrounds, near Godshill, is made entirely from timber imported from Norway.
An idyllic two-bedroom log cabin, nestled down a private country lane in the heart of the New Forest, has gone on the market for £350,000
The 76-sq ft hideaway, based near the tiny Hampshire hamlet of Newgrounds, near Godshill, is made entirely from timber imported from Norway
Its ideal location means the cabin is worth more than twice what a similar bolthouse would be worth elsewhere. It has 141,000 acres of forest surrounding the cabin
But its ideal location means the cabin is worth more than twice what a similar bolthole would be worth elsewhere.
For the same amount, buyers could own a three-bedroom Grade II-listed former school house just a few miles down the road in Ringwood.
A four-bedroom detached bungalow with a huge garden in the New Forest town of Holbury is also for sale for £350,000.
The aptly-named Log Cabin could be a suitable home for a small family or couple, with two bedrooms, a sizeable living room and a balcony which looks onto a south-facing garden.
Despite looking like an ideal holiday retreat, the cabin also comes with permission to live in it all year round.
But the real selling point is the 141,000 acres of forest that surround the cabin.
The aptly-named Log Cabin could do for a small family, with two bedrooms, a sizeable living room (pictured), and a balcony which looks onto a south-facing garden
Despite looking like an ideal holiday retreat, the cabin also comes with permission to live in it all year round
The property was built in 2004 by the owners of the next door home who needed a place to stay while their house was refurbished. They are now selling the log cabin as they no longer need it.
Kesia Whitfield, from estate agents Symonds and Sampson, said: ‘The Log Cabin is down an unmade track. It’s a no through road so it’s very quiet and the owner would have direct access to picturesque forest walks from there.
‘What’s special about this one is you can live in it 365 days a year. They’ve got planning permission to live there all year round, not just for holiday lets.’
She added: ‘We think it will appeal to people looking for a New Forest bolthole or as an investment holiday let but also somebody who wants to live in the New Forest that hasn’t got a huge budget.
The property was built in 2004 by the owners of the next door home who needed a place to stay while their house was refurbished
Some 80 per cent of the enquiries have reportedly been from people who want to live in the cabin full-time
The property is situated in the New Forest, the former hunting ground of William the Conquerer. Pictured: The bathroom in the property
‘This is a great way to have your own little bit of the forest. You have got access to miles and miles of forest walks and spectacular far-reaching views over the forest heathland.’
She said 80 per cent of the enquiries were from people who wanted to live there full time.
She said: ‘You might get similar holiday homes in holiday parks for half the price, but there you’re on a camping site and you can only stay a certain amount of days.’
According to property website Rightmove, the average price of a house in the New Forest is just shy of £370,000.
THE BEAUTIFUL ROYAL FOREST LINKED TO ONE OF BRITAIN’S MOST ENDURING MYSTERIES
The New Forest was created as a royal hunting enclave in 1079 when King William I, also known as William the Conquerer, wanted somewhere to hunt.
Ten centuries on, the Forest is still largely in royal hands, with around 90 per cent of it belonging to the Crown. It became a National Park in 2005.
The park, measuring 571 square kilometres, is set in a rough triangular shape across a large portion of Hampshire. It is bounded by Christchurch in the south west, Southampton in the east, and Fordingbridge and Redlynch in the north.
A foal walking in the New Forest. The National Park in Hampshire is home to around 3,000 ponies
The forest is also famed for the New Forest pony, one of the recognised native breeds of the British Isles. There are estimated to be around 3,000 roaming the area.
The countryside also boasts countless cycling and walking paths, as well as several decent museums and a host of famous country pubs.
Bizarrely, the New Forest is also linked with one of Britain’s most enduring mysteries. William Rufus, the Conqueror’s son and successor, was shot and killed by a stray arrow while hunting in the Forest in 1100.
Whether he was assassinated or the victim of an accident remains a matter of debate. The Rufus Stone, a small memorial near Stoney Cross in the heart of the Forest, marks the spot where he reputedly fell.
The Forest is still largely in royal hands, with around 90 per cent of it belonging to the Crown. It became a National Park in 2005