Hidden down a long private lane, right at the end of the Beaulieu River, this home offers you a glorious slice of secluded countryside luxury set around sun-trap courtyard gardens. Absolutely nothing in this refurbished barn has been done half-heartedly. Owner Julian, a well-regarded furniture designer, expresses his artistic passion in the constantly evolving space. Furniture can come and go here, but Julian's bobbin carver chairs are a mainstay. They fit perfectly around the dining table that can seat up to eight guests. And on warm days, throw open the French doors to the courtyard for a sheltered alfresco feast. Walking past the colossal art pieces, accented architectural elements and earthy sculptures (we especially loved the elephant skull) is a surreal experience offering up a surprise at every corner. But when it's time to pause, sink into the squishy sofas in front of the log burner, or grab a seat in the enchanting garden and sip tea in the company of the resident chickens.
Home truths: *The jetty is 150m from the front door
*You'll want a car to get around – there's parking on the premises for up to six cars
*There's a tennis court on-site – however, it's not available to guests at this time
*Be careful of the electric fence surrounding the property
*The barn on the property is hired out separately
* Child-friendly amenities such as a cot, highchair, books and toys are available upon request
* Child-friendly amenities such as cots and highchairs are available upon request
*Check yourself in on arrival with the lockbox
*The home has its own private entrance
*Up to two medium-sized dogs (20kg) are welcome for a small charge – they'll need to be kept on leads due to the chickens and nearby nature reserve
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