If your idea of property heaven is an impressive Arts and Crafts home with direct access onto the New Forest, then it’s time to beat a path to the door of Malwood Walk House, which is on the market for only the second time in its 95 year history.

While the exterior of the property and its surrounding formal and informal gardens are so pretty that they would fit right into a romantic novel, the interior is undoubtedly a period home lover’s delight.

The undisputed highlight must be the magnificent drawing room, complete with elaborate minstrel’s gallery, carved ceiling and full-height bay window. It’s a majestic room which has the ambience of a Tudor Great Hall; all you’d need to complete the look are a pair of deer hounds toasting their bellies in front of the enormous stone fireplace, a flagon of ale or ten at hand, and a small orchestra to serenade you from the gallery.

The current owners purchased the property in 2010 and have masterminded a thorough renovation in the intervening years without compromising on any of the charm the home was built to offer. It’s quietly impressive without being showy, offering touches of luxury without any ostentation. With six bedrooms in the principal house - including a delightful master bedroom with balcony and en suite with statement copper bath - it’s a party home in the most elegant of senses; and if even that isn’t sufficient, the one bedroom gate house with adjoining studio provides even more options.

Moving back outside to the gardens and what is immediately striking, aside from the beauty of the wonderfully maintained gardens and terraces, is the sense of total peace and serenity afforded by the location. Surprisingly, the town of Lyndhurst is only 3.5 miles away, and it’s also ideally situated for the A31 and the M27.

And finally, what could be more fitting in for a forever home in the New Forest with wonderful bridle paths and walks right on your doorstep than a place to keep the ponies? The extensive grounds are not just a place to relax and reflect, but they also play host to attractive pastureland and a modern range of equestrian outbuildings.

Malwood Walk House is being marketed by Savills Winchester at a guide of £3.35 million.

For more information, contact Giles Muddle on 01962 841 842.