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The Avenue, Poole

  • Ref: 9530433
  • Type: House
  • Availability: For Sale
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Reception Rooms: 3
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Property Features

  • Country House just 300 metres from the beach set on a ½ acre exceptional plot
  • Property size 3850 sq ft with land to expand
  • 4 double bedrooms, 5 reception rooms, 3 bathrooms and 2 separate cloakrooms
  • All bedrooms and reception rooms have views over the immaculate grounds
  • Integral double garage, and large gated sweeping drive for lots of parking
  • Incorporated in the house is an annexe with a laundry room, workshop, WC and wine store
  • Branksome Park Conservation Area
  • In same ownership for 31 years since built
  • Integral security shutters
  • For further information, please call 01202 429 858

Property Summary

An elegant residence in a picturesque setting on a ½ acre exceptional plot, just 300 metres from Branksome beach. This 3850 sq ft property is set in secluded grounds in the Branksome Park Conservation Area. It is tribute to its only owners who bought the land in 1987. The property is steeped in history with excellence as its benchmark.

The vendors spent 20 years working abroad, mainly in the Middle East. In 1977 they came back to the UK and London and bought a holiday home in Branksome Park. Of course, they fell in love with the area and set about finding the perfect piece of land on which to design their home, a search that took 10 years. It took a further 11 months to clear the land and bring in the soil to create this elevated position. The vendor thinks that this soil is behind the stunning growth of shrubs and plants in the garden. The rose garden itself is worth the viewing time alone.

In conjunction with their architect, they set about the design of Mandalay with elegance, sturdiness, quality and practicality as their key elements. The special bricks, the lead, the complete joists that run from the back to the front of the house, the deep eaves will see this house standing for many hundreds of years. And if it ever gets knocked down, there will be a treasure trove awaiting with many of the currencies of the world and memories of 1987 buried in the foundations. This home is their labour of love.

Inside the focus was on high ceilings, plenty of windows and a breathtaking entrance with the exceptional octagonal galleried and vaulted ceiling reception hall, designed by their architect. You will see quality at every point-the carpets for example were custom made to colour match and be fitted without joins, the joinery throughout the house is solid teak and all the ground floor windows have integral security shutters. The alarm is linked directly to the Police monitoring. There are many security aspects to the property which I will explain to interested parties.)

The living room and study have been made comfortable for everyday living. They designed a pantry, a laundry room and a gardening room into the build of the house. And it must be rare in a house of this type for a vegetable garden and greenhouse to be included in the planning. Yes, everything about this house is quality but it is a real home too. 

From the feature galleried hall all the ground floor rooms flow into each other with the study snug, the sitting room, the drawing room, the dining room and the kitchen/breakfast room all look out onto the manicured grounds.

The master bedroom is spectacular with double aspect South facing views over the grounds. There is a dressing room and a luxury ensuite bathroom, the size of a bedroom with a Jacuzzi bath and a separate power shower cubicle. The other 3 bedrooms are all substantial doubles and there are 2 further bathrooms and a significant sized airing cupboard. Perhaps the most stunning view of the property is standing on the bridge landing looking into the galleried hall.

An elegant property with land to expand.


<b>Room Description:</b>

<b>Porch - 1.54m x 1.28m (1.9 sqm) </b>

A centralised porch invites you in to the property. Surrounded by glass above and each side, the porch sets the tone for the emphasis on light throughout the property.

<b>Reception Hall - 5.85m x 5.85m (34.2 sqm)</b>

An extravagant welcome to the property. Doors leading to all corners of the property branch off from the hive of the property. Octagonal in shape with solid teak flooring throughout. Aside from all main rooms of the property there is also an aptly placed cloakroom and WC.

<b>Drawing Room - 6.4m x 6.25m (40 sqm) </b>

The showcase room of the house with connecting doors leading to the reception hall, the sitting room and the dining room. The vendors have placed their own touch on this room with fabulous Chinese silk screens and the projecting fireplace. Parties of all shapes and sizes have graced the drawing room, with one stretching out to the reception hall with one grand table. A patio door also has direct access to the grand gardens, perfect for the summer get together.

<b>Living Room - 5.67m x 3.96m (22.4 sqm) </b>

A perfect room for everyday living, with patio doors also leading the rear garden. This room is flanked by the drawing room and the study/reading room.

<b>Study / Reading Room 5.57m x 2.78m (15.4 sqm) </b>

The vendor's most used room. A tranquil room directly off the main reception hall with four windows which give views out to the front and side of the property. 

<b>Dining Room - 5.27m x 3.98m (20.9 sqm)</b>

Appropriately located next to the kitchen with perfect views over the rear garden and patio. Another perfect location for a summer party to spill out into the garden.

<b>Kitchen - 7.04m x 3.8m (26.7 sqm)</b>

A spacious kitchen with front and rear aspect windows with a perfect space for a breakfast table. Ideal access into the pantry and utility room from the hall that links the kitchen.


Designed by the owners to maximise space and ease of access. 

<b>Hall - 1.63m x 1.27m (2 sqm)</b>

Hall linking garage, kitchen and utility rooms. A perfect shelter on return with shopping from the car.

<b>Laundry Room - 4.07m x 2.14m (8.7 sqm)</b>

Washing, drying, airing, and ironing all in one place.

<b>Garage - 6.92m x 5.17m (35.7 sqm)</b>

Double garage with electric door, with full integration onto the house.

<b>Workshop - 2.39m x 2.15m (5.1 sqm)</b>

For all the tools and gardening equipment.

<b>WC - 2.39m x 0.87m (2 sqm)</b>

A conveniently located toilet perfect for long days gardening and those parties.

<b>Store - 2.39m x 1.4m (3.3 sqm)</b>

Wine store.

<b>Landing - 5.85m x 5.85m (34.2 sqm)</b>

Up a sweeping staircase with solid teak treads, hand rail and balustrade. This is the vendor's Eagles Nest.

<b>Master Bedroom - 6.34m x 6.34m (40.1 sqm)</b>

Glorious octagonal room, spacious and flooded with light by the vast windows that frame the side and rear gardens flawlessly.

<b>Dressing Room - 3.32m x 1.79m (5.9 sqm)</b>

Room measurements are not including the fitted wardrobe space

<b>Ensuite Bathroom - 2.45m x 4.97m (12.1 sqm)</b>

Includes a Jacuzzi bath and a power shower with privacy windows to allow natural light into the room.

<b>Bedroom 2 - 5.05m x 4.07m (20.5 sqm)</b>

A spacious room overlooking the side and rear of the property. An alcove is a perfect sitting area for reading or relaxing.  The grandchildren's favourite room of the property.

<b>Ensuite Bathroom - 4.34m x 1.97m (8.5 sqm)</b>

Windows oversee the rear garden, a power shower and bath with wash basin provide all that is required.

<b>Bedroom 3 - 5.27m x 3.95m (20.8 sqm)</b>

Built in wardrobes and view perfectly placed over the rear garden.

<b>Bedroom 4 - 3.82m x 3.21m (12.2 sqm)</b>

2 windows reaching out multiple perspectives with charming views.

<b>Bathroom - 2.74m x 2.83m (7.7 sqm)</b>

Family bathroom with both shower and bath with vast amounts of light breaching through the window.


Walk-in linen room and airing cupboard.

<b>Front Gardens - 21m x 32m (672 sqm)</b>

A garden created by the vendors with a millennium stone the focal point. Magnificent shrubs, plants and bushes surround a manicured  lawn with a flagpole used to mark occasions by the vendors.

<b>Rear Gardens 26m x 32m (832 sqm)</b>

Parallel to the front garden, the lawn is glorious with a unique Chinese pavilion complete with lighting, electricity points and seating. To the side, raised and somewhat obscured lies the vegetable garden and greenhouse. According to vendor, the source of best potatoes ever.

<b>Area Description:</b>

Branksome Park is situated between Bournemouth and Poole and Mandalay sits just 300 metres from the Blue Flag beach at Branksome Chine, part of 7 miles of continuous beach from Poole to Bournemouth and beyond. From there you can stroll along the beach or the promenade to the famous beaches of Sandbanks. All around you in Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs and Westbourne are wonderful restaurants with Rick Stein’s open on the edge of Poole Harbour and the Pig on the Beach is in Studland via the chain ferry. The harbour itself is the second largest natural harbour in the world(after Sydney) with many marinas capable of mooring the largest of yachts. Poole itself is the home of Sunseeker Marine. The natural harbour ensures safety and security for the yachts and the wonderful microclimate created by the Purbeck Hills makes for regular use of the water. And watching the kitesurfers and windsurfers in this UK hub for the sports will leave you open-mouthed. The harbour is known to be the UK’s safest venue for teaching children to windsurf and kitesurf. 

Sports are a feature of the area. I guess that an interest in the water brings you to want to live here. The prestigious Royal Motor Yacht Club is on the Sandbanks peninsula, Salterns Marina is the other side of Evening Hill and the sailing centre of the area is Parkstone Yacht Club in Lilliput. 

Parkstone Golf Club, one of the top 100 courses in the country is on your doorstep. The famous West Hants Tennis Club is within 4 miles. The area has a large cycling community with a favourite destination being to take the Sandbanks chain ferry to explore the Purbeck Hills. And of course Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is a must for walkers. There are local gyms at the Haven Hotel and the Sandbanks Yacht Company and of course AFC Bournemouth is now a Premier League club. 

If you have school age children, at primary level Lilliput 1st school and Baden Powell are Ofsted rated outstanding. There are local bus pick up points for the private schools of Dumpton, Castle Court, Canford, Bryanston and Clayesmore. 

For shopping, Waitrose, M&S Food, Tesco and Lidl are all within easy reach.

From Mandalay you are approximately 2.5 hours from London by car. It is a couple of miles to the Wessex Way with at least dual carriageway to the New Forest, Southampton and the UK motorway network. By rail there are direct routes to London and Manchester. Bournemouth International Airport is the fastest growing in the UK and from Poole there are ferries to France and the Channel Islands. 

No amount of description or pictures can touch the sides of this wonderful home. If you are interested then a viewing of this part of the English Riviera is a must. After 31 years this exceptional lady is leaving to find a bolthole to write her second book and would consider a part exchange to a local flat with 3 bedrooms and garage. 


<b>Additional Information:</b>


Annual Council Tax 20129/20: Band H   £3,493.96 payable

Connectivity: Currently BT broadband

TV: Currently SKY

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Rating: E(51)

Environmental Impact Rating: E(39)

Gas central heating and double glazing throughout. 

Double Garage plus off road parking for multiple cars

Plot size:  0.5 acre

Property Size: 3850 sq ft

Viewings: With 24 hours notice

<b>If you would like to know any additional information about this property or the area. Please feel free to give us a call, email or pop into the office for a coffee.</b>