Watercress Wood, near New Alresford, Hampshire. 2.62 acres of magnificent lofty broadleaf woodland with vehicular access, 12 miles from Winchester. £42,000 (freehold) [#S1696]
Mature beech and ash woodland with far reaching rural views and family camping possibilities, 11 miles from junction 9 of the M3.
SO24 0DF (This is for the local area, not specific to the woodland).
Centre of wood: ///remaining.terminology.depravity
Ordnance Survey Grid References
OS Landranger Series Sheet No: 185
- Roadside gate: SU 638 333
- Centre of wood: SU 633 328
Located towards the southwestern end of a wider woodland, Watercress Wood lies 2 miles west of Four Marks village in rural Hampshire.
Situated among gently sloping chalky loamy soils, the mature canopy comprises majestic beech, ash, oak, sycamore and birch. Within its shrub layer below you will find hazel coppice, periodic areas of holly and a decent amount of regenerating ash, sycamore and beech; beech establishes well in its early years under shade of a mature canopy. A patchwork of snowdrop, primrose, fern, boxwood and blackberry decorate the ground layer, making a wonderful seasonal scene through the warmer months.
A new owner could clear an area near the south eastern boundary for an overnight stay or two, perhaps enjoying an occasional glimpse of a vintage steam loco puffing on the adjacent Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’. Gathering firewood is also an option, using the existing Forestry Commission thinning licence.
Woodland mammals including muntjac, roe and fallow deer, yellow-necked mouse, badger and fox. A collection of feathered guests such as greenfinch, treecreeper, woodpecker, owl and many songsters have been seen and heard in this tranquil location.
Watercress Wood can be accessed along an unsurfaced track that is navigable with a light 4WD vehicle year-round and a 2WD car in drier months.
If It Were Mine
Occasional overnights would be enjoyed here with friends and family. I would be keen to forage and practice cooking, employing my bushcraft techniques. Some beech chippings for smoking meat and fish and logs for the burner at home, I think so!
To View This Woodland
You are welcome to view this woodland at any time during daylight hours. We do ask that you download a copy of these particulars and take them with you, mainly so you can correctly identify the boundaries and access points.
Residential Planning Permission
You are extremely unlikely to get residential planning permission for this woodland.
Directions & Access
- From Four Marks, drive west on the A31 out of the village and along the short stretch of dual carriageway.
- Shortly after the road returns to a single carriageway, turn right just after a bus stop and opposite a red brick and flint wall, sign posted towards Bighton.
- Continue along Bowers Grove Lane passing under a railway bridge.
- After 0.4 miles where the road bears sharply right, continue straight ahead onto the track into the woodland arriving at a locked gate with post and rail fencing, next to recently planted trees and a Woods4Sale board (point A on the plan below).
- Please park in a safe place not obstructing any traffic, the gate or access points.
- Climb over the gate (sorry we do not provide keys for viewings) and continue along the track southwest through the woodland.
- After 740 metres you will arrive Watercress Wood on the left, indicated by white and green paint on a wooden post and tree (point B).
- The northeast boundary is indicated by white paint on occasional wooden posts and trees.
- The northwest boundary is the inside edge of the track indicated by green paint on occasional trees and wooden posts that may be offset by a short distance.
- The southwest boundary is the dilapidated fence with occasional further fencing and fields beyond.
- The southeast boundary is unmarked and is approximately 10 metres in front of the fence with railway tracks beyond. We believe the land between the woodland boundary and the fence is unregistered.
- The shooting rights are owned and included in the sale. They are not let.
- The hunting rights are reserved to a third party who is permitted to access this woodland and wider woodland to hunt up 6 times between 1st September and 31st March. A maintenance clause covers all the rights of way within the woodland, with liability according to use and this also applies to the hunt.
The mineral rights are owned and included in the sale except as reserved by statute.
Rights Of Way
- There is a right of way granted for all times and for all purposes over the route ABC.
- There are no public rights of way within this woodland.
- A maintenance clause covers all the shared rights of way with liability according to use.
There are no known fencing obligations.
There are some restrictive covenants to protect the woodland and the environment. Please click on the button below to view these.
How To Buy
This woodland is being sold on a fixed price basis. We require the following information in writing before we mark a woodland as sold and take it off the market (please ensure you have funds in place before doing this):
- The name and price of the woodland
- Confirmation you have viewed the woodland
- Full name (including middle names), address, phone number and date of birth of all legal purchasers
- Confirmation of how you will fund the purchase
- The full contact details of your instructed solicitor (including name of company, contact name, email address, telephone number and full address)
Please click on the button below for more information.
Maps & Plans
Plans, areas and particulars are for reference only. They have been carefully checked by us but we cannot guarantee their accuracy and they do not form a part of any contract. Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves, and we will give as much help as possible with all information we have available.
Woods4Sale Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.