In recent centuries much of the land around this area was owned by the wealthy Rothschild family of The Exbury Estate. During this period there was considerable planting of woodland on country estates to enhance the sporting appeal. Approaching Moonhills Wood the dramatic towering oak, beech and pine flanking the central woodland access ride tell of the grandeur of an age long since passed and a woodland now ready for the enjoyment of a new generation of landowners.
Within the woodland boundary there are many features both natural and man made to beguile the visitor. A historic ditch and bank traverse the wood as evidence of an early agricultural method for enclosing grazing land for livestock and raising the levels in poorly drained low lying areas. These have survived for centuries and are still readily identifiable throughout this wooded area. The earthworks may predate the wood and have survived beneath the shelter of trees within woodland that is unmolested by modern agricultural practices. These channels now provide an important water source for woodland ground flora and for the insects and mammals that are in turn sustained under the tree cover. The name Moonhills Wood reflects these lunar style undulations and is also a nearby area of heath peppered with the remnants of Bronze Age barrows.
This is a habitat that is seldom disturbed; where fallow, roe and muntjac deer can browse untroubled amongst the conifer, ash and holly and where opportunity exists to become immersed in the sounds of the woods and the timelessness of nature.
Notwithstanding such a peaceful location there is good access to Moonhills Wood along a short section of well made woodland track from a quiet country lane. The surrounding area is well connected to the major road network and a host of attractions in and around the New Forest. In particular The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu where photographs from 1927 of Major Henry Segrave land speed record breaking car Sunbeam are on display.
These particulars and plans were prepared by local manager Daniel Sharp.
The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.
Boundaries are indicated with pink markings.
This wood is no longer available. For more woods in the area, please see the regional page or contact our regional manager. To be notified as soon as new woods become available, please subscribe to our regional mailing lists, or subscribe to notifications in one of our apps for iPhone and Android.
OS Landranger: OS No 196
Grid ref: SU 419 014
Nearest post code: SO42 7YS
From Junction 2 of the M27 proceed south on the Marchwood bypass (A326) for about 8 miles. At the Dibden Purlieu roundabout take the third exit signposted to Beaulieu B3054. Continue for 2 miles before turning left and then immediately right by The Royal Oak pub onto Exbury Road /Summer Lane. After a mile and a half or so you will see a 'Woodlands For Sale' sign on your left hand side by a locked gateway into the woods where you can pull off the road and park before continuing into the woods on foot along the track. (The gate here is kept locked for security but all new woodland owners will be given a key)
After less than 100 hundred metres take a left turn and follow the track for a further 50 metres where you will reach the entrance to Moonhills Wood on your right.
Sat Nav / GPS note: The post code SO42 7YS is for the point shown on the location map by the red dot on plan 2.
Boundaries are indicated with pink markings.
Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on his or her mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.
Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.
All woodlands are sold at a fixed price, and include free membership of the Small Woodland Owners Group and the Royal Forestry Society, as well as £300 towards paying for a course (or courses) to help with managing and enjoying your woodland.
These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.