Woodland house used as a retreat by Sherlock Holmes author for sale

A house in the New Forest which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used as a retreat has been put on the market at just under £3 million.

Estate agent Spencers New Forest said the Sherlock Holmes creator regularly used Bignell Wood, at Brook near Lyndhurst, from 1924 to 1930 after buying it as a birthday present for his second wife Jean.

They said Sir Arthur was first drawn to the New Forest in Hampshire while researching for his book The White Company – a historical adventure published in 1891 set during the Hundred Years’ War.

Minstead, about two miles north of Lyndhurst, was referred to several time in the book, and Sir Arthur and Jean are buried in the churchyard of All Saints in the village.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Auction
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle owned the house between 1924 and 1930 (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

The detached cottage, with an asking price of £2,950,000 and has eight bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 10 living rooms.

Other amenities include a terrace, music studio, a greenhouse, garage and workshop, a barn with three stables and around six acres of woodlands which surround the house.

Spencers New Forest added that one of the standout features of the property is its “own private wooden walkway across the stream”, which has a “winding path” leading to the entrance.

More information can be found at: spencersnewforest.com/property-sales/brook-lyndhurst-25409136-4/